Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

Comcast has agreed to be the first home broadband internet provider to handle secure DNS-over-HTTPS queries for Firefox browser users in the US, Mozilla has announced.

Multiple San Diego County Police Agencies Are Monitoring Protests With Drones

Multiple San Diego County Police Agencies Are Monitoring Protests With Drones

Amid reform calls, the Carlsbad Police Department said it recently banned a controversial neck hold, bringing the agency into full compliance with eight policies recommended by a national campaign designed to prevent excessive use of law enforcement force.

NSA's tracking program FAR more extensive than thought

NSA's tracking program FAR more extensive than thought

That tool, dubbed Mainway, secretly scoured billions of phone records a day for years, cultivating a database that was 'preconfigured to map anyone's life at the touch of a button', Gellman writes.

How to Hide Secrets in Strings— Modern Text hiding in JavaScript

How to Hide Secrets in Strings— Modern Text hiding in JavaScript

Fortunately, we were able to add 4 more characters to our arsenal, a total of 6 invisible characters that we can now use to hide our secrets in strings.

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

“In section 3.1 of their privacy policy, Wacom wondered if it would be OK if they sent a few bits and bobs of data from my computer to Google Analytics, “[including] aggregate usage data, technical session information and information about [my] hardware device.” The half of my heart that cares about privacy sank.

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.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

In a letter [PDF] sent to data protection authorities in Europe, Thomas Le Bonniec expresses his frustration that, despite exposing in April 2019 that Apple has hired hundreds of people to analyze recordings that its users were unaware had been made, nothing appears to have changed.

April Extensions for Firefox Preview

April Extensions for Firefox Preview

We’d like to thank the developers of these add-ons for supporting Firefox Preview.While we’re pleased to offer these six highly recommended add-ons as a starting point, it’s clear that add-on developers have more great ideas for extensions that can enhance the mobile browsing experience.

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, April 24, 2020, ruled against a grassroots think tank and area activists who asked him to keep the surveillance program from taking off, arguing that it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

The personal data of some small business owners seeking help via the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may have been exposed to other applicants.The official said that 4 million small business owners applied for $383 billion in aid via the EIDL program and emergency grants.

Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers

Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it would start surveying some U.S. users about their health as part of a Carnegie Mellon University research project aimed at generating “heat maps” of self-reported coronavirus infections.

Democratic senators question Google over decision to release coronavirus location data

Democratic senators question Google over decision to release coronavirus location data

The senators sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioning the company’s new COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which involve the publication of anonymized and aggregated location data for individuals in 131 countries and regions to show movement trends.

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.

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

Internet And Privacy Issues You Must Need to Address

Internet And Privacy Issues You Must Need to Address

It’s always best to protect your personal computer.Another thing which the privacy software needs to possess is a way of eliminating cookie trackers.The software should offer malware detection and browser cleaning.Program that protects privacy will continue to defend you even when you’re not online.

Ford Sharing Driving Data With Allstate, Plans Loyalty Credit Card

Ford Sharing Driving Data With Allstate, Plans Loyalty Credit Card

Adhering to the latest industry trends, Ford has made a deal with insurer Allstate to share customer driving data and plans to issue a loyalty credit card tied into its rewards program.

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

The protests on Monday came after pushback led by students and digital rights group Fight for The Future against a proposed facial recognition program at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) led the school to reverse course and drop the technology.

Apple Just Disabled Clearview AI's iPhone App For Breaking Its Rules On Distribution

Apple Just Disabled Clearview AI's iPhone App For Breaking Its Rules On Distribution

Apple has disabled the iOS application of Clearview AI — the facial recognition company that claims to have amassed a database of billions of photos and has worked with thousands of organizations around the world — after BuzzFeed News determined that the New York–based startup had been violating the iPhone maker’s rules around app distribution.

After blowing $100m to snoop on Americans' phone call logs for four years, what did the NSA get? Just one lead

After blowing $100m to snoop on Americans' phone call logs for four years, what did the NSA get? Just one lead

The controversial surveillance program that gave the NSA access to the phone call records of millions of Americans has cost US taxpayers $100m – and resulted in just one useful lead over four years.

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

In April last year, it was reported that Amazon employs thousands of contractors and full-time workers around the world to listen to voice recordings captured by Echo devices.

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

In the age of the Internet-of-things, every digital device you own collects information about you, while websites, corporations and social media platforms use different techniques to surveil and track your personal data.

Protect Your Browsing With DNS Over TLS

Protect Your Browsing With DNS Over TLS

What Can You Do. Support for DNS over TLS isn’t as mature as HTTPS yet, but it’s still easy enough to get set up and use.Your Windows PC is now configured to use Stubby to send your DNS over TLS.

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

The third-party category lists options to block the Chrome Software Reporter Tool, CCleaner monitoring, or Adobe's Acrobat Reader online service while Ninite Apps options to download and install popular applications using Ninite.

Bill Would Reform NSA Surveillance Program

Bill Would Reform NSA Surveillance Program

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would reform the 9/11-era authorities used by the intelligence community to access Americans’ phone records and other domestic communications.

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday.

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

Police in San Diego have used facial recognition for seven years, collecting over 65,000 face scans in the past three years alone – but the program hasn’t been connected to a single arrest.

United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

It’s with great frustration that I must write about yet another unremovable pre-installed malicious app found on the UMX U686CL phone: the mobile device’s own Settings app functions as a heavily-obfuscated malware we detect as Android/Trojan.

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

In an interview at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s top hardware executive said he’s proud of the program, believes the partnerships with police departments are good for neighborhoods, and hinted at a future in which Ring cameras could use Amazon’s facial recognition technology—a scenario that some of Ring’s critics have already expressed concerns about.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I was alarmed when I learned in 2017 that the company had begun moving forward with the development of a new version of a censored Search product for China, codenamed “Dragonfly.” But Dragonfly was only one of several developments that concerned those of us who still believed in the mantra of “Don’t be evil.” I was also concerned that Cloud executives were actively pursuing deals with the Saudi government, given its horrible record of human rights abuses.

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

"We need solutions that work, and Commissioner Harrison has told the City Council multiple times this year, as recently as October, that there is no evidence the surveillance plane is an effective crime-fighting tool.".