Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

Apple Responds to macOS Privacy Concerns, Explains Why Apps Were Slow to Launch

Apple Responds to macOS Privacy Concerns, Explains Why Apps Were Slow to Launch

On top of this, Apple says “over the next year we will introduce several changes to our security checks,” specifically: a new encrypted protocol for Developer ID certificate revocation checks strong protections against server failure a new preference for users to opt out of these security protections Apple also gave some further technical information on the situation to iPhone in Canada.

Urbit is for Communities

Urbit is for Communities

When I think of the places in the physical world where people seem to feel the most at home, they’re places that have evolved over long periods of time and are owned by the communities that inhabit them.

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor.

The History of Invidious

The History of Invidious

HookTube was pretty much the same idea from a user perspective, but it was not open source and it used the YouTube API instead of scraping the site.

Omar Roth

Omar Roth

In either case, I consider myself extremely lucky to have people that can manage the project in future, and can only imagine what it would be like for someone without that luxury.

Fawkes tool protects your image from being identified by facial recognition software

Fawkes tool protects your image from being identified by facial recognition software

Try out Fawkes the new pixel blurring tool to avoid artificial intelligence and deep learning facial recognition software.The researcher have noted that during experiments, Fawkes provided high levels of protection against facial recognition models, the team said, regardless of how the models were trained.

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

Part of iOS 14 was a change in the App Store that gives users even more information by way of what Apple calls a privacy summary.

Dating Apps Exposed 845 GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

Dating Apps Exposed 845 GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

And though the exposed data included limited "personally identifying information," like real names, birthdays, or email addresses, the researchers warn that a motivated hacker could have used the photos and other miscellaneous information available to identify many users.

A mistake at Facebook broke Spotify, Venmo, TikTok, and other iPhone apps

A mistake at Facebook broke Spotify, Venmo, TikTok, and other iPhone apps

"A new release of Facebook included a change that triggered crashes for some users in some apps using the Facebook iOS SDK.The apps were attempting to communicate with Facebook's servers and crashing as a result.

Private Internet Access announces Wireguard VPN Beta

Private Internet Access announces Wireguard VPN Beta

Private Internet Access has long had established server-client connection best practices for all of our VPN connection types such as OpenVPN and IPSec. We have added these best practices to our WireGuard implementation to ensure the same no logging VPN service that our users expect and will always get.

Clearview AI - super crime fighter or the death of privacy as we know it?

Clearview AI - super crime fighter or the death of privacy as we know it?

In a nutshell, the New York Times published an article on Ton-That (and others’ as you will see) tiny company Clearview AI on January 18, 2020 that revealed, among many other serious things, that the company claims to have quietly scraped Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites to assemble a database of 3 billion faces.

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Apple has introduced a new open-source Swift Crypto package which makes the secure capabilities of Apple’s CryptoKit available to the wider Swift community — even if they’re deploying their software on platforms other than Apple’s own.

#EthicalWebDev – guide for ethical website development and maintenance

#EthicalWebDev – guide for ethical website development and maintenance

For example, it has become more and more common for web developers to take “free” resources, such as fonts and scripts and use them on the websites that they design.Ethical Web Dev – Guide for ethical website development and maintenance.

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.

(Update: Instagram statement) Shady app lets stalkers view private Instagram accounts in exchange for their own data

(Update: Instagram statement) Shady app lets stalkers view private Instagram accounts in exchange for their own data

The catch is that you have to invite at least one other person to the service to be able to view private profiles, which is how the app manages to constantly increase its pool of available content — if any of its users happen to follow a private profile, it just farms that account's content.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit secured conditional approval to move forward in the process to build a smart city in Toronto after agreeing to develop a smaller area than initially proposed and make concessions on data collection and privacy, the city’s waterfront development board said on Thursday.

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.

Web Tracking Is Killing The Planet

Web Tracking Is Killing The Planet

Every year, these companies pay millions of dollars for web development, and their sites are still so bloated, they have to pour even more money into the most expensive hosting platforms and content delivery networks to keep them running.

HUAWEI announces HarmonyOS open source operating system for smartphones and smart devices

HUAWEI announces HarmonyOS open source operating system for smartphones and smart devices

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, regarding the thoughts behind developing this new OS, said: We’re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios.

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook revealed its plans to transfer content moderation from human-staffed data centres to on-device, AI-powered systems in a presentation at the firm's F8 annual developer conference on May 1, 2019.The proposed concept would appear to see content moderation executed on user messages directly within WhatsApp, prior to their encryption — with the filtering algorithms themselves being regularly updated from a central source.

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

People who upload their image to the app transfer the picture to a server controlled by the developer, with the photograph processing done remotely, rather than on their phone.

Google Confirms Timeline For Controversial Ad Blocking Plans

Google Confirms Timeline For Controversial Ad Blocking Plans

Chromium developer advocate Simeon Vincent confirmed that the first preview would be available for the Google developer Canary channel in late July or start of August. Microsoft is currently asking users whether they want built in ad blockers, while Brave has already said it won’t be taking on the Manifest V3 changes.

Chinese database exposes 42.5 million records compiled from multiple dating apps

Chinese database exposes 42.5 million records compiled from multiple dating apps

Tens of millions of records about users of different dating apps have been discovered in a single database that doesn’t include any password protection, according to new research findings.

Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Though it doesn’t often come up and is confusing to think through, almost every app on your phone is full of third-party advertising intermediaries — at a minimum, ad software owned by Facebook or Twitter or Google, but often a couple dozen other companies you haven’t even heard of, as well.

Microsoft, Facebook, trust and privacy

Microsoft, Facebook, trust and privacy

I've been reminded of this ancient history a lot in the last year or two as I’ve looked at news around abuse and ‘hostile state activity’ on Facebook, YouTube and other social platforms, because much like the Microsoft macro viruses, the ‘bad actors’ on Facebook did things that were in the manual.

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps

Using software that is open source is a critical piece of the puzzle, because this allows peer review to verify that the developer isn’t collecting unnecessary data to make the app or service work, and that the developers have considered all of the external privacy threats.

Avoiding consumer lock-in with the decentralised web

Avoiding consumer lock-in with the decentralised web

Because Weavemail lives on Arweave’s permaweb, you can be confident that as long as you know the address of this transaction, and there is an available Arweave node to serve it to you, your access to this mail client as it currently exists simply cannot be denied, or changed.