• Sep 11, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Encryption, General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Welcome to the quantum Internet, with privacy guaranteed by the laws of physics

Quantum computing is gradually moving from the realm of science – and even science fiction – to become a practical technology that is being used in real-life contexts. Three years ago, Privacy News Online wrote about one aspect – the possibility that quantum computers will be able to unlock all of today’s encryption, including the … Continue reading “Welcome to the quantum Internet, with privacy guaranteed by the laws of physics”

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  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Encryption, General Privacy News,

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act shows that politicians still don’t understand encryption

Three Senators, including the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced a new anti-encryption bill called the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. The bill was introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Graham along with Senators Cotton and Blackburn – all longtime anti-encryption stance holders. The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act would … Continue reading “The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act shows that politicians still don’t understand encryption”

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  • Jun 5, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News,

Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

A couple of weeks ago, a post on this blog explained how the OpenSAFELY project allowed trusted analysts to run large-scale computation across live pseudonymized patient records inside the data centre of the electronic health records software company. At a time when the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, that’s a hugely important task, … Continue reading “Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations”

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  • Apr 8, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments,

OK Zoomer: avoiding a privacy disaster in the post-coronavirus world

It would be an understatement to say that Covid-19 has affected practically every aspect of our lives, given the scale of the transformation. Its impact on privacy, too, is evident. Last week, this blog wrote about a rush by governments around the world to use smartphones to help enforce quarantines and carry out contact tracing. … Continue reading “OK Zoomer: avoiding a privacy disaster in the post-coronavirus world”

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  • Jul 24, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • Cybersecurity, Encryption, General Privacy News, Governments,

US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it

President Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr, has demanded the tech industry create encryption backdoors because he views encryption as a security risk. Barr made his illogical thoughts on encryption known to the world while speaking at an event at Fordham University earlier this morning. He decried warrant proof encryption and cited the many phones and … Continue reading “US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it”

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  • Mar 20, 2019
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Guides,

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

When I prepare for travel, I take some steps to make sure that my protected data will not be read or otherwise mishandled by customs. I then follow-up with rigorous steps to ensure that my information and devices maintain their integrity and that I can trust them with the same degree that I did before … Continue reading “Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone”

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  • Mar 16, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Social Media, Surveillance,

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Last week, you could have been forgiven for thinking that privacy had finally arrived. Mark Zuckerberg published a 3000-word essay entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking“, and wrote: As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Privacy gives … Continue reading “Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you”

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  • Feb 6, 2019
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Cybersecurity, Encryption, General Privacy News,

NIST Round 2 and Post-Quantum Cryptography (part 1)

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the round 2 candidates for post-quantum cryptography. What is post quantum cryptography? Post Quantum Cryptography is encryption that can resist cracking by quantum computers. There has been a slow advance in the development of quantum computers, which are particularly good at the math that protects … Continue reading “NIST Round 2 and Post-Quantum Cryptography (part 1)”

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  • Jan 19, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News,

Deep fakes: how immutable blockchain-based life logs could combat them, and the implications for privacy

The idea of deep fakes – AI-assisted fake videos – first entered the mainstream around a year ago. After an initial burst of interest, people stopped searching for the term, although the technology behind the idea certainly hasn’t gone away. A couple of weeks ago, a video was circulating that appeared to show President Trump … Continue reading “Deep fakes: how immutable blockchain-based life logs could combat them, and the implications for privacy”

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