Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Signal has often been asked if we can build something to support this kind of payments use case for a better alternative future (one that isn’t dominated by big tech).

Mozilla Explains: Cookies and supercookies

Mozilla Explains: Cookies and supercookies

Cross-site tracking cookies are stored on your computer by websites you visit.Supercookies are another type of tracker that acts like cross-site tracking cookies by collecting your data and reporting it back to their owners.

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

According to an investigation by Vice, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in several states is supplementing its income by selling the personal information of drivers in their state to third parties.This information includes their names, addresses, dates of birth and which cars they own.

Daring Fireball: T-Mobile Is Automatically Enrolling Cell Phone Customers Into Ad Tracking Based on Their Online Activity

Daring Fireball: T-Mobile Is Automatically Enrolling Cell Phone Customers Into Ad Tracking Based on Their Online Activity

Drew FitzGerald, reporting for The Wall Street Journal (News+ link): T-Mobile US Inc. will automatically enroll its phone subscribers in an advertising program informed by their online activity, testing businesses’ appetite for information that other companies have restricted.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Zuckerberg said that Facebook sees Apple as one of its biggest competitors, claiming that the privacy changes will help Apple services like iMessage and FaceTime that compete with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

SatoshiLabs  -  7 years of innovating security.

SatoshiLabs - 7 years of innovating security.

To that end, this is an open call for NGOs and nonprofit organizations that see a future in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as a means to strengthen their donations and give the oppressed a better way to support worthy causes.

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

In an open letter, ProPrivacy and other groups say that that many charity pages dealing with extremely sensitive issues such as mental health, debt, end-of-life care, and disability contained various trackers allowing advertisers to profile vulnerable users based on the topic of the page – for example, alcohol addiction or mental health issues.

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Google’s “Web & App Activity” settings describe how the company collects data, such as user location, to create a faster and “more personalised” experience.If you open your Google Maps app, you’ll see a circle in the top right corner that signifies you’re logged in with your Google account.

Fundraiser by Ian Linkletter : Stand Against Proctorio's SLAPP

Fundraiser by Ian Linkletter : Stand Against Proctorio's SLAPP

If we succeed and this SLAPP suit is dismissed, Proctorio may be ordered to pay full indemnity legal costs.if our application is successful and Proctorio is ordered to pay full indemnity legal costs, the entire proceeds from this campaign will be donated to the BCCLA (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association).

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

The good news for consumers and news publishers alike is that CPRA seeks to close any loopholes in the previous privacy law the state passed two years ago.

Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

The news: Apple and Google have announced they’re expanding their coronavirus exposure warning system so health agencies can take part without needing to create a customized app.

Verily, Google’s health-focused sister company, is getting into insurance

Verily, Google’s health-focused sister company, is getting into insurance

Once they hit the predetermined point of money they pay for their employees’ health, the stop-loss insurance company pays the rest.For example, Coefficient claims its “analytics-based underwriting engine” will help employers better understand risk that they’re taking on.

How Google is 'Trying' to Collect the Mobile Numbers and Web Activity of a Billion Indians

How Google is 'Trying' to Collect the Mobile Numbers and Web Activity of a Billion Indians

Only adaptable on mobile phones and tablets for now, this feature allows users to create their own virtual visiting cards which would make it easier for others to find them on Google Search.

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

The latest beta release of Signal Desktop includes preliminary support for one-to-one voice and video calls.Call your friends and family on macOS, Windows, and Linux; see their smiles on a larger screen; hear their laughter through the big speakers on your desk; and help us test the next generation of calling on Signal.

The Invidious Project Will Be Shutting Down Soon

The Invidious Project Will Be Shutting Down Soon

In a recent blog post, it has been announced that the main Invidious instance () will be shutting down and that Omar Roth will be stepping down as the lead developer of the project.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy intended to prevent the company from using seller-specific data to help determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself.

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Brig.-Gen. Conrad Mialkowski, who had PiT assigned to his headquarters during the Canadian Forces pandemic response, said the team did not break any laws or violate military regulations.Such information helps inform the Canadian military about the situation they would be operating in during the pandemic, said Mialkowski, commander of Joint Task Force Central.

Don't post on Facebook unless you are prepared to face the consequences

Don't post on Facebook unless you are prepared to face the consequences

“When I saw the ads,” she writes, “I knew that Facebook had probably tagged me to receive them.” At which point I began to wonder if even such a sophisticated user of social media really understood how it works.

Ubuntu Will No Longer Track Which Packages Users Install

Ubuntu Will No Longer Track Which Packages Users Install

The stats that popcon gathers is used to help “improve future versions of Ubuntu so that the most popular packages are the ones which are installed automatically for new users.”.So future installs of Ubuntu desktop will no longer include the popularity contest package by default.

Outcome of own-initiative investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

Outcome of own-initiative investigation into EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products and services

The EDPS presents its 2020-2024 Strategy ' Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade ' to the public.The Strategy focuses on three pillars: foresight, action and solidarity to address digital challenges for a safer , fairer and more sustainable future.

Your Data Should Belong to You — and not to the Big Tech Companies

Your Data Should Belong to You — and not to the Big Tech Companies

The Data Dividend Project aims to gather together hundreds of thousands of Americans to collectively bargain to take back your data rights that are currently being exploited by the big technology companies and data brokers.

Inside the NBA's plan to use smart technology and big data to keep players safe from coronavirus

Inside the NBA's plan to use smart technology and big data to keep players safe from coronavirus

According to the NBA's health and safety memo for the restart of the season, which was obtained by CNBC, residents will receive a "smart" ring, a Disney MagicBand, individual pulse oximeter and a smart thermometer to help monitor and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Private Internet Access Next Generation Network now available for beta preview

Private Internet Access Next Generation Network now available for beta preview

Private Internet Access beta users are now able to access Next Generation VPN servers on the PIA network using out beta desktop clients and mobile apps.Try out these exciting new updates to the Private Internet Access today and see why we’re the most trusted brand in the VPN industry.

How to safely and anonymously browse the Internet

How to safely and anonymously browse the Internet

Knowing how to safely and anonymously browse the web is essential for protecting your personal privacy.A virtual private network (VPN) can help keep your internet browsing private or anonymous, but it may depend on the quality of the VPN that you choose to use.

Digital Signage solutions for Retail to Surplus Inventory

Digital Signage solutions for Retail to Surplus Inventory

By updating audio-video digital signage content throughout business hours, retailers can regulate inventory and support marketing activities utilizing in-store signage targeted throughout the day directly to consumers.Digital Signage solution provides a customizable and flexible platform directly to market to customers on premise with messaging directly correlated with sales goals and inventory.

Coronavirus: Taiwan tracking citizens’ phones to make sure they stay indoors

Coronavirus: Taiwan tracking citizens’ phones to make sure they stay indoors

Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

The request follows an earlier decision, made public last month, to deploy elite tactical BORTAC agents — immigration SWAT teams that are normally assigned to risky border smuggling, rescue and intelligence operations — to help arrest and deport immigrants in sanctuary cities.

Councils let firms track visits to webpages on benefits and disability

Councils let firms track visits to webpages on benefits and disability

Some councils were found to be letting companies track use of sensitive sections of their sites, such as when people were seeking financial help or support for substance abuse.

Reviving Sandstorm

Reviving Sandstorm

While Sandstorm had had a healthy community of folks using it and building apps, there had been fewer contributions to Sandstorm itself from outside the company, and no one but Sandstorm employees had been doing major core development on a regular basis.

Ring Doorbell Hack Lawsuits

Ring Doorbell Hack Lawsuits

Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed alleging that Ring has failed to implement “even the most basic” security measures to protect its customers.Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against Ring LLC following reports of hackers infiltrating the company’s camera systems and terrorizing homeowners and their children.