Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

“Today’s federal court ruling allowing California to enforce our net neutrality law is a huge victory for open access to the Internet, our democracy, and our economy.

Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash

Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash

The conference is put on in part by the California Community College system and several of the member schools, including Cabrillo College, decided not to renew their Proctorio software license in December.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 26, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 26, 2021

Starting in May, WhatsApp users that haven’t accepted the new privacy policy will no longer be able to send or receive messages.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

"[I]t is our understanding that the Carpenter decision concerned historical Cell Site Location Information which is distinct from the opt-in app data available on the Venntel platform," the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently told the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) in response to a query about the use of commercial databases such as Venntel.

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Andrew Stirk, Facebook’s head of company marketing, discussed the new ad campaign in an interview with CNBC: The goal is to help people understand the role that personalized ads play for small businesses, for their ability to grow and thrive, and also the role they play in helping discover ideas that might not otherwise exist, that they might not otherwise find.

Twitch, owned by Amazon, pulls Amazon’s anti-union ads

Twitch, owned by Amazon, pulls Amazon’s anti-union ads

Twitch is removing the anti-union ads that its parent company, Amazon, was running on the platform.Amazon is running a second ad on Twitch in Alabama urging its workers in Bessemer to vote no on the union.

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Think of Google as a kind of Godzilla that slurps up data about its users at one end and craps out gold ingots at the other.

OnionShare 2.3 adds tabs, anonymous chat, better command line support, and quite a bit more

OnionShare 2.3 adds tabs, anonymous chat, better command line support, and quite a bit more

So with OnionShare 2.3 you can host a few websites, have your own personal anonymous dropbox, and securely send files to people whenever you want, all at the same time.When someone posts a message to an OnionShare chat room, they send it to the server through their E2EE onion connection.

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi is a digital financial structure, where instead of a central regulator, is a smart contract on the blockchain.DeFi implements various financial instruments, among of them the most popular are: Lending, Payment Services, Stablecoins, Decentralized Exchanges (DEX), Insurance, Prediction Markets.

Superhuman and Email Privacy

Superhuman and Email Privacy

Once we allowed email clients to act as de facto web browsers, loading remote content from servers when messages are viewed, we opened up not just a can of worms but an entire case of canned worms.

Latest Brave browser update fixes Tor .onion DNS Leak

Latest Brave browser update fixes Tor .onion DNS Leak

The company notes on its support page that its browser "does not implement most of the privacy protections from Tor Browser" and that it "recommends using Tor Browser instead of Brave Tor windows" for "absolute anonymity".One user discovered last week that Brave was leaking information in Tor mode.

Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

Israel's parliament passed a law Wednesday allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation.

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The architect of Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets.

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile stand-off with the Australian government over paying news outlets for content.

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators.

Technology and media entities join forces to create standards group aimed at building trust in online content

Technology and media entities join forces to create standards group aimed at building trust in online content

The formation of the C2PA brings together founding members of the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and the Microsoft- and BBC-led Project Origin, unifying technical specifications under a single entity.

UAE gives greenlight to trial of a new facial recognition technology to enhance services by the private and government sectors

UAE gives greenlight to trial of a new facial recognition technology to enhance services by the private and government sectors

On the off chance that the underlying preliminary turns out effective, the service will extend the utilization of the facial acknowledgment innovation and backing the dispatch of a connected arrangement of administrations in some private area organizations.

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

The first, they said, makes it clear that a decision to designate a platform under the code must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreement with news media businesses.

Google Finally Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail App

Google Finally Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail App

Google today quietly added App Privacy labels to its Gmail app, marking the first of its major apps to receive the privacy details aside from YouTube.

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp has confirmed that users that don’t accept their controversial new privacy policy will eventually have their accounts deleted.When the privacy policy was first announced, a flurry of users migrated from WhatsApp to other end-to-end encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram.

Microsoft Teams AI could tell you who is most enjoying your video call

Microsoft Teams AI could tell you who is most enjoying your video call

Microsoft has developed an artificial intelligence for its Teams videoconferencing software that aims to put people presenting a remote talk more at ease by highlighting the most positive audience reactions.

New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped

New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped

Red Canary researchers worked with their counterparts at Malwarebytes, with the latter group finding Silver Sparrow installed on 29,139 macOS endpoints as of Wednesday.

Many users will move from Google to DuckDuckGo due to privacy

Many users will move from Google to DuckDuckGo due to privacy

The moment people started to realize how their private data should be saved they started to use the DuckDuckGo search engine.Finally, if you privacy-minded person, this is the time to move to DuckDuckGo private search engine.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram.

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

That surplus data is then fed into machine intelligence which turns the data into "prediction products" that "anticipate what you will do now, soon and later".According to Professor Zuboff, social media companies trade those "prediction products" in a new kind of marketplace for behavioural predictions which she calls "behavioural futures markets".

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

Why hot new social app Clubhouse spells nothing but trouble

Why hot new social app Clubhouse spells nothing but trouble

Users can listen in to conversations, interviews and discussions between interesting people on various topics – it is just like tuning in to a podcast, but live and with an added layer of exclusivity.”.

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

For Walmart, which is investing in blockchain to track food suppliers and which has already patented technology to eavesdrop on customers in stores, it's another sign that retail is changing.