Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Sean Joyce, former Airbnb chief trust officer – also a former deputy director of the FBI – reportedly resigned last year over concerns about how much user data the company shared with China.

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

Don’t Even Try Paying Cash in China

Don’t Even Try Paying Cash in China

Most businesses there, from the fanciest hotels to roadside fruit stands, display a QR code — a type of bar code — that people scan with a smartphone camera to pay with China’s dominant digital payment apps, Alipay and WeChat.

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

The following factors are used by the Chinese government when calculating a social credit score for a business: If the company has consistently paid their taxes on time Whether the business acquires and maintains necessary licenses If the organization in question is compliant with relevant environmental-protection requirements Whether the quality of the business’s products or service meet the national standards.

China launches crackdown on mobile web browsers, decries 'chaos' of information

China launches crackdown on mobile web browsers, decries 'chaos' of information

China’s strict internet censorship rules have been tightened numerous times in recent years and in the latest crackdown, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has told firms operating mobile browsers that they have until Nov. 9 to conduct a “self examination” and rectify problems.

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law

Back when the new national security law passed, some companies vowed to no longer respond to data requests from Hong Kong authorities.However, like Google and Facebook, Microsoft declined to comment to The Guardian on the state official’s allegations.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

The news comes from a U.S. Department of Commerce press release which is titled: “Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States.” Where many people use VPNs in China to bypass Chinese censorship of American apps and services, the reverse is now going to become a thing.

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

At least 72 servers based in India are allegedly sending data of Indian users to China, and at the centre of this are cloud data servers of Chinese technology group, Alibaba, top intelligence sources told News18 earlier today.

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

“The data collected about individuals and institutions and the overlaid analytic tools from social media platforms provide China enormous benefit in opinion formation, targeting, and messaging.”.

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.

UN human rights experts condemn China’s new national security law for Hong Kong

UN human rights experts condemn China’s new national security law for Hong Kong

ShareTweet Human rights experts from the United Nations have published a 14-page letter which was sent to China in which they lay out their concerns that China is violating international human rights agreements with their new law.

China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

(Reuters) - China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

As first reported by the Financial Times on Friday, Apple’s four-page policy document commits to “respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch — including our employees, suppliers, contractors, and customers.” But it does not cite any particular country, like China, where the company has been asked to ban apps that allow users to circumvent censorship before.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok. Social media giants such as Facebook and Google are tracking machines, just like most big tech corporations.The Chinese social media giant TikTok is collecting as much data as possible from their users - whether TikTok needs the data to provides its service or not.

How China surveils the world

How China surveils the world

The CCP doesn’t only collect data through invasive surveillance technologies like cameras that employ facial recognition.A: GTCOM is a big-data and AI company that is controlled by China’s Central Propaganda Department, which is deeply involved in Party attempts to shift the global narrative around China’s power.

China’s Health Code app showcases the extreme smart surveillance regime

China’s Health Code app showcases the extreme smart surveillance regime

CNN BUSINESS reported that the government in Hangzhou has proposed to utilise Health Code permanently and create a health score system collecting data such as daily alcohol consumption, tobacco use, steps, and sleep time from individuals.

China expands Great Firewall to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

China expands Great Firewall to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

Chinese censors upgraded the GFW to be able to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI.TLS 1.3 (Transport Layer Security) and ESNI (Encrypted Server Name Indication) are new technologies that augment HTTPS – the secure way in which website users “talk” with the websites they visit over the internet.

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.

The real risk of downloading Chinese apps on to your phone

The real risk of downloading Chinese apps on to your phone

Large Chinese technology companies have attempted to dispel concerns around this law by publicly pledging to refuse Chinese government requests for data.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

A spokesperson for TikTok said in a statement that the app is a job creator committed to the privacy of its 100 million users in the United States.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Watching 👁️: Hong-kong Updates - China scares the world. · Berty Technologies

Watching 👁️: Hong-kong Updates - China scares the world. · Berty Technologies

As this new law is implemented, these companies could quickly find themselves forced to provide the Chinese government with this set of metadata to assist in the arrest of demonstrators and opponents of the regime.

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition system in hundreds of U.S. stores

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition system in hundreds of U.S. stores

Over about eight years, the American drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp quietly added facial recognition systems to 200 stores across the United States, in one of the largest rollouts of such technology among retailers in the country, a Reuters investigation found.

TikTok may be 'data collection service disguised as social media', Liberal senator says

TikTok may be 'data collection service disguised as social media', Liberal senator says

Popular video messaging app TikTok may be “a data collection service disguised as social media” that requires greater scrutiny by Australian users, the deputy chair of the Foreign Interference through Social Media inquiry has said.

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.Lookout It’s not known how many Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities have downloaded apps containing the malware.

VICE - Inside the Plot to Kill the Open Technology Fund

VICE - Inside the Plot to Kill the Open Technology Fund

“We can tear down the Great Firewall in a matter of months,” Clint from Ultrasurf said, while Bill Xia, the CEO of Dynamic Internet Technology, which maintains Freegate, told VICE News that his app “has been the most popular circumvention software in China since 2002” and “currently, we serve millions of users from China each month.”.

TikTok seems to be copying and pasting your clipboard with every keystroke

TikTok seems to be copying and pasting your clipboard with every keystroke

The new feature – called paste notifications – shows that TikTok is inspecting the clipboard with each new keystroke, and it’s possible that they’re also grabbing the contents and storing it for later to be sent off with the other information that TikTok phones home with.

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom says it’s working on new features that will allow it to block users based on their geographical location after admitting it recently suspended three user accounts based in Hong Kong and the US at the request of the Chinese government.