Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

The app’s function is described on the Play Store as follows: Device Lock Controller enables device management for credit providers.Sometimes devices from carriers with outstanding balances could be blacklisted from working on the network until the balance of the phone is paid off – the same thing can happen when a customer decides to leave the carrier.

Avoiding Robocalls

Avoiding Robocalls

As such, some of the more privacy-minded people in your contacts list may not appreciate having their phone number shared to an unknown (and probably unsecured) database without their consent.

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.".

Google gives up on US carriers, will roll out its own RCS chat system

Google gives up on US carriers, will roll out its own RCS chat system

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones.

Airline defends recording customers by CCTV onboard its planes

Airline defends recording customers by CCTV onboard its planes

Cathay Pacific has updated its privacy policy to say it will collect and process information such as “use of our inflight entertainment system and inflight connectivity” and “images captured via CCTV in our airport lounges and aircraft”.

What a No-Carrier Phone Could Look Like

What a No-Carrier Phone Could Look Like

You could flip the Cellular Modem Hardware Kill Switch (HKS) on your Librem 5 and still call or text from your primary phone number while at that coffee-shop WiFi. This would offer you the ability to have a no-carrier phone–in either form–that now you only have when on WiFi–which means no triangulation-location tracking from cellular towers.

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

AT&T then falsely stated it had suspended Securus’ and other aggregators’ access to customer data, the plaintiffs say, but just a few days later, a Motherboard article reported the carrier was selling customers’ phone locations to car salesmen, bail bondsmen, landlords and bounty hunters for as little as $7.50.

Opinion | Why It’s So Easy for a Bounty Hunter to Find You

Opinion | Why It’s So Easy for a Bounty Hunter to Find You

Your carrier needs this data to deliver service. But, according to recent news reports, this real-time phone location data has long been available to entities beyond your wireless carrier, for a price.

Has your privacy been lost in private jet travel?

Has your privacy been lost in private jet travel?

When it comes to hiring a private jet, there are dozens of folks that typically handle your information. Your information is encrypted from the moment you transmit it to our secure servers.

Airline seats now equipped with cameras — aimed at passengers

Airline seats now equipped with cameras — aimed at passengers

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines AAL, +1.46% , United Airlines UAL, +0.66% and Singapore Airlines SINGY, +3.21% have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent

Bakshi told Motherboard it was not decided at the time of the meeting whether this consent removal should apply to consumers’ phone location information, but Zumigo is a company heavily focused on selling that specific type of data—its tagline reads “Zumigo is the leading provider of authoritative mobile identity and location information.” Zumigo pitches itself as a fraud prevention company that uses cell phone location data to determine, for example, whether a credit card transaction should be labeled as fraudulent.

Singapore Airlines data breach affects 285 accounts, exposes travel details

Singapore Airlines data breach affects 285 accounts, exposes travel details

[Update: Following its initial statement, Singapore Airlines later updated the number of affected accounts from 284 to 285.] Singapore Airlines (SIA) says a software glitch was the cause of a data breach that affected 285 members of its frequent flyer programme, compromising various personal information including passport and flight details.

F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

User determined carrier frequency and drift limits with rate for random tone emissions depending on the device capabilities. For instance 20000 Hz carrier, drift limit 1000 Hz and rate slow - will output random frequency between 19 kHz and 21 kHz approximately every second.

Cathay Pacific Data Breach Exposes 9.4 Million Passengers

Cathay Pacific Data Breach Exposes 9.4 Million Passengers

Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based international airline, acknowledged on Wednesday that its computer system had been compromised at least seven months ago, exposing the personal data and travel histories of as many as 9.4 million people.

AT&T and Verizon want to manage your identity across websites and apps

AT&T and Verizon want to manage your identity across websites and apps

The four major US mobile carriers have unveiled a system that would let them manage your logins across any third-party website or app that hooks into it. AT&T VP Johannes Jaskolski, who is managing the carriers' Project Verify consortium, told Krebs that the system will not centralize subscriber data into a multi-carrier database.

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone "within seconds" by using data obtained from the country's largest cell giants, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, through an intermediary, LocationSmart.