Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

The news comes from a U.S. Department of Commerce press release which is titled: “Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States.” Where many people use VPNs in China to bypass Chinese censorship of American apps and services, the reverse is now going to become a thing.

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

At least 72 servers based in India are allegedly sending data of Indian users to China, and at the centre of this are cloud data servers of Chinese technology group, Alibaba, top intelligence sources told News18 earlier today.

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

“The data collected about individuals and institutions and the overlaid analytic tools from social media platforms provide China enormous benefit in opinion formation, targeting, and messaging.”.

ByteDance won't sell TikTok U.S. operations to Oracle or Microsoft: CGTN

ByteDance won't sell TikTok U.S. operations to Oracle or Microsoft: CGTN

(Reuters) - ByteDance will not sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to Oracle Corp or Microsoft Corp and will not give the source code for the video platform to any U.S. buyers, China’s state-run English television channel CGTN reported on Monday, citing sources.

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.

UN human rights experts condemn China’s new national security law for Hong Kong

UN human rights experts condemn China’s new national security law for Hong Kong

ShareTweet Human rights experts from the United Nations have published a 14-page letter which was sent to China in which they lay out their concerns that China is violating international human rights agreements with their new law.

China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

China to launch initiative to set global data-security rules: WSJ

(Reuters) - China is launching an initiative to set global standards on data security, countering U.S. efforts to persuade countries to ringfence their networks from Chinese technology, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

As first reported by the Financial Times on Friday, Apple’s four-page policy document commits to “respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch — including our employees, suppliers, contractors, and customers.” But it does not cite any particular country, like China, where the company has been asked to ban apps that allow users to circumvent censorship before.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok. Social media giants such as Facebook and Google are tracking machines, just like most big tech corporations.The Chinese social media giant TikTok is collecting as much data as possible from their users - whether TikTok needs the data to provides its service or not.

How China surveils the world

How China surveils the world

The CCP doesn’t only collect data through invasive surveillance technologies like cameras that employ facial recognition.A: GTCOM is a big-data and AI company that is controlled by China’s Central Propaganda Department, which is deeply involved in Party attempts to shift the global narrative around China’s power.

China’s Health Code app showcases the extreme smart surveillance regime

China’s Health Code app showcases the extreme smart surveillance regime

CNN BUSINESS reported that the government in Hangzhou has proposed to utilise Health Code permanently and create a health score system collecting data such as daily alcohol consumption, tobacco use, steps, and sleep time from individuals.

China expands Great Firewall to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

China expands Great Firewall to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

Chinese censors upgraded the GFW to be able to block HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI.TLS 1.3 (Transport Layer Security) and ESNI (Encrypted Server Name Indication) are new technologies that augment HTTPS – the secure way in which website users “talk” with the websites they visit over the internet.

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

China’s cavalier approach to privacy has seen the country deploy drones, artificial intelligence, and security cameras to enforce quarantines and monitor public spaces.There are two main approaches to contact tracing apps, and both versions rely on anonymized IDs to record interactions with nearby devices, which allows for complete privacy.

The US is building a new Great Firewall

The US is building a new Great Firewall

“With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat, and others are significant threats to the personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship,” said Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state.

Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September

Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September

The long awaited end of anonymity while gaming in China was announced at the country’s biggest gaming expo, ChinaJoy, by an official from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Publicity Department.

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

As global geopolitical tensions continue to rise, there is increasing concern that the data TikTok collects from its users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Watching 👁️: Hong-kong Updates - China scares the world. · Berty Technologies

Watching 👁️: Hong-kong Updates - China scares the world. · Berty Technologies

As this new law is implemented, these companies could quickly find themselves forced to provide the Chinese government with this set of metadata to assist in the arrest of demonstrators and opponents of the regime.

Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Cybersecurity researchers revealed on Thursday a newfound vulnerability in an app that controls the world’s most popular consumer drones, threatening to intensify the growing tensions between China and the United States.

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

If we look at countries like Taiwan, China and South Korea who were earliest adopters of technology we can say that while the tracing technology had not been able to completely control outbreak but it did surely help in reducing the time it took to map an infected person’s contacts and in some cases to even enforce quarantines.

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.Lookout It’s not known how many Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities have downloaded apps containing the malware.

VICE - Inside the Plot to Kill the Open Technology Fund

VICE - Inside the Plot to Kill the Open Technology Fund

“We can tear down the Great Firewall in a matter of months,” Clint from Ultrasurf said, while Bill Xia, the CEO of Dynamic Internet Technology, which maintains Freegate, told VICE News that his app “has been the most popular circumvention software in China since 2002” and “currently, we serve millions of users from China each month.”.

HongKongers prepare for China and new national security law by scrubbing digital footprint

HongKongers prepare for China and new national security law by scrubbing digital footprint

As China takes over Hong Kong with a new national security law, Hongkongers prepare by cleaning up their social media presence.The Nikkei Asian Review reports that prominent pro-democracy Hong Kongers have been warned that they will be targeted by the national security laws once they are enacted.

Intel agencies red-flag use of 53 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Intel agencies red-flag use of 53 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Indian intelligence agencies have asked the government to block or advise people to stop use of 53 mobile applications linked to China over concerns that these weren’t safe and ended up extracting a large amount of data outside India, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times.

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

In the report released by the Australian institute, it estimated that the authorities aimed to collect DNA samples from 35 million to 70 million men and boys, or roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of China’s male population.

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

Luckey, a founder of the virtual reality group Oculus who is now works for a defence tech firm, tweeted: “YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao, an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist party,” and suggested the filtering appeared to be a new policy of censorship.

YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult China’s Communist Party

YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult China’s Communist Party

YouTube is automatically deleting comments that contain certain Chinese-language phrases related to criticism of the country’s ruling Communist Party (CCP).The Verge found evidence that comments were being deleted as early as October 2019, when the issue was raised on YouTube’s official help pages and multiple users confirmed that they had experienced the same problem.

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.

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.

China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress

China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress

The National People’s Congress (NPC) in China is starting its bimonthly meetings and at the top of the agenda is a new national security law for Hong Kong.

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