WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

The shift to more privacy-focused messaging apps had been building before WhatsApp’s public relations disaster, Ghodrati said.Apps like Signal, Telegram, Wickr, and WhatsApp offer privacy features ranging from end-to-end encrypted data transfer to ‘self-destructing messages’.”.

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

After tech behemoths like Twitter moved to ban Trump and thousands of other far-right accounts, millions moved to apps like Signal and Telegram for their encrypted messaging services."Signal is [pretty] much a classic 'messenger' product, end-to-end encrypted by default," Isaac explained.

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

Finally, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this week, and required users to accept that it shares some information with Facebook before continuing to use the app.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 15, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 15, 2021

WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app.WhatsApp has made the long awaited move of changing its privacy policy to share personal data from WhatsApp users to its parent company Facebook.

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

On Signal, a Florida-based militia group said on Monday that it was organizing its chats in small, city-by-city groups limited to a few dozen people each, according to messages seen by The New York Times.

Apple’s new privacy labels show how data hungry Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are

Apple’s new privacy labels show how data hungry Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are

In Facebook Messenger’s case, the information is used for everything from third party advertising, to analytics, product personalization, app functionality, and even something called “other purposes.” Facebook has called these privacy labels misleading and “anti-competitive.” On the privacy preserving end of the spectrum is Signal, which collects none of that information.

No, Cellebrite cannot 'break Signal encryption.'

No, Cellebrite cannot 'break Signal encryption.'

Last week, Cellebrite posted a pretty embarrassing (for them) technical article to their blog documenting the “advanced techniques” they use to parse Signal on an Android device they physically have with the screen unlocked.

Facebook Declared War on Apple, and It Just May Signal the End of Facebook

Facebook Declared War on Apple, and It Just May Signal the End of Facebook

The ads attacked Apple's new privacy changes, which Facebook claims will severely hurt small businesses, and "will change the internet as we know it--for the worse.".What about Facebook's argument that Apple's new policy will change the internet for the worse?.

Adding Encrypted Group Calls to Signal

Adding Encrypted Group Calls to Signal

Today, we’re launching group calls in Signal with the latest versions of our apps.Group calls are free, private, and end-to-end encrypted — like everything else on Signal.We hope group calls are a helpful new way to connect!.

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group call requirements : Each participant is using the latest version of Signal available for that device: Android v5.0.3 or later iOS v.5.0.0 or later Desktop v1.39.2 or later Each participant is a member of the same Signal New Group chat The group call size limit is five Here's how to start an encrypted group voice or video call: Open the group chat.

Cellebrite’s New Solution for Decrypting the Signal App

Cellebrite’s New Solution for Decrypting the Signal App

We looked again into the shared preferences file and found a value under “pref_attachment_encrypted_secret” that has “data” and “iv” fields under it.The “data” field contains an encrypted json file, that once decrypted, contains the decryption keys of the sent attachments.

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

The Liberals have signalled their intention on the parliamentary notice paper to introduce a bill that would create the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act. Story continues below advertisement.

EU Lawmakers Seek Access to Encrypted Signal, WhatsApp Chats: Reports

EU Lawmakers Seek Access to Encrypted Signal, WhatsApp Chats: Reports

Lawmakers in the European Union may push for access to end-to-end encrypted chats in popular apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, according to a draft proposal circulated by the German government—currently president of the EU—over the weekend.

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

A leaked draft resolution from the Council of the European Union highlights that the government is planning to crack down on the end-to-end (e2e) encryption used by messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. What the EU is calling for is a “balance” between regular encryption use and lawful access to encrypted data.

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

They changed all of their passwords, email service, web browser, downloaded Signal, deleted Facebook and SnapChat, went and registered for a PO box, and shredded their credit cards all in the same week and are trying to cold turkey their way into privacy.

Signal Foundation

Signal Foundation

Brian Acton is an entrepreneur and computer programmer who co-founded the messaging app WhatsApp in 2009.Prior to founding WhatsApp and Signal Foundation, Acton worked as a software builder for more than 25 years at companies like Apple, Yahoo, and Adobe.

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

Today we’re releasing a new version of Signal groups that gives you a richer private group experience with group admins, granular permissions, @mentions and more.Your existing Signal groups will get these new group features in a future update.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

The way that apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal do contact discovery has privacy flaws – chief among them is the fact that an attacker can enumerate users, that’s when they use contact discovery to test whether certain numbers are registered or not.

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

If there is any latency whatsoever between us hitting a mute button and the audio not cutting out, the hardware or software has failed.Well-engineered mute buttons on keyboards shouldn’t need to go to software, they should immediately send a signal to the motherboard’s DAC—ideally on a separate wire or connection—to say terminate this signal.

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies looking for new ways to categorize users and tailor content are turning to a new tool: physical signals from the phone itself.“We see Apple's announcements, consumers getting more conscious of privacy, and the death of the cookie,” says Abhishek Sen, cofounder of NumberEight, a “contextual intelligence” startup in the UK that infers user behavior from sensors in their smartphone.

Researchers were able to figure out which American phone numbers use Signal

Researchers were able to figure out which American phone numbers use Signal

Enumeration means that using the contact discovery built into the Signal app, researchers were able to perform a large-scale crawling attack and figure out which American phone numbers were attached to a Signal account.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

The Self-Destructive Quest for Perfection

The Self-Destructive Quest for Perfection

This week I was reintroduced to a phrase I’m coming to love as I interact with the privacy community: “don’t let perfection be the enemy of good enough.” If you recommend Signal to someone for it’s security, someone else will complain that Signal uses phone numbers and AWS as a backbone.

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

The latest beta release of Signal Desktop includes preliminary support for one-to-one voice and video calls.Call your friends and family on macOS, Windows, and Linux; see their smiles on a larger screen; hear their laughter through the big speakers on your desk; and help us test the next generation of calling on Signal.

Hong Kong downloads of Signal surge as residents fear crackdown

Hong Kong downloads of Signal surge as residents fear crackdown

The surging interest in encrypted messaging comes days after the Chinese government in Beijing passed a new national security law that reduced Hong Kong's autonomy and could undermine its traditionally strong protections for civil liberties.

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

However, FISA and the Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 which he testified to, did allow for temporary warrantless surveillance (Sec. 308).Presently under the Trump administration, Barr has been pushing for explicit backdoor access into encryption technologies employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and secure messaging platforms including Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp.

Signal >> Blog >> Your next upgrade deserves an upgrade

Signal >> Blog >> Your next upgrade deserves an upgrade

Signal iOS now includes a new feature that makes it possible to switch to a brand-new iPhone or iPad while securely transferring Signal information from your existing iOS device.Look for the migration prompt on your existing device, and confirm whether or not you want to initiate the transfer process.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

How to use Signal messenger face blur tool on Android & iOS

How to use Signal messenger face blur tool on Android & iOS

Signal messenger has introduced a new tool that lets users blur their faces.Just recently, though, Signal Messenger has added another very important feature that allows users to blur images before sending them via messages on both iOS and Android.

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

The different European apps use low-energy signals shared by devices with Bluetooth technology to anonymously record whether there are people nearby.Like Britain, France rejected new mobile software for tracing apps jointly developed by United States technology companies Google and Apple.

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