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United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack
March 26th, 2017, 01:49 AM

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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With looming changes to U.S. broadband privacy, police can bypass warrants entirely and just BUY your browser history from your ISP
March 26th, 2017, 01:49 AM

The bill passed the U.S. Senate: it looks like your ISP will be allowed to just sell your browsing history. While the bill still needs to pass the House (the lower legislature in the U.S.) and the President’s signature, it seems increasingly likely to unfortunately do so. This doesn’t just mean that your privacy is … Continue reading "With looming changes to U.S. broadband privacy, police can bypass warrants entirely and just BUY your browser history from your ISP"

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When good loses to lawful: this thing about proper legal processes with indefensible outcomes
March 24th, 2017, 01:49 AM

It’s interesting to watch people rushing to defend the legal processes in this week’s story about a man jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt, and who are asserting that everything is in order. In doing so, they point at individual details of the legal process and say there’s nothing odd about the details, and disregard … Continue reading "When good loses to lawful: this thing about proper legal processes with indefensible outcomes"

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US Senate votes 50-48 to do away with broadband privacy rules; let ISPs and telecoms to sell your internet history
March 23rd, 2017, 01:49 AM

Despite widespread disapproval from constituents, S.J.Res 34 has passed the United States Senate with a vote of 50-48, with two absent votes. Earlier today, at 12:25 Eastern March 23, 2017, the US Senate voted on S.J.Res 34, and will use the Congressional Review Act to strip away broadband privacy protections that kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continue reading "US Senate votes 50-48 to do away with broadband privacy rules; let ISPs and telecoms to sell your internet history"

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Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy rules
March 23rd, 2017, 01:49 AM

On March 23rd, 2017, the US Senate votes on S.J.Res 34, which would use the Congressional Review Act to strip away online privacy protections gained under the FCC and also disallow the FCC from enacting privacy rules in the future. The resolution, if passed along with its House counterpart and then signed into law, would pass the responsibility … Continue reading "Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy rules"

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With appeals ruling, the United States has effectively outlawed file encryption
March 21st, 2017, 01:49 AM

An appeals court has denied the appeal of a person who is jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt files. The man has not been charged with anything, but was ordered to hand over the unencrypted contents on police assertion of what the contents were. When this can result in lifetime imprisonment under “contempt of court”, … Continue reading "With appeals ruling, the United States has effectively outlawed file encryption"

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Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it
March 20th, 2017, 01:49 AM

Many Windows 10 users are unknowingly sending the contents of every keystroke they make to Microsoft due to an enabled-by-default keylogger. This function has been around since the beginning of Windows 10, and is a prime example of why you should never go through the default install process on any Operating System. Windows 10 privacy has … Continue reading "Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it"

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New mass warrant reverses concepts: demands all data about everybody who searched for a specific term on Google
March 20th, 2017, 01:49 AM

A Minnesota judge has issued a warrant to Google to provide the local police with all data relating to anybody who searched for specific keywords. This is an enormous expansion of the concept of mass surveillance, and turns all previous concepts of search and seizure on their heads: no longer is a suspect subject to … Continue reading "New mass warrant reverses concepts: demands all data about everybody who searched for a specific term on Google"

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Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.”
March 17th, 2017, 01:49 AM

On March 16th, 2017, the CTIA filed a reply with the FCC claiming attempting to plead the case that “web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.” The former Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, now just the CTIA, represents telecoms such as AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. As the main 501(c)6 lobbyist … Continue reading "Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.”"

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Great: Now your sex toys are used to spy on you and sell your private habits, too
March 15th, 2017, 01:49 AM

The makers of an Internet-connected sex toy have settled to pay a small amount to some 300,000 owners of a vibrator which was used to spy on their sex habits, which the manufacturer collected as individually identifiable data. Additionally, the bluetooth-controlled sex toy device was utterly insecure, allowing remote anonymous administration. In the mess of … Continue reading "Great: Now your sex toys are used to spy on you and sell your private habits, too"

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