Aarogya Setu, India’s contact-tracing app, goes open-source

Aarogya Setu, India’s contact-tracing app, goes open-source

According to Kant, 98% of Aarogya Setu installs are on Android devices, which explains the initial release of the Android client source code for the app.

The House Is Voting on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

The House Is Voting on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

Later this week, the House of Representatives is once again voting on whether or not to extend the authorities in Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law with a rich history of government overreach and abuse, along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, and possibly, an amendment.

Local News Stations Run Propaganda Segment Scripted and Produced by Amazon

Local News Stations Run Propaganda Segment Scripted and Produced by Amazon

Local news stations across the U.S. aired a segment produced and scripted by Amazon which touts the company's role in delivering essential groceries and cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its ability to do so while "keeping its employees safe and healthy.".

We don’t track you. Nothing, zero, zilch.

We don’t track you. Nothing, zero, zilch.

Apps often monitor users, create profiles, and sell data to advertisers for profit.For a while we’ve been relying on a unique user counting request stored on your computer.So, we’ve baked a tracker blocker right into the browser.

In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised - and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.

How to Hide Secrets in Strings— Modern Text hiding in JavaScript

How to Hide Secrets in Strings— Modern Text hiding in JavaScript

Fortunately, we were able to add 4 more characters to our arsenal, a total of 6 invisible characters that we can now use to hide our secrets in strings.

China's coronavirus campaign offers glimpse into surveillance system

China's coronavirus campaign offers glimpse into surveillance system

While authorities have primarily used mobile location data and ID-linked tracing apps to flag people coming back from abroad for quarantine, the camera surveillance system has played a crucial role, according to officials, state media and residents.

Sen. Ron Wyden Wants to Stop the Government From Spying on Your Internet Searches

Sen. Ron Wyden Wants to Stop the Government From Spying on Your Internet Searches

Greer says Wyden's introduction of the amendment could be a way of alerting the public that intelligence agencies have already been collecting U.S. citizens' web search data.

Why Metadata Matters

Why Metadata Matters

Let’s take a look at how revealing metadata can actually be to the governments and companies that collect it: They know you rang a phone sex line at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes.

How to Block Ads on your Smart TV (Samsung, LG, Roku and Sony)

How to Block Ads on your Smart TV (Samsung, LG, Roku and Sony)

Here are the 2 ways to block ads on your Samsung, LG, Sony and Roku Smart TVs: Filtering specific Ad URLs to your Home Internet RouterInstalling BlockADA app for Android (Works on Android TVs only) Now we will discuss each method in detail and explain all the steps required to effectively block all the annoying ads: METHOD-1: Blocking Ads with your Home Internet Router.

Fraudulent Ads Exploit COVID-19 Fears on Disney’s ESPN.Com

Fraudulent Ads Exploit COVID-19 Fears on Disney’s ESPN.Com

Fraudulent Ads Exploit COVID-19 Fears on Disney’s ESPN.Com. Scam advertisements across major media outlets originate from DoubleClick and Xandr/AppNexus.Unfortunately, other media outlets aren’t doing the same thing, and fake ads are spreading across major news sites that receive millions of visitors every month.

Everbridge CEO: We Can Play Critical Role in Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Everbridge CEO: We Can Play Critical Role in Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Everbridge's products are used by governments and companies to assess risks such as terrorism and cyber-attacks and determine which they need to worry about; locate assets, customers and others that could be harmed; provide automated "standard operating procedures" to manage and respond to problems; and analyze how past threats were handled to create a better response for the next ones that come along, according to the CEO.In response to Covid-19, Everbridge launched a coronavirus data feed, said Meredith.

Breach Report: Staying Alert in the Face of Cyber Dark Ages

Breach Report: Staying Alert in the Face of Cyber Dark Ages

It is necessary to use protection services available: Breach Report helps businesses monitor and protect the accounts of their employees, partners, and clients against daily privacy threats occurring on the dark web.43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses , according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report.

How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

If, like most people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were wrong.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

$270 for 5G & 90hz screen smartphone: Honor X10's first impressions

$270 for 5G & 90hz screen smartphone: Honor X10's first impressions

But now the price of a 5G smartphone has dropped to less than 2,000 yuan (about 280 U.S. dollars) a piece, which is not dissimilar to that of mid-tier 4G devices.This trick, which has been applied to smartphones since mid-2018, sacrifices a bit of front-cam image quality for a notch-free front.

The Price is (Not) Right: Comparing Privacy in Free and Paid Apps (PETS ’20)

The Price is (Not) Right: Comparing Privacy in Free and Paid Apps (PETS ’20)

We use both static and dynamic analysis to examine 5,877 pairs of free Android apps and their paid counterparts for differences in data collection practices and privacy policies between pairs.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

The Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress as the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has added in an amendment that would open up internet history to the list of information that the FBI and DOJ would be able to access without a warrant.

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

For example, Vint Cerf, widely recognized as one of the creators of the Internet, has recently written an article for the Indian site Medianama entitled “Internet Lessons from COVID19“, in which he warns: Variations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are propagating around the world with good intent although implementation has shown some unintended consequences, not least of which may be the ability to share health information that would assist in finding a vaccine against SARS-COV-2.

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

A spokesperson for Sen. Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member and a sponsor of the pro-privacy amendment the talking points seek to undermine, said that if an individual is a known spy, “then obviously there’s probable cause that he is an agent of a foreign power and a warrant is readily available.”.

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

“In section 3.1 of their privacy policy, Wacom wondered if it would be OK if they sent a few bits and bobs of data from my computer to Google Analytics, “[including] aggregate usage data, technical session information and information about [my] hardware device.” The half of my heart that cares about privacy sank.

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

Picture of Hikvision cameras in an electronic mall in Beijing on May 24, 2019.A new report claims that Amazon, Microsoft and Google are among a number of American firms that are providing various web services to Chinese surveillance firms accused of human rights abuses and which are now on a U.S. blacklist.

Qubes awarded MOSS Mission Partners grant!

Qubes awarded MOSS Mission Partners grant!

We’re proud to announce that the Qubes OS Project has been awarded a Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) awards program grant in the amount of 128,000 USD.

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.

Private Internet Access implores Representative Crow to protect internet privacy by voting “NO” on H.R. 6172

Private Internet Access implores Representative Crow to protect internet privacy by voting “NO” on H.R. 6172

Private Internet Access implores you to vote “NO” on H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 which would extend and expand the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to allow access to internet history without a warrant.

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court in the country, has ruled that parts of a 2016 law that allowed monitoring of the internet activity of foreign targets outside of Germany are unconstitutional.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

In a letter [PDF] sent to data protection authorities in Europe, Thomas Le Bonniec expresses his frustration that, despite exposing in April 2019 that Apple has hired hundreds of people to analyze recordings that its users were unaware had been made, nothing appears to have changed.

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).One expert said the ruling reflected the "position that the European Court has taken over many years".The case went to court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.

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.

Hacker leaks 2.3 million Indonesian citizenship data for download

Hacker leaks 2.3 million Indonesian citizenship data for download

What’s worse for Indonesian citizens is that the threat actor is claiming to have access over 200 million Indonesian citizenship data which they plan to leak on the hacker forum where the electoral data is currently being traded.

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