Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today.

New York Startup Competitions Breach Tax Information

New York Startup Competitions Breach Tax Information

According to TurgenSec’s responsible notice (found here), the data breached ranged from standard PII (name, email, phone) to the entries submitted to the startup competitions, judging criteria, results and even tax information of entrants.

How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

We found that over a decade, 101 million arrest records and 45.7 million mugshots will be posted to the internet, at no cost, by police departments and local jails.It’s legal for local governments to post police and court data under public records laws and Constitutional guarantees.

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

Police agencies were able to monitor the encrypted communications of about 70,000 people in a second major hack by European law enforcement in the last year.Sky ECC has rejected the claim its app has been unlocked by European agencies and said it was cloned devices running a fake application that were hacked.

Telegram Raises $1Bln, With Russian Direct Investment Fund Buying Bonds

Telegram Raises $1Bln, With Russian Direct Investment Fund Buying Bonds

Telegram has sold more than $1 billion in bonds to international investors, founder Pavel Durov announced Tuesday — with Russia’s state-run Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) now among the firm's backers.RDIF did not take part in the initial bond auction, a Telegram representative told The Moscow Times.

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

It’s more a story about human nature, about how capitalism has mutated to exploit digital technology, about the liberal democratic state and the social contract, and about governments that have been asleep at the wheel for several decades.

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

According to Becerra’s office: “Since CCPA enforcement began on July 1, 2020, the Department has seen widespread compliance by companies doing business in California, especially in response to notices to cure.” To help standardize access to these opt-out schemes, the state of California has even designed what it calls an “eye-catching” icon that companies can use to direct users to exercise their rights.

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

San Francisco - In a significant ruling, a judge in the US has directed Google to face a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 billion, that claimed the tech giant is tracking and collecting data even when people use the private 'Incognito' mode on its Chrome browser.

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Lawmakers in at least a dozen other states have proposed legislation addressing user privacy, almost entirely with rights provisions only to opt out of data collection.

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

“Today’s federal court ruling allowing California to enforce our net neutrality law is a huge victory for open access to the Internet, our democracy, and our economy.

Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection

Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection

In combination with the Supercookie Protections we announced last month, Total Cookie Protection provides comprehensive partitioning of cookies and other site data between websites in Firefox.Total Cookie Protection is an evolution of the First-Party-Isolation feature, a privacy protection that is shipped in Tor Browser.

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

A coalition of more than 40 advocacy groups is calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action imposing a moratorium on U.S. government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology, block state and local governments from using federal funds for such tools, and support related legislation introduced in Congress last year.

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

The company told SIO that it was going to roll out changes “to add additional encryption and blocks to prevent Clubhouse clients from ever transmitting pings to Chinese servers” and said it would hire an external security firm to review and validate the updates.

Court documents show FBI may have tool to access private Signal messages on locked iPhones

Court documents show FBI may have tool to access private Signal messages on locked iPhones

closevideoCourt documents from a recent gun-trafficking case in New York suggest the FBI may have developed a way to access texts on Signal, the encrypted messaging app that has risen in popularity in recent months for its secure communication.

Bill would allow tech companies to create local governments

Bill would allow tech companies to create local governments

According to a draft of the proposed legislation, obtained by the Review-Journal but not yet introduced in the Legislature, Innovation Zones would allow tech companies like Blockchains, LLC to effectively form separate local governments in Nevada, governments that would carry the same authority as a county, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and justice courts and provide government services, to name a few duties.

Consumer protection agency investigating Venmo’s collection practices

Consumer protection agency investigating Venmo’s collection practices

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the filing shows Venmo owner PayPal received a Civil Investigative Demand from the CFPB on January 21st, “related to Venmo’s unauthorized funds transfers and collections processes, and related matters.”.

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

The minister of state security had appealed an earlier high court judgment on the legality of bulk communication surveillance The concourt held that section 2 of the National Strategic Intelligence Act of 1994 is ambiguous, and should be interpreted in a manner that best promotes the right to privacy, and does not contradict the prohibition of communication interceptions without interception directions contained in Rica, the legislation that governs the lawful interception of communications.

Ron DeSantis becomes first Republican governor to unveil legislation cracking down on Big Tech

Ron DeSantis becomes first Republican governor to unveil legislation cracking down on Big Tech

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Tuesday tore into Big Tech companies, calling them "enforcers of preferred narratives" whose economic interests are "not in the public interest" in a lengthy speech announcing new legislation to protect the privacy and free speech rights of Floridians from Silicon Valley.

Data Breach Exposes 1.6 Million Jobless Claims Filed in the Washington State

Data Breach Exposes 1.6 Million Jobless Claims Filed in the Washington State

The Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) on Monday said it's investigating a security incident that resulted in the compromise of personal information of more than 1.6 million people who filed for unemployment claims in the state in 2020.

Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users

Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users

News Highlights: Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users.What is going on: Music stores worldwide reported this week that Spotify had filed in February 2018 and was granted this month a patent dat “uses speech recognition to determine [users’] “emotional state, gender, age, or accent” – characteristics that can then be used to recommend content.

How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

At this point an attacker could find and exploit certain types of security vulnerabilities in iOS to grab encryption keys that are accessible in memory and decrypt big chunks of data from the phone.

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

“It just really shocked me, because I came into this project thinking that these phones are really protecting user data well,” says Johns Hopkins cryptographer Matthew Green, who oversaw the research.

Facial recognition use surges after Capitol riot

Facial recognition use surges after Capitol riot

With many of the participants posting footage of the riot to social media, officials nationwide are relying on software like Clearview AI — which matches photos of unidentified people with publicly posted images — including in jurisdictions that have enacted recent reforms about police use of the technology.

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

Right now, a growing chorus is demanding we use facial recognition, cellphone tower data, and every manner of invasive surveillance to punish the mob.Rather than responding to these attacks with a new mandate for expanded policing powers, we need to expand our civilian oversight.

New Zealand central bank says its data system was breached

New Zealand central bank says its data system was breached

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Sunday that it was responding with urgency to a breach of one of its data systems.In a November 2019 Financial Stability report, the RBNZ warned that the frequency and severity of cybersecurity incidents were on the rise in New Zealand.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

"This legislation requires state education policymakers to take a step back, consult with experts and address privacy issues before determining whether any kind of biometric identifying technology can be brought into New York's schools.

India's personal data privacy law triggers surveillance fears

India's personal data privacy law triggers surveillance fears

The issue of locally storing data came up between the Indian government and global technology companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, whose executives were summoned by a joint parliamentary committee to answer questions related to data localization.

‘Be a mensch’: Hackers leak negotiation texts as Israeli insurer refuses ransom

‘Be a mensch’: Hackers leak negotiation texts as Israeli insurer refuses ransom

The group responsible for the attack, Black Shadow, had said that if the requested sum of 50 bitcoins ($950,000) was transferred into its account by Friday morning it would not publish or sell the information.

Some States Balk After C.D.C. Asks for Personal Data of Those Vaccinated

Some States Balk After C.D.C. Asks for Personal Data of Those Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is instructing states to sign so-called data use agreements that commit them for the first time to sharing personal information in existing registries with the federal government.