COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

Each Community Mobility Report is broken down by location and displays the change in visits to places like grocery stores and parks.Visit Google's Privacy Policy to learn more about how we keep your data private, safe and secure.

​People In Kentucky Are Getting Ankle Monitors For Breaking Quarantine Measures

​People In Kentucky Are Getting Ankle Monitors For Breaking Quarantine Measures

As many parts of the world remain on lockdown to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities in Kentucky have introduced news measures to ensure people are following orders - by making them wear ankle monitors.

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

After reading NSA files, I wouldn’t be surprised if NSA already hacked some of the big CAs. I don’t see what stops governments from issuing a subpoena for the CAs in their countries to sign a certificate so they could sniff the communication of whoever they want.

The Right to Anonymity is Vital to Free Expression: Now and Always

The Right to Anonymity is Vital to Free Expression: Now and Always

And yet, our right to anonymity online remains at risk.But most importantly, there are myriad reasons why anonymity and pseudonymity remain vital tools for free expression and safety.EFF was able to successfully appeal in District Court, however, and Darkspilver’s anonymity remains protected.

Redditor Wins Fight to Stay Anonymous

Redditor Wins Fight to Stay Anonymous

The judge ordered disclosure of Darkspilver’s identity to Watch Tower’s lawyer, so the organization could try to shore up its legal claims.An opinion released Monday said, “The record establishes that Darkspilver made fair use of the Watch Tower ad and chart.

Let's Encrypt Has Issued a Billion Certificates

Let's Encrypt Has Issued a Billion Certificates

Today 81% of page loads use HTTPS globally, and we’re at 91% in the United States!Today we serve nearly 192M websites with 13 full time staff and an annual budget of approximately $3.35M.

I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

Reddit User, rabicanwoosley suggests uMatrix, described as: “Point & click to forbid/allow any class of requests made by your browser.Do we really need 500 lists going over the same ground again and again ?And beyond some basics, much of your security and privacy is more dependent on your behavior, and that of your friends and family, than on tools.

Reddit tests forcing users to login or use the app to read content

Reddit tests forcing users to login or use the app to read content

Members of the r/mobilweb community are expectedly unhappy with this limited availability of the site, observing the irony of Reddit saying its controversial new layout design was there to improve the experience on mobile devices – only to now start cutting web users out.

Reviving Sandstorm

Reviving Sandstorm

While Sandstorm had had a healthy community of folks using it and building apps, there had been fewer contributions to Sandstorm itself from outside the company, and no one but Sandstorm employees had been doing major core development on a regular basis.

IWantClips Admits Performer Data Breach

IWantClips Admits Performer Data Breach

In this isolated incident, there was a minor inadvertent data release that affected a very small number of our artists (483 United States based artists out of our community of more than 30,000 artists) who had previously received a 1099 from us in the year 2017.

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

In an interview at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s top hardware executive said he’s proud of the program, believes the partnerships with police departments are good for neighborhoods, and hinted at a future in which Ring cameras could use Amazon’s facial recognition technology—a scenario that some of Ring’s critics have already expressed concerns about.

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

"We need solutions that work, and Commissioner Harrison has told the City Council multiple times this year, as recently as October, that there is no evidence the surveillance plane is an effective crime-fighting tool.".

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Access Now calls on Internet Society to halt the sale of .ORG

Access Now calls on Internet Society to halt the sale of .ORG

Berlin, Germany: While the internet community gathered at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to debate better internet governance structures, we learned that Internet Society (ISOC), with no warning or public input, intends to sell the control of the .ORG domain registry (called the Public Interest Registry, or PIR) for an undisclosed amount to a for-profit private equity firm called Ethos Capital.

Welcoming Beat Games to Facebook

Welcoming Beat Games to Facebook

They will join Oculus Studios as an independently operated studio in Prague, continuing to create new ways for people to experience music and VR gaming.The Beat Games team will operate the same way they have to date as an independent studio, and they’ll continue to work on Beat Saber across all currently supported platforms.

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Fred Lum. A confidential Sidewalk Labs document from 2016 lays out the founding vision of the Google-affiliated development company, which included having the power to levy its own property taxes, track and predict people’s movements and control some public services.

Product Usage Tracking (#5672) · Issues · GitLab.com / www-gitlab-com

Product Usage Tracking (#5672) · Issues · GitLab.com / www-gitlab-com

Based on considerable feedback from our customers, users, and the broader community, we reversed course the next day and removed those changes before they went into effect.We are reaching out to customers who expressed concerns and collecting feedback from users and the wider community.

Opinion: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?

Opinion: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?

Later that decade, the Advanced Research Projects Agency — a research funding arm of the Department of Defense created in response to Sputnik — determined they needed a network based on my theory so that their computer research centers could share work remotely.

Tech Tudor: Gitlab's "Important Updates to our ToS" - A nice and sleazy way to say we are unleashing Telemetry and Spying on you!

Tech Tudor: Gitlab's "Important Updates to our ToS" - A nice and sleazy way to say we are unleashing Telemetry and Spying on you!

So, who once declared themselves the champion of internet freedom (when Github was getting acquired by Microsoft some months back), now seems to be exploring new avenues of earning by way of subjecting their users to intense telemetry and spying.

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

Entire paychecks were cut during campaign for several people (including me, though later repaid us and kept promises on bonuses) and the campaign was going bad (as most of us predict) but then [Klumpp] and I talked about getting KDE community involved as they had Plasma Mobile which was pragmatic way to look at as phone OS base and Todd agreed that we contact them and make deal with them.

Victory! Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Face Recognition

Victory! Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Face Recognition

Berkeley has become the third city in California and the fourth city in the United States to ban the use of face recognition technology by the government.

VA shares electronic health records

VA shares electronic health records

If you plan on receiving care in the U.S. from VA and/or a participating community care provider, then you need to opt out by submitting VA Form 10-10164 if you do not want to share your health information.

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Many of today's prominent computer scientists entered the field decades ago, inspired by the potential of digital technology to hold powerful institutions to account.The tech industry itself badly needs more accountability.The CS community has responded to ethical concerns by promoting a distinct field, algorithmic fairness.

Androids And iPhones Hacked With Just One WhatsApp Click — And Tibetans Are Under Assault

Androids And iPhones Hacked With Just One WhatsApp Click — And Tibetans Are Under Assault

NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty ImagesHigh-profile Tibetans have seen their Apple iPhones and Android devices targeted by hacks delivered in WhatsApp messages.The latest attacks on the Tibetan community also contained some novel Android spyware, said Citizen Lab researcher Bill Marczak.

Building a more private web

Building a more private web

So today, we are announcing a new initiative to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web.Starting with today’s announcements, we will work with the web community to develop new standards that advance privacy, while continuing to support free access to content.

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Security experts have issued a warning after three gay hookup apps - including Grindr - and a threesome app were found to expose users' exact locations, just by knowing the publicly available username.

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost that it’s problematic if someone concerned about being located is opting to share information with a dating app in the first place.

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

Ring donated 15 free doorbell surveillance cameras to the Lakeland Police Department, and created a program to encourage people to download its “neighborhood watch” app, Neighbors.

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

The full list of 37 sites identified by Censored Planet thus far are: On July 19th, a Kazakh government official tried to clarify that the installation of the fake certificate was not technically mandatory.

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

In May last year, after Bitmain unveiled its new Antimer Z9 Mini, the Foundation funded research into ASIC resistance, partly to appeal to the network’s strong base of GPU miners.