EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

EFF, Article 19, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Ranking Digital Rights wrote directly to Mark Zuckerberg today demanding that Facebook implement common sense standards so that average users can easily appeal content moderation decisions, receive prompt replies and timely review by a human or humans, and have the opportunity to present evidence during the review process.

Hackers Invade YouTube Ads To Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers Invade YouTube Ads To Mine Cryptocurrency

The hackers probably targeted YouTube because the platform is so popular, Trend Micro said in a Friday blog post. In this case, the mining scripts in the YouTube scheme were configured to siphon 80 percent of the PC's computing power, Trend Micro said.

WhatsApp India formed, to begin operations soon

WhatsApp India formed, to begin operations soon

In his last meeting with Daniels, Prasad requested him to devise ways to trace the origins of fake messages, set up a local corporate entity and appoint a grievance officer to address complaints to curb the spread of deadly rumours.

Signal Has a Clever New Way to Shield Your Identity

Signal Has a Clever New Way to Shield Your Identity

Since the mechanism removes Signal's ability to validate senders, the service is adding workarounds that still let users verify who sent incoming messages, and reduce their chance of receiving abusive content.

Proposed EU copyright changes: is this the death of the internet?

Proposed EU copyright changes: is this the death of the internet?

This effectively means that all content contained in any link or reference to other material (such as memes and news stories) would firstly require the internet platform to obtain a license before it could be shared.

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

If the breaches had taken place under tnew GDPR legislation then the information commissioner would be able to fine Facebook a maximum of either £17m or 4% of global turnover, whichever is the higher amount.

Branch.io Flaws may have affected as many as 685 million individuals

Branch.io Flaws may have affected as many as 685 million individuals

More than 685 million users may have been exposed to XSS attacks due to a flaw in Branch.io service used by Tinder, Shopify, and many others. “Digging deeper, we found out many big websites were sharing the vulnerable endpoint in their code and domains, including Shopify, Yelp, Western Union, and Imgur.

Intel ME's Undocumented Manufacturing Mode Suggests CPU Hacking Risks

Intel ME's Undocumented Manufacturing Mode Suggests CPU Hacking Risks

Manufacturing Mode allows for the configuration of critical platform settings, such as those for BootGuard, a technology available with Intel’s chips that can verify the boot process.

Sir Tim Berners Lee is building a ‘new internet’ where you control your own data

Sir Tim Berners Lee is building a ‘new internet’ where you control your own data

Sir Tim Berners Lee is building a new version of the world wide web, designed to take power away from tech corporations including Facebook and Google and restore it to the individual.

E-Slavery: The foundation of the tech economy

E-Slavery: The foundation of the tech economy

Considering how much these companies make selling your data, the free service you get is scraps. Developing technologies like blockchain technology may soon make it possible for total online anonymity to exist, making it harder for tech companies to collect user data if at all possible.

Intel Management Engine

Intel Management Engine

[18] [19] [20] Additional major security flaws in the ME affecting a very large number of computers incorporating ME, Trusted Execution Engine (TXE), and Server Platform Services (SPS) firmware, from Skylake in 2015 to Coffee Lake in 2017, were confirmed by Intel on 20 November 2017 (SA-00086).

What We Mean When We Say "Data Portability"

What We Mean When We Say "Data Portability"

Data portability interacts, and sometimes even conflicts, with other digital rights priorities, including privacy and security, transparency, interoperability, and competition. Data portability can support users’ right to “vote with their feet” by leaving a platform or service that isn’t working for them.

Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications

Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications

Lobbyists for "creators" threw their lot in with the giant entertainment companies and the newspaper proprietors and managed to pass the new EU Copyright Directive by a hair's-breadth this morning, in an act of colossal malpractice to harm to working artists will only be exceeded by the harm to everyone who uses the internet for everything else.

On leveling the playing field and online tracking

On leveling the playing field and online tracking

As a result, third-parties have been engaged in activities like collecting the user’s browsing history, personal data, information about their device, and so on, which is a subversion of the built-in protections that browsers provide to prevent the “straightforward” ways of getting this data from the third-party’s own website (aka, their own users).

44 Percent of Americans 18-27 Have Deleted the Facebook App This Year, Poll Finds

44 Percent of Americans 18-27 Have Deleted the Facebook App This Year, Poll Finds

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Facebook users ages 18 and older have adjusted their privacy settings in the wake of revelations that Facebook repeatedly failed to protect consumer data as it was shared and abused by a myriad of Facebook partners, including political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

There is literally no excuse to keep using Facebook anymore

There is literally no excuse to keep using Facebook anymore

Facebook has had several opportunities to show that it understands its responsibility as the world’s largest social network, a platform that now has 2.23 billion active users worldwide, sees 4.75 billion pieces of content shared daily, and is responsible for one out of every five page views in the United States.

Blockchain and GDPR Do Not Go Hand-In-Hand

Blockchain and GDPR Do Not Go Hand-In-Hand

This ensures that regulations to manage and protect sensitive information can be complied with while services can continue to leverage the strengths of blockchain. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) are, for the most part, incompatible with blockchain-powered startups and businesses.

The Relevance of Privacy in the Digital Age – SOVA – Medium

The Relevance of Privacy in the Digital Age – SOVA – Medium

Long ago, global multi-billion dollar companies began working on speech recognition and synthesis technology, introduced it into their devices (telephones, smart speakers) and, now, every 5th American household has a smart speaker.

Privacy risks for customers and workers in the gig economy

Privacy risks for customers and workers in the gig economy

As a customer in the gig economy, it’s important to understand that your data is often shared not only with the corporate entity operating a given platform, but also with the workers who use it to find and accept work.

Facebook-Owned Security App Caught Snooping on iPhones

Facebook-Owned Security App Caught Snooping on iPhones

Facebook is facing another embarrassment for once again violating user privacy, this time from one of its apps being sold on the Apple App Store. Apple officials confronted Facebook last week for violating the company’s regulations about apps collecting user data.

Schneier on Security

U.S. intelligence officers were also able to identify digital links between the covert communications system and the U.S. government itself, according to one former official -- links the Chinese agencies almost certainly found as well.

Fiserv Flaw Exposed Customer Data at Hundreds of Banks — Krebs on Security

Fiserv Flaw Exposed Customer Data at Hundreds of Banks — Krebs on Security

Two weeks ago this author heard from security researcher Kristian Erik Hermansen, who said he’d discovered something curious while logged in to an account at a tiny local bank that uses Fiserv’s platform.

German antitrust watchdog plans action on Facebook this year

German antitrust watchdog plans action on Facebook this year

Separately, Mundt confirmed comments he made in a newspaper interview earlier this month that he may launch an investigation into the e-commerce industry under new powers that enable the cartel office to launch sector-wide probes.

WhatsApp CEO gets India’s wish list

WhatsApp CEO gets India’s wish list

Stepping up efforts to clamp down on the spread on “sinister” messages through WhatsApp, the Union government on Tuesday asked the instant messaging platform to implement three measures in India: set up a local corporate entity; appoint a grievance officer in India; and find a solution to trace the origin of a fake message.

A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots

A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots

SLU is quick to note that it’s “the first college or university in the country to bring Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, managed by Alexa for Business, into every student residence hall room and student apartment on campus.” It’s certainly not the first to adopt Amazon’s smart speakers, but it’s among the largest scale for this sort of deployment.

Facebook Starts War On Knowledge After Closing Doors to Researchers

Facebook Starts War On Knowledge After Closing Doors to Researchers

The latest casualty is the app Netvizz, a research tool used by hundreds of academics to gather public Facebook data, that the social network has recently banned. The questionable use of Facebook data by academic researchers and political campaigners in the Cambridge Analytica scandal highlights the need for new privacy and security measures.