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Singapore High Court rules that telecoms don’t need to give up information on alleged downloaders
April 26th, 2017, 05:25 PM

The High Court of Singapore has stopped copyright holders from obtaining personal information on alleged copyright infringers and pirates from Singaporean telecoms and internet service providers (ISP). SSLA, a Singaporean law firm, represented the copyright holders in seeking full names, home addresses, and national identification numbers associated with a list of IP addresses that they … Continue reading "Singapore High Court rules that telecoms don’t need to give up information on alleged downloaders"

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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals proposal to reverse Title II and destroy net neutrality
April 26th, 2017, 05:25 PM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed their official plan to get rid of net neutrality today. The plan is to bring ISPs out from under FCC regulation by reversing the Title II classification that allowed the FCC to enforce net neutrality principles. At a speech at the Newseum in Washington DC, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai … Continue reading "FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals proposal to reverse Title II and destroy net neutrality"

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De-spamming service “Unroll” selling your inbox to Uber shows the importance of information hygiene, yet again
April 26th, 2017, 05:25 PM

It was a perfect service: sorting your mail and not just removing all spam for you, but also unsubscribing you from all of that spam garbage going forward. It kept your inbox perfectly clean. But behind the curtains, it also sold your inbox to the highest bidder. Sometimes, you’re maliciously signed up to tens of … Continue reading "De-spamming service “Unroll” selling your inbox to Uber shows the importance of information hygiene, yet again"

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Interest in VPN hits all time high as Egypt blocks VoIP apps like Skype, Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Messenger
April 25th, 2017, 05:25 PM

Voice over IP (VoIP) apps such as Facetime, Viber, Skype, WhatsApp, and Messenger have been all but unusable from Egypt for the last few days. The recent wave of VoIP app blocks is pushing more and more Egyptians to use VPN – inevitably, VPN is now a trending search for Egypt region mobile app stores and … Continue reading "Interest in VPN hits all time high as Egypt blocks VoIP apps like Skype, Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Messenger"

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Lyrebird.ai is a new site that will allow anyone to “copy the voice of anyone”
April 24th, 2017, 05:25 PM

Lyrebird.ai, a new tech startup out of Montreal, Canada, promises to let you recreate anyone’s voice with just a single minute of recording data. They even promise to be able to parse voices and allow you to imitate the voice of a target, much like a lyrebird does in nature. While the technology is still … Continue reading "Lyrebird.ai is a new site that will allow anyone to “copy the voice of anyone”"

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USPTO site downgrades to HTTP despite US federal government promise to adopt HTTPS on all websites
April 22nd, 2017, 05:25 PM

The US Patent Office’s (USPTO) website is now unusable with HTTPS as of April 21st, 2017. This has happened despite a 2015 policy from the White House that promised an HTTPS only standard on all federal websites by Spring 2017. HTTPS provides encryption and is recommended by everyone from the United Nations to (previously at least) the United States … Continue reading "USPTO site downgrades to HTTP despite US federal government promise to adopt HTTPS on all websites"

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Net neutrality policy in Canada: “Internet providers must treat data traffic the same, regardless of content.”
April 21st, 2017, 05:25 PM

Canada is celebrating a net neutrality win with Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104. Zero rating, the act of having some apps or services not count towards a users’ internet data cap, has been forbidden. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada’s equivalent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced the decision on 4/20/17. In an … Continue reading "Net neutrality policy in Canada: “Internet providers must treat data traffic the same, regardless of content.”"

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Russia drafts bill to ban VPNs and proxies; force search engines to remove search results
April 20th, 2017, 05:25 PM

Russia will soon see a new bill before the Duma that aims to ban VPNs and proxies that do not comply with the Roskamnadzor, Russia’s online censorship machine. Though the bill is still largely under wraps, the draft bill has been seen by Vedomosti (link in Russian), a Russian news organization. This is the latest development in … Continue reading "Russia drafts bill to ban VPNs and proxies; force search engines to remove search results"

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As Russian internet censorship grows, Twitter reportedly agrees to move some user data to servers in Russia
April 20th, 2017, 05:25 PM

Twitter has reportedly agreed to comply with Russia’s Big Brother law – which forces tech companies to store data on Russian soil. Russia’s Big Brother laws, passed in July of 2016, force companies like Twitter to store all of the personal user data they have on Russians, in Russia.  While Twitter declined to make any … Continue reading "As Russian internet censorship grows, Twitter reportedly agrees to move some user data to servers in Russia"

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WhatsApp and Facebook might soon share your data with each other
April 19th, 2017, 05:25 PM

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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