FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

It’s amusing to note that this movie about how yippies turned yuppies (Kevin Kline’s Harold, the host of the gathering, has gotten rich by opening a chain of “Running Dog” sneaker stores) was itself an element in a synergistic corporate-branding strategy.

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of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today.

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

But the reporting on Ice’s use of utility records is a powerful reminder that it’s not just flashy gadgets that increasingly watch our every move; there’s also a large and ever-growing economy of data brokerage, in which companies and government agencies, law enforcement included, can buy up data on millions of Americans that we might not even think of as sensitive.

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.

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

But as our industry has strived to deliver relevant ads to consumers across the web, it has created a proliferation of individual user data across thousands of companies, typically gathered through third-party cookies.

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.

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

As of early December, developers must provide this privacy information before a new or updated app can be made available on the ‌App Store‌.Google updated Gmail with privacy labels just over a week ago, but the app itself was not updated until today.

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Andrew Stirk, Facebook’s head of company marketing, discussed the new ad campaign in an interview with CNBC: The goal is to help people understand the role that personalized ads play for small businesses, for their ability to grow and thrive, and also the role they play in helping discover ideas that might not otherwise exist, that they might not otherwise find.

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Image: Ubiquiti Networks Networking equipment and IoT device vendor Ubiquiti Networks has sent out today notification emails to its customers informing them of a recent security breach.According to Ubiquiti, the intruder accessed servers that stored data on users, such as names, email addresses, and salted and hashed passwords.

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Today, the UK High Court has quashed a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) and held that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issue of general warrants to authorise property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.

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.

Amazon just started sharing your internet connection with your neighbors

Amazon just started sharing your internet connection with your neighbors

Amazon recently emailed Ring and Echo owners to let them know that they've been opted in automatically to its new Sidewalk initiative.Tap Account Settings , followed by Amazon Sidewalk .3.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

Brave Introduces Brave Today, the Privacy-Preserving News Reader Integrated Into the Browser

Brave Introduces Brave Today, the Privacy-Preserving News Reader Integrated Into the Browser

When users scroll down to fetch the feed on a new tab page they will discover links to content published by major media outlets in 15 different categories, including global news, business and finance, sports, fashion, food, lifestyle, tech and crypto news, and they can easily customize their stream.

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Formally linking the operations of APT39 to Rana, the FBI detailed eight separate and distinct sets of previously undisclosed malware used by the group to conduct their computer intrusion and reconnaissance activities, including an Android spyware app called "" with information-stealing and remote access capabilities.

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.

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Far from a theoretical blockchain application that might be of value at some future date, the app, which lets users prove a wide range of personal information, as well as spend bitcoin, ether, a version of the U.S. dollar issued on the ethereum blockchain, and Civic’s own token is available today on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

The European Union has agreed to stricter rules on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technologies like facial recognition and spyware.

Solid, the privacy project created by web inventor, takes 1st step

Solid, the privacy project created by web inventor, takes 1st step

Solid was first announced back in 2018 as a way of giving control of user data to individuals, rather than to online services .

Low-flying helicopters over DC this weekend assessing radiation ahead of inauguration

Low-flying helicopters over DC this weekend assessing radiation ahead of inauguration

The flights are expected to conclude by Nov. 6) The agency’s nuclear emergency support team aircraft will measure naturally occurring background radiation as part of standard preparations to protect public health and safety on the day of the event, according to a news release.

Twitter abruptly changes hacked-materials policy after blocking Biden story

Twitter abruptly changes hacked-materials policy after blocking Biden story

Twitter has changed its policy on sharing hacked materials after facing criticism of its decision to block users from tweeting links to a New York Post article that contained Hunter Biden emails allegedly retrieved from a computer left at a repair shop.

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

Today we’re releasing a new version of Signal groups that gives you a richer private group experience with group admins, granular permissions, @mentions and more.Your existing Signal groups will get these new group features in a future update.

Free, Privacy-First Analytics for a Better Web

Free, Privacy-First Analytics for a Better Web

Today we’re announcing a brand new, privacy-first analytics service that’s open to everyone — even if they're not already a Cloudflare customer.Most importantly, it means we don’t need to track individual users over time for the purposes of serving analytics.

Report: 97% of Cybersecurity Companies Have Leaked Data on the Dark Web

Report: 97% of Cybersecurity Companies Have Leaked Data on the Dark Web

97% of companies have data leaks and other security incidents exposed on the Dark Web. 631,512 verified security incidents were found with over 25% (or 160,529) of those classed as a high or critical risk level+ containing highly sensitive information such as plaintext credentials or PII, including financial or similar data.

If the Government Had Its Way, Everything Could be Wiretapped

If the Government Had Its Way, Everything Could be Wiretapped

The battle over encryption and secure communications suggests that governments think the answer is “everything,” at least so long as investigators aren’t violating weak privacy laws.People want to have private conversations that are not recorded for all time, and these platforms are making that possible again.

Ex-Uber chief security officer charged, accused of covering up theft of personal info from databases by hackers

Ex-Uber chief security officer charged, accused of covering up theft of personal info from databases by hackers

As Uber's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan broke the law by hushing up the theft of millions of people's details from the app maker's databases by hackers, prosecutors say.

Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Although he was backed by UK civil rights organization Liberty, Bridges lost his suit in 2019, but the Court of Appeal today overturned that ruling, finding that the South Wales Police facial recognition program was unlawful.

Hello, Noteworthy

Hello, Noteworthy

For now, by default when you install Noteworthy it will use the free (as in beer) Decentralabs operated Gateway and Hub so you'll need to reach out to [email protected] to get an invite code.