Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Signal has often been asked if we can build something to support this kind of payments use case for a better alternative future (one that isn’t dominated by big tech).

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports "Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by a mandate," DeSantis' executive order reads.

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

"Our analysis of the literature," reads the paper's abstract, "shows that eye tracking data may implicitly contain information about a user’s biometric identity, gender, age, ethnicity, body weight, personality traits, drug consumption habits, emotional state, skills and abilities, fears, interests, and sexual preferences.".

Apple Forbids Facial Scanning of Employees—But Not Factory Workers

Apple Forbids Facial Scanning of Employees—But Not Factory Workers

The exemption for Apple employees appears to contrast with the company’s stance that its human rights policy, which contains privacy provisions, extends to “business partners and people at every level of its supply chain.”.

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder and other Match Group-owned apps are going to let their users run background checks on possible dates.Match won’t share its users’ data with Garbo, but users can run a background check so long as they get their date’s last name or phone number, which they likely would want to share anyway if they plan on moving forward with dating.

Security Vulnerability in 'Call Recorder' App Exposed User Conversations

Security Vulnerability in 'Call Recorder' App Exposed User Conversations

A recent report from mobile security firm Zimperium suggested that thousands of iOS apps that use public cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure have improper setups that risk exposing user data.

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

A US appeals court has ruled that Customs and Border Protection agents can conduct in-depth searches of phones and laptops, overturning an earlier legal victory for civil liberties groups.

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

The app's privacy policy says that Clubhouse rooms are recorded: Solely for the purpose of supporting incident investigations, we temporarily record the audio in a room while the room is live.

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

Now that the government officially doesn’t need a warrant to do a digital search on your phone or other devices whenever you cross the United States border, remember to be extra vigilant when crossing the border.

Facebook has been helping law enforcement identify Capitol rioters

Facebook has been helping law enforcement identify Capitol rioters

Facebook has gone out of its way to help law enforcement officials identify those who participated in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, the company said in a Thursday conference call with reporters.

Federal judge rules warrantless phone searches of anyone at US border are fine

Federal judge rules warrantless phone searches of anyone at US border are fine

A First Circuit US judge has found that phone searches at US borders without a warrant are constitutional.“The bottom line is that basic border searches of electronic devices do not involve an intrusive search of a person,” she wrote in her ruling.

A Vast Web of Vengeance

A Vast Web of Vengeance

A week later, someone started writing posts about me and my husband on Cheaterbot, BadGirlReports and some of the other sites where Mr. Babcock and others had been targeted.

Opinion  -  Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times

Opinion - Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times

The revolutionary roots of surveillance capitalism are planted in this unwritten political doctrine of surveillance exceptionalism, bypassing democratic oversight, and essentially granting the new internet companies a license to steal human experience and render it as proprietary data.

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Mobile phone carrier Three is providing the aggregated movement data of its 2.4m Irish customers to the Department of Health and the CSO in order to monitor compliance with Covid-19 public health and movement restrictions.

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

In October, BuzzFeed reported on the existence of a legal memo from the Department of Homeland Security opining that it was lawful for law enforcement agencies to buy and use smartphone location data without a warrant.

What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

Zoom meetings present a unique set of challenges for source protection, but these challenges can be minimized by following best practices and taking care not to publish raw meeting materials unless there is high confidence that the recordings were not watermarked and have been thoroughly reviewed to make sure no other potentially identifying features are present in the audio or video.

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services.The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or other non-Russian satellite constellations under development.

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

This post covers six of the biggest issues in the bill: the new privacy law structure, stronger enforcement, new privacy rights on data portability, de-identification, and algorithmic transparency, standards of consent, bringing back PIPEDA privacy requirements, and codes of practice.

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

ByteDance on Tuesday appealed to a federal appellate court seeking to overturn a sweeping Trump administration order requiring the company to divest itself of its popular TikTok platform—at least in the United States.

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India’s government has issued an order bringing the regulation of online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a first step to regulate digital media.

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, CA has issued a subpoena to Twitter asking the social media platform to provide the IP address and account registration information used to create and operate the Twitter account that has been established as the first link to an allegedly forged FBI document which some say is the root of the conspiracy surrounding the death of Seth Rich – a Democratic National Congress staffer who died in 2016.

Representatives Garcia and Wagner introduce EARN IT Act to the House

Representatives Garcia and Wagner introduce EARN IT Act to the House

Protect encryption: Call your House Representative today and tell them to vote “NO” on the EARN IT Act. Around the world, countries use the easily palatable-to-the-public war cries of “anti terrorism” or “protect the children” to launch thinly veiled attacks at encryption technologies and the Internet as a whole.

Avoiding Robocalls

Avoiding Robocalls

As such, some of the more privacy-minded people in your contacts list may not appreciate having their phone number shared to an unknown (and probably unsecured) database without their consent.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

The way that apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal do contact discovery has privacy flaws – chief among them is the fact that an attacker can enumerate users, that’s when they use contact discovery to test whether certain numbers are registered or not.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

Fight for the Future has unveiled a new website and campaign to Save Free Speech Online: .The website helps you make a comment on the public record against President Trump’s most recent plan to destroy free speech online.

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

A few weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to either ban TikTok’s operations in the U.S. market or sell them to an American company in order to continue its activity.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

A Reg reader last night spoke of the horrifying moment he realized an online store used by his wife was mixing up some of its online customers, allowing people to gain access to some strangers' personal information and order carts.