How to unblock WhatsApp

How do you unblock WhatsApp if you are unable to use it on your internet? WhatsApp is blocked by default on many school or office networks, and also by some governments for all of their citizens. In such situations, WhatsApp users need a little help to be able to access the free, most popular chat … Continue reading “How to unblock WhatsApp”

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  • Sep 30, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

Social media apps like WhatsApp will be obligated to share what they share with the US with the UK under a proposed United States, United Kingdom treaty called the CLOUD Act. From what security experts are gleaming from the law, the CLOUD ACT opens up data requests that WhatsApp usually fills for the US for … Continue reading “New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp”

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  • Feb 23, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous

Authorities around the world have been calling for backdoors to be added to strong encryption for years – part of an even older battle. The view among all top security experts is that this is a very bad idea, since it is likely to add extra vulnerabilities to systems, which weakens the security for everyone. … Continue reading “The latest twist on adding backdoors to encryption is spooky – and dangerous”

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  • Feb 16, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Facebook may not collect or combine personal data using “forced consent”, says German competition authority

It would be an understatement to say that Facebook is under intense scrutiny at the moment. Mostly this has come from data protection authorities in the EU, using the GDPR as a means for challenging Facebook’s business practices. But the attack has just broadened, with Germany’s competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, issuing a ruling that strikes … Continue reading “Facebook may not collect or combine personal data using “forced consent”, says German competition authority”

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  • May 30, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

UK government confirms plans to destroy the British software industry

Last week, the UK government confirmed plans to force Internet companies to undermine security by weakening or backdooring encryption. As Privacy News Online reported back in March, the UK’s Home Secretary (Interior Minister) Amber Rudd refused to rule out this move when she called for the “necessary hashtags” to be used. But what was just … Continue reading “UK government confirms plans to destroy the British software industry”

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  • May 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches

Three EU countries – Belgium, France, and the Netherlands – have determined that Facebook is breaking their privacy laws, while Germany and Spain are still investigating the US company. The news was announced in a joint statement from the Contact Group of the data protection authorities (DPAs) of the Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and … Continue reading “Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches”

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WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other

A new EU agreement could mean WhatsApp user data is shared with Facebook, despite user protest over privacy incursions. The new deal amends WhatsApp’s relationship to Facebook in what would be a radical new way forward for the messaging app, which has long celebrated its encrypted nature.  Facebook Wants Your WhatsApp Data The social networking … Continue reading “WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other”

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  • Mar 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack

The United Kingdom may soon introduce legislation that will ban encrypted messaging apps, according to statements made by British Interior Minister Amber Rudd. In the aftermath of the attack in Westminster, Minister Rudd claimed that encrypted messaging apps are a “secret place for terrorists to communicate” after it was revealed that the attacker had used WhatsApp prior … Continue reading “United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack”

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  • Nov 3, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube blocked in Turkey following arrest of pro-Kurdish political party HDP leaders

Social media sites Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube and messaging service Whatsapp are currently being blocked across Turkey according to an incident report by Turkish Internet watchdog organization Turkey Blocks. Originally, Turkey was only blocking the original trifecta of social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Confirmed: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube blocked by throttling in #Turkey – … Continue reading “WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube blocked in Turkey following arrest of pro-Kurdish political party HDP leaders”

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