Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

John Koetsier: So, a couple questions that come up — and we’re going to get into the questions around I want to share pictures of myself, maybe my family, or something like that, and I want to do that in a privacy safe way.

Urbit for Normies

Urbit for Normies

Inside will be a super clean interface with all the functionality you might want from your computer, in one place and with one login (think document creation, email, social media access, accounting) — but it will run on your virtual Urbit computer, so it will be safe from corporate prying and data leaks, available on any device, and all inside one simple interface.

Give Students #UserFreedom

Give Students #UserFreedom

Not only do programs like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or invite a potentially malicious third-party into the educational environment, but more importantly, they increase society's dependence on proprietary software, software that denies its users their freedom.

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.

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook ‘Privacy Matters’ reveals 5000 app developers continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.But in a satirical turn of events, Facebook announced via Privacy Matters that some third-party applications continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.

Twitter jams open a back door to track your phone – which may already be in use by the government

Twitter jams open a back door to track your phone – which may already be in use by the government

The US government was reportedly already slurping up location data on millions of Americans through mobile advertisers – the same companies that are benefiting from Twitter’s new “always-on” mobile data sharing policy – even while it was meeting with Twitter and other social media platforms to gain access to their own treasure troves of user information, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited several individuals involved in the surveillance project.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

For example, the page dedicated to treatments for depression on French health website Eurekasante contacts an astounding 71 third parties (compared to 36 in our first research) as soon as you open the page.

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Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Amazon’s home security company Ring tracked how its users responded to law enforcement requests for surveillance footage captured by Ring devices, and it provided overviews of that data to police departments upon request.

How to remove location data from photos you share

How to remove location data from photos you share

Unlike on the Mac, where there’s a setting to remove location data from any photos you share, on iOS you must do it manually.The simplest way to avoid sending your location data in an iMessage is to use the Messages app to take the photo.

New version of OnionShare makes it easy for anyone to publish anonymous, uncensorable websites

New version of OnionShare makes it easy for anyone to publish anonymous, uncensorable websites

It worked like this: OnionShare zips up the files, starts a local web server on your computer with a link to this zip file, makes this website accessible as a Tor onion service, and shows you the URL of the web server.

Your PS4 Can't Connect to Facebook Anymore

Your PS4 Can't Connect to Facebook Anymore

A spokesperson for the social network released a statement explaining, "We're working with Sony to finalize an updated contract designed to improve the Facebook integration on PlayStation.

VA shares electronic health records

VA shares electronic health records

If you plan on receiving care in the U.S. from VA and/or a participating community care provider, then you need to opt out by submitting VA Form 10-10164 if you do not want to share your health information.

WeWork Breach of Confidential Business Information Serves as a Good Reminder About the Holes in Public WiFi Security

WeWork Breach of Confidential Business Information Serves as a Good Reminder About the Holes in Public WiFi Security

Given that most of WeWork’s tenants do not have permanent office space in the building, the company primarily sells itself on amenities like its WiFi. WeWork offers enhanced security options such as a private VLAN, but they come with substantial added setup and ongoing monthly fees.

Veterans Affairs To Share Veterans’ Health Information Without Consent

Veterans Affairs To Share Veterans’ Health Information Without Consent

Thanks to the VA MISSION Act, VA will now automatically enroll, or opt-in, all veterans into a health information sharing system with numerous government agencies and private organizations after September 30, 2019, unless you object in writing on a paper form.

Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works

Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works

Amazon writes scripts for cops to sling Ring home cameras, report says Law enforcement has access to a companion portal that allows police to see an approximate map of active Ring cameras in a given area and request footage from them in the course of an investigation.

Apple bleee. Everyone knows What Happens on Your iPhone

Apple bleee. Everyone knows What Happens on Your iPhone

If Bluetooth is ON on your Apple device everyone nearby can understand current status of your device, get info about battery, device name, Wi-Fi status, buffer availability, OS version and even get your mobile phone number.

IOS 13 lets you strip location data when sharing photos

IOS 13 lets you strip location data when sharing photos

iOS 13’s new sharing options panel includes a few other goodies, too. However, sending an iCloud link will include location data. Like iCloud link sharing, Full Original Capture includes location data. The option to remove location data should live inside the photo-picker, too.

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

They often also claim rights to your genetic data and sell access to their databases to big pharmaceutical and medtech companies. OK, so test results can also lead to important discoveries about your personal health, and can also be shared for non-profit biomedical research in the public interest.

Reasons to quit Twitter and Facebook and switch to Mastodon

Reasons to quit Twitter and Facebook and switch to Mastodon

It’s open source and federated, which means there are no ads, no invasive tracking, no shareholders to demand #maximum #engagement, and no single company or server that can be shut down.

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

We plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp: focus on the most fundamental and private use case — messaging — make it as secure as possible, and then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.

Facial recognition getting better, but privacy concerns persist

Facial recognition getting better, but privacy concerns persist

The FBI has long used facial recognition technology to identify suspects across the country, sharing that information with various state and local law enforcement agencies.

How to Stop Facebook App From Tracking Your Location In the Background

How to Stop Facebook App From Tracking Your Location In the Background

"For people who previously chose to turn their Location History setting 'on,' the new background location setting is 'on.' For people who had turned Location History 'off' – or never turned it on in the first place – the new background location setting is 'off.'" With this update, Facebook gives users a dedicated way to choose whether or not to share their location when they are not using the social media app.

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

At least 11 out of the 70 apps tested by The Wall Street Journal were sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including six of the top 15 health and fitness apps.

OnionShare 2 adds anonymous dropboxes, supports new Tor addresses, and is translated into a dozen new languages

OnionShare 2 adds anonymous dropboxes, supports new Tor addresses, and is translated into a dozen new languages

Because OnionShare uses Tor onion services, I don't actually have any way of knowing who is sending files to me -- if I want to make it so only very specific people can send me files, I need to securely share the OnionShare address to only those people.

Data Privacy Attitudes and Connected Cars: A Deeper Look

Data Privacy Attitudes and Connected Cars: A Deeper Look

A full 66 percent of connected car owners and 64 percent of new car buyers say that at some point, they’ve chosen not to use an online service or app because they were worried about how their personal information would be handled.

On privacy

On privacy

For many years, I thought privacy was a fake virtue and only valuable for self-defense. If you’re not allowing these unshareworthy thoughts and feelings a space to come out, they still affect your feelings and behavior– you just don’t know how or why.

Facebook tracks Android users even if they don't have a Facebook account, study reveals

Facebook tracks Android users even if they don't have a Facebook account, study reveals

"Since receiving your letter, we released an update to our app as a priority which will stop the transmission of data via the Facebook SDK," the firm told Privacy International.

Here's how much Facebook knows about you

Here's how much Facebook knows about you

Following what you do on Facebook: The company has near-total awareness of every move you make on its website or in its apps, including: Following what you say on Facebook Messenger: Facebook does scan your chat messages, but it isn't exactly reading them— it runs an automated scan for child pornography and other banned content.