Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 22, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 22, 2021

A new infographic by 9 to 5 Mac that highlights the difference between the privacy labels of popular messaging apps is making its rounds around the internet.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

In a report by Metro, unions warn that employers are taking advantage of Covid-19 restrictions to monitor remote workers covertly.According to TUC research, one in seven employees has seen surveillance increase since they started working from home.

Minimum age of marriage for women should be raised to 21, says Shivraj Chouhan

Minimum age of marriage for women should be raised to 21, says Shivraj Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said the minimum age of marriage for women should be raised from the current 18 years to 21 years.

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

Right now, a growing chorus is demanding we use facial recognition, cellphone tower data, and every manner of invasive surveillance to punish the mob.Rather than responding to these attacks with a new mandate for expanded policing powers, we need to expand our civilian oversight.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Which is why using Ghostery’s new ad-free search engine and desktop browser, even in their pre-beta form, feels at once like a throwback to a simpler internet and a glimpse of a future where browsing that puts results ahead of revenue is once again possible.

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

The commission's investigation also dug into Zoom’s earlier claim it offered 256-bit end-to-end encryption when in fact the feature didn't actually exist – the software maker says it has since implemented the technology.

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

If tech companies won’t self-regulate their data collection practices and impose meaningful privacy-protecting restrictions on the way they handle our data, then it’s time for Congress to step up and take action.

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

A new report from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the Amazon Ring cameras of participating residents.

Mall real estate company collected 5 million images of shoppers, say privacy watchdogs

Mall real estate company collected 5 million images of shoppers, say privacy watchdogs

The real estate company behind some of Canada's most popular shopping centres embedded cameras inside its digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls in major Canadian cities to collect millions of images — and used facial recognition technology without customers' knowledge or consent — according to a new investigation by the federal, Alberta and B.C. privacy commissioners.

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

War has come for the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, not for the first time and likely not the last.There’s a lot more that goes into making an app hard to centralize, but I think that’s one of the most critical.

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

When Haley, a sophomore at Indiana University, took a test for an accounting class in September, she—like many college students during this pandemic—was sitting not in a classroom but in her bedroom.

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has officially banned TikTok for providing access to “immoral and indecent” videos – though it remains to be seen how permanent this ban will be.

3 Questions: The price of privacy in ride-sharing app performance

3 Questions: The price of privacy in ride-sharing app performance

The study compares different methods for masking data and different levels of location data anonymization, and provides useful insights into the trade-off between user privacy and the performance of mobility-sharing applications.

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

Plenty more phish in the sea - During the pandemic a digital crimewave has flooded the internet

Plenty more phish in the sea - During the pandemic a digital crimewave has flooded the internet

Interpol’s cyber-crime division, however, reports that, as the pandemic has worn on, criminal networks have increasingly shifted their targets away from individuals and small businesses to big companies, governments and critical infrastructure.

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

A study performed by Google last year, for example, concluded that disabling cookies reduced publisher revenue by more than 50 percent.

Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September

Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September

The long awaited end of anonymity while gaming in China was announced at the country’s biggest gaming expo, ChinaJoy, by an official from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Publicity Department.

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

I did reach out to Google, and a spokesperson pointed me to a blog post that says 200 million people (out of its four billion total users) use Privacy Checkup.That means that around 95 percent of people who use Google have never changed the settings that control what data the company collects and saves.

Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

I wanted to find out how many visitors would engage with a GDPR banner if it were implemented properly and how many would grant consent to their information being collected and shared.

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

Johnny Ryan, chief policy officer at privacy-focused browser biz Brave, has reported on how ad revenue increased when Dutch national broadcaster NPO stopped running third-party trackers on its online video website.

Private Internet Access to temporarily remove Mexico VPN exit gateway

Private Internet Access to temporarily remove Mexico VPN exit gateway

Mexico has been a highly requested VPN exit gateway location and our users can rest assured that we will bring the exit gateway back with a reliable data center partner as soon as possible.

Motorists ‘leaving sensitive data on their old cars’

Motorists ‘leaving sensitive data on their old cars’

Meanwhile, a separate poll by auto-parts retailer Halfords has demonstrated a concern among UK drivers about the safety of other vehicles on the road, in light of the government's extension to MOT testing due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

American police have used technology to combat dissent—especially dissent by communities of color—since before there was a United States of America.Empowered by wiretaps, eavesdropping bugs, and then-cutting-edge recording devices, it became routine for police to monitor those who would dare to dissent.

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

The report will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19.Overall, the report shows Canadians growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online.

Surveillance drones operating autonomously take to the sky in police trial

Surveillance drones operating autonomously take to the sky in police trial

Senior Engineer Low Hsien Meng from the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems (Raus) Centre of Expertise said: "Unlike a conventional drone, where you need a pilot on site to insert the battery and prepare the aircraft, with a drone box concept, all these preparatory activities are actually automated by the system inside the drone box.".

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

Facial-recognition technology in London is seen by police as a high-tech solution to their woes – and managers are determined to roll it out regardless of public opposition to the China-style surveillance.