The Execution of the Warrant

The Execution of the Warrant

As though by some predictable ebb and flow of attention to our privacy, we are yet again considering vast, sweeping legislation to kneecap the use of end-to-end encryption (a technology that allows only the participants to read the contents even if a third party is relaying the data).

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.

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.

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Full reversal of Facebook anti cryptocurrency ad policy, just in time for Libra.While we will still require people to apply to run ads promoting cryptocurrency, starting today, we will narrow this policy to no longer require pre-approval for ads related to blockchain technology, industry news, education or events related to cryptocurrency.”.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica.Mark Zuckerberg faced a grueling examination from the Democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, with questions over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook’s reluctance to police political advertising.

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Facebook's embattled Libra project suffered a major blow on Friday as four payment processors—Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, and Mercado Pago—withdrew from participation in the Libra Association, the Geneva-based group Facebook created to develop the virtual currency.

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

In a statement given to The Verge, Dante Disparte, the Libra Association’s head of policy and communications, reaffirmed the nonprofit’s commitment to “build a generational payment network.

First Librem 5 Smartphones are Shipping

First Librem 5 Smartphones are Shipping

Earlier this month, Purism announced an iterative, transparent shipping schedule for the highly anticipated Librem 5, security and privacy focused smartphone.“Seeing the amazing effort of the Purism team, and holding the first fully functioning Librem 5, has been the most inspirational moment of Purism’s five year history,” stated Todd Weaver.

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

The researchers had to collect this data by scraping Facebook's Ad Library API, a tool Facebook released after Mozilla called on the company to make its political advertisements more transparent ahead of the May 2019 EU elections.

What a No-Carrier Phone Could Look Like

What a No-Carrier Phone Could Look Like

You could flip the Cellular Modem Hardware Kill Switch (HKS) on your Librem 5 and still call or text from your primary phone number while at that coffee-shop WiFi. This would offer you the ability to have a no-carrier phone–in either form–that now you only have when on WiFi–which means no triangulation-location tracking from cellular towers.

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Facebook will do the same thing with its new currency, Libra , scanning transactions through the Calibra wallet. According to a Forbes report, Facebook is experimenting with a blacklist filter and content-scanner for WhatsApp. The algorithm would read messages before they are sent and detect suspicious activity.

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

The challenge fixed on the presence of so-called “bulk” powers in the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPA): A controversial capability that allows intelligence agencies to legally collect and retain large amounts of data, instead of having to operate via targeted intercepts.

Just Opening A Document in LibreOffice Can Hack Your Computer (Unpatched)

Just Opening A Document in LibreOffice Can Hack Your Computer (Unpatched)

CVE-2019-9849 : This vulnerability, which you can fix by installing the latest available update, could allow the inclusion of remote arbitrary content within a document even when 'stealth mode' is enabled.

Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal in High Court

Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal in High Court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A lawyer with Liberty called the ruling "disappointing" Human rights group Liberty has lost its High Court challenge against the government's Investigatory Powers Act. Called the "Snoopers' Charter" by its critics, the legislation allows for mass surveillance of electronic devices, allowing intelligence agencies to extract and store information.

Trustworthy vs Trustless Apps

Trustworthy vs Trustless Apps

A trustless app is an app whose code is open source, so that the community can see for themselves that the code has few bugs and no malicious code. Trustless apps are cryptographically signed by the developers so that users know that the application they download corresponds to the open source code.

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights

“The requirement for users of LinkedIn Learning to disclose personally identifiable information is completely contrary to ALA policies addressing library users’ privacy, and it may violate some states’ library confidentiality laws,” said ALA President Wanda Kay Brown.

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Libberton added, “It’s not just about the chip, but integration with other systems and data sharing.”. “The chip is very convenient, so could we accept our data being shared very widely before we know the risks?”.

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump is not a fan of Libra, Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency, the president made clear in a series of tweets on Thursday evening. "Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability.," Trump tweeted.

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are asking Facebook to put its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are asking Facebook to put its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Maxine Waters, Carolyn Maloney, Lacy Clay, Al Green, and Stephen Lynch wrote to the $556 billion social network's top executives to ask it to impose a moratorium on Libra until regulators and Congress have had time to explore concerns, including the risk of hacking, data security, and global financial security.

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Watchdog criticises 'chaotic' police use of facial recognition

Prof Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, said in his annual report that police deployment of the technology, which can be used to scan crowds or CCTV recordings for people of interest, was chaotic and had run ahead of laws that could prevent its misuse.

Facebook Libra: Great Message, Wrong Messenger

Facebook Libra: Great Message, Wrong Messenger

Depending on what you read or hear, Libra is one or all of: a great act of enterprise social good that will change the lives of millions of people for the better; a nightmare for American and European regulators; a desperate attempt to rehabilitate the reputation and declining readership of Facebook and its increasingly unpopular CEO, Mark Zuckerberg; or a pipedream based on a shaky premise and a yet-to-be-built infrastructure that probably won’t be built.

Facebook's Libra is not really a cryptocurrency and it faces huge hurdles, including in India. Here’s why

Facebook's Libra is not really a cryptocurrency and it faces huge hurdles, including in India. Here’s why

While Libra's utility could render many cryptocurrencies useless due to its play on remittance and payments, it could usher in a new wave of adoption in this space and we will need to wait and see which tokens and coins come out on top.

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a crypto-currency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action," said Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency "Libra" launches next yearCredit: AFP or licensors "Libra holds the potential to provide billions of people around the world with access to a more inclusive, more open financial ecosystem," he explained.

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance

has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe, in a move that could potentially shake up the world’s banking system.

'Bulk hacking' by UK spy agencies is illegal, high court told

'Bulk hacking' by UK spy agencies is illegal, high court told

In parliamentary debates about the Investigatory Powers Act, the government insisted the security services conducted only targeted searches of data under legal warrants in pursuit of terrorist or criminal activity, and that bulk interception was necessary as a first step in that process.

Privacy hazard: Centralized financial blue chips behind Facebook's GlobalCoin

Privacy hazard: Centralized financial blue chips behind Facebook's GlobalCoin

Totally centralized and run by the same payment processors already dominating the financial sector, Facebook's GlobalCoin looks more like a blockchain trojan horse than a cryptocurrency proper. So far a dozen companies have joined Project Libra / GlobalCoin, among them some of the top e-commerce businesses and financial payment processors today:.

Avoiding Big Tech to Protect Your Privacy

Avoiding Big Tech to Protect Your Privacy

The reasons behind the privacy paradox have been highlighted numerous times by our team at Purism: it all boils down to a simple word, convenience . Avoid the privacy paradox: sign up for Librem One, and buy Purism products from your friendly Social Purpose Company.

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

The researchers developed a method for creating a much more robust device fingerprint that uses data gathered from the sensors in a smart phone. As with iPhones, there’s good news and bad about SensorID and Android phones.