Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

However, security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have discovered that these link previews can expose user data in both iOS and Android apps.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

The threat of police exploiting surveillance technology to spy on people exercising their First Amendment rights was a primary motivation for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passing 2019's groundbreaking Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.

Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.Meanwhile, when the Line app opens an encrypted message and finds a link, it appears to send the link to the Line server to generate a preview.

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Supporters of data dividends correctly recognize one thing: when it comes to privacy in the United States, the companies that collect information currently hold far more power than the individual consumers continually tapped for that information.

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

An attacker who has phished your friend’s Whatsapp account may trigger an OTP for your number to your phone, and may message you asking for it.

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

23 cancellation, a group of academics organized a series of events across the country, as well as in Canada and the UK, which were meant to highlight the issue.“Campuses across North America are joining in the campaign to resist corporate and university silencing of Palestinian narratives and Palestinian voices,” said the day of action event description, which was meant to be held on Oct. 23) The follow-up events did not include Khalid presenting.

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

While Mysk and Haj Bakry found that a number of messaging platforms don’t risk link previews at all—including, somewhat ironically, TikTok and WeChat, the main end-to-end encrypted messengers, including WhatsApp and iMessage, generate link previews on the sender-side.

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.

Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people

Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people

In a country that claims to be at the forefront of digitization and data security, the criminals managed to access the database of thousands of customers of the company Vastaamo after detecting vulnerabilities in their system.

Fundraiser by Ian Linkletter : Stand Against Proctorio's SLAPP

Fundraiser by Ian Linkletter : Stand Against Proctorio's SLAPP

If we succeed and this SLAPP suit is dismissed, Proctorio may be ordered to pay full indemnity legal costs.if our application is successful and Proctorio is ordered to pay full indemnity legal costs, the entire proceeds from this campaign will be donated to the BCCLA (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association).

How I’ve Convinced People Around Me to Care About Privacy

How I’ve Convinced People Around Me to Care About Privacy

That’s an argument for another day that I’m currently working on, but the point is that while I made these opinions known to my brother I was always quick to follow it up with “I love you, you do what you want, these are just my views.” Same thing with my partner.

Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy - MP

Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy - MP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Representatives of Inc in India have refused to appear before a parliamentary panel reviewing the country’s privacy bill, an Indian lawmaker said on Friday, an allegation the U.S. commerce giant said was a result of a misunderstanding.

Trump Campaign Draws Rebuke for Surveilling Philadelphia Voters

Trump Campaign Draws Rebuke for Surveilling Philadelphia Voters

Earlier this month, a Trump campaign official told The Times that the campaign would be videotaping drop boxes but was only interested in people who were dumping large numbers of ballots — not in those bringing an extra ballot or two.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Court documents have revealed that internet service providers have been conducting secret traffic analysis on customers to monitor IPTV activity.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Google Nest hacker finds evidence of Google considering getting rid of 'Hey Google' hot words

Google Nest hacker finds evidence of Google considering getting rid of 'Hey Google' hot words

He demonstrates that by setting this option to "on," his Nest Hub ceases requiring him to say "Hey, Google" before making commands or queries.But the find certainly suggests Google is exploring giving users the choice of using the option or not.

Police across America can break into locked phones, and often do so without a warrant

Police across America can break into locked phones, and often do so without a warrant

The report is called “Mass Extraction: The Widespread Power of U.S. Law Enforcement to Search Mobile Phones.” Over 2,000 FOIA requests, Upturn discovered that police departments in all 50 states and also Washington D.C. have purchased mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs).

Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help

Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help

Safwat – who says she’s not necessarily anti-Amazon, but wants to spark a conversation – created a 3D render of Snowden’s head based on publicly available imagery, and worked with a special effects company to create the bust.

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

As part of the agreement, Facebook is sharing quarterly and annual updates with the FTC on its progress; the company is submitting its first quarterly report at the end of this week.

CDO Question to Ask About Data Protection

CDO Question to Ask About Data Protection

Unless you know what data your organization holds, you can’t track and protect it.Mapping how data is transferred from one system to another helps you understand how personal data moves inside your organization and identify critical privacy compliance issues such as cross-border transfers.

Welcome to the Hotel California a.k.a Facebook

Welcome to the Hotel California a.k.a Facebook

This series, if I do it right, will end up convincing you that Facebook is the Hotel California made software, and help you start thinking about how do you escape somewhere that’s programmed to receive.See: Ways people have tried to kill Facebook.

Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

Instead, the feature codenamed “Blue Steel” could allow the device to simply sense your presence, and proactively listen for commands without first needing to hear the wake word.

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

In an interview in September last year, Snowden said he would be willing to return to the US if he is guaranteed a fair trial.What I'm asking for is a fair trial.

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Law enforcement agencies are able to crack into locked, encrypted smartphones far more frequently than was previously known, according to new documents surfaced by through over 100 public records requests by the digital liberties nonprofit Upturn.

Cybersecurity company finds hacker selling info on 186 million U.S. voters

Cybersecurity company finds hacker selling info on 186 million U.S. voters

But the fact that so many names, email addresses, phone numbers and voter registration records were found for sale in bulk on the so-called dark web underscores how easily criminals and foreign adversaries can deploy it as the FBI said Iran has done recently, by sending emails designed to intimidate voters.

Java Edition is moving house

Java Edition is moving house

That’s why we’ve decided that moving forward, all of our games will require a Microsoft account to play – including Minecraft Java Edition.Now just to be clear, migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is mandatory .

Signal Foundation

Signal Foundation

Brian Acton is an entrepreneur and computer programmer who co-founded the messaging app WhatsApp in 2009.Prior to founding WhatsApp and Signal Foundation, Acton worked as a software builder for more than 25 years at companies like Apple, Yahoo, and Adobe.

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

John Koetsier: So, a couple questions that come up — and we’re going to get into the questions around I want to share pictures of myself, maybe my family, or something like that, and I want to do that in a privacy safe way.

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

The letter submitted by the senators opposes the substance of the rule and points out past instances wherein DHS failed to protect biometric data as evidence the agency and its components aren’t fit to enact this kind of change.

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

The government of Thailand has ordered Thai internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service.According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the @telegram messaging app.

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

When Haley, a sophomore at Indiana University, took a test for an accounting class in September, she—like many college students during this pandemic—was sitting not in a classroom but in her bedroom.