'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

As President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders called on Americans to flout the advice of public health experts and consider returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a campaign on Tuesday urging supporters to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the respiratory virus while warning that government agencies are liable to use widespread anxiety about the pandemic to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

What strictly necessary cookies does the BBC use?

What strictly necessary cookies does the BBC use?

In BBC Sounds, a cookie in the Radioplayer web console that sets an identifier for each unique browser to allow aggregated analysis.In BBC Sounds, a cookie in the Radioplayer web console to remember whether you've seen certain one-time messages.

Release v1.3.2 & v1.2.2 - Fix for persistent XSS vulnerability in filenames of attached files

Release v1.3.2 & v1.2.2 - Fix for persistent XSS vulnerability in filenames of attached files

This release includes an improved solution, which addresses the issue on a broader scope, avoiding this to reoccur in other areas of the code in the future.

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

According to the FTC complaint, while Google said internally that it had no "child-directed" content and didn't need to worry about COPPA, it was at the same time telling companies such as Mattel and Hasbro that "YouTube was unanimously voted as the favorite website for kids 2-12" and "93 percent of tweens visit YouTube to watch videos.".

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.

On Privacy versus Freedom

On Privacy versus Freedom

It’s also true that decentralised systems are harder to evolve than centralised ones - you can’t just push out a given feature with a single app update, but you have to agree and publish a public spec, support incremental migration, and build governance processes and community dynamics which encourage everyone to implement and upgrade.

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

The Conservative party has started using the secure messaging service Signal for its internal communications with Tory MPs, following years of leaks from WhatsApp groups.Killock said: “It’s great to hear that Conservative MPs are learning about the virtues of Signal and secure private communications.

Why privacy at work is important (even if you don’t have any secrets)

Why privacy at work is important (even if you don’t have any secrets)

Privacy is important because it is required for ideas to gain traction, especially if they are new (or even subversive).Far from a process that always emphasizes brainstorming in big groups, creativity must also include quiet moments for reflection and focus.

Switzerland grants 18 more countries access to bank details

Switzerland grants 18 more countries access to bank details

In return, Switzerland will receive information on banking details of accounts held by Swiss citizens/residents in these partner countries.In return, it received information on banking details of around 2.4 million accounts held by Swiss citizens/residents in 75 partner countries.

You’re Tracked Everywhere You Go Online. Use This Guide to Fight Back.

You’re Tracked Everywhere You Go Online. Use This Guide to Fight Back.

“As long as you can make a buck and what you’re doing isn’t illegal,” Mr. Cyphers said “someone’s going to do it.”.It’s not illegal to put a fake email, or a fake phone number or a fake name in the vast majority of services you sign up for,” he said.

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.

Are.na Blog  -  Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy

Are.na Blog - Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy

This essay uses physical structures as metaphors to describe the spectrum of privacy and intimacy in digital spaces, and it explores how users’ thoughts and conversations play out in communication apps and social networks.

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Security researchers have recently discovered that Adobe accidentally exposed and compromised the private data of around 7.5 million accounts, including those of its own employees.Diachenko found that around 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users had their accounts’ details exposed to the public.

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).

Confirmed: Windows 10 Setup Now Prevents Local Account Creation

Confirmed: Windows 10 Setup Now Prevents Local Account Creation

On Windows 10 Professional, there’s reportedly a “Domain Join Instead” option that will create a local user account.Windows 10 offers no option to create a local account from within the setup process.

Can you give away your fingerprints in a photo?

Can you give away your fingerprints in a photo?

Going to such lengths to protect your fingerprints might seem extreme, but incentives to bypass biometric security are growing as it increasingly shows up in everything from smartphones to door locks.“As biometrics become more prevalent in the authentication process, motivated attackers will definitely find innovative ways to bypass them,” said Vivek Chudgar, senior director at Mandiant, a consulting arm of cybersecurity firm FireEye. But some experts say harvesting fingerprints from pictures requires some specific conditions.

Artist Designs Metal Jewelry to Block Facial Recognition Software from Tracking You

Artist Designs Metal Jewelry to Block Facial Recognition Software from Tracking You

Polish designer Ewa Nowak has created a solution for this type of Big Brother-esque monitoring—an elegant and minimalist metal mask called Incognito.Designer Ewa Nowak has created a way for you to avoid facial recognition.

Add recipients to aliases at creation and new UUID aliases

Add recipients to aliases at creation and new UUID aliases

The above example would add the three recipients to the new alias and immediately forward the email to each of them.Another feature that was requested was the ability to create aliases that do not give away the username of the alias owner.

5 Encrypted Messaging Apps Doing A Better Job Than WhatsApp

5 Encrypted Messaging Apps Doing A Better Job Than WhatsApp

Loki Messenger is an open source and decentralized encrypted messaging service using blockchain technology to secure user data.The decentralized nature of blockchain technology allows the Loki Project to create a privacy suite enabling users to interact securely with the internet, encompassing encrypted messaging services, forums, online marketplaces and social media platforms.

GitHub - jankais3r/Siri-NoLoggingPLS: Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad

GitHub - jankais3r/Siri-NoLoggingPLS: Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad

Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad. 4 commits 1 branch 0 releases 1 contributor MIT Branch: master. Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad. Installation steps: Open the.

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

But the likelihood that you’ll actually get a check for $125 is increasingly slim — because the more people who sign up, the less money each person gets. As developer Rufo Sanchez notes on Twitter, the fine print shows that after $31 million worth of people sign up for those $125 checks...

How we built a GDPR compliant website analytics platform without using cookies

How we built a GDPR compliant website analytics platform without using cookies

Remember, the user signature is completely anonymous, and no there’s only ever 1 page view tied to it The hashes we generate are impossible for us to “de-hash” (we’ll explain later in this post).

This jewelry is a brilliant shield against face-recognition intrusions

This jewelry is a brilliant shield against face-recognition intrusions

Having seen the light-up glasses invented by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics to foil face recognition, Nowak decided to move her project in a different direction, creating what she describes as face jewelry. Much to her surprise, the Prince-like design was the first one Nowak tried and the first that worked.

Industry Watch: Beware the dark patterns of privacy

Industry Watch: Beware the dark patterns of privacy

And that, said John Biondi, vice president of experience design at Nerdery, “is a UX not crafted to respect privacy.” Instead, he thinks companies — and the people who design their websites and applications — will gain more trust and have more success if they offer their users both agency to control their data and transparency into how their data is being used.

OpenID Foundation says 'Sign In with Apple' is not secure enough

OpenID Foundation says 'Sign In with Apple' is not secure enough

In its letter, the organization said that Apple has built Sign In with Apple on top of the OpenID Connect platform, but the Cupertino company's implementation is not fully compliant with the OpenID standard, and as a result "exposes users to greater security and privacy risks.".

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Snapchat currently handles permissions for your camera, contacts, location, microphone, phone app and storage in order to operate on Android. Now let's talk about Snap Map. Just like the useless feature Snapchat implemented just for filling in your phone number during sign up — this too justifies unnecessary data collection.

Accessories for the Paranoid uses fake data to stop your devices spying on you

Accessories for the Paranoid uses fake data to stop your devices spying on you

The second object is an add-on to the well-known Amazon Echo virtual assistant, which responds to the call of "Alexa".Having to listen at all times in order to detect the call of its name, the Alexa device observes, processes and collects data in the user's home whenever it is switched on.

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

A new device, developed for the Pentagon after US Special Forces requested it, can identify people without seeing their face: instead it detects their unique cardiac signature with an infrared laser.