No, going Incognito doesn’t hide your web activity from your boss or school

No, going Incognito doesn’t hide your web activity from your boss or school

Although some browsers, including Safari and Firefox, offer some additional protection against web trackers, private browsing mode does not guarantee that your web activities cannot be linked back to you or your device.

Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten

Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten

The cases stem from a 2014 ruling in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which found that EU citizens had the right to request search engines, such as Alphabet's Google and Microsoft's Bing, remove "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" search results linked to their name.

Trump is moving forward with his plan to regulate social media

Trump is moving forward with his plan to regulate social media

(CNN Business)The Trump administration took a key step on Monday toward fulfilling the president's executive order on social media, formally asking the FCC to develop regulations that could apply to Facebook, Twitter and other tech platforms.

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Civil liberties groups, grassroots activists, multinational corporations and network operators like my group, the Canadian Internet Regulatory Authority (CIRA), have banded together to boycott the social media giant for its failure to curb the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech on its platform.

Police in Germany have too much access to personal online data, top court says

Police in Germany have too much access to personal online data, top court says

Germany's top court on Friday ruled that police and intelligence officials have excessive access to personal data on mobile phone and internet users, a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for law enforcement and intelligence gathering.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 17, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 17, 2020

A new law in Germany would allow the government’s intelligence agencies and law enforcement to work with internet service providers to install trojans on user devices.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Under the broadband heading--Biden has already committed to a $20 billion investment in rural broadband--the proposals included that "Democrats will restore the FCC's clear authority to take strong enforcement action against broadband providers who violate net neutrality principles through blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or other measures that create artificial scarcity and raise consumer prices for this vital service.".

Private Internet Access shuts down VPN servers in Hong Kong due to new national security law

Private Internet Access shuts down VPN servers in Hong Kong due to new national security law

Private Internet Access, the world’s leading no log VPN service, is removing its physical Hong Kong servers because new national security laws in the region endanger the privacy of our users and all Hong Kong residents.

The Future of Online Identity is Decentralized

The Future of Online Identity is Decentralized

Large internet corporations like Google and Facebook allow all to create an account on condition that some personally identifiable information is revealed, usually a phone number.Whether you choose authenticity or anonymity, decentralized identity proofs allow you to build a cross-platform online identity.

Brazil plans to bring in a “fake news” law, with serious implications for everyone’s privacy, no matter where they live

Brazil plans to bring in a “fake news” law, with serious implications for everyone’s privacy, no matter where they live

Initially, the law would have required “large” social networks and private messaging services – that is, those that offer services in Brazil, and have more than two million users – to identify every account’s user by gathering information derived from national identity cards.

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".

IOS 14 will require apps permission from users to track, causing complaints from Google, Facebook and other companies

IOS 14 will require apps permission from users to track, causing complaints from Google, Facebook and other companies

This is a measure that Apple has implemented to make sure the apps don’t track us without asking permission or hide the request permission after an interface designed to make us accept without realizing it.

No Cookies, No Problem — Using ETags For User Tracking

No Cookies, No Problem — Using ETags For User Tracking

User requests the same site again → ETag 123 is included in the request → The server checks whether the resource has changed (‘Is the ETag ID still the same?’) → If the ETag has not changed, the server instructs the browser to simply use the site that was delivered and cached on Monday → The resource does not have to be sent again, which saves time and bandwidth.

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

State lawmakers will be able to create new laws allowing private lawsuits and criminal prosecutions against Internet platforms, as long as they say their purpose is to stop crimes against children.

DuckDuckGo down in India: Private browser mysteriously stops working

DuckDuckGo down in India: Private browser mysteriously stops working

Such censorship may be a reason why Indian people would prefer to use DuckDuckGo, which offers greater privacy than other search engines such as Google.The DNS server 1.1.1.1 or 1.0.0.1 is used by Cloudflare to provide greater security information.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 26th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 26th, 2020

Two separate groups of security researchers have discovered and reported a zero-day vulnerability in the firmware of 79 models of Netgear routers.Zoom has reversed its previous decision and will allow free users to have access to end-to-end encryption.

Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online

Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online

When BlueKai sells the data to advertising companies, they remove personal information such as name and address from the records that are shared.Some people often dismiss the privacy concerns of web browsing activity and internet history being siphoned up and sold wholesale.

Internet freedom under attack by Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritan’s Act

Internet freedom under attack by Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritan’s Act

The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritan’s Act” has been introduced to the US Senate and would do away with legislation that has become a cornerstone of internet freedom and the success of American internet companies.

Private Internet Access Next Generation Network comes out of beta

Private Internet Access Next Generation Network comes out of beta

Private Internet Access users will soon be able to access our Next Generation network of hardened VPN servers – which will be exiting a recently announced beta .Private Internet Access releases Next Generation VPN servers with security and speed improvements.

FreePN - A Guide to the PATRIOT Act Renewal and Your Online Privacy

FreePN - A Guide to the PATRIOT Act Renewal and Your Online Privacy

On May 13, the Senate failed to pass an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act which would protect individuals’ Internet browsing and search history from government surveillance without a warrant.

Necessary measures to enhance privacy and protect data

Necessary measures to enhance privacy and protect data

Owners of devices equipped with the Apple Mac OS system can restrict ad tracking in the security/privacy range, and verify who receives system diagnostic data, and in the same range also can manage access rights to applications, and access to Internet services can be controlled under the Settings System / Internet Accounts.

The coming Pakistan VPN ban: PTA sets deadline for VPN users to register by June 30th

The coming Pakistan VPN ban: PTA sets deadline for VPN users to register by June 30th

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has issued a reminder that all VPN users need to register their VPN tunnel with their internet service provider (ISP) by June 30th, 2020.

I’ll Never Go Back to Life Before GDPR

I’ll Never Go Back to Life Before GDPR

Most of the time when I hit one of these notification pages, I open each section and choose “Reject all.” You can, if you prefer, go through an excruciatingly long list of all the companies that want to interact with you and your data when you view the site, and reject or accept them one by one.

Digital self-defense lessons for protestors

Digital self-defense lessons for protestors

The monitoring and capturing of information posted on social media platforms to generate profiles and make predictions about users might feel a little to close the Minority Report.But, continuous surveillance of protestors via social media platforms is already happening all over the world.

Private Internet Access to expand network with 30 geo-located regions

Private Internet Access to expand network with 30 geo-located regions

These geo-located regions will still be bare metal VPN servers located in safe data centers under privacy-respecting regulations as is our standard for performance.In 2019 , Private Internet Access closed down its Brazilian exit gateways due to internet regulations in the region that could be used to attempt to force VPN servers to log.

Class action lawsuit against Google says internet giant tracks private internet use

Class action lawsuit against Google says internet giant tracks private internet use

Google is being sued for 5 billion USD in a class action lawsuit over the tracking of private internet activity.

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use

(Reuters) - Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode.

Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

The class action is seeking $5,000 in damages per user, or three times actual damages, whichever is greater for the alleged invasion of privacy and is expected to consist of "millions of individuals".The Arizona attorney-general similarly filed a complaint against Google last week, alleging that the company deceptively tracked users based on various sources of location data.

Private Internet Access now offers 24/7 live chat customer support

Private Internet Access now offers 24/7 live chat customer support

Private Internet Access is proud to announce the launch of 24/7 live chat coverage by our customer support team.Private Internet Access has been taking many steps to provide the best no log VPN service for the world and 24/7 live chat is just a part of that.

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Human Rights Watch strongly supports action by the United States government to fulfill its international treaty obligations to protect children from sexual exploitation and eradicate the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).