Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

In the course of the initiative "Fighting child sexual abuse: detection, removal, and reporting of illegal content", the European Union plans to abolish the digital privacy of correspondence.

Clubhouse Replied: No Hack Involved, Personal Data is Publicly Available

Clubhouse Replied: No Hack Involved, Personal Data is Publicly Available

While the risks are still valid and not fixed, the personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users has been posted online on a popular hacker forum, according to a Saturday report from Cyber News.

Firefox Stable gets option to show modified preferences on about:config only

Firefox Stable gets option to show modified preferences on about:config only

Firefox's about:config page can best be described as a treasure trove for users who want to modified browser preferences that are, for the most part, not displayed in the user interface options.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Tyler Ahn from Mozilla Firefox

Privacy Talks | Interview with Tyler Ahn from Mozilla Firefox

[6:11] – You mentioned the enhanced tracking protection, can you go into that a little bit more and describe exactly what it is protecting Firefox users from?How does an internet user use Firefox Monitor to become more informed about data breaches and what is it exactly that is being monitored?

Personal Data of more than 1.3 million Clubhouse users leaked online

Personal Data of more than 1.3 million Clubhouse users leaked online

The upstart platform seems to have experienced the same fate, with an SQL database containing 1.3 million Clubhouse user records leaked for free on a popular hacker forum.

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

It’s amusing to note that this movie about how yippies turned yuppies (Kevin Kline’s Harold, the host of the gathering, has gotten rich by opening a chain of “Running Dog” sneaker stores) was itself an element in a synergistic corporate-branding strategy.

ACLU shares user data with Facebook and friends

ACLU shares user data with Facebook and friends

Yet, a recent update to its privacy statement reveals that they may share your personal information with Facebook if you use their website:.However, it is especially alarming when you see those tactics in use by organizations that supposedly fight for privacy.

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

“Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, noted that “The current European Union export regulation framework fails to protect human rights.” The document provides a good introduction to the region’s digital surveillance exports, and how these tools are already being abused, notably by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

A spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission, who didn’t say if the consumer protection agency is examining how retail pharmacies are using data from Covid vaccinations, said companies could be investigated if they mislead customers about how their information is being used.

Google is limiting which apps can see everything else you have installed

Google is limiting which apps can see everything else you have installed

In case you’re worried that developers could still misuse the permission, Google’s documentation clearly states it will come down hard on offending apps, whether they’re new to the Play Store or just updates to existing apps.

All 533,000,000 Facebook Records Were Just Leaked for Free, So What?

All 533,000,000 Facebook Records Were Just Leaked for Free, So What?

After you know that what is leaked, you may want to limit the exposure of yourself online from now on , check on all your social media platforms and instant message applications for personal information published.

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday .The official said the White House is working with government agencies, tech companies and non-profit organizations to plan and coordinate the effort, which is likely weeks away from being finalized.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

There’s new Android malware on the loose that disguises itself as a “System Update” app.

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple has begun rejecting app updates that do not comply with the App Tracking Transparency rules that the company is enforcing starting with iOS 14.5, according to a new report from Forbes.

The Consumer Authentication Strength Maturity Model (CASMM) v5

The Consumer Authentication Strength Maturity Model (CASMM) v5

If you know anything about internet security then you likely spend a lot of your time helping people improve their password hygiene.Visual maturity models can sometimes help people with their desire to improve.

UK may compel Facebook to share users data and conversations with police

UK may compel Facebook to share users data and conversations with police

The UK parliament is considering forcing to implement backdoors to share access to messages from its chat services to the police.To compel Facebook to share the access of messages to the police, the Ministry would use a special measure, a technical capability notice.

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Australians would need to show their driver’s licence or passport to open an account Credit: Chesnot/Getty Currently, Australians are not required to provide ID to use most online platforms, however some ask users to “verify” their account by providing an email address or phone number.

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

Most of us use web browsers out of habit.That’s generally better than what most mainstream browsers, especially Chrome, do.While some browsers like Safari and Firefox also include tracking prevention, the smaller brands have been focused on even more privacy protections.

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

As the following chart shows, Instagram is most likely to share your personal information with third parties for advertising purposes.

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In particular, the proposal creates a temporary and strictly limited derogation from the applicability of Articles 5 (1) and 6 of the ePrivacy Directive, with the sole aim of enabling providers of number-independent interpersonal communications services to continue using specific technologies and continue their current activities to the extent necessary to detect and report child sexual abuse online and remove child sexual abuse material on their services, pending the adoption of the announced long-term legislation.

How to use random hardware addresses

How to use random hardware addresses

Use random hardware addresses for all networks: Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi .Use random hardware addresses for a specific network: Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage known networks .

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California banned companies from using "dark patterns," or tricks to get users to sell information.As of March 15, the California Consumer Privacy Act bans companies from using "dark patterns," or website designs that can confuse or trick users into opting into selling their information.

Firefox 87 trims HTTP Referrers by default to protect user privacy

Firefox 87 trims HTTP Referrers by default to protect user privacy

However, if a website does not set any kind of referrer policy, then web browsers have traditionally defaulted to using a policy of ‘no-referrer-when-downgrade’, which trims the referrer when navigating to a less secure destination (e.g., navigating from https: to http:) but otherwise sends the full URL including path , and query information of the originating document as the referrer.

Google Brings Live Captioning to Google Chrome

Google Brings Live Captioning to Google Chrome

A new Chrome feature called Live Caption leverages machine learning to bring captions to content across platforms on the web.“When enabled, Live Caption on Chrome uses machine learning to caption video and audio content on your browser.

Invasive apps

Invasive apps

By using the new Apple privacy labels featured in the App Store, we identified which apps share the most of your private data with third parties and which gather the most for their own benefits, to find the most invasive overall.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

[7:04] – One question that I have, is why wouldn’t an average user just set up their own VPN if trust is such an issue?[13:20] – You mentioned those curated lists, that also allows people to choose from servers that provide them certain functionality, like Netflix in the US for instance.

Google Announced Changes for Android 12

Google Announced Changes for Android 12

The new update brings minor changes to the user interface.While the new version doesn’t make significant Android changes, it does include support for the HEVC video format.Videos encoded in HEVC format will start playing automatically with new updates.