• Sep 2, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Censorship, Encryption, General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

The privacy perils of using a mesh network – and why we urgently need one that is robust and open source

One of the reasons why protecting privacy is so hard is that our data is vulnerable in so many ways as it flows across the Internet. Threats can come from the companies that run online services, ISPs, telecom companies and governments. That’s bad enough for everyday situations, but in extreme ones, those weaknesses can have … Continue reading “The privacy perils of using a mesh network – and why we urgently need one that is robust and open source”

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  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, Encryption, General Privacy News, Governments,

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

Authorities around the world have been calling for backdoors to be added to strong encryption for years – part of an even older battle. The view among all top security experts is that this is a very bad idea, since it is likely to add extra vulnerabilities to systems, which weakens the security for everyone. … Continue reading “The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous”

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  • Aug 25, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Beyond the GDPR: here comes the EU’s ePrivacy regulation – but not yet

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important – and controversial – privacy law passed in recent years. Despite its origin in the EU, its reach is truly global, since it affects anyone storing the personal data of EU citizens, no matter where the organization is located. In part because of a flurry … Continue reading “Beyond the GDPR: here comes the EU’s ePrivacy regulation – but not yet”

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  • May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments,

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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  • Oct 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments,

Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors

Governments all around the world hate encryption. Unless they are being incredibly cunning by pretending they can’t break strong encryption when they can, this seems to be because crypto really does keep messages and data safe from prying governmental eyes. Banning strong encryption is clearly a non-starter – even the most clueless politician knows by … Continue reading “Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors”

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  • Jul 14, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments,

Which would you prefer: backdoored crypto, government malware – or the third way?

As regular readers of this blog will have noticed, one of the hottest topics in the world of online privacy is government access to communications. Essentially, the authorities want to be able to read encrypted information, but at the same time, they insist that they do not want to weaken the online security of law-abiding … Continue reading “Which would you prefer: backdoored crypto, government malware – or the third way?”

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  • Jun 21, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments,

Police use of trojans to hack into mobile phones will become routine under new German law

A new law allowing the German police to hack into mobile phones for even minor crimes, is expected to be passed by the German parliament this week [update: the law has now been passed]. Currently, the use of a “Staatstrojaner” – government trojan – is only permitted in order to prevent future terrorist attacks. Under … Continue reading “Police use of trojans to hack into mobile phones will become routine under new German law”

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  • May 30, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments,

UK government confirms plans to destroy the British software industry

Last week, the UK government confirmed plans to force Internet companies to undermine security by weakening or backdooring encryption. As Privacy News Online reported back in March, the UK’s Home Secretary (Interior Minister) Amber Rudd refused to rule out this move when she called for the “necessary hashtags” to be used. But what was just … Continue reading “UK government confirms plans to destroy the British software industry”

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