• Jun 22, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Maybe “smart” devices are too clever: they know all about your Facebook friends, and can spy on you and your family

The Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed the power of psychological profiling and hyper-targeted advertising based on personal data collected and stored by Facebook. As it became aware of these privacy violations, Facebook tightened up the rules governing what data the apps running on its platform could access. However, in a further blow to Facebook’s reputation as … Continue reading “Maybe “smart” devices are too clever: they know all about your Facebook friends, and can spy on you and your family”

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Police officer caught making over 16,000 privacy violations in police registers; charged with electronic trespassing

A Swedish police officer has been caught making 16,691 cases of unauthorized access into police case files, and is being charged with electronic trespassing. This is far more serious than if a random governmental bureaucrat was looking into random privileged databases: police officers are supposed to be the last line of defense for civil liberties … Continue reading “Police officer caught making over 16,000 privacy violations in police registers; charged with electronic trespassing”

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Politicians, about to vote in favor of mandatory upload filtering in Europe, get channel deleted by YouTube’s upload filtering

French politicians of the former Front National are furious: their entire YouTube channel was just taken down by automatic filters at YouTube for alleged copyright violations. Perhaps this will cause them to reconsider next week’s vote, which they have announced they will support: the bill that will make exactly this “arbitrary, political, and unilateral” upload … Continue reading “Politicians, about to vote in favor of mandatory upload filtering in Europe, get channel deleted by YouTube’s upload filtering”

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DEAD – An attack vector on web services, due to e-mail’s faults due to DNS

Domain Emails Are Dead (DEAD) A security reminder that e-mail and DNS should never be a critical component of a secure system architecture. PROBLEM DEAD is a potential vulnerability in the DNS system that exists due to the poor method in which it was implemented in totality. DNS, which is largely controlled by ICANN, is … Continue reading “DEAD – An attack vector on web services, due to e-mail’s faults due to DNS”

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America has killed Net Neutrality; Why you need a VPN service

The FCC officially ended net neutrality protections on June 11th, 2018. Net neutrality was established when internet service providers were designated as Title II utility providers in 20xx. Under net neutrality rules, internet service providers (ISPs) weren’t allowed to throttle or play favorites on their network. Without net neutrality, internet service providers are free to … Continue reading “America has killed Net Neutrality; Why you need a VPN service”

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French president Macron pushing for pre-election censorship of all news articles to combat “fake news”

French president Macron, in an attempt to have the Power of Narrative stay with the offline-born old guard, is pushing a law that will reintroduce regular news censorship — even in old-style newspapers — in the period of time three months immediately before an election, in an effort to combat so-called “Fake News”. In this context, it’s … Continue reading “French president Macron pushing for pre-election censorship of all news articles to combat “fake news””

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Swiss vote overwhelmingly in FAVOR of Internet censorship in June 10 gambling referendum

The Swiss have held their referendum on foreign online gambling, and voted overwhelmingly in favor of Internet censorship. With 73% in favor of censorship, it’s likely that people voted “against scary foreigners” rather than “for Swiss censorship”. Even so, this is the net result: Switzerland will now create something as drastic and heavy-handed as Internet … Continue reading “Swiss vote overwhelmingly in FAVOR of Internet censorship in June 10 gambling referendum”

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Julia Reda sounds the alarm: Two weeks until Censorship Machine vote in the European Parliament

Julia Reda sounds the alarm that the European Parliament will vote on mandatory upload filtering in two weeks, with nowhere near enough attention to this issue from the public at large. Once this vote has taken place, it will be very hard to make additional changes to the bill as it proceeds through the lawmaking … Continue reading “Julia Reda sounds the alarm: Two weeks until Censorship Machine vote in the European Parliament”

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Apple could have years of your internet browsing history; won’t necessarily give it to you

Apple has years of your internet browsing history if you selected “sync browser tabs” in Safari. This internet history does not disappear from their servers when you click “Clear internet history” on Safari – which has led to many users being surprised to receive this data from Apple. This recently was brought to the internet’s … Continue reading “Apple could have years of your internet browsing history; won’t necessarily give it to you”

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FOSTA-SESTA is now law—where does that leave the Internet?

  Though FOSTA-SESTA was signed into law just over one month ago, its impact on the Internet is already visible. The bill was meant to curb online sex trafficking. In reality, all it did was push sex workers back into the shadows—and ended an era of Internet freedom. What is FOSTA-SESTA? At the heart of FOSTA-SESTA is an amendment to … Continue reading “FOSTA-SESTA is now law—where does that leave the Internet?”

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