Facebook's plan to encrypt messages will makes it easier to share child abuse images, say MPs

Facebook's plan to encrypt messages will makes it easier to share child abuse images, say MPs

Facebook has been branded 'hopelessly naive' over plans to encrypt its messaging apps, as MPs warned the move will make it 'even easier' for paedophiles to share child abuse images.

Government defeated over child spy law

Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services.

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

Tory peers, bishops and crossbenchers could inflict defeat on the government after an outcry over new guidance which allows state agencies to use children as undercover spies as part of the government’s covert intelligence bill.

‘No one's safe under these new laws’: Critics rip proposed Surveillance Bill

‘No one's safe under these new laws’: Critics rip proposed Surveillance Bill

Deakin University criminology lecturer and Australian Privacy Foundation vice-president Monique Mann said the government has previously used the rhetoric of national security and terrorism to rush through legislation that has subsequently been used to target journalists and whistleblowers.

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

The Internet can be a great place for kids to learn, be entertained, and to communicate with others.Kids today have tons of social media options, download music both legally and illegally, publish information about themselves that others can see, enter into online dialogue with strangers, and surf the Internet for the latest information, both good and bad.

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tech companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on Thursday pledged to improve and standardise annual disclosures around online child exploitation, as they fight off moves to limit encryption.

TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations

TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations

Calling for an investigation into the matter and sanctions on TikTok, the consumer and child privacy groups said the company had failed to delete personal information collected from users aged 13 and under prior to the 2019 settlement order, in breach of the terms of the agreement.

Reject the "EARN IT Act" (s. 3398) which threatens free speech, encryption, privacy, and the nation's cybersecurity.

Reject the "EARN IT Act" (s. 3398) which threatens free speech, encryption, privacy, and the nation's cybersecurity.

We the people call upon Congress & this administration to protect our liberties, privacy, and security online as a nation by rejecting the EARN IT Act.

US Politicians Want to Ban End-to-End Encryption on Messaging Services like Telegram and Whatsapp

US Politicians Want to Ban End-to-End Encryption on Messaging Services like Telegram and Whatsapp

The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act. A planned bipartisan measure in the U.S. Senate could stop all messaging services, such as the crypto community’s favorite Telegram and Facebook controlled Whatsapp, from offering end-to-end encryption for users.

Inquiry calls for web pre-screening to end UK child abuse 'explosion'

Inquiry calls for web pre-screening to end UK child abuse 'explosion'

The report makes four recommendations for action the government should take to tackle online abuse: Requiring industry to pre‐screen material before it is uploaded to the internet to prevent access to known indecent images of children.

Match Group first tech company to back anti-online child abuse bill

Match Group first tech company to back anti-online child abuse bill

Why it matters: Match, the parent company of major dating platforms such as Tinder, is breaking with the internet industry's leading trade group, which worries the bill could open a wedge for law enforcement to crack into encrypted systems, threatening user privacy.

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground

Backed by senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the proposed law intends to make technology companies "earn" their exemption from liability allowed under Section 230 of the US Communications Decency Act by requiring internet companies to follow a set of best practices to keep CSAM off their networks.

The EARN IT Act Is a Sneak Attack on Encryption

The EARN IT Act Is a Sneak Attack on Encryption

A bipartisan pair of US senators today introduced long-rumored legislation known as the EARN IT Act. Meant to combat child sexual exploitation online, the bill threatens to erode established protections against holding tech companies responsible for what people do and say on their platforms.

Australian Signals Directorate has already spied on Australians, boss confirms

Australian Signals Directorate has already spied on Australians, boss confirms

Noble said that “while much of our cybersecurity role, and the protection of Australia’s digital borders, is conducted domestically – ASD is prohibited by legislation from producing intelligence on Australian persons except in rare circumstances, and only then under the authority of a ministerial authorisation”.

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

According to the FTC complaint, while Google said internally that it had no "child-directed" content and didn't need to worry about COPPA, it was at the same time telling companies such as Mattel and Hasbro that "YouTube was unanimously voted as the favorite website for kids 2-12" and "93 percent of tweens visit YouTube to watch videos.".

Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people

Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people

The second potential danger is more troubling: in a world where the past haunts the present, young people may calcify their identities, perspectives, and political positions at an increasingly young age.

UK Plans to Give All Children Full Genome Sequence at Birth

UK Plans to Give All Children Full Genome Sequence at Birth

Health Secretary Matt Hancock sees the future ubiquity of genetic sequencing as a way to offer “predictive, personalized” care for children who have rare diseases and other genetic conditions, according to The Telegraph.

FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of 'child pornographers'

FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of 'child pornographers'

The Justice Department’s No. 2 official, who spoke after Wray, took a swipe at Apple Inc, which already uses end-to-end encryption on its messenger, saying the company reported only 43 tips to law enforcement last year about child exploitation.

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

Signed by Barr, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, the letter raises concerns that Facebook’s plan to build end-to-end encryption into its messaging apps will prevent law enforcement agencies from finding illegal activity conducted through Facebook, including child sexual exploitation, terrorism, and election meddling.

British spies want 'backdoor' access to encrypted Facebook and WhatsApp messages

British spies want 'backdoor' access to encrypted Facebook and WhatsApp messages

New Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured last week in London, is having discussions with Britain's Five Eyes intelligence allies about combating cyber threats and having better access to encrypted messages.

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

According to the report, Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allows for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents.

Ireland Assessing Minors' Profiles on Instagram

Ireland Assessing Minors' Profiles on Instagram

Data Scientist Files Reports With European Regulators Photo: Santeri Viinamäki via Wikimedia Commons/CC Ireland's Data Protection Commission says it is "assessing" a report concerning minors who have business profiles on Instagram that may expose email addresses and phone numbers.

Instagram Shows Kids' Contact Details in Plain Sight

Instagram Shows Kids' Contact Details in Plain Sight

Stier says he estimates conservatively that 20,000 children in Australia have public contact information in their business Instagram profiles, although he's been examining the scope worldwide. Leonie Smith, a cyber safety educator based in Sydney, says children are usually unaware of the possible negative ramifications of exposing their contact information online.

Police should have cyber 'key' to unlock encrypted messages, senior officer says

Police should have cyber 'key' to unlock encrypted messages, senior officer says

Chief Constable Simon Bailey told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IISCA) yesterday he wanted tech giants to build a back door into apps, which he said were making it “so much harder” to catch paedophiles.

Finally, child data privacy could get much-needed reform in new bill

Finally, child data privacy could get much-needed reform in new bill

Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense and a children’s advocate, says data on kids, including their activities, hobbies, and social networks, is often for sale from the child’s first years of life.

Why I Am Naming My First-Born Son John Smith

Why I Am Naming My First-Born Son John Smith

When we first heard the wonderful news, we started thinking so hard about names. But I know I’d be even more sad if my child went through life with my wife’s last name, which is so easily google-able.

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems

The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges.

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

Drawing upon thousands of pages of court filings as well as interviews with lawyers and experts, ProPublica found more than a dozen cases since 2011 that were dismissed either because of challenges to the software’s findings, or the refusal by the government or the maker to share the computer programs with defense attorneys, or both.

The One Word No One Is Talking About in the Disney-Fox Deal

The One Word No One Is Talking About in the Disney-Fox Deal

While Disney's acquisition lacks the dark mirror quality of Amazon's ever-expanding home networking business or Google's inescapable array of services (all of them tracking users with mindboggling granularity), there is considerable consumer data tied to the properties that just changed hands, all of it governed by the privacy policies attached to them, which also changed hands but cannot be changed without user consent.