Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal open to side-channel attacks

Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal open to side-channel attacks

Researchers at Cisco's Talos Group are warning users to not to assume that the very popular encrypted messaging apps Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal will keep the communications confidential, as they partly delegate security to the operating systems they run on.

Social Justice Organizations Challenge Retention of DNA Collected from Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Californians

Social Justice Organizations Challenge Retention of DNA Collected from Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Californians

San Francisco - Two social justice organizations—the Center for Genetics and Society and the Equal Justice Society—and an individual plaintiff, Pete Shanks, have filed suit against the state of California for its collection and retention of genetic profiles from people arrested but never convicted of any crime.

Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings

Yet, at the same time, they were the first to articulate a legal “right to privacy.” As jurists Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis argued in 1890, the circulation of an unwanted photograph could bring “mental pain and distress, far greater than could be inflicted by mere bodily injury.” People had a right to protection against exposure.

The Man Making Art From Government Surveillance

The Man Making Art From Government Surveillance

He wrote about booking hotel rooms in Las Vegas to photograph airplanes bringing people to and from work at secret military bases; about learning how to track secret satellites in the sky from online amateur communities; about climbing mountains and ridges with telescopes to see what military installations look like.

Facebook Still Doesn't Understand What Privacy Means

Facebook Still Doesn't Understand What Privacy Means

Midway through his missive, Zuckerberg offers a defense of his internal emails regarding the idea of quite literally selling access to user data: “we decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted.

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

“Clearly the current status quo isn’t working—the Federal Trade Commission needs real powers with strong teeth in order to punish companies that lose or misuse Americans’ private information,” said Wyden, adding: “Until companies like Marriott feel the threat of multi-billion dollar fines, and jail-time for their senior executives, these companies won’t take privacy seriously.”

Encryption Backdoor Threatens Privacy of All

Encryption Backdoor Threatens Privacy of All

The 2018 Assistance and Access Bill would force tech companies such as Wickr and Telegram to provide state agencies with backdoor access to otherwise encrypted messages.

Tracking left and right: website behaviour in the lead-up to the midterms

Tracking left and right: website behaviour in the lead-up to the midterms

We retrieved the domains Media Bias Fact Check lists as left biased and right biased, and used Netgraph's query API to fetch a sample of captures prior to the midterms for each site. The takeaway is that left-biased and right-biased sites included about the same number of third party domains that set state.

Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users

Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users

Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users The company is investigating the issue Facebook users are reporting one of the stranger bugs to plague the platform of late: years-old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically, without context or explanation.

Julian Assange’s Secret Charges Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error

Julian Assange’s Secret Charges Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error

On Friday 16 November it was revealed that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been charged with other offenses than those publicly known. WikiLeak’s Twitter has said Assange appeared on the court documents for a sex crime, due to a “cut and paste” error.

China Is Helping Governments of the World Build Their Own Surveillance State

China Is Helping Governments of the World Build Their Own Surveillance State

The Venezuelan government sent a group to China to learn how to build their own surveillance state. ‘What we saw in China changed everything,’ said the member of the Venezuelan delegation, technical advisor Anthony Daquin.

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Heraldsun

EXCLUSIVE: Victoria’s emergency services have suffered a massive data breach, with the personal medical information of hundreds of staff circulating on the dark web. media_camera Victoria’s emergency services have suffered a massive data breach, with the personal medical information of hundreds of staff circulating on the dark web.

Prosecution of Julian Assange, America’s Betrayal of Its Own Ideals

Prosecution of Julian Assange, America’s Betrayal of Its Own Ideals

Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive who blew the whistle on secret mass surveillance programs, spoke about how he came to witness his own government actively violating the privacy and freedom of its citizens in the name of national security and decided not to remain silent.

Unregulated intelligence sharing poses substantive risks to human rights and to the democratic rule of law

Unregulated intelligence sharing poses substantive risks to human rights and to the democratic rule of law

Privacy International also recognises the importance and benefit of intelligence sharing, for example in the context of fighting terrorism, organised crime or to identify other genuine threats to national security.

France is ditching Google to reclaim its online independence

France is ditching Google to reclaim its online independence

While cooperation on cybersecurity might be underway, analysts are more skeptical about France’s progress on other issues related to digital sovereignty, such as protection of national data on extraterritorial clouds, regulation and taxation of American and Chinese technology giants, and economic support and development of digital companies.

Beijing pioneering citizens' 'points' system critics brand 'Orwellian'

Beijing pioneering citizens' 'points' system critics brand 'Orwellian'

BEIJING: Beijing's municipal government will assign citizens and firms "personal trustworthiness points" by 2021, state media reported on Tuesday, pioneering China's controversial plan for a "social credit" system to monitor citizens and businesses.

It’s Time to Start Punishing Election Officials for Security and Privacy Violations

It’s Time to Start Punishing Election Officials for Security and Privacy Violations

Instead, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp (who was also running for governor of Georgia) denied the vulnerability, and then attempted to divert blame by slinging mud at his political rival, and announcing that he had ordered the FBI and DHS to investigate the breach.

You Should Be Worried About Your DNA Privacy

You Should Be Worried About Your DNA Privacy

As DNA tests such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA become increasingly prevalent, concerns about genetic privacy are mounting—and with good reason, says the Atlantic writer Sarah Zhang. “Soon, it won’t be hard to imagine a world where everyone can be found for whatever reason through a relative’s DNA,” Zhang says in the video.

Data breach laws: would you know if your personal information was compromised?

Data breach laws: would you know if your personal information was compromised?

For example, HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is federal United States legislation that includes additional breach notification and reporting requirements for the healthcare industry.

Hacker Say They Compromised ProtonMail. ProtonMail Says It's BS.

Hacker Say They Compromised ProtonMail. ProtonMail Says It's BS.

The alleged hacker has been busy posting to various image boards and stating that they would send $20 in bitcoin to anyone who spread the word about this hack using the #Protonmail hashtag on Twitter.

Microsoft Wants To Show You Ads In The Windows 10 Mail App

Microsoft Wants To Show You Ads In The Windows 10 Mail App

In a support page spotted by Thurrott.com, Microsoft justifies this with the following statement: "Consistent with consumer email apps and services like Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail, advertising allows us to provide, support, and improve some of our products.

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

This account of how Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg navigated Facebook’s cascading crises, much of which has not been previously reported, is based on interviews with more than 50 people.

A new Venezuelan ID, created with China's ZTE, tracks citizen behavior

A new Venezuelan ID, created with China's ZTE, tracks citizen behavior

As part of a $70 million government effort to bolster “national security,” Venezuela last year hired ZTE to build a fatherland database and create a mobile payment system for use with the card, according to contracts reviewed by Reuters.

EFF to U.S. Department of Commerce: Protect Consumer Data Privacy

EFF to U.S. Department of Commerce: Protect Consumer Data Privacy

On Friday, November 9, 2018, EFF submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce's request for comment on "Developing the Administration's Approach to Consumer Privacy," urging the agency to consider any future policy proposals in a users' rights framework.

State senator sought to weaken biometric privacy protections he had championed

State senator sought to weaken biometric privacy protections he had championed

Link's effort to change the now 10-year-old Biometric Information Privacy Act came as lawsuits were being filed by Illinois residents accusing Facebook of improperly using digital facial recognition in photo tagging.

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

"Law enforcement authorities habitually push for greater access to private data and information to help them do their job and will likely call to increase The Capability to include less serious crimes and public nuisances," Mr Greenwich said.

[Money20/20] America May Soon Have a Mobile National ID, with IDEMIA’s Help

[Money20/20] America May Soon Have a Mobile National ID, with IDEMIA’s Help

With Openshaw noting that in the US, drivers’ licenses are essentially “the de facto national ID”, the two IDEMIA execs explained that IDEMIA is currently working with 38 state governments on their drivers’ license programs, and that a significant part of these efforts entails the Mobile Driver License, or MDL, concept.

Do Your Apps Know Too Much About You?

Do Your Apps Know Too Much About You?

App makers are starting to bundle permission choices together and still aren’t quite there with letting their users know exactly what they’ll be using data for.

Passcodes are protected by Fifth Amendment, says court

Passcodes are protected by Fifth Amendment, says court

Regardless of the “foregone conclusion” standard, producing a passcode is testimonial and has the potential to harm the defendant, just like any other Fifth Amendment violation would, the Florida court said.

Father of Web says tech giants may have to be split up

Father of Web says tech giants may have to be split up

Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, said he was disappointed with the current state of the internet, following scandals over the abuse of personal data and the use of social media to spread hate.

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