Urgent Statement of HKISPA on Selective Blocking of Internet Services

Urgent Statement of HKISPA on Selective Blocking of Internet Services

Such restrictions imposed by executive orders would completely ruin the uniqueness and value of Hong Kong as a telecommunications hub, a pillar of success as an international financial centre.

New Warning Issued Over Google's Chrome Ad-Blocking Plans

New Warning Issued Over Google's Chrome Ad-Blocking Plans

The discovery was made by security researcher Sam Jadali, who told me at the time that Google’s Manifest V3 does not solve this specific problem: “It has some improvements however it explicitly states that server communication (potentially changing extension behavior) will still be allowed.

Microsoft: tell us if you want us to build an ad blocker into Edge

Microsoft: tell us if you want us to build an ad blocker into Edge

In a recent AMA on Reddit, the Microsoft Edge dev team told users to tell them if they wanted an ad blocker build into the Edge browser.

Google Just Gave 2 Billion Chrome Users A Reason To Switch To Firefox

Google Just Gave 2 Billion Chrome Users A Reason To Switch To Firefox

And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people that can use ad blockers following the change will be Google’s enterprise users. It probably means enterprise customers can develop in-house Chrome extensions, not for ad blocking use, 9to5Google says.

Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users

Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users

In a response to the overwhelming negative feedback, Google is standing firm on Chrome’s ad blocking changes, sharing that current ad blocking capabilities will be restricted to enterprise users.

Google relents slightly on blocking ad-blockers – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much

Google relents slightly on blocking ad-blockers – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much

In response to concerns raised last month by the developers of the EFF's Privacy Badger extension, Simeon Vincent, developer advocate for Chrome extensions at Google, last week published an update on the company's Manifest v3 plan.

Microsoft unveils new Edge Privacy Tools concept

Microsoft unveils new Edge Privacy Tools concept

Mozilla started to push Tracking Protection in Firefox in 2017 and improved the feature recently with new options .Firefox users may select standard, strict and custom to block trackers and cookies (or allow them).From what has been revealed by Microsoft, Microsoft's privacy dashboard comes without custom option.

The Definitive Guide to the Digital Economy Act and the UK Porn Ban

The Definitive Guide to the Digital Economy Act and the UK Porn Ban

After all, they’re generally more concerned with the quality of their T&As than their T&Cs. And with porn sites collecting more data than the likes of Netflix and Hulu, recent history suggests that any individual giving up personal information like name, address, date of birth, and credit card details has good reason to sweat.

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia’s crackdown on the internet intensified in 2014 when it ratified a law ordering tech companies operating in the country to store Russian data within its borders.

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

The new Terms of Service, which go into effect on March 1st, will give Spotify the authority to terminate accounts immediately, without warning.

Mozilla Adding CryptoMining and Fingerprint Blocking to Firefox

Mozilla Adding CryptoMining and Fingerprint Blocking to Firefox

In one of the bug posts , Mozilla has uploaded a mockup of how cryptomining and fingerprinting detection and blocking will be added to Firefox's Content Blocking privacy feature.

Chrome Extension Manifest V3 could end uBlock Origin for Chrome

Chrome Extension Manifest V3 could end uBlock Origin for Chrome

Raymond Hill, known as Gorhill online, the author of the popular content blockers uBlock Origin and uMatrix, voiced his concern over some of the planned changes; these changes, if implemented as proposed currently, remove functionality that the extensions use for content blocking.

If you care about your privacy, try these special versions of Firefox

If you care about your privacy, try these special versions of Firefox

Both Beta and Nightly are available for Android devices, but there’s an easier option for maximum privacy and security on all phones and tablets: A special mobile browser called Firefox Focus.

Website geoblocking is not that widespread, study finds

Website geoblocking is not that widespread, study finds

Geoblocking, the practice of websites blocking users from certain countries from accessing their content, is not as widespread as most people believe, a recently published study has revealed. Researchers said they used vantage points in 177 countries to test if they could access popular websites on the Alexa lists.

Google Chrome’s Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line

Google Chrome’s Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line

Browser Market share (desktop) Tracking protection Chrome 68% None Firefox 11% On by default in Private Browsing Internet Explorer 7% Off by default Safari 6% On by default Edge 4% None Opera 2% Off by default

This is Firefox's overhauled Privacy interface

This is Firefox's overhauled Privacy interface

Firefox users may select to block detected trackers and third-party cookies in that version of the browser. The new option to display blocked trackers and the status of all cookies on any site you visit is a welcome change.

The Path to Enhanced Tracking Protection

The Path to Enhanced Tracking Protection

In addition, because the feature blocks everything, including ads, from any domain that is also used for tracking, it can have a significant negative impact on small websites and content creators who depend on third-party advertising tools/networks.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

Modern browsers will place cookie files in response to both first- and third-party requests and they do so in a way that's open to security risks, like cross-site request forgery and cross-site script inclusion, and to privacy abuse, like third-party tracking.

Mozilla to boost Firefox privacy by automatically blocking all tracking

Mozilla to boost Firefox privacy by automatically blocking all tracking

In a blog post outlining the upcoming changes, Mozilla's Nick Nguyen says that: "In the near future, Firefox will -- by default -- protect users by blocking tracking while also offering a clear set of controls to give our users more choice over what information they share with sites".

Mozilla announces Firefox will block trackers by default

Mozilla announces Firefox will block trackers by default

Mozilla wants to protect users from websites using abusive trackers, improving both performance and privacy. Here you can enable the blocking of slow-loading trackers or cross-site tracking through third-party cookies by clicking “Add Blocking…” next to the respective option.