Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

A report from the Brennan Center for Justice provides a good summary of how the authorities are accessing that data in order to help them with their work: The proliferation of connected devices provides expansive opportunities for the government to assemble detailed portraits of people’s lives.

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

Right now, a growing chorus is demanding we use facial recognition, cellphone tower data, and every manner of invasive surveillance to punish the mob.Rather than responding to these attacks with a new mandate for expanded policing powers, we need to expand our civilian oversight.

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Image: Ubiquiti Networks Networking equipment and IoT device vendor Ubiquiti Networks has sent out today notification emails to its customers informing them of a recent security breach.According to Ubiquiti, the intruder accessed servers that stored data on users, such as names, email addresses, and salted and hashed passwords.

Cheating, Policing, and School Surveillance

Cheating, Policing, and School Surveillance

I will, however, say this: anti-cheating software, whether it’s plagiarism detection or test proctoring — is “cop shit.” And cops do not belong on school grounds.Ed-tech didn't create the "cop shit" in the classroom or launch a culture of surveillance in schools by any means.

70TB of Parler users’ data leaked by security researchers

70TB of Parler users’ data leaked by security researchers

Twitter user @donk_enby, who first announced about the scrape, claims that over a million video URLs, some deleted and private, were taken.This may include things from deleted/private posts.— crash override (@donk_enby).

The Crypto-Keepers

The Crypto-Keepers

“Right away they started asking about Telegram, which made me worry,” says Durov, explaining that it didn’t take long for his early-morning visitors to get to the point: the FBI wanted to set up some kind of informal backchannel process that would enable Telegram to hand over data on particular users in the event of a terrorist threat; they even came prepared with official-looking documents in hand.

Gli sviluppatori stanno cercando tutti i modi possibili per aggirare il metodo anti tracciamento di Apple

Gli sviluppatori stanno cercando tutti i modi possibili per aggirare il metodo anti tracciamento di Apple

Ricordiamo infatti che a breve Apple, per evitare il tracciamento degli utenti tra le diverse app, chiederà agli utenti se vogliono condividere con quella singola app l’identificativo pubblicitario, il numero anonimo che permette ai possessori di due o più applicazioni di capire se la persona che le sta usando è la stessa persona o sono persone distinte.

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.

Police Robots Are Not a Selfie Opportunity, They’re a Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen

Police Robots Are Not a Selfie Opportunity, They’re a Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen

Instead, a robot snitch that looks like a rolling trash can is programmed to decide whether a person looks suspicious—and then call the human police on them.This begs the question: Who gets reprimanded if a robot improperly harrasses an innocent person, or calls the police on them?

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Advertisement A proof-of-concept video the researcher sent to Telegram showed how he could discern the address of a People Nearby user when he used a free GPS spoofing app to make his phone report just three different locations.

Standard Notes Completes Penetration Test and Cryptography Audit

Standard Notes Completes Penetration Test and Cryptography Audit

This release uses the latest state-of-the-art, cryptographer-recommended algorithms for modern day encryption and key generation, designed to withstand the latest advances in cryptographic attacks and brute-forcing.These new releases are backed by two new security audits conducted by two of the world’s leading cryptography research and testing firms: Cure53 and Trail of Bits.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

Nine months into the crisis, Schwartz said, the "worst ideas" being deployed internationally have yet to take hold in the U.S. But that doesn't mean COVID-19 hasn't created a slew of smaller, but still insidious privacy setbacks for Americans who, in recent years, have become increasingly wary of all the intrusive ways that governments and private companies use their personal data.

Why everybody has something to hide

Why everybody has something to hide

Even in liberal states, there is a very different danger: manipulation .With the knowledge of what companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon get through data they can influence what you should buy, what the information, news and books are that you receive and theoretically also what information is better withheld from you.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

A new research paper from the International Monetary Fund identified fintech trends that are coming to our world – including the formal suggestion that in the future, a person’s credit score could be determined by internet history and even the device used to access the internet.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

T-Mobile data breach exposed phone numbers, call records

T-Mobile data breach exposed phone numbers, call records

T-Mobile states that the data breach did not expose account holders' names, physical addresses, email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax IDs, passwords, or PINs. In a statement to BleepingComputer, T-Mobile stated that this breach affected a "small number of customers (less than 0.2%)."

Suspected Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers

Suspected Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyber attack in years leveraged reseller access to Microsoft Corp services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from SolarWinds Corp, investigators said.

Why I don't believe in encrypted mail providers anymore

Why I don't believe in encrypted mail providers anymore

In the case of Protonmail, another encrypted mail provider, you'll need to find OpenPGP keys and you're basically back to square one.Tutanota doesn't have any bulk tools but it's easy enough to just shift-click all the email in the desktop client and export to eml files.

The widening SolarWinds debacle shows why the reckless idea of backdooring encryption must be dropped forever

The widening SolarWinds debacle shows why the reckless idea of backdooring encryption must be dropped forever

Wilfully introducing a potential vulnerability into encrypted messaging programs used by billions of people is also “an act of recklessness”, given the high probability that national actors or PSOAs will find and exploit weaknesses.

Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker

Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker

Leaked Nintendo documents have revealed a frightening surveillance operation carried out against a hacker who was researching exploits for the 3DS handheld.Unfortunately for Nintendo, leaked documents are now revealing how frightening things can get for console hackers in their crosshairs, even when those targets have already declared that their work isn’t designed for piracy purposes.

Proposed FinCEN regulation would create financial surveillance net for cryptocurrency transactions

Proposed FinCEN regulation would create financial surveillance net for cryptocurrency transactions

Proposed FinCEN regulations on cryptocurrency transactions would create financial surveillance net.The EFF noted several potential effects of FinCEN’s proposed regulations that are categorically all results of the increased financial surveillance this regulation would bring.

What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism?

What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism?

Too many of those acquiring our data want it for nefarious purposes: to betray our secrets to insurance companies, employers, and governments; to sell us things it’s not in our interest to buy; to pit us against each other in an effort to destroy our society from the inside; to disinform us and hijack our democracies.

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Grant Immunity to Notorious Spyware Company

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Grant Immunity to Notorious Spyware Company

EFF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of WhatsApp’s lawsuit against notorious Israeli spyware company NSO Group.

2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech

2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech

On Friday, digital rights group Fight for the Future unveiled an open letter signed by 2,000 parents calling on McGraw-Hill Publishing to end its relationship with Proctorio, one of many proctoring apps that offers services that digital rights groups have called "indistinguishable from spyware.”.

How to stop Amazon from sharing your private information

How to stop Amazon from sharing your private information

From adding others in your family to getting a cheaper student or Medicaid rate, tap or click here to save big on your Amazon Prime account.To control what is visible on your public profile, follow these steps:Sign in to your Amazon account.

Continuing to Protect our Users in Kazakhstan

Continuing to Protect our Users in Kazakhstan

When a user in Kazakhstan installs the root certificate provided by their ISP, they are choosing to trust a Certificate Authority (CA) that enables the interception and decryption of network communications between Firefox and the website.

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) are cosponsoring a bipartisan bill titled the Protect Our Civil Liberties Act (H.R. If passed, the Act would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendment Acts – essentially ending domestic surveillance programs siphoning up AMerican’s phone calls and emails.

Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

How has the popularity of Java, Python, C and others evolved over the last 16 years?In this new artcile we will see the evolution of the popularity of top 10 programming languages from 2004 to October 2020.

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

Additionally, BPD claimed that the AIR program was only for tracking suspects to and from confirmed crime scenes and that the department lacked the ability to gather identifying information like license plate numbers from the surveillance.

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook’s UK users will remain subject to UK privacy law, which for now tracks the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).