DuckDuckGo, EFF, and others just launched privacy settings for the whole internet

DuckDuckGo, EFF, and others just launched privacy settings for the whole internet

That new standard, called Global Privacy Control, lets users set a single setting in their browsers or through browser extensions telling each website that they visit not to sell or share their data.

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

A number of technology companies have come together to create the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a new standard to help ensure consumers can feel safe about how their personal data is used on participating websites.

Google’s new web standard could disable your ad-blocker

Google’s new web standard could disable your ad-blocker

According to Snyder, Web Bundles would allow malicious actors to evade privacy and security measures via a number of different avenues, including concealing dangerous URLs within the .wbn file and randomizing URLs for unwanted resources.

How to completely self host Standard Notes - Part 1

How to completely self host Standard Notes - Part 1

This part will cover setting up your own self-hosted Standard Notes instance and routing your instance through nginx to allow for public exposure.Nginx is a reverse proxy that allows you to point incoming web traffic to your new Standard Notes syncing server.

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Under the broadband heading--Biden has already committed to a $20 billion investment in rural broadband--the proposals included that "Democrats will restore the FCC's clear authority to take strong enforcement action against broadband providers who violate net neutrality principles through blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or other measures that create artificial scarcity and raise consumer prices for this vital service.".

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.

Shhhcretly Exclusive: Edward Snowden’s Warning Cry

Shhhcretly Exclusive: Edward Snowden’s Warning Cry

Meanwhile, the seven refugees and their lawyer Mr. Tibbo are under pressure from the Hong Kong authorities.Human rights lawyer Nowak has first-hand experience of the conditions in Hong Kong, where the seven migrants are currently stuck.

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

The concern surrounding bloatware hinges on the fact they exist without the standard Android security model, with pre-installed apps able to access the microphone, camera, and location by default.The letter calls on Google to allow users to remove pre-installed bloatware, including all related background services.

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitter

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitter

Ultimately, Dorsey hopes that the work will go beyond the creation of an open standard for decentralized social media, building a community around it too.There are several ways in which Web3 technology, such as blockchain, could help address the problems with social media sites that we see today.

Google gives up on US carriers, will roll out its own RCS chat system

Google gives up on US carriers, will roll out its own RCS chat system

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones.

Firefox is getting language translation and it’s safer than Google Chrome’s

Firefox is getting language translation and it’s safer than Google Chrome’s

Mozilla is working on integrating a privacy-focused rival to Google Translate that will enable Firefox users to read pages in different languages without gobbling up data.

BSI - Sichere Web-Browser

BSI - Sichere Web-Browser

Mindeststandard des BSI nach § 8 Abs. 1 Satz 1 BSIG für den sicheren Einsatz von Web-Browsern in der Bundesverwaltung (PDF, 669KB, Datei ist barrierefrei⁄barrierearm).

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.".

UK gov's porn block is a privacy disaster waiting to happen, says new report

UK gov's porn block is a privacy disaster waiting to happen, says new report

rolls out porn blocks for under 18s and tug tokens for over 18s that still want to enjoy the less fine things of life, a new report from the Open Rights Group (ORG) has highlighted yet more problems: this time in BBFC age verification certificate standards and data protection.

First official version of Tor Browser for Android released on the Play Store

First official version of Tor Browser for Android released on the Play Store

Today, the Tor Project released on the Google Play Store the first stable version of the Tor Browser for Android. "We made it a priority to reach the rising number of users who only browse the web with a mobile device," said Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director of the Tor Project.

DuckDuckGo wrote a bill to stop advertisers from tracking you online

DuckDuckGo wrote a bill to stop advertisers from tracking you online

Today, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg is mounting a new campaign to revive the Do Not Track standard, a privacy system first introduced 10 years ago and largely abandoned by the industry in the years since.

Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households

Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households

(Reuters) - Smart TV manufacturer Vizio has formed a partnership with nine media and advertising companies to develop an industry standard that will allow smart TVs to target advertisements to specific households, the companies said Tuesday.

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

Another company in this sector, Orbital Insight , explains its services in the following way: “By applying machine learning and computer vision technologies, we build software that interprets data at petabyte scale to drive better business and policy decisions.” Similarly, SpaceKnow says: Our AI driven platform unlocks the power and potential of geospatial analysis.

W3C Approves WebAuthn For Passwordless Web Authentication

W3C Approves WebAuthn For Passwordless Web Authentication

A new standard for web authentication is here According to Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, “Now is the time for web services and businesses to adopt WebAuthn to move beyond vulnerable passwords and help web users improve the security of their online experiences.” He also added, “W3C’s Recommendation establishes web-wide interoperability guidance, setting consistent expectations for web users and the sites they visit.

We met to discuss BBFC's voluntary age verification privacy scheme, but BBFC did not attend

We met to discuss BBFC's voluntary age verification privacy scheme, but BBFC did not attend

For PCI DSS, the banks and their customers have more to lose than the processors For Age Verification, site users have more to lose than the processors, however only the processors seem likely to be involved in setting the standard We look forward to BBFC agreeing to meet us to discuss the outcome of the roundtable we held about their scheme, and to discuss our concerns about the new voluntary privacy standard.

Open Letter to EU Lawmakers Against Fingerprints in ID Cards

Open Letter to EU Lawmakers Against Fingerprints in ID Cards

The proposal relies entirely on the ICAO standard but fails to investigate its security and to take into account some key differences (although they are mentioned in the impact assessment): a citizen doesn’t carry their passport all the time, and are not obliged by law to do so, which is not true for ID cards in some Member States.

Chrome will make it harder to block incognito browsing

Chrome will make it harder to block incognito browsing

In the future, when third-party sites request the FileSystem API, Chrome will create a temporary virtual file system in a computer's RAM.

The 5G Protocol May Still Be Vulnerable to IMSI Catchers

The 5G Protocol May Still Be Vulnerable to IMSI Catchers

A number of fantastic papers explore vulnerabilities in 2G , 3G , and 4G which are potentially the same ones exploited by commercial CSSs. The upcoming 5G protocol for cellular communications promised many improvements over the current 4G standard, including a claim that it would protect mobile users from cell-site simulators.

Is FIDO the future instrument to prove our identity?

Is FIDO the future instrument to prove our identity?

Posted: by Pieter Arntz FIDO, short for Fast IDentity Online, is an industry consortium started in 2013 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices and the problems users face creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.

AMP: the missing controversy – Ferdy Christant

AMP: the missing controversy – Ferdy Christant

The main goal of this article though is to add a new point of controversy, one hardly discussed. AMP has been created completely outside of W3C and WHATWG, the main standard bodies for the web.

Open Quantum Safe

Open Quantum Safe

The field of quantum-safe cryptography, also called post-quantum or quantum-resistant cryptography, aims to construct public key cryptosystems that are believed to be secure even against quantum computers. The goal of the Open Quantum Safe (OQS) project is to support the development and prototyping quantum-resistant cryptography.