Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

In the course of the initiative "Fighting child sexual abuse: detection, removal, and reporting of illegal content", the European Union plans to abolish the digital privacy of correspondence.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 12, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 12, 2021

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google.That’s because the bill provides an opt-out framework where tech companies are allowed to take and use your data by default and will only stop when you opt out.

Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

The company says it will now make changes to the service, which lets IT administrators “help their people get the most” from its products, in order to limit the amount of information about individual employees that is shared with managers.

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

But by default, reports also let managers drill down into data on individual employees, to find those who participate less in group chat conversations, send fewer emails, or fail to collaborate in shared documents.“This is so problematic at many levels,” tweeted the Austrian researcher Wolfie Christl, who raised alarm about the feature.

Can we really call this democracy? We ask Amnesty International’s Matt Mahmoudi

Can we really call this democracy? We ask Amnesty International’s Matt Mahmoudi

What do you think are the biggest risks to online data privacy at the moment?I think the contact tracing debate has opened a lot more discourse around this issue, but it’s not at the same level as the response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the Snowden revelations.

The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality

The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality

In the case of broadband privacy which was passed at the state level in Maine , the internet service providers (ISPs) actually tried to stop the law from being enacted by claiming that their right to selling profiles of user internet activity and history is part of their constitutional right to free speech .

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

In an age where your personal data is being shared with far more companies than you can imagine, the folks at Tech Policy Institute decided to take a poll.Across all of the activities covered, Americans would only demand about $3.50/month on average to have each individual piece of personal data shared.

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

When the Scripps Research scientists added aggregated Fitbit variables, such as resting heart rate and sleep data, into a model that included CDC’s surveillance data for flu-like illnesses from three weeks prior, they were able to significantly improve real-time predictions at the state level.

It's foolish to worry about privacy when data can help fight coronavirus

It's foolish to worry about privacy when data can help fight coronavirus

There are already efforts to use anonymous, real-time data from groups of participating phone users to monitor adherence to social distancing and stay-at-home policies, a critical insight to identify potential hotspots for future outbreaks.

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

Ordinarily, users should have the choice of whether to opt-in to every new use of their data, but we recognize that obtaining consent to aggregate previously acquired location data to fight COVID-19 may be difficult with sufficient speed to address the public health need.

Why You Should Avoid Using Google Chrome

Why You Should Avoid Using Google Chrome

If you’re concerned about Google using this information to serve you creepy ads all over the place, you should try a private browser and a private search engine.Google uses the data it collects from Chrome and other products to target ads served on its ad networks.

ISPs sue Maine; claim their First Amendment right to free speech allows them to sell your internet history

ISPs sue Maine; claim their First Amendment right to free speech allows them to sell your internet history

“prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling, or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access.

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Using a brute-force attack, the researcher busted into an unencrypted database backup file containing the private information of more than 1.2 million passengers who flew with SpiceJet last month.

America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts

America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts

Chief executives at Amazon, AT&T, Dell, Ford, IBM, Qualcomm, Walmart and other leading financial services, manufacturing and technology companies have issued an open letter to congressional leadership pleading with them to take action on online privacy, through the pro-industry organization, The Business Roundtable.

Data in 2019, more valuable than oil

Data in 2019, more valuable than oil

With data, we can limit the amount of data we provide moving forward and in terms of social media, limit the number of people we “friend.”.There is an expectation that the data shared with banks, hospitals, credit card companies, and the like are protected at the highest level possible.

Art can change the world

Art can change the world

The Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China, (SAPPRFT), have published a new list of rules recently, banning hip-hop artists and people with tattoos from appearing on television.

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos, Report

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos, Report

Now in the same week that details of the record $5 billion FTC fine emerged, an Australian cyber researcher has reopened a years-old debate as to whether the social media giant is embedding "hidden codes" in photos uploaded by users onto the site.

Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever made

Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever made

Furthermore, different modules can be installed on request, making this software modifiable depending on the configuration of the machine it infects, highly unusual behavior for malware;Can replicate itself and delete itself and all gathered information on Kill command.

The Salmon Project: How To Effectively Fight Online Censorship Using A Proxy With Trust Levels

The Salmon Project: How To Effectively Fight Online Censorship Using A Proxy With Trust Levels

The main idea behind the method is that censors might have agents that use the circumvention system in the same way that regular users do in order to find out the IP addresses of proxy servers so as to easily block them.

Google Ads Introduces Three New Bidding Strategies

Google Ads Introduces Three New Bidding Strategies

Google has introduced three new bidding strategies for Google Ads advertisers that offer more flexibility than Smart Bidding. Advertisers will be able to set conversion goals at the campaign level. So Google Ads is introducing seasonality adjustments.

Opinion | A Tax That Could Fix Big Tech

Opinion | A Tax That Could Fix Big Tech

The dominant digital platform companies, including Facebook and Google, make their profits using business models that erode this commons. The tax that I propose would be applied to revenue from sales of targeted digital ads, which are the key to the operation of Facebook, Google and the like.

Uptrennd  -  How It Works & FAQ

Uptrennd - How It Works & FAQ

On Uptrennd, your private information will never permisionlessly be sold, and you will earn ~80% of all profits generated on the platform. At level one, members earn one token per upvote. One point on Uptrennd = One 1UP token.

Forget Face ID: Smartphones Will Monitor How Workers Walk, Type And "Spend Their Free Time"

Forget Face ID: Smartphones Will Monitor How Workers Walk, Type And "Spend Their Free Time"

Forget Face ID: a collaboration between the Defense Department and a NY-based company called TWOSENSE.AI, has birthed an artificial intelligence algorithm that could be embedded in smartphones and will be able to identify the device owner by the way they talk, type, walk and even by how "they spend their free time".

Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plan would let people communicate with anyone on the currently separate apps Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Japan to ban global tech giants from using content contained in domestic email, other data

Japan to ban global tech giants from using content contained in domestic email, other data

The communications ministry plans to prohibit global information technology giants from using email content and other communications data without users’ consent in Japan, informed sources said Friday. The ministry is slated to consider specific ways to enforce Japan’s rule on global technology companies.

'Nine in ten' Android apps send data to Google

'Nine in ten' Android apps send data to Google

A new study has revealed that 90 per cent of all Android applications share personal data to Google, raising questions about the volume of information collected by ad-supported software and the ability for tech giants to create profiles of individuals.

Can financial institutions be trusted with our life’s money?

Can financial institutions be trusted with our life’s money?

Can financial institutions be trusted with our life’s money? All the people who had their savings in the bank lost their money with the collapse of the institution. The money laundering was only possible because of lack of transparency in the operations of financial institutions.

Encrypting SNI: Fixing One of the Core Internet Bugs

Encrypting SNI: Fixing One of the Core Internet Bugs

1 (888) 99-FLARE UK callers UK callers Singapore callers Find a Local Number Cloudflare provides performance and security for any website. More than 8 million websites use Cloudflare. Cloudflare works at the DNS level. To learn more, please visit our website

New Copyright Powers, New "Terrorist Content" Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

New Copyright Powers, New "Terrorist Content" Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

Elections are coming up in the European Parliament next May. Many of the key parliamentarians who have worked on digital rights in Brussels will not be standing.

Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What does Google know about me?

Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What does Google know about me?

What most people don’t realize is that even if you don’t use any Google products directly, they’re still trying to track as much as they can about you.