DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

Basically, Google’s FLoC replaces third-party cookies by grouping Chrome users based on their interests and demographics.Google claims it’s a better alternative to third-party cookies, but privacy advocates disagree — and so does DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi.

Secure Comms: Cracking the Encrypted Messages of Balkan Crime Gangs

Secure Comms: Cracking the Encrypted Messages of Balkan Crime Gangs

Law enforcement authorities in the United States and Europe, however, say it was created with the sole purpose of facilitating drug trafficking and had become the messaging app of choice for transnational crime organisations.

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

Google launched FLoC less than two weeks ago, and DuckDuckGo is already planning to block it in the DuckDuckGo search engine and Chrome browser extension.Chrome users will be opted out of FLoC when they use the DuckDuckGo search engine regardless of whether they have the browser extension installed.

Am I FLoCed?

Am I FLoCed?

Google is running a Chrome "origin trial" to test out an experimental new tracking feature called Federated Learning of Cohorts (aka "FLoC").FLoC exists because Google acknowledges the privacy harms of third-party cookies, but insists on continuing to let advertisers target you based on how you browse the web.

DuckDuckGo promises to block Google’s latest ad-tracking tech — if Google allows it

DuckDuckGo promises to block Google’s latest ad-tracking tech — if Google allows it

Google is just starting to test its replacement for third-party cookies, but DuckDuckGo is already announcing that it wants to block that tech with its Chrome extension.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 9, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 9, 2021

Yet, a recent update to its privacy statement reveals that they may share your personal information with Facebook if you use their website.The exposed data was posted for free on a hacking forum and includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses.

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

This happens due to lax privacy laws in the country, as is stated: “approach a third-party firm that sells databases of information on citizens, pay them for it and then use the data however deemed fit.”.

Stop Spotify Surveillance

Stop Spotify Surveillance

The video will be used to promote this petition effort demanding that Spotify publicly abandon this patent and commit to not using invasive surveillance technology on listeners.

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

Even if viable approaches could be developed, which is by no means clear, it’s easy to imagine that the default state for WiFi stations supporting the new 802.11bf will be for the privacy algorithms to be turned off.

Xcinex Prepares To Launch Venue Streaming System, Using Sensor To Count Viewers And Charge Per Ticket

Xcinex Prepares To Launch Venue Streaming System, Using Sensor To Count Viewers And Charge Per Ticket

But unlike SR Labs, which prices day-and-date movies at a flat $50 after a $150 hardware purchase, Xcinex’s Venue system uses scanning technology to count the number of viewers and let distributors charge them according.

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

“Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, noted that “The current European Union export regulation framework fails to protect human rights.” The document provides a good introduction to the region’s digital surveillance exports, and how these tools are already being abused, notably by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

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HELP LBRY SAVE CRYPTO

Big tech and Wall St. would have more power and many people could lose their jobs.Classifying all actively-developed blockchain tokens as securities will be a bureaucratic nightmare for United States residents and businesses operating in the US.Under this new standard, almost any token is a security, including the previously safe Ethereum.

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

"Our analysis of the literature," reads the paper's abstract, "shows that eye tracking data may implicitly contain information about a user’s biometric identity, gender, age, ethnicity, body weight, personality traits, drug consumption habits, emotional state, skills and abilities, fears, interests, and sexual preferences.".

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In particular, the proposal creates a temporary and strictly limited derogation from the applicability of Articles 5 (1) and 6 of the ePrivacy Directive, with the sole aim of enabling providers of number-independent interpersonal communications services to continue using specific technologies and continue their current activities to the extent necessary to detect and report child sexual abuse online and remove child sexual abuse material on their services, pending the adoption of the announced long-term legislation.

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

It’s more a story about human nature, about how capitalism has mutated to exploit digital technology, about the liberal democratic state and the social contract, and about governments that have been asleep at the wheel for several decades.

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.

Tesla's in-car cameras raise privacy concerns: Consumer Reports

Tesla's in-car cameras raise privacy concerns: Consumer Reports

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc’s use of in-car cameras to record and transmit video footage of passengers to develop self-driving technology raises privacy concerns, influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports said on Tuesday.

Amazon Delivery Drivers Forced to Sign ‘Biometric Consent’ Form or Lose Job

Amazon Delivery Drivers Forced to Sign ‘Biometric Consent’ Form or Lose Job

See More →Amazon delivery drivers nationwide have to sign a "biometric consent" form this week that grants the tech behemoth permission to use AI-powered cameras to access drivers' location, movement, and biometric data.

The Allure of Audience, The Illusion of Influence

The Allure of Audience, The Illusion of Influence

What happens when the message is not exactly what the farmer wants the audience sheep to hear?

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Other browsers, including Safari and Firefox, already block third-party trackers, but given that Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, by far, with a market share in the 60-something percent range, the news was widely billed as a big step toward the end of letting companies target ads by tracking people around the internet.

This AI Uses Your Brain Activity to Create Fake Faces It Knows You’ll Find Attractive

This AI Uses Your Brain Activity to Create Fake Faces It Knows You’ll Find Attractive

Developed by a team from the University of Helsinki and Copenhagen University, the artificially intelligent system was able to generate images of fake faces that it knew particular users would find attractive—because those same users’ brain activity played a part in training the AI.

UK to depart from GDPR

UK to depart from GDPR

In a Financial Times article last week, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he would use the appointment of a new information commissioner to focus not just on privacy but on the use of data for ‘economic and social goals’.

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Civil liberties activists are suing a company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies and private companies around the world, contending that Clearview AI illegally stockpiled data on 3 billion people without their knowledge or permission.

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

This disruption continues, and while the report acknowledges the "heroic" efforts of IT staff, the analysis also says that "school district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic also revealed significant gaps and critical failures in the resiliency and security of the K-12 educational technology ecosystem.".

Hackers Publish Thousands of CCTV videos after they Breached US Verkada

Hackers Publish Thousands of CCTV videos after they Breached US Verkada

One person involved in the hack told Reuters that a small group of hackers had seen live and archived surveillance footage from hundreds of companies, including Tesla, by accessing the system administrator's accounts at the camera maker Verkada .

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI enhances law enforcement agencies’ efforts to monitor these activists, as well as immigrants, people of color and those perceived as “dissidents,” such as Black Lives Matter activists, and can potentially discourage their engagement in protected political speech as a result, the plaintiffs say.

What Is Evolv? 'Human Security' Firm Backed by Bill Gates to Go Public in SPAC Merger

What Is Evolv? 'Human Security' Firm Backed by Bill Gates to Go Public in SPAC Merger

Evolv Technology, a venue and crowd security company backed by Bill Gates, is taking steps to go public in the second quarter of 2021.The Massachusetts-based company has said it is combining with NewHold Investment Corp.

Critics Blast Google’s Aim to Replace Browser Cookie with ‘FLoC’

Critics Blast Google’s Aim to Replace Browser Cookie with ‘FLoC’

The Google solution–called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC)—is promoted as a way to put people’s privacy first by limiting the capability of third parties to track their activity across the web using Cookies.