CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.

German Data Protection Agency: Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Telemetry can be fully disabled

German Data Protection Agency: Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Telemetry can be fully disabled

The report, which you can access here (German PDF) suggests that organizations who may buy Enterprise or Education editions of Windows 10 may disable the sending of Telemetry data entirely in Windows 10 version 1909.

German Real Estate Company Issued with €14.5 Million GDPR Fine for Unlawful Data Retention

German Real Estate Company Issued with €14.5 Million GDPR Fine for Unlawful Data Retention

A German real estate company, Deutsche Wohnen SE, has been issued with a €14.5 million GDPR penalty by the Berlin Data Protection Authority for the unlawful retention of the personal data of tenants.

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

However, the proposed new bill doesn't make it clear how platforms would be able to turn over securely encrypted passwords to the authorities, as the text doesn't go into the specifics, although it does mention that “all” data sources available internally must be included when complying with an order.

Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business

Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business

But some, including NSO Group, as well as Gamma Group (an Anglo-German firm) and Hacking Team (an Italian one which in April merged with another company to create Memento Labs), sell software to help governments access online data on persons of interest.

Top 10 Countries and Cities by Number of CCTV Cameras

Top 10 Countries and Cities by Number of CCTV Cameras

According to the data collected by , China, the United States, and Germany are the countries with the largest number of surveillance cameras in the world.At the same time, 8 out of the top 10 cities in the world with the largest number of surveillance cameras installed are located in China.

Access Now calls on Internet Society to halt the sale of .ORG

Access Now calls on Internet Society to halt the sale of .ORG

Berlin, Germany: While the internet community gathered at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to debate better internet governance structures, we learned that Internet Society (ISOC), with no warning or public input, intends to sell the control of the .ORG domain registry (called the Public Interest Registry, or PIR) for an undisclosed amount to a for-profit private equity firm called Ethos Capital.

German murderer wins 'right to be forgotten'

German murderer wins 'right to be forgotten'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The man complained in 2009 after seeing articles detailing his crimes A German man convicted of murder in 1982 has the right to have his name removed from online search results, Germany's highest court has ruled.

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

The interior minister, who is responsible for ensuring the safety of the German public, was referring to a pilot project to test facial recognition technology at Berlin's Südkreuz train station, a major hub for local and international travelers.

Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread World Wide

Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread World Wide

“In general, we do not comment on dedicated, single cases,” Bernd Redecker, director of corporate security and fraud management at Diebold Nixdorf, said in a phone call.So far across the different states of Germany, 82 cases of ATM cash out is recorded.

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation

In his new book, Snowden calls Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation.In fact, it was because of Snowden's revelations that Germans discovered their country's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, supported NSA surveillance.

Windows Defender ranked one of the best antivirus solutions

Windows Defender ranked one of the best antivirus solutions

In the German independent research institute’s May/June 2019 ‘best antivirus software for Windows Home Users’ report, Windows Defender is one of four products to receive perfect 6 out of 6 scores in the protection, performance, and usability categories.

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

"Other providers of speech assistance systems, such as Apple or Amazon, are invited to also swiftly review the implementation of appropriate measures," Caspar's office said.

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

News Hub. German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe. Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority has banned Google from listening to conversations recorded on Google Home devices for three months across Europe.

Edward Snowden book coming out Sept. 17

Edward Snowden book coming out Sept. 17

The book by the man whose leaks of classified documents transformed the debate about government surveillance is coming out September 17.Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, announced Thursday that Snowden’s “Permanent Record” will be released simultaneously in more than 20 countries, including the U.S., Germany and Britain.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

Pointing out that the use of cloud applications in itself is not the problem as long as pupils’ consent and the security of the data processing is guaranteed, HBDI’s Michael Ronellenfitsch raised concerns about whether schools can store personal data of children in the cloud.

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Microsoft has found Office 365 banned from use in at least some German schools due to privacy concerns over the way its cloud service works.

ITWire - Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 barred from use in German schools

ITWire - Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 barred from use in German schools

Ronellenfitsch adds, "As soon as, in particular, the possible third-party access to the data in the cloud and the issue of telemetry data have been resolved in a comprehensible and data protection-compliant manner, Office 365 can be used as a cloud solution by schools."

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

LONDON — Germany’s top antitrust enforcer, Andreas Mundt, recently asked a room full of lawyers, academics and regulators to imagine a wall filled with their personal information collected by Facebook and Google.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

Germany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10

Germany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10

This article reveals a very important fact that no backdoors were found in Huawei's products, and 10 vulnerabilities were discovered on Cisco products in the United States.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - In the dispute over boycotting the Chinese Huawei corporation, the German government is considering joining a campaign of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network, it was reported in Canada and Australia.

Germans fear return of 'scary' surveillance

Germans fear return of 'scary' surveillance

Now, Germany's national police -- like many law enforcement services -- wants access, not only to phone data, but also information collected by digital assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Privacy Fears Split German Government on Use of Alexa Data as Evidence

Privacy Fears Split German Government on Use of Alexa Data as Evidence

The federal interior ministry is preparing to back a proposal from the state of Schleswig-Holstein to make evidence from smart devices and virtual assistants admissible in court, the RND news organization reported Wednesday.

Germany: Backdoor found in four smartphone models; 20,000 users infected

Germany: Backdoor found in four smartphone models; 20,000 users infected

The BSI said the phones' firmware contained a backdoor trojan named Andr/Xgen2-CY.UK cyber-security firm Sophos Labs first spotted this malware strain in October 2018.

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google's privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.

Encrypted messages are under attack: The crypto wars continue.

Encrypted messages are under attack: The crypto wars continue.

Seehofer, the German Secretary of the Interior, wants to force encrypted messenger services like WhatsApp, Threema, Signal, Wire, Telegram, and Apple's iMessages to decrypt messages for the German authorities upon request.

The guy who made a tool to track women in porn videos is sorry

The guy who made a tool to track women in porn videos is sorry

Though the programmer—who posted about the project on the Chinese social network Weibo—originally insisted everything was fine because he didn’t make the information public, just collecting the data is illegal if the women didn’t consent, according to Börge Seeger, a data protection expert and partner at German law firm Neuwerk.

A German minister wants access to your encrypted WhatsApp and Telegram messages

A German minister wants access to your encrypted WhatsApp and Telegram messages

Because according to Spiegel Online, the country’s Federal Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, wants encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram to provide chat logs in plain text to the authorities.

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