‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

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.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

There’s new Android malware on the loose that disguises itself as a “System Update” app.

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.".

Privacy Talks: Interview with Micah Lee from The Intercept

Privacy Talks: Interview with Micah Lee from The Intercept

Timestamp Links & Questions: [0:50] – Could you tell us a little bit about what you do in your position as Director of Information Security at First Look Media, the organization behind The Intercept?

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?

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

A lawsuit filed in June alleges Google actively violates privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito Mode.Privacy and security company “pCloud” compiled data on which popular apps share the most personal information, based on Apple’s new privacy labels.

Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Faure Walker said: “Facebook’s actions in Australia demonstrate precisely why we need jurisdictions across the globe, including the UK, to coordinate to deliver robust regulation to create a truly level playing between the tech giants and news publishers.”.

Security experts Can Now Break Encryption that Protects People’s Data Using Quantum Computing

Security experts Can Now Break Encryption that Protects People’s Data Using Quantum Computing

Using the "quantum annealing" method, the company said its research found that even the strongest versions of the advanced encryption standard may be decodable by quantum computers that could be available a few years from now.

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

EncroChat’s instant messaging service was used by criminals around the world before it was hacked by French police.In a victory for prosecutors in their fight against organised crime the Court of Appeal ruled that communications obtained by French police by hacking into mobile phones were lawfully obtained.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 5, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 5, 2021

The proposed new law, called the Personal Information Protection Law or the PIPL for short, provides a look at how the Chinese government wants to protect consumer privacy while maintaining powers of surveillance.Apple has released security updates for all of its operating systems, patching dozens of vulnerabilities in iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and more.

Help users in Iran reconnect to Signal

Help users in Iran reconnect to Signal

As an interim solution to help people in Iran get connected again, we’ve added support in Signal for a simple TLS proxy that is easy to set up, can be used to bypass the network block, and will securely route traffic to the Signal service.

Opinion  -  Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times

Opinion - Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup - The New York Times

The revolutionary roots of surveillance capitalism are planted in this unwritten political doctrine of surveillance exceptionalism, bypassing democratic oversight, and essentially granting the new internet companies a license to steal human experience and render it as proprietary data.

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.

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

Apple’s new privacy labels show how data hungry Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are

Apple’s new privacy labels show how data hungry Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are

In Facebook Messenger’s case, the information is used for everything from third party advertising, to analytics, product personalization, app functionality, and even something called “other purposes.” Facebook has called these privacy labels misleading and “anti-competitive.” On the privacy preserving end of the spectrum is Signal, which collects none of that information.

The Crypto-Keepers

The Crypto-Keepers

“Right away they started asking about Telegram, which made me worry,” says Durov, explaining that it didn’t take long for his early-morning visitors to get to the point: the FBI wanted to set up some kind of informal backchannel process that would enable Telegram to hand over data on particular users in the event of a terrorist threat; they even came prepared with official-looking documents in hand.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

A new research paper from the International Monetary Fund identified fintech trends that are coming to our world – including the formal suggestion that in the future, a person’s credit score could be determined by internet history and even the device used to access the internet.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

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.

The widening SolarWinds debacle shows why the reckless idea of backdooring encryption must be dropped forever

The widening SolarWinds debacle shows why the reckless idea of backdooring encryption must be dropped forever

Wilfully introducing a potential vulnerability into encrypted messaging programs used by billions of people is also “an act of recklessness”, given the high probability that national actors or PSOAs will find and exploit weaknesses.

No, Cellebrite cannot 'break Signal encryption.'

No, Cellebrite cannot 'break Signal encryption.'

Last week, Cellebrite posted a pretty embarrassing (for them) technical article to their blog documenting the “advanced techniques” they use to parse Signal on an Android device they physically have with the screen unlocked.

Facebook Declared War on Apple, and It Just May Signal the End of Facebook

Facebook Declared War on Apple, and It Just May Signal the End of Facebook

The ads attacked Apple's new privacy changes, which Facebook claims will severely hurt small businesses, and "will change the internet as we know it--for the worse.".What about Facebook's argument that Apple's new policy will change the internet for the worse?.

IMF suggests that your credit score could be based on your internet history

IMF suggests that your credit score could be based on your internet history

The paper highlights that some tech companies (think: ISPs, Facebook, Google, Apple, etc) have enough soft data about customers to potentially determine credit worthiness the same way that banks use hard data such as proven income, employment status, assets, etc.

Capella Space's new satellite is eerily observant

Capella Space's new satellite is eerily observant

Like other hunks of metal currently orbiting Earth, The Capella-2 satellite's onboard radar system makes it capable of producing ludicrously high-resolution visuals from its data.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 18, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 18, 2020

WhatsApp provided the requested privacy information to Apple by the required deadline, but the messaging company also took to the internet to reassure users that the app doesn’t use as much personal information as the labels will make it seem.A new report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat.

A New Satellite Can Peer Inside Buildings, Day or Night

A New Satellite Can Peer Inside Buildings, Day or Night

A few months ago, a company called Capella Space launched a satellite capable of taking clear radar images of anywhere in the world, with incredible resolution — even through the walls of some buildings.

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook’s UK users will remain subject to UK privacy law, which for now tracks the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 11, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 11, 2020

Now, thanks to a written inquiry by Senator Ron Wyden, we now know that the Patriot Act has been used for internet surveillance, as well.France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones.

New report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat

New report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat

The contrast is stark when comparing to our 2017 Tracking the Trackers study which found Google to have a 64.4% reach on US sites.In the EU, Google trackers exist on 87.5% of Web sites compared to 86.4% in the US.