A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

If companies don’t follow these rules, they could lose some protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely shields companies from liability over users’ posts.Under the EARN IT Act, though, a committee could require Facebook and other companies to add a backdoor for law enforcement.

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.

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

So today I’ve announced we are developing new legislation to hold firms manufacturing and stocking internet-connected devices to account to stop hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety.

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Since the New York Times Clearview story was published, there has been some discussion online about using the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—a notoriously vague pre-Internet law intended to punish those who break into private computer systems—to go after scraping of publicly available websites.

Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online

Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online

Now a newly published report, has revealed that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning an incredible 14 years in all, have been exposed online in a database with no password protection.

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.

WeWork rival Regus in massive employee data breach

WeWork rival Regus in massive employee data breach

Detailed information about the job performance of more than 900 employees of Regus owner IWG was accidentally published online after the shared office business conducted a review of sales staff.

70,000 photographs of women leaked from Tinder onto cyber-crime forum

70,000 photographs of women leaked from Tinder onto cyber-crime forum

Over 70,000 photographs of women from the popular dating app Tinder were leaked onto a cyber-crime forum, according to Gizmodo, an act which has previously led to the abusive usage of said person's personal photos.

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.

List of Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2019

List of Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2019

Nowadays, there many online tools are also available to generate complex passwords with multiple combinations.According to the data from last year breaches, there were around 200 most popular passwords used by online users.

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

TBILISI, Dec 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Privacy concerns are pushing people to change their behaviour online, according to an international poll published on Wednesday that found one in three avoid specific search terms or web pages to elude tracking.

What We Learned About the Technology That Times Journalists Use

What We Learned About the Technology That Times Journalists Use

Many editors and reporters also talked about how tech had transformed the industries they cover.And in the entertainment world, video streaming has opened doors to a wealth of new content — so much that reporting on movies and TV shows has become an art of curation.

Mozilla is ramping up its program to stop snooping ISPs

Mozilla is ramping up its program to stop snooping ISPs

To eliminate the temptation for ISPs to peek, Mozilla began offering a service that encrypts DNS requests and sends them to providers that pledge not to log or share your data, rather than to your ISP’s own, unencrypted DNS server.

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

However, the proposed new bill doesn't make it clear how platforms would be able to turn over securely encrypted passwords to the authorities, as the text doesn't go into the specifics, although it does mention that “all” data sources available internally must be included when complying with an order.

The Loss Of Micro-Privacy

The Loss Of Micro-Privacy

The online status was the first wide-spread instance in digital communication where users gave up a tiny bit of privacy to make a service more engaging and useful.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

As a final assurance, Vlcek told Forbes he recognizes customers use Avast to protect their information and so it can’t do anything that might “circumvent the security of privacy of the data including targeting by advertisers.”.

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Keeping an eye on privacy issues The EU will relaunch its deadlocked effort to more closely regulate internet phone and message services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger, a top bloc official said on Tuesday.

They See You When You’re Shopping

They See You When You’re Shopping

Your avatar joins a cluster of identically shaped avatars in this Gucci call center: green, blue, and yellow creatures, all with gleaming googly eyes and their country’s flag pinned on their torsos.

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

The news: Governments worldwide are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and spy on citizens, think tank Freedom House has warned in its latest report.

Are.na Blog  -  Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy

Are.na Blog - Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy

This essay uses physical structures as metaphors to describe the spectrum of privacy and intimacy in digital spaces, and it explores how users’ thoughts and conversations play out in communication apps and social networks.

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced the Online Privacy Act of 2019, H.R. 4978, sweeping legislation that creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations.

A better internet is possible. I’ve seen it.

A better internet is possible. I’ve seen it.

And now, we’re seeing more and more people turn to Tor, knowing that we can offer them the privacy they deserve.Now is the time to take back the internet and support the Tor Project.

A Teen’s Guide To Privacy

A Teen’s Guide To Privacy

And if you’re concerned about what adults will think or say when they read your posts, consider making a “burner” or alternate account with stricter privacy settings for your most sensitive posts — or anything you fear could be taken out of context.

After China, Pakistan signs up to monitor citizens' online activity: Report

After China, Pakistan signs up to monitor citizens' online activity: Report

Pakistan has acquired the services of a Canadian surveillance company, Sandvine and is working on creating a nationwide "web monitoring system".Coda Story reported on Thursday that Sandvine will provide the Government of Pakistan equipment for monitoring and analysing all incoming and outgoing internet traffic in the country.

Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci: Stop blaming encryption

Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci: Stop blaming encryption

To combat this, governments argue that companies need to create ways for law enforcement to access encrypted data when they need it — through backdoors.A narrow solution that protects privacy and security while providing law enforcement access when appropriate is not impossible as tech companies often argue.

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners.

UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

UK's controversial 'porn blocker' plan dropped

In a written statement issued on Wednesday, Ms Morgan said the government would not be "commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography".Instead, she said, porn providers would be expected to meet a new "duty of care" to improve online safety.

Microsoft Just Hid The ‘Use Offline Account’ Option For Installing Windows 10, Here’s Where To Find It

Microsoft Just Hid The ‘Use Offline Account’ Option For Installing Windows 10, Here’s Where To Find It

Then, when presented with the option to connect to a network, you could simply hit the “I don’t have internet,” click through to “Continue with limited setup”, after which you would be presented with an option to create an offline account.

Should we be more worried about our safety online?

Should we be more worried about our safety online?

We had a comment sent in from Sarah , who thinks young people don’t care enough about their safety online, and are instead obsessed with the number of “views” and “likes” they get.Do young people care about “views” and “likes” more than their safety online?

Google's 'secret web tracking pages' explained

Google's 'secret web tracking pages' explained

Google's advertising system is present on 8.4 million websites and increasingly it relies on a system known as real-time bidding (RTB), a type of online advertising that allows all the details of what people are doing online to be auctioned in real time in order to serve them targeted adverts.