Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

“Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, noted that “The current European Union export regulation framework fails to protect human rights.” The document provides a good introduction to the region’s digital surveillance exports, and how these tools are already being abused, notably by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

Facebook said its investigation found two Chinese companies, Beijing Best United Technology Co Ltd (Best Lh) and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co Ltd (9Rush) had developed the Android tooling deployed by the group.

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

"They targeted activists, journalists and dissidents among Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities from Xinjiang in China primarily living abroad in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the United States and other countries," Facebook said in a post Wednesday detailing its findings about the cyber espionage campaign.

Japan to probe Line after reports it let Chinese engineers access user data

Japan to probe Line after reports it let Chinese engineers access user data

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government said on Wedneseday it would investigate messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp’s Z Holdings Corp, after Japanese media reports that it let Chinese engineers at a Shanghai affiliate access Japanese users’ data without informing them.

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Line, whose app is used by over 86 million people in Japan, says in its data protection guideline that customers' personal information can be transferred overseas.The app operator said it had reported the matter to the government's Personal Information Protection Commission and will soon set up a third-party panel to investigate the incident.

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency

The China Advertising Association, a government-backed group with approximately 2,000 members, has introduced CAID, a method to identify and track iPhone users in the country, reports the Financial Times.

China’s Sharp Eyes CCTV surveillance program redefines the Neighborhood Watch

China’s Sharp Eyes CCTV surveillance program redefines the Neighborhood Watch

A Chinese government program known as the Sharp Eyes Project is the latest example of China’s technological surveillance infrastructure.Safe Cities focused on logistical considerations related to public security while SkyNet was dedicated to ensuring that the growing CCTV presence in China was connected to facial recognition algorithms.

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators.

Clubhouse Security Risk Follow-up: China Is Listening

Clubhouse Security Risk Follow-up: China Is Listening

The Shanghai-based infrastructure supplier of Clubhouse called Agora Inc. raised security concerns that it may provide information to the Chinese government to identify and monitor users, especially for politically exposed personnel.

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

The company told SIO that it was going to roll out changes “to add additional encryption and blocks to prevent Clubhouse clients from ever transmitting pings to Chinese servers” and said it would hire an external security firm to review and validate the updates.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 5, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 5, 2021

The proposed new law, called the Personal Information Protection Law or the PIPL for short, provides a look at how the Chinese government wants to protect consumer privacy while maintaining powers of surveillance.Apple has released security updates for all of its operating systems, patching dozens of vulnerabilities in iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and more.

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

One worry for Evanina and others is control over biodata that can lead to the complete control over health care: if a person's current or future medical condition is known through DNA and other data, the entity that knows it can gain a monopoly over the therapy or drugs to treat them.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

The leak stems from a misconfigured ElasticSearch database owned by Chinese social-media management company SocialArks, which contained personally identifiable information (PII) from users of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms, according to researchers at Safety Detectives.

DHS warns of data theft risk when using Chinese products

DHS warns of data theft risk when using Chinese products

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned American businesses of the data theft risks behind using equipment and data services provided by companies linked with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Chinese court finds Gionee guilty of planting malware on more than 20 million units

Chinese court finds Gionee guilty of planting malware on more than 20 million units

It seems that Gionee planted a Trojan Horse on more than 20 million devices to money from unsolicited ads and other malicious activities without the user's knowledge.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes.

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

The following factors are used by the Chinese government when calculating a social credit score for a business: If the company has consistently paid their taxes on time Whether the business acquires and maintains necessary licenses If the organization in question is compliant with relevant environmental-protection requirements Whether the quality of the business’s products or service meet the national standards.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

The news comes from a U.S. Department of Commerce press release which is titled: “Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States.” Where many people use VPNs in China to bypass Chinese censorship of American apps and services, the reverse is now going to become a thing.

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

At least 72 servers based in India are allegedly sending data of Indian users to China, and at the centre of this are cloud data servers of Chinese technology group, Alibaba, top intelligence sources told News18 earlier today.

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

“The data collected about individuals and institutions and the overlaid analytic tools from social media platforms provide China enormous benefit in opinion formation, targeting, and messaging.”.

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.

China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

(Reuters) - China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

India Blocks High-Profile Chinese Apps on Political, Privacy Concerns

India Blocks High-Profile Chinese Apps on Political, Privacy Concerns

The ministry said it “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” according to a statement, which includes the full list of the newly banned apps.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

On June 29th 2020, the second most populous country in the world, and TikTok’s biggest market, India, banned it and 60 other Chinese apps accused of stealing and sending of user data outside the country.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok. Social media giants such as Facebook and Google are tracking machines, just like most big tech corporations.The Chinese social media giant TikTok is collecting as much data as possible from their users - whether TikTok needs the data to provides its service or not.

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