Imperiled information

Imperiled information

Metropolitansky and Attari wondered if they could identify an individual across all other leaks that have occurred, combining stolen personal information from perhaps hundreds of sources.

Reviving Sandstorm

Reviving Sandstorm

While Sandstorm had had a healthy community of folks using it and building apps, there had been fewer contributions to Sandstorm itself from outside the company, and no one but Sandstorm employees had been doing major core development on a regular basis.

#EthicalWebDev – guide for ethical website development and maintenance

#EthicalWebDev – guide for ethical website development and maintenance

For example, it has become more and more common for web developers to take “free” resources, such as fonts and scripts and use them on the websites that they design.Ethical Web Dev – Guide for ethical website development and maintenance.

Let’s take back control of our events! #JoinMobilizon

Let’s take back control of our events! #JoinMobilizon

At this point, we are not talking about software, code or graphics yet: we are still focusing on the uses, the reality of organizing events and the real problems faced by the people who set them up.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With My Phone Data? Our Journalists Answer Your Questions

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With My Phone Data? Our Journalists Answer Your Questions

We’ve heard this a lot throughout the Privacy Project — even from people we found in the data after we showed up on their doorstep!None of us really has a choice to participate in tracking or not — the system just serves up location data, usually without us noticing.

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

NHS Digital said in an “opportunity overview” document, seen by The Register , that it has the “foundations” to create an England-wide “single, national, standardised, event-based longitudinal record for 65 million citizens within two years,” that as well as being vital for “effective, efficient and safe patient care,” will service the “delivery data and insights to medical research organisations in the NHS, academia and Life Services.”.

Certbot Leaves Beta with the Release of 1.0

Certbot Leaves Beta with the Release of 1.0

Earlier this week EFF released Certbot 1.0, the latest version of our free, open source tool that helps websites encrypt their traffic.The release of 1.0 officially marks the end of Certbot's beta phase, during which it has helped over 2 million users maintain HTTPS access to over 20 million websites.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

HIPAA does govern several aspects of patient data privacy, but one of these provisions allows “covered entities” (such as a hospital or medical office subject to the law) to share data to Business Associates — which are companies that may help the covered entity carry out its health care functions.

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern among certain consumer advocates, cybersecurity experts and reportedly some Ascension employees — especially because neither patients nor doctors had been previously been notified of this data-sharing arrangement.

'When Will Someone Go to Jail?': New Report Shows Google Secretly Storing Health Data of Millions of Americans

'When Will Someone Go to Jail?': New Report Shows Google Secretly Storing Health Data of Millions of Americans

A "bombshell" new report from The Wall Street Journal describes a secret project from Google and healthcare giant Ascension to store data on millions of Americans, a move that critics of the tech conglomerate decried as another example of overreach.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit secured conditional approval to move forward in the process to build a smart city in Toronto after agreeing to develop a smaller area than initially proposed and make concessions on data collection and privacy, the city’s waterfront development board said on Thursday.

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.

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Fred Lum. A confidential Sidewalk Labs document from 2016 lays out the founding vision of the Google-affiliated development company, which included having the power to levy its own property taxes, track and predict people’s movements and control some public services.

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

Entire paychecks were cut during campaign for several people (including me, though later repaid us and kept promises on bonuses) and the campaign was going bad (as most of us predict) but then [Klumpp] and I talked about getting KDE community involved as they had Plasma Mobile which was pragmatic way to look at as phone OS base and Todd agreed that we contact them and make deal with them.

India Reportedly Building World’s Largest Facial Recognition System

India Reportedly Building World’s Largest Facial Recognition System

According to CNN, the project will create a single, centralized database that law-enforcement agencies from across the country’s 29 states and seven union territories would have access to.

Privacy Groups: Ring’s Police Partnerships Can Lead to Sinister Ends

Privacy Groups: Ring’s Police Partnerships Can Lead to Sinister Ends

“Amazon Ring partnerships with police departments threaten civil liberties, privacy and civil rights, and exist without oversight or accountability,” reads the letter.

P410n3 - blog: Slipping past China’s Firewall in a Trojan Horse

P410n3 - blog: Slipping past China’s Firewall in a Trojan Horse

If a normal user connects to a Trojan Server on the HTTPS port 443, he will be served a legitimate website or service.It’s worth noting that you can redirect such requests to ANY service on your server that you want to.

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Facebook's embattled Libra project suffered a major blow on Friday as four payment processors—Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, and Mercado Pago—withdrew from participation in the Libra Association, the Geneva-based group Facebook created to develop the virtual currency.

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Photo: ShutterstockAccording to a late-September bug report from Google’s Project Zero team, an issue with the popular covert messaging app Signal, on Android, allowed any attacker to essentially eavesdrop on a person’s device (via audio, not video).

Bizarre Wearable Face Projector Can be Used to Fool Facial Recognition Systems

Bizarre Wearable Face Projector Can be Used to Fool Facial Recognition Systems

Photo credit : Jing-Cai Liu. Let’s face it, facial recognition systems will soon be installed just about everywhere for surveillance purposes, but those looking to defeat them might have to resort to extreme measures, such as this wearable face projector by Jing-Cai Liu. This invention is exactly as it sounds, or a headband of sorts equipped with a small projector that can distort your face instantly.

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

In a statement given to The Verge, Dante Disparte, the Libra Association’s head of policy and communications, reaffirmed the nonprofit’s commitment to “build a generational payment network.

Snapchat parent kept Project Voldemort dossier on how Facebook thwarted competition--WSJ

Snapchat parent kept Project Voldemort dossier on how Facebook thwarted competition--WSJ

Snap's talks with the Federal Trade Commission are part of a larger probe into Facebook's business tactics, in which the FTC has made contact with dozens of tech executives and app developers.Facebook's stock slipped 0.1% in premarket trading while Snap shares fell 0.7%.

Google Warns LastPass Users Were Exposed To ‘Last Password’ Credential Leak

Google Warns LastPass Users Were Exposed To ‘Last Password’ Credential Leak

Project Zero has just disclosed that a security vulnerability left some of those 16 million users exposed to the risk of credential compromise as, in an ironic twist, LastPass could leak the last password used to any website visited.

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJust a day after Forbes reported that Google and Microsoft operating systems were under assault by the same hackers who tried to pilfer private data from Apple iPhones of Uighur citizens, it's been confirmed that Androids of the target Muslim communities have been under heavy attack.

Malicious websites were used to secretly hack into iPhones for years, says Google

Malicious websites were used to secretly hack into iPhones for years, says Google

Security researchers at Google say they’ve found a number of malicious websites which, when visited, could quietly hack into a victim’s iPhone by exploiting a set of previously undisclosed software flaws.

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Facebook will do the same thing with its new currency, Libra , scanning transactions through the Calibra wallet. According to a Forbes report, Facebook is experimenting with a blacklist filter and content-scanner for WhatsApp. The algorithm would read messages before they are sent and detect suspicious activity.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

In May last year, after Bitmain unveiled its new Antimer Z9 Mini, the Foundation funded research into ASIC resistance, partly to appeal to the network’s strong base of GPU miners.