Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

In a new blogpost on Microsoft’s blog, Alex Weinert – Director of Identity Security – has urged users to stop using SMS and call based multi-factor authentication.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

In the future, every company will become a software company.” Additionally, you often hear expressions like, “In the application economy, software developers reign supreme.” And yet, there is a persistent stereotype that executive management holds all of the power in how organizations evaluate and purchase technology.

The 200 Most Common Online Passwords of 2020 Are Awful

The 200 Most Common Online Passwords of 2020 Are Awful

Understandably, it’s difficult to keep track of passwords, especially this year with the rise of online work.According to the survey done by NordPass, nowadays, the average user has around 100 passwords,” Cerniauskaite said.

Microsoft Warns: A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

Microsoft Warns: A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

picture alliance via Getty Images The Director of Identity Security at Microsoft has been warning about the inefficacy of passwords and more recently about standard Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA.He should know: the team he works with at Microsoft defends against hundreds of millions of password-based attacks every day.

How to publish git repos that cannot be republished to github

How to publish git repos that cannot be republished to github

What would then happen if you cloned my git repo and pushed it to Github?

ICO fines Marriott International Inc £18.4million for failing to keep customers’ personal data secure

ICO fines Marriott International Inc £18.4million for failing to keep customers’ personal data secure

The ICO’s investigation found that there were failures by Marriott to put appropriate technical or organisational measures in place to protect the personal data being processed on its systems, as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Why You Need Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Why You Need Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

This is a piece of information or a device that is given to you to confirm your identity at the time of accessing your account like a one-time password or a push notification from an app.

German authorities want large porn sites to implement age verification or be blocked via DNS

German authorities want large porn sites to implement age verification or be blocked via DNS

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Germany may soon be forced to apply DNS blocks to stop users from accessing porn sites like Pornhub, xHamster, and YouPorn.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Court documents have revealed that internet service providers have been conducting secret traffic analysis on customers to monitor IPTV activity.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

The Belgian Data Protection Authority (APD-GBA) has found serious GDPR infringements in the system Google and others use to legitimise online tracking.

Biometric Technology: A Brief History

Biometric Technology: A Brief History

Two technologies collided at the right time to facilitate the adoption of biometric authentication: The science behind scanning sensors improved to almost perfectThe use of smartphones went through the roof.

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Sign up for Librem AweSIM and provide us with your preferred area code, and when your Librem 5 is ready to ship, we will register a new number to your SIM and install it into your Librem 5 so calls, SMS and cellular data just work when you unbox it.

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

As this summer of pandemic and racial justice protests draws to a close, Naomi Klein hosted a landmark conversation between Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and Simone Browne, author of “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.” The three authors discussed how both governments and tech giants are using our moment of overlapping crises to push through discredited surveillance technologies that threaten privacy, democracy, and any hope of equality.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The TET clearly decided its authority and ability to oversee the intelligence services was at stake and notes that it sought, and received, repeat support from the Defense Minister in its investigation.

Twitter used phone numbers gathered for account security to sell ads

Twitter used phone numbers gathered for account security to sell ads

New York (CNN Business)Twitter "inadvertently" used phone numbers and email addresses its users provided for account security purposes to target ads, the company said Tuesday.Twitter users are asked to provide information like their phone number to help secure their account through services such as two-factor authentication.

Google is fixing this key feature on Chrome because of a security ‘risk’

Google is fixing this key feature on Chrome because of a security ‘risk’

“These ‘mixed forms’…are a risk to users’ security and privacy,” Google said, adding that “Information submitted on these forms can be visible to eavesdroppers, allowing malicious parties to read or change sensitive form data.”.

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Despite the FCC's preemption order being overturned in court, the DOJ's amended complaint yesterday argued that California's net neutrality law "is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.".

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority has banned one Chinese-owned social video-streaming app Bigo and given TikTok a final warning that it needs to get its house in order or also face expulsion.

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.".

Yes, Big Brother IS Watching: Russian Schools Getting Surveillance Systems Called 'Orwell'

Yes, Big Brother IS Watching: Russian Schools Getting Surveillance Systems Called 'Orwell'

According to the business daily Vedomosti, contracts exceeding 2 billion rubles ($29 million) have been signed for the procurement and installation in schools across Russia of surveillance cameras linked to a system that has facial-recognition capability and is called Orwell, after the British author of dystopian novels 1984 and Animal Farm.

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Moreover, the law was enacted following high court’s direction to regulate fee and save parents from whimsical decisions of private schools in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the administration told the court.

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver woman is taking the City of Vancouver and its chief of police to court over what she calls an invasion of privacy because of trailers with surveillance cameras set up in her neighbourhood.

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

Left-wing fantasies By June 2020, as lockdowns began to ease, left-wing optimism remained that the pandemic would revive state power on behalf of the powerless, leading friends to fantasize about a renaissance of the commons and a capacious definition of public goods.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

In a memorandum [PDF] first spotted by The Guardian, the British government is asking that five more public authorities be added to the list of bodies that can access data scooped up under the nation's mass-surveillance laws: the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Environment Agency, the Insolvency Service, the UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UKNACE), and the Pensions Regulator.

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

In those cases where an organisation which is subject to confidentiality (see section 11) uses Mullvad as a permanent element in its operations, and if the service is used for any purpose of the operations’ activities or the service is specifically intended to be used in the operations, there is no possibility for law enforcement agencies to be granted authorisation for covert surveillance of data of data before it is encrypted by the service (or via, for example, remote control).

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

As a result, key members in the House and Senate are now opposing reauthorization of the phone records surveillance – though they are still planning to reauthorize other parts of the surveillance act.

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Ring will add a second layer of authentication by requiring users to enter a one-time code shared via email or SMS when they try to log in to see the feed from their cameras starting this week.

Ring cameras are more secure now, but your neighbors still snoop with them

Ring cameras are more secure now, but your neighbors still snoop with them

Earlier this month, the company chased that up with a new account control panel, making it easier for users to find and opt-in to two-factor authentication; now, finally, the setting is not optional.