Browser Privacy

Browser Privacy

The premise was, that the browser is free software (open source), with one exception (Vivaldi).The following browsers were tested: Firefox ESR 78.3.0 Midori 1.1.4 (Electron version) Vivaldi 3.4.2066 Brave 1.15.72 Epiphany 3.32.1.2 The method itself was relatively simple.

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

The AIMIM, which has called the use of facial recognition an infringement of the right to privacy, expressed shock at the decision taken by the SEC without convening an all-party meeting.

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

These channels are a tool for Belarus’ citizens protesting the recently rigged presidential election, but, with a centralized entity like Apple calling the shots on its own App Store, there’s little the protesters can do about it, explains Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction.

The Citizens

The Citizens

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many urgent risks the platform poses to the upcoming election.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.We believe accountability in real-time is vital.

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has three interactive tools that help you learn about the new technologies being deployed around the United States and how they impact you: the Atlas of Surveillance, Spot the Surveillance, and Who Has Your Face?.

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize fake accounts' efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.

2021 HiPhi X swaps-out door handles for facial recognition, gets split butterfly rear doors

2021 HiPhi X swaps-out door handles for facial recognition, gets split butterfly rear doors

The six-seater all-electric HiPhi X SUV will use your face as the key, and comes with some unique split rear doors.The 2021 HiPhi X SUV has been revealed, and it will use facial recognition to open its doors.

India bans PUBG and 117 other mobile apps that compromise personal data; complete list here

India bans PUBG and 117 other mobile apps that compromise personal data; complete list here

In yet another major crackdown, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Wednesday banned 118 mobile applications, including the popular and addictive game PUBG.1) APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart.47) ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app.

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

Called Total Information Awareness (TIA), it was the “biggest surveillance program in the history of the United States,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), whose Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had nominal oversight.

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

Emboldened by that new law, Hong Kong security forces are turning to harsher tactics as they close a digital dragnet on activists, pro-democracy politicians and media leaders.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

Privacy and Voting

Privacy and Voting

Literally anyone anywhere with no record or oversight can go to your state or county election website, type in a few details about you (usually last name and date of birth are sufficient) and pull up your full name, date of birth, home address, phone number, email, sex, and more.

Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders

Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders

Hackers accessed direct messages for 36 high-profile account holders in last week’s epic compromise of Twitter, with one of the affected users being an elected official from the Netherlands, the social media company said late Wednesday.

Twitter is Testing End-to-End Encrypted Direct Messages

Twitter is Testing End-to-End Encrypted Direct Messages

Secret Conversation appears to allow Twitter users to send encrypted direct messages and beef up the security of their conversation.Select 'Start a secret text message,' and a new window will open where you can send encrypted messages.

Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Some users who have Microsoft Outlook installed on their Android devices have noticed seeing a new option to perform a Bing search when selecting text.Microsoft is utilizing the contextual text selection feature introduced in Android Marshmallow that allows developers to add their own options to the menu that pops up when words are selected.

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

New #iOS 14 allows #Apple users to selectively disable ad tracking by making their unique IDs invisible to apps.

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

San Francisco – Research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shows that hundreds of U.S. police departments with deadly histories have official partnerships with Amazon’s Ring—a home-surveillance company that makes it easy to send video footage to law enforcement.

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

That’s why we’re asking you to contact your elected officials and tell them to co-sponsor and vote yes on the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020.

Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

Virtual doctor app Babylon accidentally showed videos of other patients’ GP appointments

Virtual doctor app Babylon accidentally showed videos of other patients’ GP appointments

One user said he had been given access to around 50 videos that did not belong to him under the Consultation Replay section of the app, as he checked a prescription.The app, which has more than 2.3 million users in the UK, offers live-streamed consultations over smartphones and electronic prescriptions.

House Dems demand FBI, others stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests

House Dems demand FBI, others stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests

The letter says that in the last two weeks, all four agencies have been using tech that's a "vast overreach" of power -- like the FBI and National Guard using aircraft equipped with infrared and electro-optical cameras; CBP using Predator drones to collect live video feeds of protests; and the DEA being given authority for "covert surveillance" over people protesting the death of Floyd.

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

Los Angeles—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined the ACLU of northern and southern California in filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles for collecting detailed trip data and real-time locations and routes of the electric scooters thousands of residents use each day.

Image Scrubber

Image Scrubber

It will remove identifying metadata (Exif data) from photographs, and also allow you to selectively blur parts of the image to cover faces and other identifiable information.You can select between painting over the image or blurring it out.

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

Picture of Hikvision cameras in an electronic mall in Beijing on May 24, 2019.A new report claims that Amazon, Microsoft and Google are among a number of American firms that are providing various web services to Chinese surveillance firms accused of human rights abuses and which are now on a U.S. blacklist.

Hacker leaks 2.3 million Indonesian citizenship data for download

Hacker leaks 2.3 million Indonesian citizenship data for download

What’s worse for Indonesian citizens is that the threat actor is claiming to have access over 200 million Indonesian citizenship data which they plan to leak on the hacker forum where the electoral data is currently being traded.

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

The group’s board is set to include Susana Martinez, the former Republican governor of New Mexico; Bradley Smith, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission; and Chris Carney, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who’s now at a consulting firm, two people said.

Twitter: we need a break.

Twitter: we need a break.

As Mastodon is designed to be a more privacy-conscious alternative to Twitter, the developers have very carefully mimicked certain aspects of Twitter’s UI/UX.Out of the vast selection of clients available, I am going to be using Tusky, and Pinafore on the web.

WA to electronically track COVID-19 patients who defy isolation orders

WA to electronically track COVID-19 patients who defy isolation orders

The WA government will spend $3 million on GPS monitoring devices to help police track citizens who flout directions to quarantine or self-isolate at home.

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