Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple's plan still leaves multiple opportunities for users to remove government-imposed apps, but promoting them during setup will inevitably result in broader distribution of Russia's chosen software.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Ruth Smeeth, CEO of Index on Censorship

Privacy Talks | Interview with Ruth Smeeth, CEO of Index on Censorship

[] – How do you feel about the effects of China’s new national security law in Hong Kong on freedom of expression there?[] – What’s the best way for viewers to get involved with Index on Censorship?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

ACLU sues to find out how the FBI is breaking into encrypted devices

ACLU sues to find out how the FBI is breaking into encrypted devices

“The FBI is secretly breaking the encryption that secures our cell phones and laptops from identity thieves, hackers, and abusive governments, and it refuses to even acknowledge that it has information about these efforts — even though some details have been filed publicly in federal court.”.

Campaign “Reclaim Your Face” calls for a Ban on Biometric Mass Surveillance

Campaign “Reclaim Your Face” calls for a Ban on Biometric Mass Surveillance

Facial recognition and other biometric technologies used for indiscriminate or arbitrarily-targeted surveillance in public spaces act just like that – turning every one of us into a potential suspect; watching and analysing us all of the time; seriously infringing upon our rights to privacy and data protection.

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

The government of Thailand has ordered Thai internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service.According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the @telegram messaging app.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

Freedom of expression hangs in the balance at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

Freedom of expression hangs in the balance at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

ShareTweet Julian Assange, the editor and founder of WikiLeaks, will be taken into a London courtroom on Monday for a hearing which will determine whether he will be extradited to the United States to face charges.

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook ‘temporarily pauses’ selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany after German privacy watchdog HCDPFI raised privacy concerns.As soon as Facebook’s new policy was announced, the German regulator slammed the social media networking giant for making virtual reality headset buyers sign up for a Facebook account through a backdoor.

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

The new censorship law also seems to have been brought in partly for personal reasons, as Al Jazeera reports: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has greatly concentrated powers into his own hands during 17 years in office, pledged this month to bring social media platforms under control following a series of tweets that allegedly insulted his daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.

Watching 👁️: Hong-kong Updates - China scares the world. · Berty Technologies

Watching 👁️: Hong-kong Updates - China scares the world. · Berty Technologies

As this new law is implemented, these companies could quickly find themselves forced to provide the Chinese government with this set of metadata to assist in the arrest of demonstrators and opponents of the regime.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 10, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 10, 2020

While some countries that have adopted privacy preserving contact tracing apps have seen success, those that wanted to collect data have run into problems.The Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS posted a job listing for private contractor help in tracing privacy coins.

Hong Kong downloads of Signal surge as residents fear crackdown

Hong Kong downloads of Signal surge as residents fear crackdown

The surging interest in encrypted messaging comes days after the Chinese government in Beijing passed a new national security law that reduced Hong Kong's autonomy and could undermine its traditionally strong protections for civil liberties.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft Pause Hong Kong Data Requests (3)

Google, Facebook, Microsoft Pause Hong Kong Data Requests (3)

Microsoft is pausing responses to such data requests as it examines the new law, a company spokesperson said in a statement.Facebook typically works with law enforcement to follow local laws where the company operates, but said it has paused sharing user data with Hong Kong authorities while it conducts a “human-rights” assessment.

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

The latest ruling by the French court undermines the argument that general filters of this kind should be adopted under the Digital Services Act – something that is already controversial, in any case.

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court in the country, has ruled that parts of a 2016 law that allowed monitoring of the internet activity of foreign targets outside of Germany are unconstitutional.

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant.

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

A key amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 that would have required authorities to obtain a warrant before gaining access to American internet browsing and search history just failed on the Senate floor by a single vote.

Activists in Minecraft made a digital library to bypass government censorship

Activists in Minecraft made a digital library to bypass government censorship

Different wings of the Uncensored Library feature works from journalists and news sites that have been banned in their respective countries.Worst yet, the Chinese government may leave the map up and instead use their powers to log information on who accesses the Uncensored Library within Minecraft and China and forward that information to their internet police.

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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.

Why does privacy matter when you have nothing to hide? Mappd

Why does privacy matter when you have nothing to hide? Mappd

Using tools like mappd shows organisations that people do care and want to regain a level of control.With the number of data breaches and hacks happening on a daily basis, it’s never been more important to protect yourself digitally and begin to take privacy into your own hands.

The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

You have the right to know if companies are using your information for profit.You need a way to protect yourself, and you deserve a place that will look out for you.

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

“Perhaps the greatest overarching question related to the investigation of this case is how the government was able to pierce Tor’s veil of anonymity and locate the IP address of the server in France,” Marques’s defense lawyers wrote in a recent filing.

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

A man walks past Google offices in Beijing in 2014.Photo: Greg Baker/AFP (AP)Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.

On Privacy versus Freedom

On Privacy versus Freedom

It’s also true that decentralised systems are harder to evolve than centralised ones - you can’t just push out a given feature with a single app update, but you have to agree and publish a public spec, support incremental migration, and build governance processes and community dynamics which encourage everyone to implement and upgrade.

Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights

Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights

Facebook and Google’s omnipresent surveillance of billions of people poses a systemic threat to human rights, Amnesty International warned in a new report as it called for a radical transformation of the tech giants’ core business model.

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

The news: Governments worldwide are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and spy on citizens, think tank Freedom House has warned in its latest report.

Librem 13 – Purism

Librem 13 – Purism

The Librem 13 is the first ultra-portable laptop for the security-conscious road warrior—designed chip-by-chip, line-by-line, to respect your rights to privacy, security, and freedom.When you use a Purism computer you know you are operating the best hardware and software, while keeping your rights to privacy, security, and freedom in mind.

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

What's worse is that if you received one of these notifications through email/post and accidentally happen to ignore it, you are almost certainly in for this fine with a limited ability to appeal:.Considering the apathy and ignorance about internet freedom by the average American, the fear is that most people simply won't do that.