Apple Is Quietly Working On Its Own Search Engine To Take On Google

Apple Is Quietly Working On Its Own Search Engine To Take On Google

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice, in a landmark lawsuit said, Google is monopolizing the search space by entering into multi-billion dollar deals with mobile companies like Apple, Motorola, and network carriers like AT&T and Verizon, to be the default search engine on devices.

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

On Monday, the US Department of Justice signed on to a new international statement warning of the dangers of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data once a warrant has been obtained.

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

As this summer of pandemic and racial justice protests draws to a close, Naomi Klein hosted a landmark conversation between Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and Simone Browne, author of “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.” The three authors discussed how both governments and tech giants are using our moment of overlapping crises to push through discredited surveillance technologies that threaten privacy, democracy, and any hope of equality.

US Court Orders Defendant to Unlock Phones

US Court Orders Defendant to Unlock Phones

The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled on Monday that defendant Robert Andrews must comply with a search warrant by turning over the passcodes for his two phones.

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.

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement agencies.

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

BuzzFeedNews has uncovered a memorandum that shows that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been granted powers by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct covert surveillance on the ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

U.S. judge blocks Twitter's bid to reveal government surveillance requests

U.S. judge blocks Twitter's bid to reveal government surveillance requests

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the U.S. government after a federal judge accepted government arguments that this was likely to harm national security after a near six-year long legal battle.

US bars Google from enabling high-speed internet link to Hong Kong citing national security risk

US bars Google from enabling high-speed internet link to Hong Kong citing national security risk

Authorities in the US have given the green light to Google to switch on a high-speed internet link to Taiwan, but the submarine cable cannot extend to Hong Kong because of national security risks, the US Department of Justice said in a ruling last week.

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

Removing a GPS tracking device from your car isn’t theft, court rules

The search warrant was based on the idea that the man had "stolen" a GPS tracking device belonging to the government.Last Thursday, Indiana's highest court made it official, ruling that the search warrant that allowed police to recover Heuring's meth was illegal.

‘Lack of privacy’: Nancy Pelosi warns NATO allies against using Huawei

‘Lack of privacy’: Nancy Pelosi warns NATO allies against using Huawei

Pelosi said the invasion of privacy that would result from having Huawei integrated into Europe’s 5G communication networks would be “like having the state police, the Chinese state police, right in your pocket.”.

Melbourne dentist granted court order forcing Google to unmask anonymous critic

Melbourne dentist granted court order forcing Google to unmask anonymous critic

The lawyer for a Melbourne dentist who received an anonymous online negative review has welcomed the decision by an Australian Federal Court judge compelling Google to release the identity of the reviewer.

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Besides Cardplanet, Burkov also masterminded a separate invite-only forum website for elite cybercriminals where they advertised stolen personal identity information, malicious software, and other illegal services, like money laundering and hacking services.

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice in January, claiming the government wrongly refused to confirm or deny the existence of social media surveillance records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”.

NYPD Forced to Destroy Illegally Stored Juvenile Fingerprints

NYPD Forced to Destroy Illegally Stored Juvenile Fingerprints

"The NYPD's fingerprint database of juveniles included children who were never even prosecuted, children whose cases may have been dismissed or they may have been acquitted," said Lisa Freeman, the director of the Legal Aid Society.

Privacy Groups: Ring’s Police Partnerships Can Lead to Sinister Ends

Privacy Groups: Ring’s Police Partnerships Can Lead to Sinister Ends

“Amazon Ring partnerships with police departments threaten civil liberties, privacy and civil rights, and exist without oversight or accountability,” reads the letter.

FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of 'child pornographers'

FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of 'child pornographers'

The Justice Department’s No. 2 official, who spoke after Wray, took a swipe at Apple Inc, which already uses end-to-end encryption on its messenger, saying the company reported only 43 tips to law enforcement last year about child exploitation.

Google prepares for landmark 'right to be forgotten' decision

Google prepares for landmark 'right to be forgotten' decision

The “right to be forgotten” was established in 2014 when the European Court of Justice said links to irrelevant and outdated material in Europe should be erased from searches on request.

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

The mass surveillance conducted by European governments has on two occasions been struck down by the European Court of Justice.However Danish politicians and telco industry refuse to honor fundamental rights and continue to retain data illegally.You can download the current draft (in Danish) here (pdf).

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

The company's acquisition practices are the main focus of the probe, as the FTC looks into Facebook buying technology-based startups to keep them from challenging it, the report said.

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

In recent weeks, Mr. Hughes has joined two leading antitrust academics, Scott Hemphill of New York University and Tim Wu of Columbia University, in meetings with the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and state attorneys general.

Foxtel files legal application to block proxy websites

Foxtel files legal application to block proxy websites

"The Copyright Amendment Bill will ensure a broader range of overseas websites and file-hosting services widely used for sharing music and movies are within the scope of the scheme, and provide a means for proxy and mirror pirate sites to be blocked quickly," the government said at the time.

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously last week to become the first city on the East Coast to ban government face surveillance. Massachusetts, tell your lawmakers: it’s time to hit the pause button on face surveillance.

Google fires several lobbying firms amid possible antitrust probe: report

Google fires several lobbying firms amid possible antitrust probe: report

videoGoogle has fired several of its largest lobbying firms and shuffled lobbyists and other political consultants amid a possible antitrust probe by the U.S. Justice Department, a Wednesday report said.

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google's privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe - sources

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe - sources

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.

IPhone owners can sue Apple for monopolizing App Store, Supreme Court rules

IPhone owners can sue Apple for monopolizing App Store, Supreme Court rules

New York (CNN Business)A group of iPhone owners accusing Apple of violating US antitrust rules because of its App Store monopoly can sue the company, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The Government Spied on Me. You Could Be Next.

The Government Spied on Me. You Could Be Next.

Intel sources have told me that when aggressive government agents want to listen in on somebody but know they cannot justify a warrant, they simply find a target around that person and capture their communications in the incidental spying.

Controversial police policy will see some UK rape victims asked to grant access to their phones

Controversial police policy will see some UK rape victims asked to grant access to their phones

The new policy was introduced after a number of rape and sexual assault cases collapsed at the last minute after it was found that exculpatory evidence existed on the phones of alleged victims, and had not been disclosed to the defence.

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

And the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, who has been DPP since last November, said: “You can end up in an extreme case where there’s there’s outright refusal [by a complainant] to allow access [to mobile phone contents] … and that can have consequences for our ability to pursue a prosecution.