The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Today, we are at a jurisprudential inflection point as courts grapple with when and how the Fourth Amendment should apply to the data generated by technologies like cell phones, smart cars, and wearable devices.In Carpenter, the Court considered how the Fourth Amendment applies to location data generated when cell phones connect to nearby cell towers.

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

Senators Offer to Let NSA Hunt Cyber Actors Inside the US

Senators Offer to Let NSA Hunt Cyber Actors Inside the US

A bipartisan group of senators offered to help expand the National Security Agency’s authorities allowing the spy agency to hunt domestically for signals intelligence against foreign adversaries that U.S. officials have said are behind a string of recent attacks, like the recent SolarWinds hack.

Wombo.AI: What the ‘deepfake singing’ app is really doing with your photos

Wombo.AI: What the ‘deepfake singing’ app is really doing with your photos

All a person needs to do to turn someone into a singer is download the app, choose their image or take a new one, pick a song from a limited list, and then let the app do the work.

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Transcript for Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history.Wall Street Journal reports all the new broadcasting deals could be done by next week as your tech makes a great day.

Superhuman and Email Privacy

Superhuman and Email Privacy

Once we allowed email clients to act as de facto web browsers, loading remote content from servers when messages are viewed, we opened up not just a can of worms but an entire case of canned worms.

Yandex Employee Caught Selling Access to Users' Email Inboxes

Yandex Employee Caught Selling Access to Users' Email Inboxes

Russian Dutch-domiciled search engine, ride-hailing and email service provider Yandex on Friday disclosed a data breach that compromised 4,887 email accounts of its users.The company blamed the incident on an unnamed employee who had been providing unauthorized access to the users' mailboxes for personal gain.

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

According to Facebook, Apple’s decision is especially damaging during this pandemic, because, as Facebook’s ads and website state, “Forty-four percent of small to medium businesses started or increased their usage of personalized ads on social media during the pandemic, according to a new Deloitte study.”.

No Secret Evidence in Our Courts

No Secret Evidence in Our Courts

In an important victory, an appeals court in New Jersey agreed with EFF and the ACLU of NJ that a defendant is entitled to see the source code of software that’s used to generate evidence against them.

UK Police Chief falsely claims that end to end encrypted messaging “puts lives at risk”

UK Police Chief falsely claims that end to end encrypted messaging “puts lives at risk”

In fact, a police chief went so far as to say that offering end to end encryption would “’unequivocally put lives at risk.” The words were uttered by Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth – who head’s the country’s online anti-terrorism efforts.

The EU must protect the right to privacy and not attack end-to-end encryption

The EU must protect the right to privacy and not attack end-to-end encryption

In response, these four leading European technology companies reject any attempts to use legal instruments to violate citizens’ privacy and stand up to protect the rights of people and businesses choosing end-to-end encryption.

New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music

New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music

The patent filing outlines how Spotify currently uses a decision tree—showing users different artists, genres, and more—to help refine its recommendation algorithm for the user.

Government defeated over child spy law

Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services.

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

Tory peers, bishops and crossbenchers could inflict defeat on the government after an outcry over new guidance which allows state agencies to use children as undercover spies as part of the government’s covert intelligence bill.

Apple’s new privacy labels show how data hungry Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are

Apple’s new privacy labels show how data hungry Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are

In Facebook Messenger’s case, the information is used for everything from third party advertising, to analytics, product personalization, app functionality, and even something called “other purposes.” Facebook has called these privacy labels misleading and “anti-competitive.” On the privacy preserving end of the spectrum is Signal, which collects none of that information.

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A divided three-judge panel of the Third Circuit took a different approach, announcing a categorical rule that would seem to limit the ability of public schools to address many kinds of disturbing speech by students on social media, including racist threats and cyberbullying.

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.

2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech

2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech

On Friday, digital rights group Fight for the Future unveiled an open letter signed by 2,000 parents calling on McGraw-Hill Publishing to end its relationship with Proctorio, one of many proctoring apps that offers services that digital rights groups have called "indistinguishable from spyware.”.

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) are cosponsoring a bipartisan bill titled the Protect Our Civil Liberties Act (H.R. If passed, the Act would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendment Acts – essentially ending domestic surveillance programs siphoning up AMerican’s phone calls and emails.

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Motherboard has seen the contract between Venntel and the IRS that confirms how the IRS was spying on American citizens.Now, Senator Wyden has unveiled plans to introduce legislation that will stop the IRS from buying location data from third party companies like Venntel.

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

A leaked draft resolution from the Council of the European Union highlights that the government is planning to crack down on the end-to-end (e2e) encryption used by messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. What the EU is calling for is a “balance” between regular encryption use and lawful access to encrypted data.

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.

Cyber-Criminals Target Naked Zoom Users

Cyber-Criminals Target Naked Zoom Users

The email, titled "Regarding Zoom Conference call," claims that the attacker exploited a zero-day vulnerability to access the victim's private data.

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Cybersecurity researchers over the weekend disclosed new security risks associated with link previews in popular messaging apps that cause the services to leak IP addresses, expose links sent via end-to-end encrypted chats, and even unnecessarily download gigabytes of data stealthily in the background.

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Supporters of data dividends correctly recognize one thing: when it comes to privacy in the United States, the companies that collect information currently hold far more power than the individual consumers continually tapped for that information.

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

An attacker who has phished your friend’s Whatsapp account may trigger an OTP for your number to your phone, and may message you asking for it.

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.

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has officially banned TikTok for providing access to “immoral and indecent” videos – though it remains to be seen how permanent this ban will be.

Thousands of infected IoT devices used in for-profit anonymity service

Thousands of infected IoT devices used in for-profit anonymity service

The code further uses a lib2p-based network stack to interact with the Interplanetary File System, which is often abbreviated at IPFS.