Israeli tech company says it can break into all iPhones ever made, some Androids

Israeli tech company says it can break into all iPhones ever made, some Androids

The announcement from Cellebrite came in the form of an update this week to its website promoting the iPhone-hacking technology, dubbed “UFED Premium,” as “the only on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices.”.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

On Friday, multiple activist groups and telecommunications experts filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) centering on how AT&T , T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sold their customers' real-time location data to third parties without those customers' informed consent.

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

In a letter to key senators, the commission’s acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said officials had directed 29 people – including journalists, lawyers, engineers and company officials – to destroy or return records that the agency had improperly released to them.

The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about

The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about

From this month, almost all visa applicants looking to travel or immigrate to the US will have to list five years worth of social media profiles on their visa applications, a move first proposed last year (pdf) as part of the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” policy toward visitors.

San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police

San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police

Associated Press The San Francisco board did not spend time Tuesday debating the outright ban on facial recognition technology, focusing instead on the possible burdens placed on police, the transit system and other city agencies that need to maintain public safety.

San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco supervisors voted to pass a surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments.

Calls for “Lightweight” Encryption are Short-Sighted and Dangerous

Calls for “Lightweight” Encryption are Short-Sighted and Dangerous

There is a NIST competition going on right now to adopt a new lightweight encryption standard that targets 112-bits of security. One is the concept of a “barely safe” margin of safety and a the second is that hardware advancements are eliminating the need for lightweight cryptography altogether.

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

The Brennan Center for Justice reports schools are purchasing social media monitoring tools with increasing frequency, allowing them to track and surveil students far past the borders of the school grounds.

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Israel said that the risk of false positives increases when predictive models use data of “questionable fidelity” such as social media posts.

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

The additional obligatory equipment for cars, trucks and buses will help to save people’s lives”, said Róża Thun (EPP, PL) , who steered this legislation through Parliament.

Top Gear on Google

Top Gear on Google

The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) system uses both GPS data and sign recognition technology to check speed limits, and then automatically keeps the car below the required limits.

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

He has retained counsel and informed Airbnb that he is considering filing a civil suit against it under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. He says the company should have flagged his host sooner for the name discrepancy and the fact that he did not have his landlord’s permission to rent out the property, which is in violation of Airbnb’s terms of service.

A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We'll Believe It When We See It.

A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We'll Believe It When We See It.

The Proof is in the Pudding At the core of Zuckerberg’s announcement is Facebook’s plan to merge its three messaging platforms: Facebook’s Messenger, Instagram’s Direct, and WhatsApp. The announcement promises security and privacy features across the board, including end-to-end encryption, ephemerality, reduced data retention, and a commitment to not store data in countries with poor human rights records.

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

We plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp: focus on the most fundamental and private use case — messaging — make it as secure as possible, and then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.

A Serious Concern About Post-Quantum Cryptography and Strength Targets

A Serious Concern About Post-Quantum Cryptography and Strength Targets

A “Security Level 1” cipher that has a breakthrough that allows a sqrt speedup on analysis suddenly only has 64 or less “bits of strength”, which is very breakable.

The Dark Sides of Modern Cars: Hacking and Data Collection

The Dark Sides of Modern Cars: Hacking and Data Collection

Munagala said the auto and tech industries realize they must achieve certain benchmarks of security and privacy to fully monetize this wellspring of operational and personal data, collected in real time.

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250 for the privilege

The proposed database appears to be focused on making it easier for law enforcement to use DNA in investigations, but Kaye said it's not targeting the right people to make a significant impact when it comes to solving cases.

How Much Does Your Car Know About You?

How Much Does Your Car Know About You?

Automakers claim to use this data for driver and vehicle safety and to enhance driving efficiency. Although some of the information that your car is collecting may seem unnecessary, much of it is used to enhance safety – and this could be keeping you safe.

Facebook adviser rebukes 'lax' child checks

Facebook adviser rebukes 'lax' child checks

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app gave "nearly limitless access" to a teen's device One of Facebook's independent child safety advisers has criticised the firm over a scheme that gave it access to teenagers' highly personal information, without taking more effort to verify their parents had given permission.

Online safety a big priority for Facebook

Online safety a big priority for Facebook

And I think we are going to continue to work hard to make sure people understand how their information is used and the control they have." Ms Sandberg also said it was now clear that prior to 2016 the company did not understand that the social network could be used for activities aimed at undermining democracy, including electoral interference and spreading fake news.

Over 140 International Airlines Affected by Major Security Breach

Over 140 International Airlines Affected by Major Security Breach

Potential attackers could view and change private information in flight bookings made by millions of customers of major international airlines because of a security issue in the Amadeus online booking system found by Safety Detective's Noam Rotem.

Major Security Breach Discovered Affecting Nearly Half of All Airline Travelers Worldwide

Major Security Breach Discovered Affecting Nearly Half of All Airline Travelers Worldwide

The same breach was then discovered to include 44% of the international carriers market, potentially affecting tens of millions of travelers.

A Chinese official explained how the country’s electric-car surveillance works

A Chinese official explained how the country’s electric-car surveillance works

That’s quite different from how the industry operates elsewhere—carmakers worldwide collect data from cars to improve performance, but no manufacturers in other major nations using electric vehicles, such as Japan, Germany, or the UK, are required to provide real-time data like the Chinese government asks for.

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

As Guardian Optical CEO Gil Dotan said, “What automakers want is what either sells cars, or what regulators tell them to do.” Occupants, inside a car, are seen on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits, shown during an interview in San Jose, California, U.S., December 28, 2018.

Congress is calling for an investigation into cell phone providers selling user location data.

Congress is calling for an investigation into cell phone providers selling user location data.

If you want your lawmakers to join the effort to protect your privacy data, contact Congress now to demand that they work with the FCC to investigate why cell phone companies are selling our location and personal information, and enforce laws to prevent this from ever happening again.

Our plans for 2019

Our plans for 2019

We are extremely grateful to all of you who not only want to improve your safety online, but also understand that we need your help to sustain Tails.

New NYPD Drone Policy Represents a Serious Threat to Privacy

New NYPD Drone Policy Represents a Serious Threat to Privacy

But this good news is tempered by the fact that the policy does not forbid the department from going back and using this technology on the footage captured by the drones’ cameras.

There’s No Such Thing as Anonymous Data. But This Is How They’re Playing us with It.

There’s No Such Thing as Anonymous Data. But This Is How They’re Playing us with It.

Because I’ve appealed to your most basic common sense reactions with a shallow argument (but worthwhile benefit — don’t get me wrong), and right here I’d have an excuse to use your data for other purposes.

Internet Safety for Kids – A Parent’s Guide

Internet Safety for Kids – A Parent’s Guide

You need to make sure your kids are always safe and don’t land into any trouble. Teach your kids basic internet safety rules You need to teach your children about the basic internet safety rules, such as: Be open with your kids about internet safety

Face surveillance as a “security” measure will not stop violence

Face surveillance as a “security” measure will not stop violence

And contrary to claims we’ll hear for the next few decades from law enforcement about the life saving properties of face surveillance tools, it’s unlikely that the technology will ever stop a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or other serious threat to public safety.

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