The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

Apple announced its plans to force mobile advertising companies to require consent from the user before being tracked for ad targeting.This massive change was announced as part of Apple’s fresh initiative to push the iPhone and the Apple ‘ecosystem’ towards a more private experience, which saw widespread complaints from tech giants including Facebook, Snapchat, and game-development platform Unity.

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Other browsers, including Safari and Firefox, already block third-party trackers, but given that Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, by far, with a market share in the 60-something percent range, the news was widely billed as a big step toward the end of letting companies target ads by tracking people around the internet.

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Neeva Search Engine by Two IIT Alumni Hopes to Take on Google by Ensuring Ad-Free Results, More Privacy

Neeva Search Engine by Two IIT Alumni Hopes to Take on Google by Ensuring Ad-Free Results, More Privacy

Although there are some alternatives to Google Search such as DuckDuckGo, which also promises data safety, Neeva hopes to provide a tailor-made search experience specifically for the end-user.

On Instagram, 'Unlink Account' Won't Unlink a Facebook Account

On Instagram, 'Unlink Account' Won't Unlink a Facebook Account

The spokesperson said that Facebook collects and connects this information about users’ activities in order to give users a “personalized experience” across all of the apps under the company’s umbrella, like more precisely targeted ads or in-app recommendations based on an amalgamation of the user’s cross-platform activities.

An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

In August, as colleges and universities prepared for a fall semester that would mark the biggest experiment in online learning in history, Ian Linkletter, a learning technology specialist at the University of British Columbia, began researching Proctorio, the exam proctoring software many of the instructors at the school planned to use.

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook said the new features would be rolled out in “a few countries” immediately, and “globally soon”.There is also no timescale for the most controversial plans announced in Zuckerberg’s March 2019 blogpost: the integration of WhatsApp with Facebook Messenger and Instagram, and the decision to turn on end-to-end encryption for all conversations on the three platforms.

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Those that are dealing with the banning of certain apps like WeChat and TikTok from the app store are being directed towards VPN services as a way to have access to app updates again.

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.

Hackers hit university online exam tool

Hackers hit university online exam tool

A data security breach involving an online examination tool used by Australian universities is under investigation."Any breach of security and privacy of this type is of course deeply concerning and we will continue to work with ProctorU to understand the circumstances of the breach and determine whether any follow-up actions are required on our part," the spokeswoman said.

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

However, FISA and the Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 which he testified to, did allow for temporary warrantless surveillance (Sec. 308).Presently under the Trump administration, Barr has been pushing for explicit backdoor access into encryption technologies employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and secure messaging platforms including Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp.

Shoshana Zuboff: A Human Future in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff: A Human Future in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of human experience,” writes Dr. Zuboff, the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School as well as Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

April Extensions for Firefox Preview

April Extensions for Firefox Preview

We’d like to thank the developers of these add-ons for supporting Firefox Preview.While we’re pleased to offer these six highly recommended add-ons as a starting point, it’s clear that add-on developers have more great ideas for extensions that can enhance the mobile browsing experience.

Cross-signing and End-to-end Encryption by Default is HERE!!!

Cross-signing and End-to-end Encryption by Default is HERE!!!

Three years have passed since we first announced End-to-end Encryption in Matrix and started to beta test it in Riot - and after an enormous amount of polishing and refinement on its user experience, we are finally declaring it out of beta and enabling it by default for all new private conversations in Riot.

Better Privacy for Vivaldi Users, Thanks to DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar

Better Privacy for Vivaldi Users, Thanks to DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar

Today, we're delighted to announce that the Vivaldi browser has incorporated DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar, resulting in easy, effective tracker protection for its users.How to enable tracker blocking in VivaldiYou can learn more about this announcement and get the latest version of Vivaldi on their website, and read more about DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar on our blog.

Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns

Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns

At a time when many Americans believe their personal information is less secure and are concerned with how companies and the government use their personal data, a substantial share of the public has opted out of using a product or service because of privacy concerns, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 3-17, 2019.

Try our latest Test Pilot, Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content

Try our latest Test Pilot, Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content

Today we are launching a new Test Pilot initiative called Firefox Better Web with Scroll.We’ve combined Firefox and Scroll’s growing network of ad-free sites to offer users a fast and private web experience that we believe can be our future.

Npm is joining GitHub

Npm is joining GitHub

We will work to improve the everyday experience of developers and maintainers, and support the great work already started on the npm v7 CLI, which will remain free and open source.

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

The experience of Angela, who worked in an insurance call center, points to what is likely to become an increasingly serious issue with the algorithmic management of jobs that require inter-personal skills.

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.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

What I remember most from those press conferences in 2010 was the assuredness that millions of people somehow actively wanted to have to put glasses on their faces in order to watch television.

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

Having worked and legislated in this space since long before the first mainstream thinkpiece was written about data privacy, I know for certain that a balanced approach will protect American consumers from bad actors, while ensuring the innovators can keep innovating.

7 Steps To A Far Less Intrusive And More Mindful Internet Experience

7 Steps To A Far Less Intrusive And More Mindful Internet Experience

Using Telegram as your default messenger app will help you have a fun and joyful experience with your friends and family without making yourself a target of commercial messages.

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them

While the researchers tested only Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and a small number of tablets and phones, the researchers believe all devices that use MEMS microphones are susceptible to Light Commands attacks.

'Period tracker app spied on me - and told advertisers it thought I was pregnant'

'Period tracker app spied on me - and told advertisers it thought I was pregnant'

Like many women, I use a period tracking app to chart my monthly cycle.It was then I began to feel uneasy as my mind made the connection between my period tracking app believing I had missed a cycle ten days ago, and my Facebook account that was suddenly trying to sell me pregnancy paraphernalia within days of my period appearing to be ‘late’.

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.

The Creepy Way Facebook And Amazon Profit Off Our Private Data

The Creepy Way Facebook And Amazon Profit Off Our Private Data

In an interview with HuffPost, Zuboff talks about how this new world is not just a threat to our privacy, but — as it starts to shape our actions — to our democracy itself: So, what is surveillance capitalism?

TiVo Starts Showing Ads Before DVR Recordings

TiVo Starts Showing Ads Before DVR Recordings

Within the next 90 days any recorded content you want to watch will trigger pre-roll ads before it plays.As Light Reading reports, TiVo has decided to unlock a new source of revenue by introducing ads that play ahead of DVR recordings.

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.