• Aug 10, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy,

Putting the “face” in Facebook: how Mark Zuckerberg is building a world without public anonymity

Facial recognition has matured sufficiently that it is cropping up in real-world applications with increasing frequency, as recent Privacy News Online stories attest. There’s one well-known company that is more active in this area than most, not least because it has access to more facial images than any other. It even has the word “face” … Continue reading “Putting the “face” in Facebook: how Mark Zuckerberg is building a world without public anonymity”

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  • Aug 3, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

If you use a browser extension, your full Internet history may be for sale – and easily de-anonymized

The recent repeal of broadband privacy protection in the US has highlighted the highly-personal nature of browsing histories. One natural solution is to use a VPN in order to shield details of your Internet activities from your ISP. But research by a German journalist and data scientist, originally released last year at the 33rd Chaos … Continue reading “If you use a browser extension, your full Internet history may be for sale – and easily de-anonymized”

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  • Jul 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

German police to be able to read encrypted messages with government malware by end of 2017

German police will be able to read encrypted messages using government malware by the end of 2017, according to leaked documents obtained by Netzpolitik. They are legally able to deploy this malware because of a new law. Last month, Germany passed a law that allows police to use “Staatstrojaner” or state trojans to hack into mobile … Continue reading “German police to be able to read encrypted messages with government malware by end of 2017”

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  • Jun 21, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

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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It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently

The head of the Hamburg Institute for Legal Medicine, Klaus Püschel, has called for the DNA of everybody in Germany – including tourists – to be collected and stored. As a story in the German news magazine Der Spiegel (Google Translate version) reported, Püschel wants this because: “Then we can clear up crimes much faster … Continue reading “It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently”

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Study: people will risk getting shot to replace everyday safety with privacy

Once upon a time, a population with homogeneous culture and language was divided into two halves. One half got almost-perfect safety, full employment and living wages, while the other half got rampant terrorism, runaway unemployment, stark inequality, and decent privacy. People would risk their lives to move from the half with jobs and safety to … Continue reading “Study: people will risk getting shot to replace everyday safety with privacy”

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