Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Signal has often been asked if we can build something to support this kind of payments use case for a better alternative future (one that isn’t dominated by big tech).

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

PayPal will let United States users pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

PayPal will let United States users pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

After rolling out the ability for US users to directly buy and sell cryptocurrency directly from their accounts last November, PayPal’s new “Checkout with Crypto” allows users to instantly convert their Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or Bitcoin Cash to US dollars that PayPal then uses to complete the transaction.However, you can only use one type of cryptocurrency for each purchase you make.

The new Policing Bill fails to provide sufficient safeguards around extraction of victims' data.

The new Policing Bill fails to provide sufficient safeguards around extraction of victims' data.

Our main concerns regarding Chapter 3 of the PCSC Bill: Continued reliance on "consent" of victims and witnesses to hand over their devices Section 36 of the Bill provides that an authorised person, such as a police officer, can extract data from an electronic device if the user of a device has:.

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

Swedish ISP Telia has handed over more information about its customers to so-called copyright troll law firms than any other in the country.In 2020, law firms acting for these so-called copyright trolls obtained permission to force Swedish ISPs to hand over the personal details of subscribers behind 46,200 IP addresses.

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Today we are publishing an open letter calling on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to publish a privacy notice for their DNS service that commits to deleting the data within 24 hours and to only using the data for providing the service.

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

In a report by Metro, unions warn that employers are taking advantage of Covid-19 restrictions to monitor remote workers covertly.According to TUC research, one in seven employees has seen surveillance increase since they started working from home.

Privacy Litigation Series: Lane v. Facebook

Privacy Litigation Series: Lane v. Facebook

Although nothing could substitute Sean Lane’s wife’s genuine surprise for getting a diamond ring as a present, Facebook lost this case and the privacy justice was served leading to the discontinuation of Beacon.

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

The policing minister, Kit Malthouse, said Home Office and law enforcement officials were working at pace to recover the data.“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety,” he said.

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems on Monday filed complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities over Apple's AAPL.O online tracking tool, alleging that it allows iPhones to store users' data without their consent in breach of European law.

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

If tech companies won’t self-regulate their data collection practices and impose meaningful privacy-protecting restrictions on the way they handle our data, then it’s time for Congress to step up and take action.

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

23 cancellation, a group of academics organized a series of events across the country, as well as in Canada and the UK, which were meant to highlight the issue.“Campuses across North America are joining in the campaign to resist corporate and university silencing of Palestinian narratives and Palestinian voices,” said the day of action event description, which was meant to be held on Oct. 23) The follow-up events did not include Khalid presenting.

EFF Joins Coalition Urging Senators to Reject the EARN IT Act

EFF Joins Coalition Urging Senators to Reject the EARN IT Act

Recently, EFF joined the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and 26 other organizations to send a letter to the Senate opposing the EARN IT Act (S.Contact your Senators and tell them to oppose the EARN IT Act. TAKE ACTION.

CipherTrace Announces World’s First Monero Tracing Capabilities...

CipherTrace Announces World’s First Monero Tracing Capabilities...

CipherTrace’s contract with DHS Science & Technology Directorate resulted in the development of forensic tools for law enforcement and government agencies to trace and visualize Monero transaction flows for criminal investigations.

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Under the broadband heading--Biden has already committed to a $20 billion investment in rural broadband--the proposals included that "Democrats will restore the FCC's clear authority to take strong enforcement action against broadband providers who violate net neutrality principles through blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or other measures that create artificial scarcity and raise consumer prices for this vital service.".

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

You should never open your device or consent the search of your belongings — if the officer asks to do so, say “I do not consent to a search of my belongings”.The police cannot arrest you for practicing your fourth amendment right, however in reality the goal is to not antagonize them, so be polite.

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Sunday saw “a fifth straight of rioting and looting, resulting in another wave of arrests.” Apple, among other high-end retailers, has seen its fair share of attacks and has now taken action to protect staff and prevent further damage.

Credit card companies are tracking shoppers like never before: Inside the next phase of surveillance capitalism

Credit card companies are tracking shoppers like never before: Inside the next phase of surveillance capitalism

Companies have been tapping into transaction data to sell us more things as early as the 1990s, when credit card giants such as American Express analyzed purchases to tailor special offers to cardholders.

Vac - What Would a WeChat Replacement Need?

Vac - What Would a WeChat Replacement Need?

We want something that is self-sovereign, private, censorship-resistant and open that allows individuals and groups of people to communicate and transact freely.In order to get a lot of the features WeChat provides, we need the ability to do three things: communicate, store data, and transact with people.

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

The protests on Monday came after pushback led by students and digital rights group Fight for The Future against a proposed facial recognition program at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) led the school to reverse course and drop the technology.

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

A Melbourne dentist who claims he was defamed in an anonymous online review has convinced a Federal Court judge to order technology giant Google to unmask the disgruntled customer so he can launch "groundbreaking" legal action.

How can you mark your own sent messages in a chat as spam in Facebook

How can you mark your own sent messages in a chat as spam in Facebook

I know that this trick work since I have a few conversation when a yellow rectangle appears instead of my friend messages saying that the messages was marked as spam even knowing that I didn't marked their messages as spam.

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

According to Axios, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing fines against cell service providers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, for illegally selling data on the real-time location of their customers without the customers’ knowledge.

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC

The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – which oversees the FCC – Frank Pallone (D-NJ) issued a statement: “Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data.

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

If it isn’t stopped, the worst parts of this deal will likely come standard on future agreements, and Americans will be subject to more and more searches by foreign police.TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE U.S.-U.K. CLOUD ACT DEAL.

Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’

Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’

A joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag published Monday found that Avast antivirus, which has more than 435 million users around the world, is selling its users’ browsing habits to companies like Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Yelp, Condé Nast, and Home Depot through a subsidiary called Jumpshot.

California's groundbreaking privacy law takes effect in January. What does it do?

California's groundbreaking privacy law takes effect in January. What does it do?

The California Consumer Privacy Act will go into action 1 January 2020, giving residents of the state a whole new arsenal of tools to protect their data and personal information online – and saddling businesses with a lot more responsibility.

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure.Terminated a customer or taken down content due to political pressure* Provided any law enforcement organization a feed of our customers' content transiting our network.

LogMeIn (LastPass) to be acquired by Private Equity Firms

LogMeIn (LastPass) to be acquired by Private Equity Firms

LogMeIn announced yesterday that it will be acquired by Private Equity Firm for approximately $4.3 billion in an all-cash transaction.LogMeIn announced yesterday that it will be acquired by Private Equity Firm for approximately $4.3 billion in an all-cash transaction.