Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

No cookie for you

No cookie for you

At GitHub, we want to protect developer privacy, and we find cookie banners quite irritating, so we decided to look for a solution.So, we have removed all non-essential cookies from GitHub, and visiting our website does not send any information to third-party analytics services.

Threema Multi-Device: An Architectural Overview

Threema Multi-Device: An Architectural Overview

If, however, the multi-device protocol is required to meet Threema standards, things get complicated.In order to fulfill Threema’s requirements, a multi-device solution must, of course, provide full end-to-end encryption.

Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week

Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week

CNBC reports that there will be an estimated one billion security cameras filming around the world by 2021, with somewhere between 10-18% of those being in the United States alone.

A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons

A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons

As to the decision about what to replace it with, I’m still not convinced that Mozilla made a good choice when they decided to copy Chrome’s extension APIs. While this made development of cross-browser extensions easier, it also limited Firefox extensions to the functionality supported by Chrome.

The recent erasure of anarchist spaces from corporate platforms shows we need a strong anarchist media alliance

The recent erasure of anarchist spaces from corporate platforms shows we need a strong anarchist media alliance

They'll continue to erase any anarchist, anti-capitalist or anti-fascist project that grows enough on their platforms to pose a threat to the established order.We need to lean on each other now that we can no longer rely on individually promoting our platforms on corporate media.

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

“The data sharing we observed would allow for a broad range of profiling,” says Bill Fitzgerald, the privacy researcher who conducted the tests for the Consumer Reports Digital Lab. Once student data is passed to third parties, he notes, it’s more likely to be used for purposes that don’t reflect a pupil’s best interests.

Axel Voss, in an Interview: anyone Who has the App, is the first to be allowed to return to the Restaurant

Axel Voss, in an Interview: anyone Who has the App, is the first to be allowed to return to the Restaurant

Would not be a pan-European App better?A pan-European App would have a great advantage: The citizens would identify more closely with the EU.Of course, privacy must be ensured, in the opinion of the European data protection supervisor, but this is also the case of Central systems.

Why I Decided to Run a Tor Relay

Why I Decided to Run a Tor Relay

But then I watched this talk by the articulate, intelligent and passionate Tor Project developer Jacob Appelbaum (if you do nothing else today, watch it).Jacob couldn’t have made a better case for direct action, requesting of the audience:Raise your hand if you think anonymity is something that is good and you think is a fundamental human right that we should all have...

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

Now this European Organization for Nuclear Research is moving away from Facebook Workplace to instead make use of more open-source software packages.Pricing and privacy concerns move CERN to Mattermost, Discourse and other Open Source solutions.

Dr. Max Welling on Federated Learning and Bayesian Thinking

Dr. Max Welling on Federated Learning and Bayesian Thinking

The other thing is that with Bayesian update , if you have a very wide posterior distribution, then you know that parameter is not going be very important for making predictions.

Click To Pray — The Pope's Dystopian ERosary — CyberPunks.com

Click To Pray — The Pope's Dystopian ERosary — CyberPunks.com

The daily prayers pushed to worshippers through Click to Pray could be tailored towards a particular outcome or diverted via a particular saint, and the verified prayers of the faithful totted up behind the sandstone edifice on Borgo Santo Spirito.

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

What you read on Facebook is determined entirely by Facebook’s algorithm, which elides much — censors much, if you wrongly think the News Feed is free speech — and amplifies little.

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Following in the footsteps of other large corporations such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon; Microsoft silently updated its privacy statement admitting it has a group of people listening to users' conversations and interactions through its platform —and transcribing part of those dialogs:Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing .

GitHub - nickspaargaren/pihole-google: Completely block Google and its services

GitHub - nickspaargaren/pihole-google: Completely block Google and its services

The GAFAM is an acronym used to describe the five multinational technology companies Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, taking the first letters of all these companies. Feel free to criticize our blocklist to make it better and better.

Your phone is not safe at the Canadian border

Your phone is not safe at the Canadian border

The Canadian laws that govern searches of digital devices at our borders must be updated and strengthened to protect the privacy of people in Canada. People in Canada need a legislated regime with built-in rights of challenge, as well as public transparency and reporting obligations.

Researchers show smartwatches can figure out exactly what you are up to all day

Researchers show smartwatches can figure out exactly what you are up to all day

People usually wear such devices on their passive arm which is less engaged in everyday activity. “A wide variety of apps could be made smarter and more context-sensitive if our devices knew the activity of our bodies and hands.”.

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

We said above that this move has the “semblance” of a pro-privacy effort, because of course the importance of cookies has waned a bit in recent years, thanks in part to the impact of smartphones and mobile browsers on web activity.

Data as a Property Right

Data as a Property Right

As we’ve seen, some of the largest tech companies can know more about us and our lives than our families and those closest to us. Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.

Facebook Could Be Fined Up To 5 Billion Dollar Over Privacy Violations

Facebook Could Be Fined Up To 5 Billion Dollar Over Privacy Violations

“In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded a $ 3.0 billion accumulation related to the FTC’s consultations on our platform and user data practices,” said Facebook in its report.

Facebook’s Decision To Censor Anti-Vaccination Posts And Why Some Might Not Like It

Facebook’s Decision To Censor Anti-Vaccination Posts And Why Some Might Not Like It

However, in recent years there have been calls for social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook to start censoring some of the content that’s posted on their platforms.

The most (un)realistic story about privacy

The most (un)realistic story about privacy

But after a while, this whole privacy and data related things started to seem a little bit boring to Mr. X.

Is Alexa Dangerous?

Is Alexa Dangerous?

Amazon doesn’t disclose exact figures, but when I asked how many Echo devices have been sold, a spokeswoman said “tens of millions.” By the end of last year, more than 40 million smart speakers had been installed worldwide, according to Canalys, a technology-research firm.

Hijacking WhatsApp without Hacking

Hijacking WhatsApp without Hacking

Not only can curious people like me read these, displaying the full content of messages on your lock screen can lead to your instant messaging accounts being hijacked. Of course, this will only work if the CEO’s phone displays incoming messages on the lock screen.

Another Facebook data row. But who to blame?

Another Facebook data row. But who to blame?

Data from App Events is used to power Facebook’s advertising algorithms, though the company insists it wouldn’t use sensitive data for this (we can’t verify that, of course). The company has a standard list of App Events that it provides to every developer that wants to use them.

We value your privacy now, but maybe not later

We value your privacy now, but maybe not later

Everybody knows these modal dialogs when visiting a website for the first time that ask you to accept cookies and consent to being tracked by third-party advertising networks.

Google is losing users’ trust.

Google is losing users’ trust.

It’s part of a new technical “feature” in the browser called “identity consistency between browser and cookie jar.” Despite the gritty technical name of the feature, it represents a truly fundamental change in the way Chrome works.

Why tech giants don't need to spy on you to know what you're up to

Why tech giants don't need to spy on you to know what you're up to

Simply put, tech firms routinely gather so much data about you in other ways, they already have an excellent idea what your interests, desires and habits might be.

Returning Control of Our Personal Data – Hurrah for CCPA – Zak Rubinstein

Returning Control of Our Personal Data – Hurrah for CCPA – Zak Rubinstein

I received no less than nine letters from lawyers offering to represent me to oppose the police. We formed 1touch.io to deal with the problem that is on everyone’s mind, which is finding out what is actually happening with their private information.

TIL: Firefox has a little-known feature to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

TIL: Firefox has a little-known feature to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

The browser contains a hard-coded list of adult site domains, and if one of your most-visited sites is one of those domains, it will automatically be hidden from the new-tab page.