Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today.

Releases · xwiki-labs/cryptpad

Releases · xwiki-labs/cryptpad

We identified and fixed a number of issues which caused shared folders that were protected with access lists to fail to load due to race conditions between loading the document and authenticating with the server as a user or member of a team.

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

Facebook said its investigation found two Chinese companies, Beijing Best United Technology Co Ltd (Best Lh) and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co Ltd (9Rush) had developed the Android tooling deployed by the group.

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Facebook to intervene in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit charging the company with illegally tracking the online activities of its users even when they are not on the platform.

Ex-Google Employees Build New Search Engine

Ex-Google Employees Build New Search Engine

Neeva isn’t saying that it doesn’t collect any information when it talks about user privacy; it says that you can trust it to keep your data safe and not pass it on to advertisers or third parties.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Member organisations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats, they said in a statement, to enable publishers, creators, and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio, and documents.

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Chicago attorney Jay Edelson sued Facebook in Cook County Circuit Court back in 2015, alleging that the platform’s use of facial recognition tagging was not allowed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The lawsuit claimed that Facebook’s Tag Suggestions tool, which scanned faces in users’ photos and offered suggestions about who the person might be, stored biometric data without users’ consent in violation of the Illinois law.

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

The first, they said, makes it clear that a decision to designate a platform under the code must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreement with news media businesses.

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said on Thursday it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update but will allow users to read it at “their own pace” and will also display a banner providing additional information.

Can anyone moderate podcasts?

Can anyone moderate podcasts?

It’s reasonable to want Apple to not benefit from clearly harmful voices, but the incident speaks to how unprepared the podcast industry is to moderate: companies face huge challenges in even finding infringing content, and there’s little to no transparency from the big players in how they monitor the listings in their apps.

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

Finally, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this week, and required users to accept that it shares some information with Facebook before continuing to use the app.

70TB of Parler users’ data leaked by security researchers

70TB of Parler users’ data leaked by security researchers

Twitter user @donk_enby, who first announced about the scrape, claims that over a million video URLs, some deleted and private, were taken.This may include things from deleted/private posts.— crash override (@donk_enby).

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Elastos, a decentralized internet platform built with the security of Bitcoin's hashpower, today launched the world's first completely private, decentralized messaging app on its network, Hyper IM.The Hyper team said that the app will soon be available on desktop (like WhatsApp web and Telegram), and that file transfer functions for non-text messages.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Whether Microsoft can hone a people-centered, scientific, analytical platform here—or whether it’s so much apophenia, finding patterns and meaning where there may be none—is mostly a matter of salesmanship.

Exclusive: WhiteHat Jr Bug Had Exposed Personal Data of 2.8 Lakh Students

Exclusive: WhiteHat Jr Bug Had Exposed Personal Data of 2.8 Lakh Students

The security researcher who discovered the vulnerability and made multiple responsible disclosures to the company between 6 October and 20 November wished not to be named.He has confirmed to The Quint that access to the company’s AWS servers have now been restricted by the company as of 21 November.

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook has threatened legal action against the Ad Observatory team, claiming that the Ad Observer plug-in violates its terms of service.Even more of a stretch: Facebook's claims that it is only acting to protect its users' privacy.

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Sean Joyce, former Airbnb chief trust officer – also a former deputy director of the FBI – reportedly resigned last year over concerns about how much user data the company shared with China.

130k+ extremely NSFW sexual photos, video and audio leaked by ‘private social network’

130k+ extremely NSFW sexual photos, video and audio leaked by ‘private social network’

Given that this bucket belongs to LimitChat, which we believe is a product of FaceChance, then LimitChat users have just had their most sensitive, explicit moments leaked online for anyone who knows where to look.

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Khan began to suspect that it was his dark skin tone that rattled Examplify, a test proctoring platform adopted by New York state's law exams board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RIAA Obtains Subpoenas Targeting 40 YouTube-Ripping Platforms & Pirate Sites

RIAA Obtains Subpoenas Targeting 40 YouTube-Ripping Platforms & Pirate Sites

Two DMCA subpoenas obtained against Cloudflare and Namecheap require the companies to hand over all information they hold on more than 40 torrent sites, streaming portals and YouTube-ripping services.

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Social media users who believe their posts have been unfairly removed from Facebook or Instagram can now file an appeal to Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board, the company announced Thursday.

Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property

Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang may not be at the top of the race when it comes to polling (Politico currently has him ranked as the 7th most-popular Democratic contender), but his policies, including support for universal basic income, have made him popular among a subset of young, liberal-leaning, tech-savvy voters.

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

At the subcommittee hearing Kendall testified at on Thursday, lawmakers said the spread of misinformation on Facebook could be cause for future government regulation of social media platforms.

Youtube Faces UK Lawsuit Over Alleged Child Data Exploitation of Kids Under 13

Youtube Faces UK Lawsuit Over Alleged Child Data Exploitation of Kids Under 13

About five million British kids under 13 years old were allegedly exploited on Youtube, as per the class-action lawsuit filed against the video-sharing platform.McCann claims on the filing that Youtube allegedly breaches the privacy rights and data of their children users in the country.

YouTube faces legal battle over British children's privacy

YouTube faces legal battle over British children's privacy

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube is facing a legal battle for allegedly breaching the privacy and data rights of under-13s in the UK.A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children's data without parental consent.

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.

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.

Alexa hack granted attackers access to an Echo user's smart home network

Alexa hack granted attackers access to an Echo user's smart home network

A number of vulnerabilities have been revealed in Amazon's Alexa, highlighting the need for providers of smart home platforms, such as Apple's HomeKit, to maintain security as part of the service.