• Sep 3, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Security,

US leads UK in VPN use and some security awareness, according to survey

A recent security study shows VPN use on the rise in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Wombat Security surveyed roughly 1,000 adults in the United States and 1,000 adults in the United Kingdom on their internet security habits – showing a clear leader in common VPN use. The author of the study, … Continue reading “US leads UK in VPN use and some security awareness, according to survey”

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  • Jun 7, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Most UK ISPs block Private Internet Access by default

VPN websites, like that of Private Internet Access, are actively being censored by internet service providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom (UK). The website blocks were first put into place by UK ISPs on government order in an effort to censor pornography in 2014. Since then, more ISPs have joined in default blocking. However, research has shown that … Continue reading “Most UK ISPs block Private Internet Access by default”

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  • May 19, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Theresa May outlines Tory plan to create new, censored Internet controlled by UK government

Yesterday, during her speech describing the current Tory Manifesto, Theresa May revealed that she plans to build a “new Internet,” over which the government has complete control. The goal in the Tory internet plan is to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet.” The manifesto states: Some people … Continue reading “Theresa May outlines Tory plan to create new, censored Internet controlled by UK government”

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  • May 4, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

UK government seeks expansion of mass surveillance “technical capabilities” via the Investigatory Powers Act

The UK government is seeking an expansion to their mass surveillance powers on the Internet. The plans were leaked and released by the Open Rights Group. The draft rules were only officially circulated to a short list of companies, mostly telecommunication companies and internet service providers (ISPs) according to The Register. The proposed bulk surveillance rules will force telecoms … Continue reading “UK government seeks expansion of mass surveillance “technical capabilities” via the Investigatory Powers Act”

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  • Apr 29, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

UK security forces claim to have reliable way to decrypt encrypted Whatsapp messages

Authorities in the UK have announced that they have uncovered the last Whatsapp message sent by the perpetrator of the Westminster attack. The news was first reported by The Independent, which wrote: “Details of the method used cannot be disclosed for security reasons, but sources said they now have the technical expertise to repeat the … Continue reading “UK security forces claim to have reliable way to decrypt encrypted Whatsapp messages”

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  • Dec 6, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Security,

Private Internet Access VPN response to Investigatory Powers Act

The United Kingdom has passed a draconian mass surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act (IP Act), which will force the collection of UK internet connection records for a whole year. We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that Private Internet Access doesn’t store traffic logs or connection records of any kind. We are … Continue reading “Private Internet Access VPN response to Investigatory Powers Act”

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  • Nov 29, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II gives royal assent to Investigatory Powers Act; Snooper’s Charter becomes law

It’s official, the Investigatory Powers Act has received royal assent as of Tuesday afternoon and what has been billed as the most draconian mass surveillance law that has ever officially become law in a Western country. The Investigatory Powers Act, dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter” by British media, is nothing short of blatant, privacy-invading mass surveillance. … Continue reading “H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II gives royal assent to Investigatory Powers Act; Snooper’s Charter becomes law”

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  • Nov 21, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News, Privacy,

Under new law, UK could force ISPs to block Reddit

The UK government will soon have the power to block any website that doesn’t properly verify your age with a piece of private, personally identifiable information such as your social media account, credit card number, or name and address. While the law, the Digital Economy Bill, is slated towards stopping underage eyes from viewing pornographic … Continue reading “Under new law, UK could force ISPs to block Reddit”

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  • Nov 17, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

In UK, Investigatory Powers Act forces collection of “internet connection records” which allows government to see one year of your internet history

The Investigatory Powers Act replaces existing law under the Telecommunications Act and brings government mass surveillance into the Internet age with a bang. The IP Act made it through both Houses, without adding any of the privacy constraining amendments suggested by the House of Lords Intelligence and Security Committee, and will become law within weeks. … Continue reading “In UK, Investigatory Powers Act forces collection of “internet connection records” which allows government to see one year of your internet history”

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  • Nov 9, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Attend English secondary school? Chances are your online activity is being monitored by classroom management systems

A new report published by Big Brother Watch, a UK campaign group for the digital age, showcases their research into how children are tracked online by schools. While filters and network management are obviously necessary in a school environment, the report raises concerns about such classroom management systems’ compliance with Privacy and Data Protection laws. … Continue reading “Attend English secondary school? Chances are your online activity is being monitored by classroom management systems”

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