Russia’s Telegram Ban Is a Fiasco, and It’s Rendering Millions of IP Addresses Inaccessible

Russia officially began implementing its Telegram ban on Monday, and it has gone about as poorly as could be expected. Far from just blocking Telegram, which incurred the ire of Russia’s censors for refusing to provide intelligence agencies with encryption keys that would allow them to access private user data, Ars Technica reports that Russian … Continue reading “Russia’s Telegram Ban Is a Fiasco, and It’s Rendering Millions of IP Addresses Inaccessible”

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Pavel Durov: A VPN Does Bypass Russia’s Telegram Ban

Telegram users in Russia will now need to install a VPN to ensure that they have uninterrupted access to the popular encrypted messaging app. On April 13, a Russian court levied an official ban against Telegram for refusing to hand over the service’s encryption keys to government intelligence services, which would have compromised the privacy … Continue reading “Pavel Durov: A VPN Does Bypass Russia’s Telegram Ban”

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Rhode Island Lawmaker Pulls Porn Censorship Bill, Citing Its ‘Dubious Origins’

A Rhode Island lawmaker has a yanked a controversial porn censorship bill, citing its “dubious origins.” The “Human Trafficking and Prevention Act” (HTPA), versions of which are circulating in more than a dozen statehouses across the US, would require device manufacturers to install permanent internet filters that block pornographic content by default. To remove the … Continue reading “Rhode Island Lawmaker Pulls Porn Censorship Bill, Citing Its ‘Dubious Origins’”

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US Senators Introduce ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ in Wake of Facebook Data-Harvesting Scandal

Two US senators have introduced a bill that seeks to establish a “privacy bill of rights” for American consumers and prohibit social media platforms and other websites from sharing or selling personal data without explicit user consent. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act, sponsored by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) … Continue reading “US Senators Introduce ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ in Wake of Facebook Data-Harvesting Scandal”

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  • Apr 6, 2018
  • Josiah Wilmoth
  • Governments, Networking, News, Privacy,

Brazil’s ISPs Earn Failing Grades on Data Privacy

Brazil’s internet service providers (ISPs) earn failing grades on data privacy, researchers say. Earlier this month, Brazilian independent research center InternetLab — in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation — released its annual report on how ISPs approach the personal data of its customers. Each company received ratings in six categories: data processing, data disclosure … Continue reading “Brazil’s ISPs Earn Failing Grades on Data Privacy”

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Finland’s ISPs Begin Censoring Websites on Government Blacklist

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Finland have begun blocking access to websites on a government-curated blacklist. According to English-language Finnish news service Metropolitan.fi, the initiative is the product of a partnership between the country’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Save the Children Foundation, who claim that ISPs should blacklist websites that host illicit … Continue reading “Finland’s ISPs Begin Censoring Websites on Government Blacklist”

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Privacy-Decimating CLOUD Act Sneaked Into US Spending Bill

House Republicans voted Thursday to pass a $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page spending bill. The bill was rushed through so quickly that — quite conveniently — no one actually had time to read it before voting on it. President Trump has signed this bill. It should come as no surprise that lawmakers used the omnibus as an … Continue reading “Privacy-Decimating CLOUD Act Sneaked Into US Spending Bill”

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Mossad starts funding sociopathic startups aiming to deprive people of liberty

Mossad has started funding the worst of the worst of IT startups. Normally, a headline such as this would only be seen on very questionable websites, but the source for this story is the Israeli Jerusalem Post itself — and further: the Israeli Mossad are far from the only ones. The Jerusalem Post portrays this … Continue reading “Mossad starts funding sociopathic startups aiming to deprive people of liberty”

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UK Internet Porn Censorship Policy Delayed (For Now) as Government Scrambles to Figure Out How to Implement It

A policy requiring UK residents to undergo age verification before accessing pornographic content online has been delayed until later in the year, as the government has not yet figured out how to put it into practice. The Digital Economy Act’s most controversial provision was scheduled to be put into to practice in April, but the … Continue reading “UK Internet Porn Censorship Policy Delayed (For Now) as Government Scrambles to Figure Out How to Implement It”

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State Lawmakers Propose Internet Censorship under Guise of Preventing Human Trafficking

Lawmakers in more than 15 states have proposed legislation that would censor the internet and stifle free speech in an ill-conceived attempt to prevent human trafficking. State Lawmakers Propose Internet Censorship under Guise of Preventing Human Trafficking The “Human Trafficking and Prevention Act” (HTPA), versions of which are currently circulating in state legislature across the … Continue reading “State Lawmakers Propose Internet Censorship under Guise of Preventing Human Trafficking”

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