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.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

Text messages sent by Telsolutions Ltd on behalf of a dozen local authorities contained shortlinks to webpages urging council tax defaulters to pay up – and in a dozen cases seen by The Register there was little or no authentication protecting personal data from prying eyes.

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China is prohibiting its military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential security risk posed by the electric automaker’s data collection, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Line, whose app is used by over 86 million people in Japan, says in its data protection guideline that customers' personal information can be transferred overseas.The app operator said it had reported the matter to the government's Personal Information Protection Commission and will soon set up a third-party panel to investigate the incident.

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

A US appeals court has ruled that Customs and Border Protection agents can conduct in-depth searches of phones and laptops, overturning an earlier legal victory for civil liberties groups.

Swiss Privacy Laws in 2021: The Best in the World?

Swiss Privacy Laws in 2021: The Best in the World?

These include Article 13 of the Swiss Constitution and a Swiss law called the DPA, as well as European legislation, such as the GDPR.While we’re reluctant to make such sweeping statements, Swiss companies in general are more secure than their U.S.-based counterparts, thanks to Switzerland’s strict laws governing the processing of personal data.

Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection

Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection

In combination with the Supercookie Protections we announced last month, Total Cookie Protection provides comprehensive partitioning of cookies and other site data between websites in Firefox.Total Cookie Protection is an evolution of the First-Party-Isolation feature, a privacy protection that is shipped in Tor Browser.

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

Likewise, just because there are people who are hiding destructive things that the people in charge should ultimately know about doesn’t suddenly mean they should allow the police to check EVERYONE.

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.

Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You

Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You

As the co-founder of an end-to-end encrypted cloud service, I am deeply concerned at how demands for access to encrypted data will affect the security of thousands of businesses and the millions of clients who rely on them in the EU and worldwide.

China releases draft of major new privacy law: why it matters to everyone online

China releases draft of major new privacy law: why it matters to everyone online

A blog post on New America explains: China’s draft PIPL represents a third way between the sectoral U.S. approach, which applies different rules for specific industries or classes of consumers, and the European Union’s comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework, which enshrines fundamental rights across contexts.

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

The Conservative party acted illegally when it collected data on the ethnic backgrounds of 10 million voters before the 2019 general election, the information commissioner has told a committee of MPs. However, Elizabeth Denham insisted there had been no need to issue an enforcement notice against the party, as it had voluntarily deleted the data it held after a “recommendation” from her office.

How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

At this point an attacker could find and exploit certain types of security vulnerabilities in iOS to grab encryption keys that are accessible in memory and decrypt big chunks of data from the phone.

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

TechCrunch posted about this case: The FTC has reached a settlement with Flo, a period and fertility tracking app with 100 million+ users, over allegations it shared users’ health data with third-party app analytics and marketing services like Facebook despite promising to keep users’ sensitive health data private.

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

European Parliament services are coming under pressure from a group of lawmakers working with privacy activist Max Schrems over allegations that the institution’s coronavirus test management website is illegally siphoning data to US-based firms.

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

The Irish DPC finds itself in this position because of the way that the GDPR works: when there are privacy problems, the cases are brought by the data protection authority of the EU nation in which the company concerned is based.

California Privacy Rights Act: A Move Closer to GDPR? Part I

California Privacy Rights Act: A Move Closer to GDPR? Part I

The CPRA makes several significant changes to the CCPA: It introduces the concept of “sensitive personal data”; It introduces new obligations on businesses, and GDPR-style “principles”; It introduces new rights for consumers; and It creates a new supervisory authority for data protection and privacy in California — the California Privacy Protection Agency.

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.

Vienna Superior Court: Facebook can "bypass" GDPR consent, but must give access to data

Vienna Superior Court: Facebook can "bypass" GDPR consent, but must give access to data

This was clearly intended to circumvent the stricter data protection requirements demanded by EU lawmakers: Facebook users now have fewer rights under the GDPR than they did before under the old data protection law because, according to the Vienna Higher Regional Court, they have entered into a contract to receive personalized advertising.

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

Instead, universities should recognize that significant user issues tend to surface only after educators and students have used the platforms and create processes to collect those issues and have the software developers rapidly fix the problems.

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

Eva Blum-Dumontet, a senior researcher at Privacy International, who used five apps and then asked what information was held about her using a data subject access request, said reading the findings was “chilling” and “it makes us realise just how much data those apps actually collect, store and sometimes share with others.”.

India's personal data privacy law triggers surveillance fears

India's personal data privacy law triggers surveillance fears

The issue of locally storing data came up between the Indian government and global technology companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, whose executives were summoned by a joint parliamentary committee to answer questions related to data localization.

The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

That difference is that I don’t claim to represent or serve (or expect a paycheck from) the people I’m required by law (that is, by Senator Paul and friends) to share my personal information with.

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

The Open Rights Group complaint alleges that the parties conducted "highly intrusive profiling" without telling voters they were doing so - and that they went far beyond what was "necessary", a key term in data protection law, which states that use of data must be "necessary and proportional".

Big Tech’s latest moves raise health privacy fears

Big Tech’s latest moves raise health privacy fears

Concerns have also been raised about the privacy terms of the third-party apps that tech groups integrate into their home personal assistant devices and mobile phone interfaces, often to gather health-related data.

SatoshiLabs  -  7 years of innovating security.

SatoshiLabs - 7 years of innovating security.

To that end, this is an open call for NGOs and nonprofit organizations that see a future in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as a means to strengthen their donations and give the oppressed a better way to support worthy causes.

New privacy bill is a data protection reset for Canada

New privacy bill is a data protection reset for Canada

Bill C-11 – and the recently launched consultation on reforming the federal Privacy Act – are both aimed at meeting the new technological challenges and international pressure on Canada to up its personal data protection game.