House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

Lofgren and Davidson advocated for their amendment in a letter Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, noting that the Wyden-Daines proposal had a bipartisan majority of the Senate and that at least two senators indicated they would have voted for it had they been present.The House is expected to pass the surveillance measure next week.

Internet governance body RIPE opposes Chinese proposal to change core internet protocols

Internet governance body RIPE opposes Chinese proposal to change core internet protocols

'New IP' proposal is said to theoretically offers more proficient and well-organised network management and addressing capabilities than the current TCP/IP standard, but it also seems to have features that could allow authoritarian regimes, such as China, to censor their residents.

China’s “New IP” proposal to replace TCP/IP has a built in “shut up command” for censorship

China’s “New IP” proposal to replace TCP/IP has a built in “shut up command” for censorship

In it, the Chinese government and its state controlled telecommunications service and hardware providers (i.e. Huawei) make the case that TCP/IP is broken and won’t scale for use in the future internet which will include things like holographs and space-terrestrial communications.

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.

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to launch a nationwide system to track drones in the sky in real-time, as well as connected pilot IDs. The proposed tracking network, unveiled in a draft document released by the FAA this week, would cover everything from small consumer drones to larger unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operated for commercial purposes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

That’s not all: On June 30th, ICANN, the non-profit that oversees all domain names on the internet, agreed to remove price caps on rates for .org domain names — which were previously pretty cheap.

Australia wants to use face-matching to verify people downloading porn

Australia wants to use face-matching to verify people downloading porn

Getty Images The UK might have ditched plans for an age filter on online porn, but Australia is going all-in with a new proposal that could require internet users to verify their identity in a face-matching database before viewing pornography.

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.

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

(Bloomberg) -- Antitrust officials are right to look back at Facebook Inc.’s acquisition of Instagram to determine whether the deal harmed competition, Colorado’s attorney general said, adding to calls for renewed scrutiny of the takeover of the photo-sharing site.

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

As per the new proposal, the FBI is asking third-party vendors to provide monitoring services, which might bring up possible conflicts with Facebook and other social media companies over privacy policies.

FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

The Federal Bureau of Investigations aims to acquire access to a “social media early alerting tool” that will help insiders proactively and reactively monitor how terrorist groups, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations and other domestic threats use networking platforms to further their illegal efforts, according to a request for proposal amended this week.

Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise

Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise

EFF considers the following signs that a messenger is not delivering end-to-end encryption: client-side scanning, law enforcement “ghosts,” and unencrypted backups. But because services like PhotoDNA run on company servers, they cannot be used with an end-to-end encrypted messaging service, leading to the proposal that providers of these services should do this scanning “client-side,” on the device itself.

Why the Ghost Keys `Solution’ to Encryption is No Solution

Why the Ghost Keys `Solution’ to Encryption is No Solution

Forcing providers to modify their software to implement a ghost key system would seriously damage the overall trust that people have in end-to-end encrypted communications.

Org - meetings - 2019Stockholm - Notes - FirefoxTorUpliftAndTorModeAddOn – Tor Bug Tracker & Wiki

Org - meetings - 2019Stockholm - Notes - FirefoxTorUpliftAndTorModeAddOn – Tor Bug Tracker & Wiki

There are two main topics of this session: Discussion a proposal for a "Tor mode" addon for Firefox. We looked at ​, which is a list of patches that appear in Tor Browser tickets that may be considered for uplift into Firefox.

Brazil to add digital data protection to fundamental rights

Brazil to add digital data protection to fundamental rights

Earlier this year, the National Authority for Personal Data Protection has also been created , with attributions including the creation of frameworks on how to handle information and guide organizations on how to adhere to the rules.

New approach to state drone laws balances privacy and innovation

New approach to state drone laws balances privacy and innovation

The current ULC proposal appropriately balances the rights of property owners with the needs of drone operators to access airspace. The current version strikes a reasonable balance between the concerns of property owners and the rights of drone operators.

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is a UK government intelligence organization similar to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).The Letter, spearheaded by Sharon Bradford Franklin and Andi Wilson Thompson of New America’s Open Technology Institute, provides insight into how the Ghost Proposal would allow government agents to slip unseen into private encrypted communications:The “ghost key” proposal put forward by GCHQ would enable a third party to see the plain text of an encrypted conversation without notifying the participants.

Only 2% of Amazon shareholders vote against giving facial recognition to government

Only 2% of Amazon shareholders vote against giving facial recognition to government

Amazon shareholders voted almost unanimously to reject a proposal to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies, and even a study of its effects garnered little support, effectively green-lighting Big Brother.

Apple and WhatsApp condemn GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

Apple and WhatsApp condemn GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

“Second, in order to ensure the government is added to the conversation in secret, GCHQ’s proposal would require messaging apps, service providers, and operating systems to change their software so that it would 1) change the encryption schemes used, and/or 2) mislead users by suppressing the notifications that routinely appear when a new communicant joins a chat.”.

Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large margin

Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large margin

Image copyright Amazon Image caption A proposal to ban government use of the Rekognition system failed to attract mass support at Amazon's annual general meeting An attempted shareholder revolt over Amazon's sale of facial recognition technology to the police mustered less than 3% of votes cast at the firm's annual general meeting.

Amazon facial recognition ban won just 2% of shareholder vote

Amazon facial recognition ban won just 2% of shareholder vote

(Reuters) - Inc shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that the company stop selling facial recognition technology to government agencies, while a resolution to audit the service drew more support, a regulatory filing on Friday showed.

German Minister Wants Secure Messengers To Decrypt Chats

German Minister Wants Secure Messengers To Decrypt Chats

Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer purportedly wants to force messaging providers such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Threema to provide plain text chats to law enforcement agencies on a court order as reported by Der Spiegel and from a number of other German news outlets.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

Austrian Government Wants To Outlaw Online Anonymity

Austrian Government Wants To Outlaw Online Anonymity

The proposed law says pseudonyms are still allowed, but they'll be linked to accounts that require users to provide site operators with a ton of personal information.

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform

Germany's states have voted to introduce federal legislation that would criminalize the act of providing technical infrastructure for so-called dark-web marketplaces where illegal activities take place.

Germany considers amendment to law which makes it illegal to run a Tor node or website

Germany considers amendment to law which makes it illegal to run a Tor node or website

PIA believes this proposed amendment to the German Criminal Code is not just bad for Tor, which was named specifically, but also for online privacy as a whole – and we’re not the only ones.

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

“To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.” The proposal notes that major companies have tightened their grip on the digital market through mergers, but regulators have largely let those deals pass.

ETS Isn't TLS and You Shouldn't Use It

ETS Isn't TLS and You Shouldn't Use It

Knowledge of a given static Diffie-Hellman private key can be used to decrypt all sessions encrypted with that key." In earlier versions of TLS and SSL, forward secrecy was an optional feature.

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

A law he proposed would have forced many residents to give samples of their DNA to a state database, to be stored with their name and Social Security number.

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

It certainly doesn’t resolve the long-standing tension between a desire for the authorities to have access to communications protected with strong encryption, and the requirement for the public, businesses and government to be able to use the Internet as safely as possible.