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Japan Will Begin Issuing “Vaccine Passports” Starting in July

It seems even Japan’s government has a desire to control every aspect of their citizens’ lives as they are permitting municipalities to issue “vaccine passports” come July, papers confirming the individual to have received a vaccine for the Coronavirus, despite its low fatality rate. Similarly, the European Union and the US are considering employing the […]
Tags: Health, Japan, Politics, Privacy, Medical, US, European Union, Anime, Coronavirus

VPNs and Trust

TorrentFreak surveyed nineteen VPN providers, asking them questions about their privacy practices: what data they keep, how they respond to court order, what country they are incorporated in, and so on. Most interesting to me is the home countries of these companies. Express VPN is incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. NordVPN is incorporated in Panama. There are VPNs from the Seychelles, Malaysia, and Bulgaria. There are VPNs from more Western and democratic countries like the US, Switzer...
Tags: Sweden, Privacy, Nsa, Trust, Uncategorized, US, Surveillance, Fbi, Bulgaria, Vpn, Panama, British Virgin Islands, Seychelles, Bruce Schneier, US Australia, Risk Assessment

Adtech ‘data breach’ GDPR complaint is headed to court in EU

New York-based IAB Tech Labs, a standards body for the digital advertising industry, is being taken to court in Germany by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in a piece of privacy litigation that’s targeted at the high speed online ad auction process known as real-time bidding (RTB). While that may sound pretty obscure the case essentially loops in the entire ‘data industrial complex’ of adtech players, large and small, which make money by profiling Internet users and selling access to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, New York, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Germany, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland

Australian Cops Spy on Covid Check-In App Despite Privacy Promises from Government

Police is Western Australia have accessed private data from the state’s covid-19 check-in app at least twice to aid in a criminal investigation, despite promises the app would only be used by contact tracers. The revelations are likely to make people think twice before using the app, a public health tool that’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Articles, Software, Mark McGowan, Nick Martin, Chris Dawson, Western Australia Police, Application Software

CJEU ruling could open big tech to more privacy litigation in Europe

A long running privacy fight between Belgium’s data protection authority and Facebook — over the latter’s use of online trackers like pixels and social plug-ins to snoop on web users — has culminated in a ruling by Europe’s top court today that could have wider significance on how cross-border cases against tech giants are enforced in the region. The Court of Justice of the European Union has affirmed that, in certain circumstances, national DPAs can pursue action even when they are not the lead...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Privacy, Court, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Commission, Belgium, Luxembourg, Data Protection, University Of Oslo, DPA

TikTok Can Now Collect Biometric Data

This is probably worth paying attention to: A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. This includes things like “faceprints and voiceprints,” the policy explained. Reached for comment, TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric data to its list of disclosures about the information it automatically...
Tags: Privacy, Uncategorized, Social Media, Biometrics, Identification, Bruce Schneier, TikTok Can Now Collect Biometric Data

Supreme Court revives LinkedIn case to protect user data from web scrapers

The Supreme Court has given LinkedIn another chance to stop a rival company from scraping personal information from users’ public profiles, a practice LinkedIn says should be illegal but one that could have broad ramifications for internet researchers and archivists. LinkedIn lost its case against Hiq Labs in 2019 after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the CFAA does not prohibit a company from scraping data that is publicly accessible on the internet. The Microsoft-owned social...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Facebook, Twitter, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Privacy, Social Networks, Congress, US, Linkedin, Tech, Hacking, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facial Recognition, Social Network

The demise of browser cookies could create a Golden Age of digital marketing

Hunter Jensen Contributor Share on Twitter Hunter Jensen is the CTO of Depending on whom you ask, the digital advertising industry is either counting down the minutes to doomsday or entering an exciting new era for engaging with consumers. Apple’s iOS 14.5 update — which effectively ends automatic opt-ins to online tracking and data collection — is finally at hand, and Google aims to phase out third-party cookie...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Column, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Cto, Sdk, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Gdpr, Digital Marketing

Google will let enterprises store their Google Workspace encryption keys

As ubiquitous as Google Docs has become in the last year alone, a major criticism often overlooked by the countless workplaces who use it is that it isn’t end-to-end encrypted, allowing Google — or any requesting government agency — access to a company’s files. But Google is finally addressing that key complaint with a round of updates that will let customers shield their data by storing their own encryption keys. Google Workspace, the company’s enterprise offering that includes Google Docs, Sli...
Tags: Google, Security, Technology, Privacy, Finance, Cloud Storage, Tech, Encryption, Cryptography, End-to-end Encryption, Healthcare, Computing, Google Docs, Data Protection, Api, Google-Drive

Should Big Tech pay you for your data? It’s possible, but also problematic

There are a handful of companies on the web that aim to give you control of your data, and even pay you for it. But doing so could potentially cause issues
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Privacy, Advertising, Trends, Web, Features, Personal Data, Data Monetization

7 new security features Apple quietly announced at WWDC

Apple went big on privacy during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote this week, showcasing features from on-device Siri audio processing to a new privacy dashboard for iOS that makes it easier than ever to see which apps are collecting your data and when. While typically vocal about security during the Memoji-filled, two-hour-long(!) keynote, the company also quietly introduced several new security and privacy-focused features during its WWDC developer sessions. We’ve rounded up so...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Security, Microsoft, Privacy, Siri, Tech, Ipads, Encryption, Software, Computing, Keychain, Monterey

iOS 15: Making 100 Mobile Moments Better Every Day

Apple kicked off its annual developer conference on Monday, June 7, 2021. One of its big announcements was iOS 15. iOS 15 makes experiences more intelligent and more intuitive. Apple is adding features that help its customers 100 times a day in little moments throughout the day, every day. In some ways, you could say […]
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Marketing, Customer Experience, Mobile Technology, Age Of The Customer

Google won’t end support for tracking cookies unless UK’s competition watchdog agrees

Well this is big. The UK’s competition regulator looks set to get an emergency brake that will allow it to stop Google ending support for third party cookies, a technology that’s currently used for targeting online ads, if it believes competition would be harmed by the depreciation going ahead. The development follows an investigation opened by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into Google’s self-styled ‘Privacy Sandbox’ earlier this year. The regulator will have the power to order a s...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Tech, European Union, Web Browsers, Rome, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Mountain View, Brussels

ProtonMail gets a slick new look, as privacy tech eyes the mainstream

End-to-end encrypted email service ProtonMail has refreshed its design, updating with a cleaner look and a more customizable user interface — including the ability to pick from a bunch of themes (dark and contrasting versions are both in the mix). Last month the Swiss company officially announced passing 50M users globally, as it turned seven years old. Over those years privacy tech has come a long way in terms of usability — which in turn has helped drive adoption. ProtonMail’s full integration...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Apps, Europe, Gmail, Privacy, Tech, Pgp, Digital Privacy, Encryption, Vpn, Free Software, Web App, Protonmail, Webmail

Ring won’t say how many users had footage obtained by police

Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law enforcement. While Ring is making moves towards transparency, the company refuses to disclose how many users had their data given to police. The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018, has partnerships with at least 1,800 U.S. police departments (and growing) that can request camera foota...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Facebook, Hardware, Microsoft, Privacy, Articles, Tech, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Software, Judge, Operating Systems, Transparency Report

Ring refuses to say how many users had video footage obtained by police

Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law enforcement. While Ring is making moves towards transparency, the company refuses to disclose how many users had their data given to police. The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018, has partnerships with at least 1,800 U.S. police departments (and growing) that can request camera foota...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Facebook, Hardware, Microsoft, Privacy, Articles, Tech, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Software, Judge, Operating Systems, Transparency Report

Apple’s new ‘private relay’ feature to be withheld in China

Privacy protection is latest effort by the company to cut down tracking of users by advertisers and other third partiesApple’s new privacy feature designed to obscure a user’s web browsing from internet service providers and advertisers will not be available in China, Saudi Arabia or Belarus, the company has said.It was one of a number of privacy protections Apple announced at its annual software developer conference on Monday, the latest in a years-long effort by the company to cut down on the ...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Privacy, Internet, China, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Computing, Belarus, China Saudi Arabia

Craig Federighi: Apple Will Continue to 'Protect Our Customers' Amid 'Innovation' in Privacy Exploitation

Following WWDC, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said that Apple will continue to protect its customers amid "innovation" in the world of privacy exploitation and that Apple believes it "can largely stay ahead" of the curve to protect users. In an exclusive interview with Fast Company, Federighi talked about new announcements that Apple made during WWDC on Monday, including Private Relay for iCloud+. Many are attributing the feature to a VPN, but Federighi...
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Vpn, Craig Federighi, Federighi, Facebook Federighi

Apple Highlights New Privacy Features in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, Including Microphone Indicator on Mac

Apple today previewed new privacy protections coming in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8. The software updates are available in beta for developers starting today and will be publicly released later this year. First, a new App Privacy Report feature will let users see how often apps have used the permission they've previously granted to access their location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts during the past seven days. Users can also find out with whom their data may b...
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Monterey, iOS 15, macOS Monterey

Apple unveils new iOS 15 privacy features at WWDC

Apple kicked off its global annual developer conference, WWDC, with a ton of new features and technologies. TechCrunch has all the coverage here from the keynote. As with previous years, Apple has dropped a number of new security and privacy features. New privacy dashboard keeps tabs on app tracking requests Apple is bringing a new privacy dashboard to iOS 15 to make it easier to see which apps are collecting your data and when. It’s a continuation of Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature ...
Tags: Apple, Security, Apps, Privacy, Siri, Tech, Siri Apple, Romain Dillet

As Amazon prepares its Sidewalk launch, privacy experts are raising concerns. One described the tech company's plans as 'another monumental step in surveillance capitalism.'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Amazon on Tuesday will launch Sidewalk, a network connecting Alexa and Ring devices. Privacy experts told Insider the network raised concerns about customer data and privacy. They highlighted the prospect of potential data leaks and the implications of location tracking. See more stories on Insider's business page. As Amazon prepares to launch its Sidewalk network on Tuesday, privacy and tech experts are discussing whether customers shou...
Tags: Amazon, Bluetooth, Privacy, US, Trends, Wood, Alexa, Launches, CCS, Greer, Santa Clara University, Evan Greer, Jon Callas, Callas, Sidewalk, Tech Insider

Apple is upping AirTags' privacy measures, and will now alert you more quickly if a strange one is nearby

When Apple announced the tracking tags in April, privacy advocates warned about how they could be used in nefarious ways. Apple Apple has rolled out updates for its new AirTag sensors, upping the level of privacy and security. AirTag sensors will now beep at a random time 8-24 hours after being separated from its owner. Apple is also creating an app for Android users to "detect an AirTag or Find My network-enabled accessory." See more stories on Insider's business page. Apple has roll...
Tags: Apple, News, Privacy, Washington Post, Trends, Cnet, Apple Apple, Tech Insider, Airtags, Aleeya Mayo

Ring to make police video requests public – as long as you give Amazon your data

Amazon yesterday announced its ‘Neighbors by Ring‘ app would make police video requests “public” going forward. That would be really cool, if it were true. Up front: Amazon purchased Ring for $2 billion a few years back. The company sells doorbells with cameras installed that offer owners the peace of mind that comes with having 24/7 surveillance on their property. The big sell is that it’ll help keep your community safe and protect your precious Amazon deliveries from being stolen. Amazon keeps...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Privacy, Opinion, Tech, Plugged, Next Featured

Security and Human Behavior (SHB) 2021

Today is the second day of the fourteenth Workshop on Security and Human Behavior. The University of Cambridge is the host, but we’re all on Zoom. SHB is a small, annual, invitational workshop of people studying various aspects of the human side of security, organized each year by Alessandro Acquisti, Ross Anderson, and myself. The forty or so attendees include psychologists, economists, computer security researchers, sociologists, political scientists, criminologists, neuroscientists, designers...
Tags: Privacy, Uncategorized, Fear, University of Cambridge, Conferences, Ross, Risks, Bruce Schneier, Ross Anderson, Security Conferences, Alessandro Acquisti Ross Anderson

Tiktok's new privacy policy lets it collect your biometric data, including 'faceprints and voiceprints'

An iPhone user looks at the TikTok app on the Apple App Store in January 2021. Lorenzo Di Cola/NurPhoto via Getty Images TikTok updated its privacy policy Wednesday, permitting the collection of US users' biometric information. The policy only vaguely promises to ask users for their consent, TechCrunch reported. In February, TikTok paid $92 million to settle claims it violated Illinois' biometric data privacy law. See more stories on Insider's business page. TikTok rolled out m...
Tags: Politics, Privacy, US, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Beijing, Illinois, Data Privacy, Biometrics, Biometric, Trump, Tech Insider, Tiktok, Tyler Sonnemaker, Getty Images TikTok

Europe wants to go its own way on digital identity

In its latest ambitious digital policy announcement, the European Union has proposed creating a framework for a “trusted and secure European e-ID” (aka digital identity) — which it said today it wants to be available to all citizens, residents and businesses to make it easer to use a national digital identity to prove who they are in order to access public sector or commercial services regardless of where they are in the bloc. The EU does already have a regulation on electronic authentication sy...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Privacy, Identity Management, Tech, Eu, European Union, Web Browsers, Authentication, Policy, Commission, Digital Wallet, Mobile Device, Digital Services, Digital Identity, Lukasz Olejnik

EU’s COVID-19 ‘digital pass’ gateway system goes live

A technical system underpinning the European Union’s plan for a pan-EU ‘digital pass’ for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status across the region has gone live today, with a handful of EU Member States connected to the gateway and more expected to follow ahead of a July 1 full launch. The idea for the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate is to offer a single system for securely verifying EU citizens’ COVID-19 status — whether vaccination; a recent negative test; or proof of recovery from th...
Tags: Health, Europe, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Commission, Poland, Ursula von der Leyen, EU Digital, Public Key Infrastructure, EU Europe, COVID-19, COVID, Stella Kyriakides

Your digital fingerprint is tracked endlessly online. Brave wants to change that

No matter how hard you try to remain anonymous, websites can often determine who you are using a technique known as fingerprinting. Brave wants to change that.
Tags: Google Chrome, Security, Privacy, Internet, Trends, Web, Features, Safari, Brave, Mozilla Firefox, Fingerprinting

Venmo added new privacy options after President Joe Biden's account was discovered

In this photo illustration the Venmo - Share Payments logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Venmo added new added in-app privacy controls after President Joe Biden's account was discovered. The president's account was discovered earlier this month by reporters in just minutes of searching. The new update lets users set their friends list to be public, visible to friends, or private. See more stories on In...
Tags: Politics, News, Privacy, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, National Security, Biden, Venmo, BuzzFeed News, Wong, Tech Insider, Jane Manchun Wong, Amanda Perelli, Rafael Henrique

WhatsApp won't stop users from calling or messaging contacts if they don't agree to its new privacy policy

WhatsApp will no longer limit users from sending and receiving messages if they refuse a new privacy policy. Thiago Prudêncio / SOPA Images: LightRocket via Getty Images WhatsApp previously said it would limit functionality to users who refused a new privacy policy. Now, the platform is reversing its decision, and says users won't be forced to accept the policy. The policy change has drawn criticisms, with some users migrating to Signal and Telegram. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: Facebook, News, Privacy, India, Trends, Social Media, Whatsapp, Signal, Tech Insider, Amanda Perelli, Thiago Prudêncio, weekend BI US, LightRocket, Getty Images WhatsApp