• Aug 31, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Even encrypted data streams from the Internet of Things are leaking sensitive information; here’s what we can do

As the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to enter the mainstream, concerns about the impact such “smart” devices will have on users’ privacy are growing. Many of the problems are obvious, but so far largely anecdotal. That makes a new paper from four researchers at Princeton University particularly valuable, because they analyze in detail how … Continue reading “Even encrypted data streams from the Internet of Things are leaking sensitive information; here’s what we can do”

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  • Jun 19, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Leading European politicians call for “state-of-the-art” end-to-end encryption – and no backdoors

Encryption is under attack around the world, and not just by hackers trying to break into systems. Governments continue to call for access to encrypted communications, despite universal warnings from experts that every way of doing so would significantly weaken security and privacy for billions of users. As well as moves by individual countries like … Continue reading “Leading European politicians call for “state-of-the-art” end-to-end encryption – and no backdoors”

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  • Apr 28, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Federal Police unapologetic after accessing a journalist’s metadata without a warrant

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) admitted on Friday that they had illegally accessed call records metadata of an Australian journalist without seeking the proper warrant beforehand. In Australia, like many other countries, there are specific protections to keep law enforcement from willy nilly seeking private information on journalists and whistleblowers. To access the metadata that all … Continue reading “Australian Federal Police unapologetic after accessing a journalist’s metadata without a warrant”

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  • Apr 12, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

4/13 is Australia’s National Get a VPN Day as ISPs and telecoms officially begin metadata retention

April 13th, 2017 is now “National Get a VPN” Day for the entire country of Australia. In March 2015, Australia passed the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill (info). The law mandates metadata retention by Australian internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies (known as carrier service providers in Australia). Australians scramble to get a VPN … Continue reading “4/13 is Australia’s National Get a VPN Day as ISPs and telecoms officially begin metadata retention”

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  • Jan 3, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Despite promises, metadata gathered by Australian mass surveillance may be made available to civil litigators, not just law enforcement

Australia, one of many countries that conducts mass surveillance with mandatory metadata logging laws, is planning to make your private information available in civil proceedings. When Australia initially passed the mandatory logging laws in 2014, government proponents, such as AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin, emphasized that information was only supposed to be made available for the … Continue reading “Despite promises, metadata gathered by Australian mass surveillance may be made available to civil litigators, not just law enforcement”

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Phone metadata can reveal your location, relationship status, and the NSA can still get it under the guise of hunting for terrorists

Since the Snowden leaks, the US government has sought to repair its public image and curtail public knowledge of its invasions of privacy. Before 2015, the US government was allowed access to five years worth of phone metadata from anyone within three hops of a suspected terrorist. In 2015, the most egregious bits of the … Continue reading “Phone metadata can reveal your location, relationship status, and the NSA can still get it under the guise of hunting for terrorists”

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