LinkedIn and Reddit Are The Latest Apps Found to be Snooping on Your Clipboards

iOS 14’s new privacy feature has been snitching on a lot of snooping apps in recent days, raising concerns from users and hopefully inspiring the companies behind the apps to do something about it. The latest apps caught snitching were LinkedIn and Reddit, although the companies want to assure users that they’re fixing it. Read More >>

US Court Rules Facebook Widgets Can Be Considered Wiretaps

For a long time, different people would typically give you different answers about which Silicon Valley giant is, definitively, The Worst. Recently though, Facebook seems to be the name that comes up first in a lot of people’s minds, for any number of reasons. Maybe it’s the way the company’s CEO just stood there while a sitting American president actively called for people of colour to be murdered on his platform. Maybe it’s because one of the chairs on its Oversight Board throws around the occasional racial slur. Maybe it’s just because you think VR headsets look like shit. Read More >>

It’s Not Just TikTok Spying on Your iOS Clipboard

Back in March TikTok was busted for accessing iOS clipboards. Despite promises to stop this, iOS 14 revealed that it’s still happening. But it’s not just TikTok – more than 50 other iPhone apps are also guilty of the practice. Read More >>

Google’s Promise to Delete Your Data Has a Major Loophole

Google’s push to become a privacy-positive company over the past year has been, depending on how you look at it, an act of genuine benevolence, a brilliant marketing decision, or straight-up bullshit. So when Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s latest moves in the privacy-protecting space on Twitter on Wednesday, the biggest surprise – at least to me – was the lack of scepticism I was seeing from other reporters in the privacy and policy spaces. Read More >>

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South Wales Police’s Facial Recognition System Accused of Racial Bias and Privacy Issues

A court case about South Wales police's use of technology has kicked off with some pretty major accusations, and some ironic technical problems. Read More >>

The Biggest Privacy Changes Coming to iOS in 2020

Apple never misses a chance to brand itself as a tech company that puts our privacy before its profits – and this year’s annual developer conference was no exception. By the time the virtual keynote wrapped up last year, the company announced a slew of new privacy-protective tech that’d be rolled into the newest updates to its upcoming OS. Read More >>

Zoom Finally Caves, Lets Free Users Have End-to-End Encryption

Video chat service Zoom will finally add end-to-end encryption to calls placed by users on the free version of its service, weeks after announcing it would only be available to premium users who shelled out for the privilege. Read More >>

Researchers Have Found a Way to Listen In On Your Conversations Using Light Bulb Vibrations

As if we didn’t have enough to be stressed about in 2020, researchers from the Cyber Security Labs at Ben Gurion University and the Weizmann Institute of Science have come up with a way to listen in on a room, even at long distances, using less than $1,000 (£797) worth of equipment that’s able to measure subtle light changes in a room caused by sound waves vibrating a light bulb. Read More >>

Zoom Promises to Enforce China’s Censorship Better

Zoom will enforce Chinese Communist Party censorship, the company confirmed in an official release yesterday. Earlier this week, after it was alerted by the Chinese government, the company suspended three accounts for hosting Tiananmen Square memorials, including a US-based pro-democracy group that featured mothers of those killed in the protests. The other two were based in the US and Hong Kong. Zoom says a fourth meeting was allowed to proceed because it didn’t include participants from mainland China. Read More >>

Brave Blows Up Its Whole Reason for Existing

As a software company in the browser space, Brave’s made a name for itself by putting user privacy first and monetisation second. But now, some of its users are pointing out that the pledge might be a bit duplicitous. As first pointed out by the folks over at Decrypt, Brave has been quietly redirecting its users from particular cryptocurrency sites, over to affiliate URLs that Brave, in turn, can use to track users and skim off revenue. Read More >>

How to Track the Tech That’s Tracking You Every Day

It’s easy to feel helpless right now. Cities across the U.S. are seeing unarmed protesters maimed by police officers who enjoy both the full support of the current presidential administration and of the American legal system itself. The United States Congress is, in 2020, debating whether to make lynching a federal hate crime. And there’s still a pandemic happening! Meanwhile, even the people who emerge from this moment unscathed physically will, undoubtedly, find their digital lives compromised in more ways than we can possibly fathom. Read More >>

Singapore Plans to Roll Out Its Own Contact-Tracing Wearable

As the UK and several other countries mull over how best to utilise contact-tracing technology, Singapore is planning to issue virus-tracking wearables to each of its 5.7 million residents. Read More >>

NHS Tracing App: We Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Our Privacy to Get Back to Normal

So despite the fact that we're still technically under lockdown, and the COVID-19 pandemic is still having a lot of fun killing and hospitalising far too many people, things are vaguely on the way to going back to normal. If you believe the government that's because we're getting this virus under control, with help from large-scale testing and this thing the NHS pumped out commonly referred to as the 'Contact and Trace app'. Read More >>

Signal’s Proving Why It’s The Protestor’s App Of Choice

To put it bluntly, there are plenty of folks with good reason to be scared right now. As more and more people in the US continue to peacefully protest the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, uniformed officers are turning literal weapons of war against the public, leaving an untold number of protestors, reporters, and bystanders with injuries ranging from permanent, to life-threatening, to fatal. Read More >>

Google Facing £4 Billion Lawsuit for Tracking People Using Chrome’s Incognito Mode

While most people know that using “private” or “incognito” mode stops your browser from saving things like your history or cookies, those modes don’t fully prevent you from being tracking online. And in a new proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday, plaintiffs are seeking upwards of $5 billion (£3.98 billion) in damages from Google for persistently tracking users and misrepresenting Chrome’s privacy options. Read More >>