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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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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  • May 28, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

In China’s footsteps: Amazon and US schools normalize automatic facial recognition and constant surveillance

Amazon has developed a powerful cloud-based facial recognition system called “Rekognition”, which has major implications for privacy. It is already being used by multiple US police forces to carry out surveillance and make arrests, the ACLU has learned. Amazon claims that Rekognition offers real-time face matching across tens of millions of individuals held in a … Continue reading “In China’s footsteps: Amazon and US schools normalize automatic facial recognition and constant surveillance”

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If You Have a Comcast Xfinity Router, You Need to Install a VPN (Now)

If you lease an Xfinity router from internet service provider (ISP) Comcast, you need to install a VPN as soon as possible. According to security researchers Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson, the telecom giant, which operates in 40 states as well as the District of Columbia, leaked router login informat through a website designed to … Continue reading “If You Have a Comcast Xfinity Router, You Need to Install a VPN (Now)”

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  • May 18, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

The growing threat to privacy from big data forensics and false positives

The cost of sequencing the DNA found in genomes has been decreasingly rapidly in recent years. Since 2008, it has been falling even faster than the well-known Moore’s Law for semiconductor prices, and today a human genome can be sequenced in its near-entirety for $1000 or less. Similarly, partial sequencing costs have dropped dramatically, allowing … Continue reading “The growing threat to privacy from big data forensics and false positives”

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Your Cell Phone Carrier Is Selling Your Real-Time Location Data to Third Parties

All major cell phone carriers collect and sell their customers’ real-time location data to third-party advertisers, information disclosed in a recent court case has revealed. Krebs On Security even discovered that LocationS According to AndroidCentral, the case hearkens back to 2014 when a sheriff in Missouri began using a prison telecommunications service called “Securus” to … Continue reading “Your Cell Phone Carrier Is Selling Your Real-Time Location Data to Third Parties”

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  • May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever

VPNs are an indispensable part of online life, and they protect many aspects of privacy. But there’s a class of threats that VPNs can’t defend against: crypto backdoors, which allow even the strongest encryption to be bypassed. That’s why it’s important for everyone who cares about their privacy and security to be aware of any … Continue reading “Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever”

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In China, workers’ brainwaves are now being monitored on the factory floor

In the next installment of “how bad can things get”, Chinese factories are not content with monitoring their workers’ communications and physical location, but have found it much more efficient to monitor their worker’s brainwaves directly, writes the South China Morning Post. In a feature called “Forget about the Facebook leak”, it describes a new … Continue reading “In China, workers’ brainwaves are now being monitored on the factory floor”

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  • Apr 27, 2018
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Open Source, Privacy,

Why You Should Use End-to-End Encrypted Email to Increase your Privacy

Email is one of the most ubiquitous forms of online communication around. According to Statista, there are over 3.7 billion email users in the world currently. Unfortunately, it’s likely that the vast majority of email users do not understand email encryption. Not even five years ago, the majority of internet users did not send or … Continue reading “Why You Should Use End-to-End Encrypted Email to Increase your Privacy”

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Japan ISP to Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites Despite Censorship Prohibition

One of Japan’s largest internet service providers (ISPs) says that it will begin blocking pirate sites of its own volition, despite constitutional prohibitions on censorship. Industry publication TorrentFreak reports that NTT Communications Corp., along with its subsidiaries, will block access to websites that host pirated content in response to government requests. Other major Japanese ISPs … Continue reading “Japan ISP to Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites Despite Censorship Prohibition”

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