K-Pop Fans Took Down a Police Snitching App

K-Pop Fans Took Down a Police Snitching App

In response, K-pop fan accounts began calling on their massive followings to flood the app with videos of their favorite K-pop groups to overwhelm police trying to identify protesters.

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Human Rights Watch strongly supports action by the United States government to fulfill its international treaty obligations to protect children from sexual exploitation and eradicate the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

PrivacyBreacher for Android reveals data that apps have access to without extra permission requests

PrivacyBreacher for Android reveals data that apps have access to without extra permission requests

PrivacyBreacher demonstrates that applications may access information about a user's device without requesting any extra permissions.In the end, it is still important to know what applications may look up on a device without any extra permission requests.

Qubes awarded MOSS Mission Partners grant!

Qubes awarded MOSS Mission Partners grant!

We’re proud to announce that the Qubes OS Project has been awarded a Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) awards program grant in the amount of 128,000 USD.

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

The cable will use Spatial Division Multiplexing and up to 16 fiber pairs, delivering capacity that Facebook says will “provide nearly three times the total network capacity of all the subsea cables serving Africa today.” Helping that along is aluminium conductors instead of copper, an innovation developed by Facebook and Alcatel as a way of reducing voltage drop along the very long transmission distances required of submarine cables.

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

New Zealand Police first contacted the firm in January, and later set up a trial of the software, according to documents RNZ obtained under the Official Information Act. However, the high tech crime unit handling the technology appears to have not sought the necessary clearance before using it.

Private Internet Access announces another year of Let’s Encrypt sponsorship

Private Internet Access announces another year of Let’s Encrypt sponsorship

Besides providing free TLS certificates for websites seeking to migrate to HTTPS, Let’s Encrypt also uses its corporate sponsorship money to work on improving the security of their own certificate authority infrastructure.

Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns

Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns

At a time when many Americans believe their personal information is less secure and are concerned with how companies and the government use their personal data, a substantial share of the public has opted out of using a product or service because of privacy concerns, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 3-17, 2019.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

GitHub - databurn-in/PrivacyBreacher: an Android app that can fetch a lot data without requesting any permissions

GitHub - databurn-in/PrivacyBreacher: an Android app that can fetch a lot data without requesting any permissions

This app can access the following information from your phone without requesting any permissions: Figure out at what time your phone screen turned on/off.To get more information on how this app can access all that data, check out our article here!.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found.

People in China Need a Green Light From Alipay App to Move Around Country

People in China Need a Green Light From Alipay App to Move Around Country

Ant’s QR-based health code system assigns each user one of three colors -- green, yellow or red -- based on their location, basic health information and travel history.

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The “best practices” list will be created by a government commission, headed by Attorney General Barr, who has made it very clear he would like to ban encryption, and guarantee law enforcement “legal access” to any digital message.

The Guardian view on Trump tracking phones: it could happen here

The Guardian view on Trump tracking phones: it could happen here

While apps’ privacy policies might say that location information is used for advertising, the use of such data for invasive political purposes is rarely disclosed.In the US, data collection from apps is legal as long as it is disclosed.

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Image copyright Getty Images Australia's privacy regulator is taking Facebook to court over the Cambridge Analytica scandal."Facebook failed to take reasonable steps to protect those individuals' personal information from unauthorised disclosure," the Australian commissioner's office said.

Australia could implement mandatory age verification for pornography websites

Australia could implement mandatory age verification for pornography websites

A House of Representatives committee issued a report on Thursday calling for the e-safety commissioner to develop a roadmap for bringing in mandatory age verification for online pornography sites in the next 12 months.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

If previous data-sharing arrangements are a guide, the new facial recognition network will likely be connected to similar databases in the U.S., creating what privacy researchers are calling a massive transatlantic consolidation of biometric data.

Britain First leader Paul Golding charged under the Terrorism Act

Britain First leader Paul Golding charged under the Terrorism Act

The leader of far-right political group Britain First has been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act after refusing to give police access to his phone.Golding was later charged with refusing to comply with a duty under Schedule 7 of the act.

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent.Vestager told reporters that the Commission will further investigate automated facial recognition before introducing legislation, allowing member states to make their own domestic decisions in the meantime.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

Google Removes Dashlane Password Manager from Chrome Web Store

Google Removes Dashlane Password Manager from Chrome Web Store

Google has removed the Dashlane password manager extension used by over 3 million users from the Chrome Web Store due to issues with 'User Data Privacy/ Use of Permissions'.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

BRUSSELS — The European Union has scrapped the possibility of a ban on facial recognition technology in public spaces, according to the latest proposals seen by Reuters.

Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants' dominance

Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants' dominance

The proposal, which includes reining in big online platforms and could still be tweaked ahead of their presentation on Feb. 19, underlines the EU’s determination to break U.S. tech giants’ stranglehold on vast troves of data and better compete with Chinese rivals.

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

LONDON (AP) - Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator.

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Betting companies have been given access to an educational database containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students in one of the biggest breaches of government data.