WhatsApp Co-Founder Injects Signal With £36 Million to Make Encrypted Messaging ‘Ubiquitous’

The creators of Signal, the encrypted messaging app widely used throughout the security community—as well as by journalists, activists, and others seeking to stymie government surveillance—announced on Wednesday a major shift to the organisation’s makeup. Read More >>

Facebook Privacy Settings Aren’t Enough to Hide Your Photos From Court

It doesn’t matter if you have your Facebook profile set to private—you can still be required to hand over your photos and messages during a lawsuit, a New York appeals court ruled today. Read More >>

Why This AI Chatbot Is a Risky Way to Document Workplace Harassment

If you experiences inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, you have a number of different avenues you can consider. You can report the incident to human resources, hire an attorney, or, now, tell an unblinking machine. Spot, an AI-powered, browser-based chatbot for reporting workplace misconduct, launched out of beta this month in order to, as its website states, let people “report workplace harassment and discrimination without talking to a human.” Read More >>

Facebook Kids App Widely Criticised by Child Health Advocates Is Now Available to Even More Kids

Messenger Kids, Facebook’s messaging service for children, is rolled out to Android users yesterday. It’s a bold move, given that the app has gotten a lot of heat since its launch in December. Nearly 100 child health advocates signed a letter to Mark Zuckerberg last month urging him to delete the app, and Wired reported today that many of the experts who gave Messenger Kids their stamp of approval were funded by the social network. Read More >>

Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymise and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn. Read More >>

The Police are Testing New ‘Stop and Scan’ Powers That Let Them Check Fingerprints

Police here in the UK are set to get some new powers when it comes to stopping random people in the street. A new trial will let officers scan fingerprints of people unable to identify themselves, cross checking it with criminal and immigration databases to see if you're actually allowed to be out in the streets. Read More >>

Creeping on Instagram May Get a Lot Harder

A feature that identifies who screenshots your public posts is not a bad feature, unless you learn about it the hard way—trying to creep surreptitiously. And it appears that Instagram is now quietly testing such a feature within Instagram Stories, the Snapchat-like service that lets users create a sequence of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Read More >>

China’s Dystopian Police State Arms Cops With Smart Glasses to Scan Everyone’s Faces

Chinese police have begun using glasses equipped with facial recognition-enabled cameras to spot fugitives travelling through train stations. Though Chinese police have said the glasses will spot people using fake IDs or travelling to avoid a warrant, many are concerned about China using the tech to target political advocates and minorities. China has been accused of using face recognition tech to “fence in” the Muslim Uighur minority in northwestern Xinjiang. Read More >>

Grammarly Bug Let Snoops Read What You Wrote, Typos and All (Updated)

Copyediting app Grammarly left open a gaping security hole that left users of its browser extension open to more embarrassment than just misspelt words. Read More >>

Snake Oil Salesmen Plague the Security Industry, But Not Everyone is Staying Quiet

Sitting in his college dorm room back in the mid-1990s, Desautels let his curiosity run rampant. He had a hunch that his school’s network was woefully insecure, so he took it upon himself to test it and find out. Read More >>

Stupid British Laws Mean Pornhub Will Start Demanding Your Name and Address From April

Thanks to those buffoons in parliament and their aversion to any sort of online nakedness, April is going to be a fun month for wankers across the UK. And that means in about two months time you'll need to make an account before you can watch stuff on Pornhub, as well as handing over a bunch of personal information. Read More >>

Child Health Groups to Mark Zuckerberg: Delete Messenger Kids 

In December, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, a new messaging service for kids as young as six. Now, a bunch of advocacy groups are urging Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the app. Read More >>

How to Avoid Being Tracked on Your Laptop, Phone, or Fitness Tracker

Today we’re all being tracked by more gadgets than ever before, and in ways that might not be immediately obvious; but it is possible to put restrictions on the data that your laptop, your smartphone, and even your fitness tracker can collect about you—in particular, where you are and what you’re doing with your device. Read More >>

Lyft Investigating Claim Employees Accessed Info of Mark Zuckerberg and Others

In an email to Gizmodo, Lyft confirmed that it is investigating an anonymous claim that employees used its customer database to access the personal information of romantic partners and technology executives like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Read More >>

The Court of Appeals Has Decided the UK’s Surveillance Regime Was Unlawful After All

The government has been doing its best to spy on everyone and everything, with the Snooper's Charter giving them much broader powers on who and what they can spy on. While there have been many legal challenges linked to the controversial bill, including rulings from the EU, a ruling from the UK Court of Appeals means large part of the Snooper's Charter are unlawful. Read More >>