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.

How to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like

How to ditch Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — and still follow people and organizations you like

You don’t need Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or any other social media platform to “follow” your interests on the web, whether that be people, organizations, news, podcasts, or blogs.

Federal appeals court finds the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records was illegal

Federal appeals court finds the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records was illegal

ShareTweet The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has just ruled that the “NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was illegal.” For years, the NSA has conducted a domestic mass surveillance program on Americans’ phone records with little to no resistance from other arms of the government but lots of resistance from civil liberties and privacy advocates within the States.

Unredacted suit shows Google’s own engineers confused by privacy settings

Unredacted suit shows Google’s own engineers confused by privacy settings

Newly unsealed and partially unredacted documents from a consumer fraud suit the state of Arizona filed against Google show that company employees knew and discussed among themselves that the company's location privacy settings were confusing and potentially misleading.

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

The attorney general’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press come days after President Donald Trump said he would “look at” whether to pardon Snowden, who was charged under the Espionage Act in 2013 with disclosing details of highly classified government surveillance programs.

The Facebookening of Oculus VR becomes more pronounced starting in October [Updated]

The Facebookening of Oculus VR becomes more pronounced starting in October [Updated]

At that time, your Oculus-made headset will essentially become an offline device in terms of the Oculus Store, which is troubling news for anyone who purchased the headset and connected software licenses under the assumption that the devices may remain Facebook-free for years to come.

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

DBD#5: Would you trust Google with your finances?

DBD#5: Would you trust Google with your finances?

This week I am covering Google branching out to banking and how Starling will beat Monzo and Revolut to the post to become the first profitable UK challenger bank.

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago is doubling down on efforts to enforce its emergency coronavirus travel order, as officials will now be reviewing the social media posts of possible violators as the pandemic continues.

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

The new censorship law also seems to have been brought in partly for personal reasons, as Al Jazeera reports: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has greatly concentrated powers into his own hands during 17 years in office, pledged this month to bring social media platforms under control following a series of tweets that allegedly insulted his daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

In recent years, companies have been prowling the web for public photos associated with people’s names that they can use to build enormous databases of faces and improve their facial-recognition systems, adding to a growing sense that personal privacy is being lost, bit by digital bit.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

A spokesperson for TikTok said in a statement that the app is a job creator committed to the privacy of its 100 million users in the United States.

Seattle Judge Orders Media to Share Unpublished Protest Photos with Police

Seattle Judge Orders Media to Share Unpublished Protest Photos with Police

However on Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Nelson Lee ultimately sided with the Police, ruling that the subpoena is enforceable, though he set several limitations on how they could use the unpublished materials.

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Brig.-Gen. Conrad Mialkowski, who had PiT assigned to his headquarters during the Canadian Forces pandemic response, said the team did not break any laws or violate military regulations.Such information helps inform the Canadian military about the situation they would be operating in during the pandemic, said Mialkowski, commander of Joint Task Force Central.

German police can access any WhatsApp message without any malware

German police can access any WhatsApp message without any malware

German police nab a terror suspect by allegedly spying on his Whatsapp messages using Web. German media has reported that the German Federal Criminal Agency (Bundeskriminalamt or BKA) can access any WhatsApp users’ messages without the help of any malware.

Judge Orders Newsrooms to Give Unpublished Portland Protest Images to the Police

Judge Orders Newsrooms to Give Unpublished Portland Protest Images to the Police

Judge on Thursday ruled that five Seattle news outlets had to comply with a subpoena demanding them to provide the Seattle Police Department (SPD) with unpublished pictures and video from a May 30 protest against police brutality and racial injustice, the Seattle Times reported Thursday.

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

This data includes names, the last four digits of credit card numbers, and order histories, and appears to have affected customers who used the grocery delivery service as recently as yesterday.

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

Finally! A searchable database on police spy programs

"Over a year and a half, Reynolds School of Journalism students at the University of Nevada, Reno have reviewed thousands of news articles and public records," he said.

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

The Reynolds School will continue to do the yeoman’s work of maintaining and improving on the map; Yun says he’s particularly focused on making the process of entering data more fluid, especially now that the project is welcoming volunteers from the public.

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.

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.

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India needs a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization and privacy of information collected online, an expert committee appointed by the government has recommended.

13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

This ranged from 6% on a lifestyle site, 9% on a foodie site to 26% on a tech site (the website you’re on).21% of laptop/desktop users, 57% of Firefox users, 53% of Linux users and 65% of DuckDuckGo users block Google Analytics.

When Police Are Hackers: Hundreds Charged as Encrypted Network Is Broken

When Police Are Hackers: Hundreds Charged as Encrypted Network Is Broken

PARIS — The police in Europe said Thursday they had arrested hundreds of people on suspicion of drug trafficking and other crimes after successfully hacking into an encrypted phone network being used by organized criminals around the world.

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.”.

Apart from TikTok, another 53 iOS apps copy data from the clipboard

Apart from TikTok, another 53 iOS apps copy data from the clipboard

Shady TikTok Caught Snooping iPhone Clipboard Data Via iOS 14 Privacy Feature — 502 Geek Guy (@Its502geekguy).Security researcher Tommy Mysk told that an additional 53 apps identified in March still indiscriminately capture universal clipboard data when they open, potentially sharing sensitive data with other nearby devices using the same Apple ID.

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

Not just TikTok. In all, the researchers found the following iOS apps were reading users’ clipboard data every time the app was opened with no clear reason for doing so: App Name — BundleID ABC News — com.abcnews.

Almost 17,000 Protesters Had No Idea A Tech Company Was Tracing Their Location

Almost 17,000 Protesters Had No Idea A Tech Company Was Tracing Their Location

Datta said that he and a few Mobilewalla employees chose locations where they expected protests would occur — including the George Floyd memorial site in Minneapolis, and Gracie Mansion in New York — and analyzed data from mobile devices in those areas collected between May 29 and May 31.

FBI reportedly used top spy plane to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

FBI reportedly used top spy plane to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

The FBI used one of its most advanced spy plans to monitor the Black Lives Matter protests in DC earlier this month, Buzzfeed's Peter Aldhous reported.

Microsoft Says It Won't Sell Facial Recognition To The Police. These Documents Show How It Pitched That Technology To The Federal Government.

Microsoft Says It Won't Sell Facial Recognition To The Police. These Documents Show How It Pitched That Technology To The Federal Government.

Those documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union via a public records lawsuit, provide a rare look into how the Redmond, Washington–based company tried to sell artificial intelligence services to federal agencies six months before its July 2018 call for " public regulation and corporate responsibility " around facial recognition.