Waterfox for Android update brings huge privacy improvements

Waterfox for Android update brings huge privacy improvements

The developer promises that Waterfox for Android does not restrict users in regards to extensions that they can run in the browser, and that it does not collect or transfer Telemetry data to Mozilla, the Waterfox project, or installation trackers.

Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jail

Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jail

It forces communications providers to build new capabilities that would help the government access a target’s information where possible. In short, it would force communications providers to work extensively with the government to gain access to a target’s data where it was in their power to do so, and it would also compel them to keep all of this secret.

Facebook Starts War On Knowledge After Closing Doors to Researchers

Facebook Starts War On Knowledge After Closing Doors to Researchers

The latest casualty is the app Netvizz, a research tool used by hundreds of academics to gather public Facebook data, that the social network has recently banned. The questionable use of Facebook data by academic researchers and political campaigners in the Cambridge Analytica scandal highlights the need for new privacy and security measures.

After call to implant microchips in people awaiting trial, are they about to become the next threat to our privacy?

After call to implant microchips in people awaiting trial, are they about to become the next threat to our privacy?

Last year, Privacy News Online wrote about the Swedish SJ Railways allowing customers to use under-the-skin microchip implants for “easy” ticket purchases. This experiment allowed a computer to monitor Kevin Warwick as he moved through halls and offices of the Department of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, using a unique identifying signal emitted by the implanted chip.

Password breach teaches Reddit that, yes, phone-based 2FA is that bad

Password breach teaches Reddit that, yes, phone-based 2FA is that bad

A newly disclosed breach that stole password data and private messages is teaching Reddit officials a lesson that security professionals have known for years: two-factor authentication (2FA) that uses SMS or phone calls is only slightly better than no 2FA at all.

This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it

This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it

Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby enters the company's office by holding his microchipped hand near an RFID reader. McMullan says only some of the information stored on the chip in his hand is encrypted, but he argues that similar personal information could be stolen from his wallet, too.

Eye in the Sky – Drone Surveillance and Privacy

Eye in the Sky – Drone Surveillance and Privacy

However, at least in the United States the judiciary is taking a dim view of just how drone surveillance technologies are being used to invade the privacy of individuals. Privacy threats of drone surveillance

5 Reasons Why Windows 10 Might Make You Switch to Linux

5 Reasons Why Windows 10 Might Make You Switch to Linux

Read More (and you can’t stop it), you won’t know if a random update that you don’t notice suddenly adds more spying functionality to the operating system. If you’re worried about Windows 10, or simply don’t like the changes it brings, try a flavor of Linux!

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google's recording of time-stamped location data -- even after users have turned off a setting called Location History -- "clearly violates" the 2011 settlement.

Google: To be clear, this is how we track you even with Location History turned off

Though Google originally said its help page was clear and correct, the updated page now clarifies that turning off the setting can still allow location data to be stored in apps like Search and Maps.

With eye on midterms, coalition of influential advocacy groups challenges congressional candidates to take a firm position on immediately restoring net neutrality

With eye on midterms, coalition of influential advocacy groups challenges congressional candidates to take a firm position on immediately restoring net neutrality

National groups ACLU, CREDO Action, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund—which have a combined eight million members—are submitting a single-question questionnaire to Congressional incumbents and their challengers to gauge support for the discharge petition to force a vote on the net neutrality CRA

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Leaving Web and App Activity enabled while turning Location History off only prevents additions to the Google Maps timeline, and does not stop data collection.Google's help center update is not likely to appease users who have scrutinized the search giant and other tech companies for their user privacy policies.

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

How to remove yourself from search engine results

How to remove yourself from search engine results

I request that you delete any and all data related to, and belonging to (personal information such as name or email address here) that your company stores, pursuant to my rights under Article 17 of the GDPR.

Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google will expand into China and launch a new search engine compliant with the Chinese government’s strict censorship rules, according to a recent report by The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher.

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

In addition, The Intercept reports that FirstNet will make data from “fusion centers“, which enable criminal intelligence-sharing between government agencies, available to local officers using the first responder network.

Smart cities raise important questions about our privacy rights at home and on the streets where we live

Smart cities raise important questions about our privacy rights at home and on the streets where we live

At its best, these tools can offer citizens living environments that are more responsive to their needs, and allow them opportunities to engage directly and meaningfully with their governments and their communities.

Big Telecoms with Questionable Motives are Starting VPN Services

Big Telecoms with Questionable Motives are Starting VPN Services

If logs are retained, the privacy policy of the service must strongly state that your information is not shared with other companies or governments. And here in their privacy policy they explicitly state that they monitor every site you visit with timestamps, and that they share the data with “affiliated companies.”

PMKID Dumping: WiFi Password Attacks are Easier Than Previously Thought

PMKID Dumping: WiFi Password Attacks are Easier Than Previously Thought

Previously, the primary method for cracking passwords for wireless networks using WPA2 encryption, was for an attacker to capture a four-way handshake between a wireless device and the router.

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

As Amazon rightly notes, this shows the critical importance of choosing appropriate confidence levels when deploying facial recognition systems – something that is rarely discussed.

5 tips for helping children think critically about privacy

5 tips for helping children think critically about privacy

Also, while we often think of “sharing” in the context of social media and the Internet, it can also be helpful to consider more analog applications, like updating relatives in phone calls or sharing pictures and home movies when they come to visit.

How to improve your gaming experience with a VPN

How to improve your gaming experience with a VPN

There are many webpages that you can read online which will detail why you should use a VPN whilst gaming with claims such as it will solve latency (ping) issues, allow access to regional DLC and games earlier and various other claims.

TLS 1.3 is Coming – an Opportunity for Amazon, Google and Microsoft to End Censorship

TLS 1.3 is Coming – an Opportunity for Amazon, Google and Microsoft to End Censorship

If Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure allow domain fronting with TLS 1.3, censorship countries like China are faced with a binary choice. The problem is that Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud currently do not allow domain fronting.

Who Is Answering My Queries: Understanding and Characterizing Interception of the DNS Resolution Path

Specifically, on-path devices could spoof the IP addresses of user-specified DNS servers and intercept the DNS queries surreptitiously, introducing privacy and security issues. Our work highlights the issues around on-path DNS interception and provides new insights for addressing such issues.

A former exec says Google once pulled the plug on videoconferencing tech because it couldn't identify people of colour

A former exec says Google once pulled the plug on videoconferencing tech because it couldn't identify people of colour

Google once had to “pull back” video-conferencing software for employees because of the technology’s inability to accurately identify people of colour, Google cloud executive Diane Bryant said on Tuesday.

Academics Discover New Bypasses for Browser Tracking Protections and Ad Blockers

Academics Discover New Bypasses for Browser Tracking Protections and Ad Blockers

Researchers looked at how browsers prevent third-party services —such as advertising companies— from tracking users via cross-site requests and persistent cookies. For their research, the KU Leuven team tested if browsers or extensions blocked cross-site requests for user cookie files initiated via:

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Firefox Add-On With 220,000+ Installs Caught Collecting Users' Browsing History

Firefox Add-On With 220,000+ Installs Caught Collecting Users' Browsing History

A popular Firefox add-on is secretly logging users' browsing history, according to reports from the author of the uBlock Origin ad blocker and Mike Kuketz, a German privacy and security blogger.

Your child’s privacy at risk by technology offered by Schools

Your child’s privacy at risk by technology offered by Schools

It is unknown how many people were able to access the files but a few teachers from other schools in the district were also able to see some of the content.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knew there was no DDoS attack but stayed quiet on purpose

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knew there was no DDoS attack but stayed quiet on purpose

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was on the defensive Thursday when asked at a Senate oversight hearing why he didn't correct the record sooner about an alleged cyberattack on the FCC at the height of last year's net neutrality debate.

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