Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

The Italian Data Protection Authority has started an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate fake nude images on messaging app Telegram.The bots can generate fake nudes that have watermarks or that show only partial nudity, and users pay to “reveal” the whole image.

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The bill uses crimes against children as an excuse to subject Internet platforms to new laws that can be created by all 50 states.Those state laws may well follow the set of "best practices" that will be drafted by a federal commission dominated by Attorney General Barr and law enforcement agencies.

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms.

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

How do you decide who to trust with your data? Professor Robin Mansell from LSE on why protecting privacy online is so difficult

How do you decide who to trust with your data? Professor Robin Mansell from LSE on why protecting privacy online is so difficult

That said, and this has been true for the last decade or more, people express concerns about their data privacy in surveys but will then go and use these apps or platforms without thinking about the consequences.

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

Member nations of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance—which includes the United States— along with Japan and India published a statement on Sunday calling on tech companies to allow law enforcement to gain backdoor access to communication that uses unbreakable end-to-end encryption.

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

On Monday, the US Department of Justice signed on to a new international statement warning of the dangers of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data once a warrant has been obtained.

DOJ formalizes request for encryption back-doors

DOJ formalizes request for encryption back-doors

The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the "Five Eyes" nations, has issued a statement asking Apple and other tech companies to effectively create backdoors that will weaken encryption strength overall to provide law enforcement access to data.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

The nations of the Five Eyes security alliance – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and the UK – plus Japan and India, have called on technology companies to design their products so they offer access to encrypted messages and content.

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

The NCA believes there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children, with 86,832 UK-related referrals to NCMEC last year, including 52% from Facebook and 11% from Instagram.

Apple Dishes Out $288K Bounty To Five Hackers For Finding 55 Vulnerabilities

Apple Dishes Out $288K Bounty To Five Hackers For Finding 55 Vulnerabilities

What Happened: The hackers found 55 vulnerabilities — 11 of which were of critical severity and 29 of high severity — in a period between July and October this year, according to a blog post written by Sam Curry, one of the five beneficiaries of the bounty.

Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

By breaking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the EARN IT bill would allow small website owners to be sued or prosecuted under state laws, as long as the prosecution or lawsuit somehow related to crimes against children.

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 alert apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states plus Guam which have published apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership.

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC Commissioners Julie Brill (2010-2016), William Kovacic (2006-2011), Maureen Ohlhausen (2012-2018), and Jon Leibowitz (2009-2013) testified on the urgent need for a federal data privacy law, what it should look like, and which agency should be the governing body.

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor.

Why the Government’s plans to regulate the internet are a threat to free speech

Why the Government’s plans to regulate the internet are a threat to free speech

The Government’s proposed new internet regulator will infringe free speech.The Government published the Online Harms White Paper in April 2019 and intends to put a Bill before Parliament next year.

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

In countries without a system of secure digital identities, the closure of bricks-and-mortar government offices and the shift of public services online have caused havoc (see article).Its “Aadhaar” biometric system has created digital identities for 1.3bn people.

Eyes Everywhere: Amazon's Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitalizing Worker Power

Eyes Everywhere: Amazon's Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitalizing Worker Power

Open Markets Institute’s latest report, “Eyes Everywhere: Amazon's Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitalizing Worker Power,” illustrates the dangers of Amazon’s pervasive worker surveillance and the solutions that can be employed to stop that surveillance.

Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns

Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns

Facebook's requirement that "the use of the headset should be linked to the establishment of a Facebook account" would seem to violate this coupling ban, HCDPFI said.

The Why and How of Privacy and Security

The Why and How of Privacy and Security

Server-side means that only information stored on said server is encrypted.This means that the company has the encryption key, and therefore can access your communication (yes, including your nudes).

Vehicle Sightings and License Plate Recognition

Vehicle Sightings and License Plate Recognition

Get time, date and locations for each sighting Watch location data come to life with integrated online mapping tools Plot sightings at national and state levels with the precision to drill down to cities and neighborhoods Access a database of billions of vehicle sightings Vehicle Sightings Search.

Why the Rise of the CBDC Is Bad for Your Privacy

Why the Rise of the CBDC Is Bad for Your Privacy

Tech companies will become the new banks, providing payment rails to their billions of users, and extending their financial services to include loans and credit scoring.It’s not just citizens and small business owners who should be concerned by the emergence of central bank digital currencies.

Experian breach affects over 24 million customers and businesses in South Africa

Experian breach affects over 24 million customers and businesses in South Africa

ShareTweet Consumer credit reporting agency Experian has suffered a data breach at their South African branch.

Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times

Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times

Returning students must also sign a form authorizing the disclosure of their test results to the county, state, or "any other governmental entity as may be required by law"—though the school told the Free Beacon that state and county officials are not collecting information from the app.

Instagram faces $500 billion lawsuit for gathering facial biometrics data without consent

Instagram faces $500 billion lawsuit for gathering facial biometrics data without consent

ShareTweet A new class action lawsuit in the state of Illinois is trying to bring Facebook to task for illegally harvesting biometrics data, specifically facial recognition data or a “face template.” The lawsuit, Whalen v.

Instagram Accused of Illegally Harvesting Biometric Data

Instagram Accused of Illegally Harvesting Biometric Data

Facebook, owner of Instagram, is facing a lawsuit over allegedly harvesting the biometric data of users, according to Bloomberg.Last month, Facebook offered to pay a $650 million settlement in a similar lawsuit in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data via Facebook's photo-tagging feature.

NJ Supreme Court: Defendants must divulge cellphone passcodes

NJ Supreme Court: Defendants must divulge cellphone passcodes

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that a criminal defendant can be compelled to reveal his cellphone passcode to investigators, rejecting the argument that such a move violates the right against self-incrimination guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality

The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality

In the case of broadband privacy which was passed at the state level in Maine , the internet service providers (ISPs) actually tried to stop the law from being enacted by claiming that their right to selling profiles of user internet activity and history is part of their constitutional right to free speech .

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Despite the FCC's preemption order being overturned in court, the DOJ's amended complaint yesterday argued that California's net neutrality law "is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.".

The US is building a new Great Firewall

The US is building a new Great Firewall

“With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat, and others are significant threats to the personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship,” said Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state.