Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

Canada unveils its new privacy legislation – with even bigger fines than the GDPR

Canada unveils its new privacy legislation – with even bigger fines than the GDPR

Even though the current text is likely to change in various ways, it is clear that Canada’s proposed privacy law will be one of the most important, alongside the GDPR, and a useful further example of how to draft legislation offering strong privacy protection in the digital world.

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

An insurance software company called Vertafore, which has legal access to that DMV information, said in a statement the data was inadvertently stored in an unsecured storage service that was hacked between March and August of this year.

Amazon's Software Is Malware

Amazon's Software Is Malware

Amazon Alexa collects a lot more information from users than is necessary for correct functioning (time, location, recordings made without a legitimate prompt), and sends it to Amazon's servers, which store it indefinitely.

Facebook extends temporary ban on all political ads

Facebook extends temporary ban on all political ads

"The temporary pause for ads about politics and social issues in the U.S. continues to be in place as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the election," the social media giant said in update to a blogpost.

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

In a new book, intelligence and security expert Sir David Omand shows how we can learn to make better judgements by thinking like a spy.How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence by David Omand (Viking, £20) is out now.

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Khan began to suspect that it was his dark skin tone that rattled Examplify, a test proctoring platform adopted by New York state's law exams board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

The European Union has agreed to stricter rules on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technologies like facial recognition and spyware.

Perhaps Mozilla Should Unfck Itself Before “Unfcking The Internet”

Perhaps Mozilla Should Unfck Itself Before “Unfcking The Internet”

Yet, people get laid off because there’s no money, despite the “fellowships & awards” category at Mozilla’s blog showing an at least +$10 million spending (With help of other funds) on these social activities and other web projects just in the last two months.

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Consumer advocates criticized the rule for not requiring alleged debtors to consent before being contacted by email or text, and for setting a limit on phone contact that could result in a flood of calls for people who owe money to several creditors.

Netflix Targets Critical 'Cuties' Tweets With Copyright Takedown Requests * TorrentFreak

Netflix Targets Critical 'Cuties' Tweets With Copyright Takedown Requests * TorrentFreak

Netflix has sent over a hundred takedown requests this week targeting tweets that are critical of the movie 'Cuties' and/or urged people to cancel their subscriptions.The streaming giant asked Twitter to remove dozens of tweets that included footage from the French coming-of-age film Cuties.

Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux

Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux

The Dell privacy driver in its current form is talked about for the camera and microphone support but the patch does also note a "PRIVACY_SCREEN_STATUS" bit as well.

Larry Summers

Larry Summers

It would be inappropriate for the SEC to mandate disclosure of tax-return documents, but it would be entirely reasonable for the SEC to require that a reconciliation of book and taxable income be included in regular financial reporting.

DKIM: Show Your Privates

DKIM: Show Your Privates

Per the RFC: A signer should not sign with a private key when the selector containing the corresponding public key is expected to be revoked or removed before the verifier has an opportunity to validate the signature.

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

If the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan did indeed start during the Military World Games, what are the odds that on that very same day a global pandemic exercise is co-organized by the World Economic Forum?

Don’t Even Try Paying Cash in China

Don’t Even Try Paying Cash in China

Most businesses there, from the fanciest hotels to roadside fruit stands, display a QR code — a type of bar code — that people scan with a smartphone camera to pay with China’s dominant digital payment apps, Alipay and WeChat.

On Instagram, 'Unlink Account' Won't Unlink a Facebook Account

On Instagram, 'Unlink Account' Won't Unlink a Facebook Account

The spokesperson said that Facebook collects and connects this information about users’ activities in order to give users a “personalized experience” across all of the apps under the company’s umbrella, like more precisely targeted ads or in-app recommendations based on an amalgamation of the user’s cross-platform activities.

Quest 2 Jailbreak Effort Reports Success Bypassing Facebook Services

Quest 2 Jailbreak Effort Reports Success Bypassing Facebook Services

A researcher from the XR community has gained root access to Oculus Quest 2 and is able to bypass Facebook Login.XRSI wants to help extend the same to AR/VR headsets, which would including protecting the right of users to jailbreak devices like Quest 2.

Exam Surveillance Tools Monitor, Record Students During Tests

Exam Surveillance Tools Monitor, Record Students During Tests

Ashley didn’t do as well as she had hoped, and by the time she logged out of ProctorU, she was in tears.“I had so much anxiety taking my exam,” Ashley, who preferred not to use her real name, told Teen Vogue.

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.

Authors Executive Summary: "Google, the media patron. How the digital giant woos journalism"

Authors Executive Summary: "Google, the media patron. How the digital giant woos journalism"

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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.

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.

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.

An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

In August, as colleges and universities prepared for a fall semester that would mark the biggest experiment in online learning in history, Ian Linkletter, a learning technology specialist at the University of British Columbia, began researching Proctorio, the exam proctoring software many of the instructors at the school planned to use.

Adblockers installed 300,000 times are malicious and should be removed now

Adblockers installed 300,000 times are malicious and should be removed now

Adblocking extensions with more than 300,000 active users have been surreptitiously uploading user browsing data and tampering with users’ social media accounts thanks to malware its new owner introduced a few weeks ago, according to technical analyses and posts on Github.

Combating abuse in Matrix - without backdoors.

Combating abuse in Matrix - without backdoors.

Admins running servers in particular jurisdictions then have the option to enforce whatever rules they need on their servers (e.g. they might want to subscribe to reputation feeds from a trusted source such as the IWF, identifying child sexual abuse content, and use it to block it from their server).This isn’t just about combating abuse - but the same system can also be used to empower users to filter out spam, propaganda, unwanted NSFW content, etc on their own terms.