Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has stated that no privacy laws are being breached – as long as there are safeguards.A potential new norm that is not good for privacy: Telecoms sharing “anonymized” location data with governments.

Unpatched bug in iOS 13.3.1 and later stops VPNs from encrypting all connections

Unpatched bug in iOS 13.3.1 and later stops VPNs from encrypting all connections

The VPN bypass bug in iOS 13.3.1 and later causes some internet connections to continue with their original, unencrypted connection – which is a security and privacy concern.Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization.

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

While it’s perfectly fine for such an app to exist – especially as an alternative to using law enforcement man hours to physically check on at-risk quarantined patients, it would be a huge privacy concern if Poland decided to make every citizen download the COVID-19 selfie app.

KrØØk WiFi vulnerability affected WiFi encryption on over a billion devices

KrØØk WiFi vulnerability affected WiFi encryption on over a billion devices

A vulnerability in Broadcom and Cypress WiFi chips makes it possible for attackers on your local WiFi network to decrypt your WPA2 encrypted internet traffic.

IKEA Becomes First Retailer To Let Customers Pay Using Time

IKEA Becomes First Retailer To Let Customers Pay Using Time

Because beginning from this month, IKEA Dubai is running a campaign that will allow customers to spend their time as a currency, simply by showing IKEA checkout staff their Google Maps timeline, which proves how much time they've spent travelling to IKEA stores.

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

As a result, key members in the House and Senate are now opposing reauthorization of the phone records surveillance – though they are still planning to reauthorize other parts of the surveillance act.

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

My conclusion, which I cover in this article, is that platforms based on cryptocurrency tech are uniquely good at one thing in particular: not being shut down, a property known more formally as “censorhip-resistance.” And I will argue in this post that this property alone causes cryptocurrency tech to act as a “second amendment of the internet,” providing a check against information-based oppression that is analogous to how the right to bear arms acts as a check against physical oppression.

Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public

Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public

He noticed that the “Invite to Group via Link” function for WhatsApp private groups creates a link that, when posted on the public internet, ends up being indexed by search engines such as Google, DuckDuckGo, and Bing.

Private Internet Access refund policy extended to 30 days

Private Internet Access refund policy extended to 30 days

Effective immediately, Private Internet Access subscribers will be covered under our new 30 day money back guarantee.The new Private Internet Access money back guarantee is simple: you can get a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.

Trump to put Secret Service in charge of policing cryptocurrencies

Trump to put Secret Service in charge of policing cryptocurrencies

US President Donald Trump will hand control of cryptocurrency criminal investigations to the Secret Service.“The Budget proposes legislation to return the US Secret Service to Treasury to create new efficiencies in the investigation of these crimes and prepare the Nation to face the threats of tomorrow.”.

'I wasn't allowed to buy my burrito with cash'

'I wasn't allowed to buy my burrito with cash'

Image caption Nicholas Duggan was "very taken aback" to find his cash refused During a recent lunch hour in New York, a sea of office workers filled the Hudson Eats food court, where staff prepared pizza, barbecue and chopped salad orders at incredible speed.

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

The thing about internet tracking and surveillance is that when it comes to online privacy both companies and governments have been historically caught lying to the public or just straight up selling private data legally .

US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution

US government urges everyone to update Mozilla Firefox to v72.0.1 because of an active exploit that allows remote code execution

Remote code execution is the holy grail of zero day vulnerabilities, and the fact that one of the most popular privacy and security focused browsers in the world had such a flaw should be a massive wake up call to internet browser users around the world.

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Prompted by the post, many users noticed that the storage scanner in the Device Care section included a little note: “powered by 360.” Even in China, Qihoo 360 is well known for its past privacy transgressions and controversies and it’s understandable why Samsung users would be incredibly concerned that anything at all from Qihoo is preinstalled on their phone.

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Full reversal of Facebook anti cryptocurrency ad policy, just in time for Libra.While we will still require people to apply to run ads promoting cryptocurrency, starting today, we will narrow this policy to no longer require pre-approval for ads related to blockchain technology, industry news, education or events related to cryptocurrency.”.

Indian government is shutting down internet access in major cities in an attempt to disrupt democracy

Indian government is shutting down internet access in major cities in an attempt to disrupt democracy

NDTV reports that the Special Branch of the Delhi Police, under the direction of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs, sent a letter to internet service providers and mobile data providers in India telling them to execute the internet shutdown.

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple has released a detailed explanation of the privacy invading location seeking behavior observed on the iPhone 11 Pro by security researcher Brian Krebs.However, it isn’t yet approved for use in all countries and locations so the iPhone 11 Pro’s Ultra Wideband technology includes a phone home to check.

IPhone 11 Pro phones home with user location even when told not to

IPhone 11 Pro phones home with user location even when told not to

Security researcher Brian Krebs recently showed that the iPhone 11 Pro tracks users’ location even when explicitly told not to.Brian Krebs has sent follow up questions to Apple and we will provide updates on this iPhone 11 Pro privacy issue as it unfolds.

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

One company that we know is working with the government on facial recognition software is none other than Amazon .For the last few years, Amazon has been piloting its Rekognition facial recognition software to schools and local law enforcement across the country.

The US Senate will vote on the CASE Act, which would unleash a copyright claims hell

The US Senate will vote on the CASE Act, which would unleash a copyright claims hell

The CASE Act is a new copyright law that nobody should support.Despite the Copyright Alliance’s claims to the contrary, there are many internet users that would agree that the DMCA did in fact enable some copyright trolling.

How to unblock WhatsApp

How to unblock WhatsApp

Download Private Internet Access from the Google Play Store, the Apple iTune App Store, or the APK file (for advanced users) if you haven’t already.Restart your phone to access a less restrictive App Store How to unblock WhatsApp download from the Google Play Store?

Starting December 1st, China’s new MLPS 2.0 cybersecurity laws will require submission of a facial scan to receive internet access

Starting December 1st, China’s new MLPS 2.0 cybersecurity laws will require submission of a facial scan to receive internet access

China’s new MLPS (Multi-level Protection of Information Security) 2.0 cybersecurity laws goes into full effect on December 1st, 2019 and will see all internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile data providers requiring facial scans to sign up for new service.

Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history

Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history

As mentioned before, explicit government orders to store your internet history and log your web traffic are a great reason to use VPN when on WiFI at an internet cafe – and not just in Thailand.

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

However, a federal court has now ruled and opined the other way – that states do have the right to pass their own net neutrality laws, that internet service providers (ISPs) need to follow if they wish to do business in said states.

Why you need to use a VPN when using WiFi at coworking spaces like WeWork

Why you need to use a VPN when using WiFi at coworking spaces like WeWork

According to CNET, examples of documents that have been found readily available via WeWork’s WiFi network include lots of personal identification records, account usernames and passwords, and more.This is important even on more public WiFi networks such as at private offices or in private homes.

WARP is not a VPN for privacy

WARP is not a VPN for privacy

Mobile app sans VPN technology provides a crucial, free service to encrypt DNS queries for otherwise unprotected mobile internet users leaking their DNS queries to public WiFi networks or private mobile data providers, the addition of this VPN widens the amount of trust considerably.

Massive Novaestrat data leak effects over 20 million in Ecuador

Massive Novaestrat data leak effects over 20 million in Ecuador

The researchers thought that the various goldmines of data had been compiled by the Ecuadorian government from private databases – but it turned out that the government’s information was just another input in this large leak.

As protesters march on, Private Internet Access VPN has been blocked in Hong Kong

As protesters march on, Private Internet Access VPN has been blocked in Hong Kong

It’s now clear that the government’s plan to limit the protests from a technological perspective are starting with the VPNs. It is now official: The Great Firewall of China has expanded to block in Hong Kong.

Beware the GHOST Protocol

Beware the GHOST Protocol

UK internet users and internet users around the world need to beware of the GHOST protocol.In Australia, an anti encryption bill that enables the government to ask for GHOST protocol-like access has passed and is just ripe for abuse.

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Other parties and experts have also pointed out that Austria would not have the unilateral right to protect cash through constitutional changes because it uses the euro, which is under the purview of the European Central Bank.