Australia’s Attorney General Senator Brandis announced over the weekend that he would be leading the discussion on squeezing tech firms and forcing them to encryption backdoors in secure messaging apps at the next annual meeting of public security ministers and attorney generals from the Five Eyes countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and … Continue reading "Australia wants to be able to read your encrypted messages"
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The Russian communications directorate Roskomnadzor, equivalent to the U.S. FCC, has threatened to ban the Russia-authored encrypted messaging service Telegram. Curiously, this is the only service that has been threatened with such a ban in Russia, and is also the only widely-used service where the authors are Russian. In other words, the net result of … Continue reading "Russian FCC threatens to ban Telegram, thereby sending Russian secrets over American servers instead"
Today, Private Internet Access is shining the cat signal with a full page ad in the New York Times to gain support for the Net Neutrality Day of Action on July 12th that Fight for the Future and other organizations are planning at Battle for the Net. We, the people of the Internet, have stopped … Continue reading "Private Internet Access shines the cat signal for net neutrality"
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The British Internet provider O2 disputed the previous story that they don’t permit people to access tools that give them anonymity protection, like this VPN service. “You only need to show photo ID in one of our stores”, they said, via a link provided. So in order to be an anonymous and protected press source, … Continue reading "British ISP: Of course you can be a protected anonymous press source, you just need to show us photo ID first"
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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California Assemblymember Ed Chau has introduced a new internet privacy bill in California in direct response to the repeal of FCC internet privacy regulations, which were struck out several months ago with President Trump’s signature despite rampant public outcry. The bill, A.B. 375, is titled the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act. As the Chair of … Continue reading "The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act aims to protect your broadband privacy from ISPs"
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Jeff Bezos’s Amazon has been granted a patent for a tool called “Physical Store Online Shopping Control,” which helps brick and mortar locations control users’ online shopping experience when they are at the store and on the store’s WiFi network. If a customer searches for a product or competitor, Amazon would be able to “control” … Continue reading "Amazon granted patent to restrict the open internet at in-store public WiFi hotspots"
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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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British Internet providers already censor political opinions they don’t like. Specifically, they censor this blog by default, which is trivial to verify, thanks to Open Rights Group. This blog isn’t a random corporate blog; it builds political opinion in favor of net liberty and net neutrality, and frequently against the old telco dinosaurs. Therefore, it’s … Continue reading "Britain’s ISPs already censor political opinions they just randomly happen to disagree with"
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A new bill, S.1241 – Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017, would make it a money laundering offense to cross the American border with more than $10,000 in undeclared cryptocurrency. The stated goal of this legislation is to bolster America’s “border protection strategy to interdict and detect prepaid access devices, digital … Continue reading "These are the 4 Senators that want to create a way to track your digital currencies at the US border"