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Private WhatsApp groups visible in Google searches

Your #WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are


Google is indexing invite links to private WhatsApp group chats. This means with a simple search anyone can discover and join these groups including ones the administrator may want to keep private.

Does #Google care about your privacy and security? No.

Does #Facebook honestly care about your privacy and security? No.

https://www.dw.com/en/private-whatsapp-groups-visible-in-google-searches/a-52468603

#Facebook #chat #apps #privacy #security #surveillance #messaging #im
 
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Private WhatsApp groups visible in Google searches

Your #WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are


Google is indexing invite links to private WhatsApp group chats. This means with a simple search anyone can discover and join these groups including ones the administrator may want to keep private.

Does #Google care about your privacy and security? No.

Does #Facebook honestly care about your privacy and security? No.

https://www.dw.com/en/private-whatsapp-groups-visible-in-google-searches/a-52468603

#Facebook #chat #apps #privacy #security #surveillance #messaging #im
 

Google to put a muzzle on Android apps accessing location data in the background | ZDNet

Google has announced this week plans to crack down on Android apps that abuse the OS permissions system and request access to user geo-location data when the app is not in use.
Starting with May, the OS maker plans to show warnings in the Play Store backend to all Android app developers about the need to update their apps.
#technology #tech #Google #Android #security #privacy
 
"Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said."

#UK #EU #Google #privacy
 

Ring finally addresses its privacy concerns - here's how to make sure you're protected | TechRadar

Security camera company Ring has been plagued with privacy concerns in recent months, following a high-profile data breach and fears that criminals could hack their devices – and now the brand finally seems to be doing something about it.

If you have a Ring security camera or video doorbell, you'll now need to enable two-factor authentication when you sign in; this is mandatory for all users, and you won't be able to access your account without it.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #hacking #Ring
 
May be paywalled...

Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs

"Amazon’s Ring, Google’s Nest and other Internet-connected cameras — some selling for as little as $59 — have given Americans the tools they need to become a personal security force, and millions of people now seeing what’s happening around their home every second — what Ring calls the 'new neighborhood watch'."

"But the allure of monitoring people silently from afar has also proved more tempting than many expected. Customers who bought the cameras in hopes of not becoming victims joke that instead they’ve become voyeurs."

"The Washington Post surveyed more than 50 owners of in-home and outdoor camera systems across the United States about how the recording devices had reshaped their daily lives. Most of those who responded to online solicitations about their camera use said they had bought the cameras to check on package deliveries and their pets, and many talked glowingly about what they got in return: security, entertainment, peace of mind. Some said they worried about hackers, snoops or spies."

#surveillance #voyeurism #privacy
 

Internet privacy: the apps that protect you from your apps | Technology | The Guardian

Worried about the data collected about you? A new generation of startups is making apps to put your privacy settings straight
#technology #tech #security #privacy
 

Watch Out: This Verizon Smishing Scam Is Crazy Realistic | How-To-Geek

Text message scams are becoming more common, and the latest scam we’ve seen is the most sophisticated yet. The scammer impersonates Verizon, sending you an “account security” text message that takes you to a shockingly convincing copy of Verizon’s website.
#technology #tech #security #privacy
 

Google Chrome will block insecure downloads in coming months | The Verge

Google has revealed plans to initially warn Chrome users about “insecure” downloads and eventually block them outright. “Today we’re announcing that Chrome will gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files,” Joe DeBlasio of the Chrome security team wrote in a blog post. “Insecurely-downloaded files are a risk to users’ security and privacy. For instance, insecurely-downloaded programs can be swapped out for malware by attackers, and eavesdroppers can read users’ insecurely-downloaded bank statements.”
#technology #tech #security #privacy #Google #Chrome
 

Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop | The New York Times

Microphones and cameras lurk everywhere. You may want to slip on some privacy armor.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #Alexa #Amazon
 
"We do it because we can."

Ring to tighten privacy amid concerns it shares customer data with Facebook and Google

"Ring, the Amazon-owned maker of smart-home doorbells and web-enabled security cameras, is changing its privacy settings two weeks after a study showed the company shares customers' personal information with Facebook, Google and other parties without users' consent."

#Amazon #Ring #privacy #cybersecurity
 

500 Chrome extensions secretly uploaded private data from millions of users | Ars Technica

More than 500 browser extensions downloaded millions of times from Google’s Chrome Web Store surreptitiously uploaded private browsing data to attacker-controlled servers, researchers said on Thursday.
The extensions were part of a long-running malvertising and ad-fraud scheme that was discovered by independent researcher Jamila Kaya.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #Google #Chrome
 

UK police deny responsibility for poster urging parents to report kids for using Kali Linux | ZDNet

The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has publicly said it has nothing to do with a misleading poster designed to put fear into the hearts of parents and urge them to call the police if their children are using Kali Linux.

The poster, made public by Twitter user @G_IW, has reportedly been distributed by local authorities on behalf of the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU).
What fresh idiocy is this?

#technology #tech #hacking #security #privacy #linux #KaliLinux
 
Quote of note:

"Without oversight, it is inconceivable that tactics turned against undocumented immigrants won’t eventually be turned to the enforcement of other laws. As the world has seen in the streets of Hong Kong, where protesters wear masks to avoid a network of government facial-recognition cameras, once a surveillance technology is widely deployed in a society it is almost impossible to uproot." -- The New York Times Editorial Board

Via The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

#surveillance #DHS #FourthAmendment #privacy
 
"Sidestepping the need to obtain a search warrant, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reportedly been accessing phone location data belonging to millions of Americans by buying it straight from private marketing firms. The data is drawn from seemingly ordinary phone apps, including mobile games and weather apps, the Wall Street Journal reports."

"DHS uses the data purchased from private marketing companies to generate law enforcement leads and search for undocumented immigrants, according to the Journal, which first broke news of the arrangements on Friday."

"In a landmark 2018 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment protects cellphone location information. As a result, police are required to obtain a warrant before obtaining location data. But according to the Journal, government lawyers have argued that a warrant is not required because the data is already commercially available."

#DHS #privacy #surveillance #immigration #FourthAmendment #LocationTracking
 
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Your Data is Your Business. Tell #Google & #IAB to Mind Theirs

Petition


You go online. An advertisement appears for the exact coffee machine you looked up last week. Is it a trick? Nope.

When you are online, your personal information, like your:
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Location
  • Information derived from your browsing history (yes, the naughty stuff, but also health queries and voting preferences)
... is collected and broadcast to tens of thousands of companies in the online advertising industry.

Based on your data, companies size you up and decide in milliseconds if you’re a potential customer. If you are, they bid for the right to show you an ad. For coffee machines – or whatever else they believe would interest you.

This is not right. It is not legal.


You have the right to feel safe when looking up medical information, choosing a school for your child, or seeking support to come out to your family without this being broadcast to strangers.

Petition:
https://www.liberties.eu/en/campaigns/ad-tech-2-petition--your-data-is-your-business/319

#privacy #surveillance #spying #mobile #phones #cellular #Internet #browsing #advertising #capitalism #CorporateGreed #security #private
 
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Your Data is Your Business. Tell #Google & #IAB to Mind Theirs

Petition


You go online. An advertisement appears for the exact coffee machine you looked up last week. Is it a trick? Nope.

When you are online, your personal information, like your:
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Location
  • Information derived from your browsing history (yes, the naughty stuff, but also health queries and voting preferences)
... is collected and broadcast to tens of thousands of companies in the online advertising industry.

Based on your data, companies size you up and decide in milliseconds if you’re a potential customer. If you are, they bid for the right to show you an ad. For coffee machines – or whatever else they believe would interest you.

This is not right. It is not legal.


You have the right to feel safe when looking up medical information, choosing a school for your child, or seeking support to come out to your family without this being broadcast to strangers.

Petition:
https://www.liberties.eu/en/campaigns/ad-tech-2-petition--your-data-is-your-business/319

#privacy #surveillance #spying #mobile #phones #cellular #Internet #browsing #advertising #capitalism #CorporateGreed #security #private
 

Apple Just Dealt A Major Blow To Google With This New Maps Update | Forbes

Apple has dealt a major blow to its biggest rival Google with an update of Apple Maps focusing on privacy. The rebuilt Apple Maps app is starting to roll out to users in the U.S. and will reach Europe very soon.

It comes as Apple continues to hail itself as the technology company of choice for those who care about their privacy. The iPhone maker’s iOS 13 operating system already hits out at Google by reminding users when its Maps app is collecting their data.
You should check out what Apple is doing about security and privacy with its Maps app.

#technology #tech #Apple #Maps #security #privacy
 

UN confirms it suffered a 'serious' hack, but didn't inform employees | Engadget

The United Nations was the victim of a massive, likely state-sponsored hacker attack this past summer, according to reports from The New Humanitarian and Associated Press. To make the matters worse, the organization didn't disclose the details and severity of the hack until those publications obtained an internal document on the situation.
#technology #tech #hacking #security #privacy #UN
 
"Apple and other big tech companies are increasingly going head-to-head with national governments as they attempt to control the internet within their borders."

#Apple #Putin #Russia #surveillance #privacy #cybersecurity
 

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The company also uses it to surveil its customers.

An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Four main analytics and marketing companies were discovered to be receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor data on the devices of paying customers.
Neither private nor secure.

#technology #tech #Ring #security #privacy
 

London’s Met Police switches on live facial recognition, flying in face of human rights concerns | TechCrunch

Liberty accused the force of ignoring the conclusion of a report it commissioned during an earlier trial of the tech — which it says concluded the Met had failed to consider human rights impacts.
#technology #tech #FacialRecognition #HumanRights #security #privacy
London’s Met Police switches on live facial recognition, flying in face of human rights concerns
 

Elon #Musk regularly destroys his phones for 'security purposes'


source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7589861/Court-documents-reveal-Elon-Musk-regularly-destroys-phones-switches-security-purposes.html

#security #privacy #phone #smartphone #news
 

How worried should you be about Apple and end-to-end encryption? | IDB

A new report out today says that Apple has not implemented end to end encryption on iCloud backups at the behest of the FBI. Apple hasn’t verified the report, but it has other reasons not to encrypt iCloud backups. In the end, I don’t worry too much about the absence of end-to-end encryption in iCloud, because it’s to my benefit. Let me explain.
One reason why it might be better that Apple doesn't encrypt everything.

#technology #tech #Apple #encryption #security #privacy
How worried should you be about Apple and end-to-end encryption?
 
"Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters."

"The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a harder line in high-profile legal disputes with the government and casting itself as a defender of its customers’ information."

#Apple #surveillance #privacy #encryption #FBI
 
" Bruce Schneier writes in the New York Times that banning facial recognition (as cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Brookline and Somerville have done) is not enough: there are plenty of other ways to automatically recognize people (gait detection, high-resolution photos of hands that reveal fingerprints, voiceprints, etc), and these will all be used for the same purpose that makes facial recognition bad for our world: to sort us into different categories and treat us different based on those categories."

"Some of these distinctions are easy to imagine: showing different ads on billboards based on who's looking at them, for example. Others are more sinister: targeting us for police interventions, raising the prices, or denying us entry to a place of business."

"Schneier says that we need to regulate more than facial recognition, we need to regulate recognition itself -- and the data-brokers whose data-sets are used to map recognition data to peoples' identities."

#privacy #facialrecognition #surveillance #discrimination
Facial recognition isn't just bad because it invades privacy: it's because privacy invasions fuel discrimination
 
" Bruce Schneier writes in the New York Times that banning facial recognition (as cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Brookline and Somerville have done) is not enough: there are plenty of other ways to automatically recognize people (gait detection, high-resolution photos of hands that reveal fingerprints, voiceprints, etc), and these will all be used for the same purpose that makes facial recognition bad for our world: to sort us into different categories and treat us different based on those categories."

"Some of these distinctions are easy to imagine: showing different ads on billboards based on who's looking at them, for example. Others are more sinister: targeting us for police interventions, raising the prices, or denying us entry to a place of business."

"Schneier says that we need to regulate more than facial recognition, we need to regulate recognition itself -- and the data-brokers whose data-sets are used to map recognition data to peoples' identities."

#privacy #facialrecognition #surveillance #discrimination
Facial recognition isn't just bad because it invades privacy: it's because privacy invasions fuel discrimination
 
Not sure if is interested, but this is one my areas of personal interest and fascination -- the intersection of cybersecurity, privacy, law, and society at large. I listened to this episode a little earlier while on the treadmill this morning...

It also involves a local criminal murder cold case that was eventually solved with the assistance of public DNA databases and genetic genealogy investigation, a fascinating topic, yet fraught with privacy and judicial equity and fairness issues, judicial policy, etc.

BTW, I really like 'Reveal' and they always have fascinating topics on their shows, FYI.

Catch a Killer With Your DNA

"Ever since police used genetic genealogy to crack the famous Golden State Killer case, this crime-fighting tool has solved dozens of killings and rapes that had gone cold for decades. Our show looks at the promise and perils of this powerful tool that combines DNA science with genealogy."

"We start with the slaying of a young Canadian couple in Washington state. This was the first case after the Golden State Killer to employ genetic genealogy, and the person who identified the suspect walks us through how she did it."

"We then hear a cautionary tale from a man who was misidentified as a murder suspect by an early version of genetic genealogy and discuss the constitutional and privacy issues raised by this technology."

"Despite its power, genetic genealogy finds itself at a crossroads. The technology is heavily dependent on police having access to databases controlled by consumer DNA companies, and there’s a debate going on about how open those sites should be to law enforcement."

#genealogy #DNA #justice #privacy #crime
Catch a Killer With Your DNA (rebroadcast)
 
"Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos."

"Then Mr. Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously, and provided it to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, ranging from local cops in Florida to the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security."

"His tiny company, Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app. You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants."

"Federal and state law enforcement officers said that while they had only limited knowledge of how Clearview works and who is behind it, they had used its app to help solve shoplifting, identity theft, credit card fraud, murder and child sexual exploitation cases."

"Until now, technology that readily identifies everyone based on his or her face has been taboo because of its radical erosion of privacy."

#privacy #surveillance #facialrecognition #biometrics #ClearviewAI
 

Researchers find serious flaws in WordPress plugins used on 400k sites | Ars Technica

Serious vulnerabilities have recently come to light in three WordPress plugins that have been installed on a combined 400,000 websites, researchers said. InfiniteWP, WP Time Capsule, and WP Database Reset are all affected.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #hacking #WordPress
 

These popular apps may be leaking personal details online | TechRadar

A new study has revealed that many popular dating and women's health apps share users' intimate data with dozens of companies involved in the advertising business.

The data shared with these firms could even be used to indicate users' sexual orientations and religious beliefs but these apps are also sharing other personal information including birthdays, GPS data and ID numbers associated with users' smartphones that could be used to tie all of the data back to a single person.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #health #dating
 

These popular apps may be leaking personal details online | TechRadar

A new study has revealed that many popular dating and women's health apps share users' intimate data with dozens of companies involved in the advertising business.

The data shared with these firms could even be used to indicate users' sexual orientations and religious beliefs but these apps are also sharing other personal information including birthdays, GPS data and ID numbers associated with users' smartphones that could be used to tie all of the data back to a single person.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #health #dating
 

How to Use Google Maps in Incognito Mode | Make Tech Easier

Google Maps can be a godsend when you are in a part of a neighborhood you are not familiar with. It also offers a great way to keep tabs on the places you have been to. But what if you don’t want Google Maps to keep track of where you have been? Fortunately, the feature now offers you the option to use an incognito mode while using Google Maps.
#technology #tech #Google #Maps #privacy #security
 

How to Use Google Maps in Incognito Mode | Make Tech Easier

Google Maps can be a godsend when you are in a part of a neighborhood you are not familiar with. It also offers a great way to keep tabs on the places you have been to. But what if you don’t want Google Maps to keep track of where you have been? Fortunately, the feature now offers you the option to use an incognito mode while using Google Maps.
#technology #tech #Google #Maps #privacy #security
 
Intersting, an open letter to Google against pre-installed application in Android:

https://privacyinternational.org/advocacy/3320/open-letter-google

#android #google #privacy #tracking
 
Intersting, an open letter to Google against pre-installed application in Android:

https://privacyinternational.org/advocacy/3320/open-letter-google

#android #google #privacy #tracking
 

You should update Firefox now to patch a serious security flaw – here's how | TechRadar

Mozilla has released an urgent Firefox update after discovering a serious security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.

The problem affects desktop versions of the browser, including Firefox ESR, which is intended for use by system administrators who control desktop environments in schools, offices, governments and other organizations.
Just run the browser and it should update. Go to Help, About Firefox on Windows and Linux, or Firefox, About Firefox on Mac to check which version you have. You might need to click an Update Firefox button there.

#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #Firefox #security #privacy #exploit
 
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WTF Patreon

is that an acceptable list of permissions just to verify my patreon name?


Read all my tweets including the private one, access my contacts, follow or unfollow people for me, write or delete tweets with my account... the list isn't even over! No, hell no!

Let's do a bad buzz here, shall we? Retweet this: (as patreon is obviously not on diaspora\*)

https://twitter.com/flaburgan/status/1215015461877932038

#privacy #patreon #tracking #mydataisMYdata
 
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New #Firefox version 72 loses HPKP support.


But there is nothing mentioning it in official release notes. Everyone seems to be talking about much needed PiP video functions. However there is announcement on Firefox Site Compatibility and the function is indeed disabled after upgrade.

Non-techy explanation: Most sites use encryption (that padlock in the address bar). Encryption not only protects your data from eavesdroppers but also ensures you are indeed connected to the site you see in the address bar and not some counterfeit copy run by hackers. However there are ways to fool this identity verification if hackers have access to certificate authorities. This can be done by legal means (governments), administrative (your employeer might do this on their network) or illegally (leaks, hacks, CA bugs, etc) - but it is not uncommon. HPKP allows website owners to configure their websites in a way that these hijacking attempts fail. Only small percentage of websites uses HPKP but it does work and I see nothing wrong with it being enabled as option for more security-oriented resources.
Is this change disastrous and will we all die? No. Does it weaken security and makes us more vulnerable? Yes, it does,

Note that Firefox was the last to drop this functionality (Chrome did it almost one year ago) but the entire trend is sad. This feature was optional and transparent for users. If it worked it made you more secure with no extra effort. If it didn't there was zero overhead. With two major browses disabling it it is safe to say it is gone.

Personally my opinion is that this was done to improve compatibility with various traffic inspection systems. Basically it opens venues for big players to get into our traffic. But we trust these guys, right?

...
Thanks to @Max Kostikov for heads up.

#privacy #internet #security #firefox #chrome #freedom
 
Oh look, I just published my retrospective of social media (and the internet) in the 2010s. It's a bit ranty, and a bit negative, but I needed to write that.

The 2010s and alternative Social Media: A decade full of work, hope, and disappointment
https://schub.wtf/blog/2020/01/01/2010s-alternative-social-media.html

(caution, ~3500 words)
#diaspora #privacy #socialmedia #standards and stuff
 
Überwachungsfirma FinFisher geht mit Anwälten gegen unsere kritische Berichterstattung vor




#Netzpolitik #FinFisher #Überwachung #Surveillance #Security #Privacy #Internet
Überwachungsfirma geht mit Anwälten gegen unsere kritische Berichterstattung vor
 
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