Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

While root access is generally thought of as a way to flash ROMs or modify the operating system in the Android smartphone world, root access on a Quest 2 means folks would be able to bypass the requirement to log into a Facebook account before being able to use their Oculus Quest 2.

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.

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

War has come for the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, not for the first time and likely not the last.There’s a lot more that goes into making an app hard to centralize, but I think that’s one of the most critical.

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

The way that apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal do contact discovery has privacy flaws – chief among them is the fact that an attacker can enumerate users, that’s when they use contact discovery to test whether certain numbers are registered or not.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 14, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 14, 2020

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DBD#5: Would you trust Google with your finances?

DBD#5: Would you trust Google with your finances?

This week I am covering Google branching out to banking and how Starling will beat Monzo and Revolut to the post to become the first profitable UK challenger bank.

Redcar and Cleveland Attack Recovery Cost Over £10m

Redcar and Cleveland Attack Recovery Cost Over £10m

Whilst the council had industry standard tools deployed to secure its computer network at the time of the attack, which it said had been configured to provide optimum protection, it has since made additional improvements to its cyber-defenses, with further upgrades planned.

Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders

Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders

Hackers accessed direct messages for 36 high-profile account holders in last week’s epic compromise of Twitter, with one of the affected users being an elected official from the Netherlands, the social media company said late Wednesday.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 17, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 17, 2020

A new law in Germany would allow the government’s intelligence agencies and law enforcement to work with internet service providers to install trojans on user devices.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

I Lost My Debit Card Last Weekend

I Lost My Debit Card Last Weekend

So I lost my debit card this past weekend, and I want to explain how the privacy lifestyle I live helped me save the day.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week.

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

(Reuters) - A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020

A new project started by Andrew Yang is floating the idea of making tech companies pay users for the personal information given up.A new feature called a “paste notification” will even let you know when an app pastes what you have copied to your clipboard.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 12th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 12th, 2020

To work together with law enforcement, Zoom won’t provide end-to-end encryption for free users.Of course, to be able to track the development of a potentially fake news chain message, apps would have to do away with end-to-end encryption and continuously monitor their users.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020

OpenSAFELY is a secure analytics platform that allows health information for COVID-19 analysis that allows the health information of millions of patients be shared without violating their privacy.Google Chrome version 83 includes new privacy and security updates as well as features delayed from version 82.

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

Lofgren and Davidson advocated for their amendment in a letter Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, noting that the Wyden-Daines proposal had a bipartisan majority of the Senate and that at least two senators indicated they would have voted for it had they been present.The House is expected to pass the surveillance measure next week.

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

The Senate last week passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act that included language from Mitch McConnell granting the FBI authority to see web-browsing records without a warrant.

Israel extends COVID-19 cell phone surveillance by three weeks

Israel extends COVID-19 cell phone surveillance by three weeks

TEL AVIV: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday (May 5) authorised Israel's Shin Bet security service to continue using mobile phone data to track people infected by the coronavirus until May 26, prolonging an initiative described by critics as a threat to privacy.

Twitter: we need a break.

Twitter: we need a break.

As Mastodon is designed to be a more privacy-conscious alternative to Twitter, the developers have very carefully mimicked certain aspects of Twitter’s UI/UX.Out of the vast selection of clients available, I am going to be using Tusky, and Pinafore on the web.

Decentralized Communication: The Way of the Future

Decentralized Communication: The Way of the Future

Decentralization, as the name suggests, works by making a network run on a variety of providers rather than a single centralized network.So personally, I’m placing emphasis on self-hosted and decentralized solutions in the future to try to prepare for this eventuality.

The FBI is promoting an at-home exercise app that also tracks your phone's location and data

The FBI is promoting an at-home exercise app that also tracks your phone's location and data

The FBI's privacy policy states that users "are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded," but the FBI says the data it collects isn't personally identifiable.

Once Again, Two New Election App Breaches Exposed Personal Data on Millions of Israelis

Once Again, Two New Election App Breaches Exposed Personal Data on Millions of Israelis

In addition to the personal details of almost 6.5 million Israelis which leaked for the second time, the new flaws also revealed correspondence between activists and potential voters as well as the app’s source code, according to activist hacker Noam Rotem and Ran Bar-Zik, a senior developer at Verizon Media, who discovered the leaks.

Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows

Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows

Facial recognition firm Megvii said on Tuesday it had developed a new way to spot and identify people with fevers, with support from the industry and science ministries.

More Details On Intel's CVE-2019-14615 Graphics Vulnerability, a.k.a. iGPU Leak

More Details On Intel's CVE-2019-14615 Graphics Vulnerability, a.k.a. iGPU Leak

As for CVE-2019-14615 the Intel graphics vulnerability disclosed this week affecting Gen7 through Gen9 graphics architectures, it's been dubbed "iGPU Leak" by the researchers involved.They dub this vulnerability "iGPU Leak" and describe it as an information leakage vulnerability on the Intel integrated GPU architecture.

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Last week it emerged that the emergency services could in the future remotely deploy drones to monitor accidents or ongoing crimes.

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

BENGALURU: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led the committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), said the bill placed in Parliament on Wednesday, which allows the Centre to exempt its agencies from some or all provisions, is “dangerous” and can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

As a final assurance, Vlcek told Forbes he recognizes customers use Avast to protect their information and so it can’t do anything that might “circumvent the security of privacy of the data including targeting by advertisers.”.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement.