Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

Strategic autonomy in danger: European Tech companies warn of lowering data protection levels in the EU.

In the course of the initiative "Fighting child sexual abuse: detection, removal, and reporting of illegal content", the European Union plans to abolish the digital privacy of correspondence.

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Australians would need to show their driver’s licence or passport to open an account Credit: Chesnot/Getty Currently, Australians are not required to provide ID to use most online platforms, however some ask users to “verify” their account by providing an email address or phone number.

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In particular, the proposal creates a temporary and strictly limited derogation from the applicability of Articles 5 (1) and 6 of the ePrivacy Directive, with the sole aim of enabling providers of number-independent interpersonal communications services to continue using specific technologies and continue their current activities to the extent necessary to detect and report child sexual abuse online and remove child sexual abuse material on their services, pending the adoption of the announced long-term legislation.

Facebook's plan to encrypt messages will makes it easier to share child abuse images, say MPs

Facebook's plan to encrypt messages will makes it easier to share child abuse images, say MPs

Facebook has been branded 'hopelessly naive' over plans to encrypt its messaging apps, as MPs warned the move will make it 'even easier' for paedophiles to share child abuse images.

UPDATE 1-U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns -draft

UPDATE 1-U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns -draft

July 1 (Reuters) - U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by Reuters.

Online trolls on notice as government pushes for 'world first' adult cyber abuse laws

Online trolls on notice as government pushes for 'world first' adult cyber abuse laws

National e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant says her agency will use proposed new powers to unmask and fine recidivist online trolls who use anonymous social media account to wage campaigns of hate and abuse.

E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sexual Abuse

E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sexual Abuse

Privacy concerns in Europe have led to some of the world’s toughest restrictions on companies like Facebook and Google and the ways they monitor people online.It would also restrict the use of software that scans for child sexual abuse imagery and so-called grooming by online predators.

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.

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.

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

The NCA believes there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children, with 86,832 UK-related referrals to NCMEC last year, including 52% from Facebook and 11% from Instagram.

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

That may already be happening — the FBI reportedly used the All Writs Act, the same controversial measure it tried to use to force Apple to hand over iPhone data, to request Kher’s information.The data isn’t very useful during the pandemic, but it could be problematic whenever normal travel resumes.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

Outline of the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. Senators Graham, Blackburn, and Cotton call the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (press release): "a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior".

The Secret Fight For Your Personal Information

The Secret Fight For Your Personal Information

Two more bases include when processing is of “vital interest” to you (i.e. you were in an accident and your doctor needs to share your info) and when there is a “public interest” (which generally covers the collection of data by government agencies for research purposes).The last legal basis is “legitimate interest.” Legitimate interest is a legal basis one company would use with another company to request your private information.

Dating Apps Exposed 845 GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

Dating Apps Exposed 845 GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

And though the exposed data included limited "personally identifying information," like real names, birthdays, or email addresses, the researchers warn that a motivated hacker could have used the photos and other miscellaneous information available to identify many users.

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tech companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on Thursday pledged to improve and standardise annual disclosures around online child exploitation, as they fight off moves to limit encryption.

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app

Cho Joo-bin, a 24-year-old man, hosted online rooms on encrypted messaging app Telegram, where users paid to see young girls perform demeaning sexual acts carried out under coercion, according to South Korean police.

Inquiry calls for web pre-screening to end UK child abuse 'explosion'

Inquiry calls for web pre-screening to end UK child abuse 'explosion'

The report makes four recommendations for action the government should take to tackle online abuse: Requiring industry to pre‐screen material before it is uploaded to the internet to prevent access to known indecent images of children.

Clearview: Let's all opt out now!

Clearview: Let's all opt out now!

Clearview collects pictures posted online, combines them in a huge database and lets others - law enforcement agencies, companies, but also some elites - search for your data.

The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting

The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting

As the New York Times article explained, these phenomena had a common cause: women’s abusers were controlling Internet-connected devices in homes, using everyday apps on their smartphones.

Facial Recognition Surveillance Technology Should Be Suspended in the U.S. Says Coalition of 40 Privacy and Free Speech Groups

Facial Recognition Surveillance Technology Should Be Suspended in the U.S. Says Coalition of 40 Privacy and Free Speech Groups

Concerns over the potential for abuse have driven all of this, and that is also what has motivated 40 groups headed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to draft a letter recommending that federal agencies suspend the use of facial recognition surveillance systems.

Street-Level Surveillance

Street-Level Surveillance

EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law enforcement agencies routinely deploy in our communities.Every day, the threats to our rights expand as police use surveillance technologies to compile enormous databases filled with our personal information.

Apple scans photos to check for child abuse

Apple scans photos to check for child abuse

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ms Horvath said removing encryption was “not the way we’re solving these issues” but added: “We have started, we are, utilising some technologies to help screen for child sexual abuse material.”.

If You Think Encryption Back Doors Won't Be Abused, You May Be a Member of Congress

If You Think Encryption Back Doors Won't Be Abused, You May Be a Member of Congress

Virtually every tech expert and privacy advocate under the sun has warned virtually every government official in the world that "back doors" that let police bypass encryption has the potential to cause huge harms and actually makes citizens even more vulnerable to crime.

Barr DOJ Argues TSA Screeners Can Never Be Sued for Checkpoint Abuse

Barr DOJ Argues TSA Screeners Can Never Be Sued for Checkpoint Abuse

But earlier this week, in the case of grandmother Rhonda Mengert who was strip searched by TSA without suspicion and in blatant violation of TSA policy, the TSA added it all up and argued that because of all of these immunities, there actually doesn’t need to be a way to sue screeners for checkpoint abuse, no matter how egregious, at all.

Opinion | I Invented the World Wide Web. Here’s How We Can Fix It.

Opinion | I Invented the World Wide Web. Here’s How We Can Fix It.

Projects like Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the world of open source software are the kinds of constructive tools that I hoped would flow from the web.

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

Here’s the background: Google has announced that they will soon start changing the way users are connected to websites through its Chrome browser, using a new protocol called DNS over HTTPS (DoH).

Google Will Now Pay Anyone Who Reports Apps Abusing Users' Data

Google Will Now Pay Anyone Who Reports Apps Abusing Users' Data

In the wake of data abuse scandals and several instances of malware app being discovered on the Play Store, Google today expanded its bug bounty program to beef up the security of Android apps and Chrome extensions distributed through its platform.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

British spies want 'backdoor' access to encrypted Facebook and WhatsApp messages

British spies want 'backdoor' access to encrypted Facebook and WhatsApp messages

New Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured last week in London, is having discussions with Britain's Five Eyes intelligence allies about combating cyber threats and having better access to encrypted messages.