Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app

Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app

Wacom drawing tablets have a dirty little secret – they are likely tracking the name and time of every app you’re opening – and sending that information to Google.The discovery and damning of Wacom’s anti-privacy actions are thanks to one observant Wacom drawing tablet user: Robert Heaton.

The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it

The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it

At its core, the EARN IT Act would give the Attorney General the power to force tech companies like Facebook to build backdoors into their encryption.

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

The thing about internet tracking and surveillance is that when it comes to online privacy both companies and governments have been historically caught lying to the public or just straight up selling private data legally .

US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution

US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution

Remote code execution is the holy grail of zero day vulnerabilities, and the fact that one of the most popular privacy and security focused browsers in the world had such a flaw should be a massive wake up call to internet browser users around the world.

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Prompted by the post, many users noticed that the storage scanner in the Device Care section included a little note: “powered by 360.” Even in China, Qihoo 360 is well known for its past privacy transgressions and controversies and it’s understandable why Samsung users would be incredibly concerned that anything at all from Qihoo is preinstalled on their phone.

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Full reversal of Facebook anti cryptocurrency ad policy, just in time for Libra.While we will still require people to apply to run ads promoting cryptocurrency, starting today, we will narrow this policy to no longer require pre-approval for ads related to blockchain technology, industry news, education or events related to cryptocurrency.”.

Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching

Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching

If you enable Samsung’s IBA (Internet Based Advertising) service, your TV viewing history will be siphoned up and sent back to Samsung to be shared with third parties that pay Samsung to send advertising directly to your screen.

Indian government is shutting down internet access in major cities in an attempt to disrupt democracy

Indian government is shutting down internet access in major cities in an attempt to disrupt democracy

NDTV reports that the Special Branch of the Delhi Police, under the direction of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs, sent a letter to internet service providers and mobile data providers in India telling them to execute the internet shutdown.

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple has released a detailed explanation of the privacy invading location seeking behavior observed on the iPhone 11 Pro by security researcher Brian Krebs.However, it isn’t yet approved for use in all countries and locations so the iPhone 11 Pro’s Ultra Wideband technology includes a phone home to check.

IPhone 11 Pro phones home with user location even when told not to

IPhone 11 Pro phones home with user location even when told not to

Security researcher Brian Krebs recently showed that the iPhone 11 Pro tracks users’ location even when explicitly told not to.Brian Krebs has sent follow up questions to Apple and we will provide updates on this iPhone 11 Pro privacy issue as it unfolds.

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

Federal court rules that the Fourth Amendment protects your laptops and smartphones from suspicionless searches at the border

This court decision comes as a result of years of hard work by the ACLU, the ACLU of Massachusetts and the EFF on behalf of eleven international travelers who had been the recipient of suspicionless device searches when entering the United States.

How to unblock Spotify

How to unblock Spotify

If you can’t find the Spotify app available for download from your locally available app store, you can still access the full Google Play App Store by changing your country settings in your phone preferences.

The US Senate will vote on the CASE Act, which would unleash a copyright claims hell

The US Senate will vote on the CASE Act, which would unleash a copyright claims hell

The CASE Act is a new copyright law that nobody should support.Despite the Copyright Alliance’s claims to the contrary, there are many internet users that would agree that the DMCA did in fact enable some copyright trolling.

Why Hong Kong protesters don’t just want privacy from China, they need it to survive

Why Hong Kong protesters don’t just want privacy from China, they need it to survive

Protesters in Hong Kong aren’t just faced with opposition from the Chinese government, they’re also faced with opposition from international corporations that acquiesce to China’s demands and party line to avoid damaging their access to the lucrative Chinese market.

Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history

Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history

As mentioned before, explicit government orders to store your internet history and log your web traffic are a great reason to use VPN when on WiFI at an internet cafe – and not just in Thailand.

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

However, a federal court has now ruled and opined the other way – that states do have the right to pass their own net neutrality laws, that internet service providers (ISPs) need to follow if they wish to do business in said states.

Why you need to use a VPN when using WiFi at coworking spaces like WeWork

Why you need to use a VPN when using WiFi at coworking spaces like WeWork

According to CNET, examples of documents that have been found readily available via WeWork’s WiFi network include lots of personal identification records, account usernames and passwords, and more.This is important even on more public WiFi networks such as at private offices or in private homes.

WARP is not a VPN for privacy

WARP is not a VPN for privacy

Mobile app sans VPN technology provides a crucial, free service to encrypt DNS queries for otherwise unprotected mobile internet users leaking their DNS queries to public WiFi networks or private mobile data providers, the addition of this VPN widens the amount of trust considerably.

Beware the GHOST Protocol

Beware the GHOST Protocol

UK internet users and internet users around the world need to beware of the GHOST protocol.In Australia, an anti encryption bill that enables the government to ask for GHOST protocol-like access has passed and is just ripe for abuse.

Trump Administration seeks to permanently restore NSA program to spy on Americans

Trump Administration seeks to permanently restore NSA program to spy on Americans

The Trump Administration supports the permanent restoration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allowed the National Security Administration (NSA) to collect the phone records of American citizens as part of a mass surveillance program.

To end HK protests, the government plans to force ISPs to block apps used by protesters

To end HK protests, the government plans to force ISPs to block apps used by protesters

The Hong Kong government has drawn up plans to use executive orders to force internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict certain applications in Hong Kong as a way to disrupt the successful mass organization of those in the HK protests.

MiFi 4G hotspots are vulnerable to hacking, use a VPN to protect yourself

MiFi 4G hotspots are vulnerable to hacking, use a VPN to protect yourself

A DEFCON 27 talk by Pen Test Partners revealed command injection and remote code execution vulnerabilities in popular 4G hotspots and MiFi routers made by ZTE, Netgear, TP-Link, and Huawei.

US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it

US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it

President Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr, has demanded the tech industry create encryption backdoors because he views encryption as a security risk. There isn’t any way for lawful access to exist without materially weakening the security provided by encryption.

New leaked documents reveal that NSA can read minds of 4G LTE users

New leaked documents reveal that NSA can read minds of 4G LTE users

Whenever your phone receives 4G LTE signal, invisible goop tendrils actually extend out of your phone’s charging port and attach to your occipital lobe to form a Brain-Computer interface that allows the NSA to read your mind.

The UK porn block hasn’t started yet, but experts are already doubting its potency

The UK porn block hasn’t started yet, but experts are already doubting its potency

Given the repeated delays and potential paths forward, it’s no wonder that the porn blocks are failing before they even have an announcement date set. Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization.

Taiwan says no to Chinese influence by blocking Tencent and Baidu’s censored video streaming platforms

Taiwan says no to Chinese influence by blocking Tencent and Baidu’s censored video streaming platforms

Taiwan is not the only country with concerns over soft power influence that the Chinese government can and does wield with their involvement with companies like Tencent and Baidu.

NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

A group of bipartisan Senators and House Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records.

Finland passed new surveillance laws without a vote in a nearly empty room

Finland passed new surveillance laws without a vote in a nearly empty room

According to YLE, the law allows the civilian Security Intelligence Service (Supo) and the military Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) to expand eavesdropping powers on phone calls and network data to incredible levels.

Privacy News Daily

Privacy News Daily

Today, the VPN industry let the world know that Russia had asked the world’s VPNs to censor websites. Read below for other privacy news from today. Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization.

Can a VPN keep you safe from 36 new 4G LTE security vulnerabilities?

Can a VPN keep you safe from 36 new 4G LTE security vulnerabilities?

A team of four researchers from South Korea’s KAIST, the country’s premier tech institution, have discovered 36 new vulnerabilities in 4G LTE that have wide ranging security and privacy implications.