DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

Basically, Google’s FLoC replaces third-party cookies by grouping Chrome users based on their interests and demographics.Google claims it’s a better alternative to third-party cookies, but privacy advocates disagree — and so does DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi.

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Shares of the Mountain View, Calif., unit of Alphabet at last check dropped 1% to $2,043.In a blog post, David Temkin, Google's director of product management for ads privacy and trust, said, "Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

Readup Has the World's Best Privacy Policy

Readup Has the World's Best Privacy Policy

With this blog post, I have two objectives: (1) To encourage you to actually read our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and (2) To make the case that the best privacy policy is the most humane privacy policy, and that no organization has a more humane privacy policy than Readup.

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

This shows that it is possible to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic without jettisoning privacy protections, although the report notes that even these decentralized, opt-in contact-tracing apps are not risk-free.

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

As part of the preparatory work for drafting the DSA, three of the European Parliament’s specialist committees have drawn up recommendations for what should be included: those for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Legal Affairs, and Civil Liberties.

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

I often see people ask “how do I get my family/friends/significant other/coworkers/etc to care about privacy,” but I rarely see anyone ask “should you get them to care at all?” It’s an important question.

Apple Dishes Out $288K Bounty To Five Hackers For Finding 55 Vulnerabilities

Apple Dishes Out $288K Bounty To Five Hackers For Finding 55 Vulnerabilities

What Happened: The hackers found 55 vulnerabilities — 11 of which were of critical severity and 29 of high severity — in a period between July and October this year, according to a blog post written by Sam Curry, one of the five beneficiaries of the bounty.

Sensing the sensors

Sensing the sensors

Even the Camera application on my device can't access the sensors.Cometh Privacy Indicators , it does exactly what Apple's iOS does, show you an indicator whenever an application uses your device's camera or microphone.Do note that the application only shows indicator for the main camera sensor.

How to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like

How to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like

You don’t need Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or any other social media platform to “follow” your interests on the web, whether that be people, organizations, news, podcasts, or blogs.

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google Google on Tuesday said it's rolling out a new Verified Calls feature in its Phone app for Android devices in an effort to separate calls you actually want to answer from spam and robocalls.

The History of Invidious

The History of Invidious

HookTube was pretty much the same idea from a user perspective, but it was not open source and it used the YouTube API instead of scraping the site.

Don't post on Facebook unless you are prepared to face the consequences

Don't post on Facebook unless you are prepared to face the consequences

“When I saw the ads,” she writes, “I knew that Facebook had probably tagged me to receive them.” At which point I began to wonder if even such a sophisticated user of social media really understood how it works.

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

"[Recently], we discovered that in some instances apps continued to receive the data that people had previously authorized, even if it appeared they hadn’t used the app in the last 90 days," writes Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook's vice president of platform partnerships, in the blog post.

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech

In response, Megan Anctil, a former Slack employee, tweeted, "is one of those actions going to include taking down the blog post about working with the police that I and other black employees diplomatically asked to have removed three years ago that’s still up?".

Facebook takes $5.7 billion stake in Indian internet giant Jio

Facebook takes $5.7 billion stake in Indian internet giant Jio

“One focus of our collaboration with Jio will be creating new ways for people and businesses to operate more effectively in the growing digital economy,” Fischer and Mohan write.

Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75

Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75

Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75.Observant Firefox users on Windows who have updated the web browser to Firefox 75 may have noticed that the upgrade brought along with it a new scheduled tasks.

Zoom's CEO apologizes for its many security issues as daily users balloon to 200 million

Zoom's CEO apologizes for its many security issues as daily users balloon to 200 million

In a blog post published Wednesday, Yuan said usage had increased by 1,900%, with 200 million daily free and paying users in March, up from 10 million at the end of December.

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

What's worse is that if you received one of these notifications through email/post and accidentally happen to ignore it, you are almost certainly in for this fine with a limited ability to appeal:.Considering the apathy and ignorance about internet freedom by the average American, the fear is that most people simply won't do that.

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

This has understandably led many people – around a third of all users according to some estimates – to block cookies in order to prevent persistent stores of their online activity and thus their lives being created by sites and advertisers.

The Social Cost of Caring About My Data

The Social Cost of Caring About My Data

And it certainly isn't easy to use the internet or the latest tech while caring about your data. Many people's reasoning for not caring about their data is a lack of knowledge on how it's being used and abused.

Tell California lawmakers to make privacy rights enforceable

Tell California lawmakers to make privacy rights enforceable

A state bill that would give consumers the right to sue companies that violate their personal information is being stonewalled via closed-door meetings between tech lobbyists and state lawmakers. California state bill SB 561 would give consumers the right to sue companies that violate their personal information.

“The future is private” says Zuckerberg; not with him, judging by new investigations of Facebook for data protection failures

“The future is private” says Zuckerberg; not with him, judging by new investigations of Facebook for data protection failures

However, for all the attempts to create a feel-good experience at the Facebook Developer Conference, there was no sense that Zuckerberg is really grappling with the deeper privacy issues that lie at the heart of Facebook’s problems.

Apple defends removing parental control apps

Apple defends removing parental control apps

Some app-makers claimed Apple had removed their products from the App Store after Screen Time was launched, and said it was trying to limit competition. However, in a blog post, Apple said it had taken action against apps that were using "risky" Mobile Device Management (MDM) to control children's smartphones.

Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.2

Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.2

Here’s an example of when ITP 2.2 will cap cookie persistence to one day: The website social.example has been classified by ITP as having cross-site tracking capabilities.

This App Will Manage Your Privacy Settings Across All Devices and Accounts, Because Alexa Is Always Listening

This App Will Manage Your Privacy Settings Across All Devices and Accounts, Because Alexa Is Always Listening

Jumbo, which launched on iOS this month and has an Android version on the way, makes it simple to track all your privacy settings across various accounts in one place, clean out old social media posts and even delete previous Google searches and Alexa voice recordings (because she's always listening, folks).

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

In an update to its original blog post, Facebook now says that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format.

Years of Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it 'mistakenly deleted' them.

Years of Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it 'mistakenly deleted' them.

But in 2014, Facebook launched its new "Newsroom," a repository for its key announcements, and broke the public links to old blog posts.

School of Privacy - schoolofprivacy/TUMBLR enabled SSL support for blogs!

School of Privacy - schoolofprivacy/TUMBLR enabled SSL support for blogs!

So we have been using tumblr for a long time and a few years back we started requesting support for SSL and they finally made a option feature in your themes settings if you go to edit appearance you can select enable HTTPS which will add full SSL support for your tumblr blog/site.

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

In a blog post, Paine said the server contained between 25-40 million daily logs, which he said could have identified all the videos searched for and watched from a user’s IP address.