There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used.

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

An equivalent technical interoperability requirement for the largest social media and messaging platforms would enable interconnection between very large services (such as Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram) and services run by other organisations and even individuals that wish to.

Trump could be banned from Twitter after he leaves office, company's rules indicate

Trump could be banned from Twitter after he leaves office, company's rules indicate

Donald Trump could be removed from after he leaves office if he continues to break the platform’s rules, according to Twitter’s policy regarding public figures.

49% Facebook Employees Don’t Believe It Had Positive Impact On World

49% Facebook Employees Don’t Believe It Had Positive Impact On World

Coming to the internal survey, the findings say that “workers felt strained by office shutdowns and were continuing to lose faith that the company was improving the world.” Only 51% of Facebook employees believe that the company is making a positive impact on the world.

Readup Has the World's Best Privacy Policy

Readup Has the World's Best Privacy Policy

With this blog post, I have two objectives: (1) To encourage you to actually read our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and (2) To make the case that the best privacy policy is the most humane privacy policy, and that no organization has a more humane privacy policy than Readup.

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

If the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan did indeed start during the Military World Games, what are the odds that on that very same day a global pandemic exercise is co-organized by the World Economic Forum?

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

23 cancellation, a group of academics organized a series of events across the country, as well as in Canada and the UK, which were meant to highlight the issue.“Campuses across North America are joining in the campaign to resist corporate and university silencing of Palestinian narratives and Palestinian voices,” said the day of action event description, which was meant to be held on Oct. 23) The follow-up events did not include Khalid presenting.

Google's long-time rivals say DOJ antitrust suit shows it's lost its 'halo' in the eyes of regulators

Google's long-time rivals say DOJ antitrust suit shows it's lost its 'halo' in the eyes of regulators

Foundem creators Shivaun and Adam Raff stand outside of the European Court of Justice for Google's appeal hearing in its competition case in 2020.When Shivaun Raff began speaking with European regulators about her complaints of Google's exclusionary conduct over a decade ago, she seemed to stand more or less alone.

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

As part of the agreement, Facebook is sharing quarterly and annual updates with the FTC on its progress; the company is submitting its first quarterly report at the end of this week.

Twitter abruptly changes hacked-materials policy after blocking Biden story

Twitter abruptly changes hacked-materials policy after blocking Biden story

Twitter has changed its policy on sharing hacked materials after facing criticism of its decision to block users from tweeting links to a New York Post article that contained Hunter Biden emails allegedly retrieved from a computer left at a repair shop.

Tails - Tails report for September, 2020

Tails - Tails report for September, 2020

Disable the feature to Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot in the Wi-Fi settings because it doesn't work in Tails.Settled on a new policy for kernel updates, that balances rapid hardware enablement with lower risk of regressions (#17911).

Don’t trust Cloudflare with your personal data

Don’t trust Cloudflare with your personal data

Despite promising an investigation and a response from their Data Protection Office – I’ve received no assurance that they have respected my rights.At the end of August this year – well over 12 months after I unsubscribed – I received another email from Cloudflare.

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC Commissioners Julie Brill (2010-2016), William Kovacic (2006-2011), Maureen Ohlhausen (2012-2018), and Jon Leibowitz (2009-2013) testified on the urgent need for a federal data privacy law, what it should look like, and which agency should be the governing body.

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

As first reported by the Financial Times on Friday, Apple’s four-page policy document commits to “respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch — including our employees, suppliers, contractors, and customers.” But it does not cite any particular country, like China, where the company has been asked to ban apps that allow users to circumvent censorship before.

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook ‘temporarily pauses’ selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany after German privacy watchdog HCDPFI raised privacy concerns.As soon as Facebook’s new policy was announced, the German regulator slammed the social media networking giant for making virtual reality headset buyers sign up for a Facebook account through a backdoor.

How We’re Preparing Businesses for the Impact of iOS 14

How We’re Preparing Businesses for the Impact of iOS 14

In June, Apple announced iOS 14 updates that, among other changes, require apps to ask users for permission to collect and share data using Apple’s device identifier.

You’ll need a Facebook account to use future Oculus headsets

You’ll need a Facebook account to use future Oculus headsets

The Facebook-owned company says it will start removing support for separate Oculus accounts in October, although users can maintain an existing account until January 1st, 2023.Developers can keep using an unlinked developer account without social functionality, and the Oculus for Business platform uses a separate login process that will remain unchanged.

Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology

Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology

Privacy advocates on Monday urged lawmakers to ban facial recognition in schools in response to a new study finding that use of the technology in educational settings would likely lead to a number of negative consequences including the normalization of surveillance and worsening of racial biases.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy intended to prevent the company from using seller-specific data to help determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent

The ACCC alleges that Google misled consumers in 2016 when it changed its data collection technology to combine the personal information in a person’s Google account with their browsing on other sites and apps.

Private Internet Access shuts down VPN servers in Hong Kong due to new national security law

Private Internet Access shuts down VPN servers in Hong Kong due to new national security law

Private Internet Access, the world’s leading no log VPN service, is removing its physical Hong Kong servers because new national security laws in the region endanger the privacy of our users and all Hong Kong residents.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

In an age where your personal data is being shared with far more companies than you can imagine, the folks at Tech Policy Institute decided to take a poll.Across all of the activities covered, Americans would only demand about $3.50/month on average to have each individual piece of personal data shared.

Indian Govt wants Tech Giants Google, Amazon and Facebook to Provide Source Code and algorithms

Indian Govt wants Tech Giants Google, Amazon and Facebook to Provide Source Code and algorithms

India’s government is working on a policy which include tough rule that will require tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook to provide source code and algorithms, said a report by Bloomberg.

TikTok may be 'data collection service disguised as social media', Liberal senator says

TikTok may be 'data collection service disguised as social media', Liberal senator says

Popular video messaging app TikTok may be “a data collection service disguised as social media” that requires greater scrutiny by Australian users, the deputy chair of the Foreign Interference through Social Media inquiry has said.

Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product

Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product

More security-conscious users should also be aware of Neeva's Data Retention policy, which simply states "we store the personal information we receive as described in this Privacy Policy for as long as you use our Services or as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected...

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) today called for "an immediate suspension of the current and future private and governmental use of facial recognition (FR) technologies in all circumstances known or reasonably foreseeable to be prejudicial to established human and legal rights" in its "Statement on Principles and Prerequisites for the Development, Evaluation and Use of Unbiased Facial Recognition Technologies.".

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter have filed supporting evidence in a lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the requirement that nearly all visa applicants submit their social media handles for scrutiny.