• Mar 19, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

As Covid-19 spreads around the globe, so does the idea of using smartphones to track everyone to help contact tracing

It seems extraordinary that it was only a month ago that this blog wrote about the new coronavirus, also called Covid-19. At that time, it was not yet clear whether it would turn into a full-blown pandemic. Now, there is no doubt on the matter. As that blog post reported, Covid-19 began in China, and … Continue reading “As Covid-19 spreads around the globe, so does the idea of using smartphones to track everyone to help contact tracing”

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  • Nov 30, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for privacy

Earlier this year, Privacy News Online wrote about the latest news concerning plans to create a model “smart city” on Toronto’s waterfront. The company involved, Sidewalk Labs, is part of the Alphabet stable, along with Google. In an attempt to quell fears about privacy and other aspects of the plan, Sidewalk Labs released 1500 pages … Continue reading “Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for privacy”

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  • Feb 19, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

South Korea expands internet censorship to HTTPS with first countrywide use of SNI filtering

Previously, the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) used Domain name System (DNS) filtering to ferret out which domains users were trying to visit, compare them to the blacklist, and redirect them to the warning site if needed. This basic DNS filtering was defeatable by using a different DNS server or visiting the HTTPS versions of … Continue reading “South Korea expands internet censorship to HTTPS with first countrywide use of SNI filtering”

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  • Jan 22, 2018
  • PIA Team
  • Announcements, Governments, News,

We Are Removing Our South Korea Presence

On the 21st January 2018 at 6.15pm Pacific Time, Private Internet Access was alerted by close contacts in South Korea that law enforcement would be seeking to mirror our servers tomorrow, 24th of January 2018, at 10:00 A.M without due process. Upon learning this information, we decided to remove and wipe the South Korea region … Continue reading “We Are Removing Our South Korea Presence”

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  • Sep 27, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

South Korea considers blocking Tumblr

Korea has threatened to block Tumblr should the site not cooperate with the South Korean government to censor pornographic content. The Korean government’s position was revealed during a briefing held earlier today in Seoul. The vice chairman of the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC), Heo Wook, said that blocking access to the site in South … Continue reading “South Korea considers blocking Tumblr”

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