If you’ve made an account or two in recent years, you’ve likely noticed that a lot of these sites scold you for using an “insecure” password under certain conditions. Sometimes you don’t even have to press the “Register” button before you’re met with a little message next to the password field saying that you’re using a weak password. Although some sites may stop you from registering with what they consider a weak password entirely, others just warn you and leave you to do what you want of your own volition anyway. Regardless, these sites (mostly) have one thing in common: their criteria for “safe passwords”… Read more
Grindr has a communication problem.
The social networking app used by 3.6 million people has been doing more than simply facilitating hookups, and in the process has potentially put the privacy of its users at risk.
According a report from BuzzFeed News, the company is sharing user data with two other companies — data that includes email addresses, GPS data, phone IDs, and HIV statuses. Taken as a whole, this information could be used to determine the HIV status of individuals by name.
After all, how many of you use some form of your real name as your email address? This, paired with your phone ID and GPS location, is likely more than enough to peg data to a specific person. What’s more, even if Grindr doesn’t have specific health data on you, this information might be enough to identify you as a user of a queer-focused app. Read more…
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Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered data exchange services such as internet messengers to give up the encryption keys for their clients’ correspondence within 10 days of receiving an official request.
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The immutability and decentralized nature of public blockchain networks, such as bitcoin and Ethereum, could allow governments to process large amounts of sensitive information on an unchangeable and transparent platform. In an exclusive interview with Binary District, Daniel Gasteiger, the co-founder of Procivis, an electronic ID solutions company built on integrated e-government platform eID+; and Patrick McCorry, a Research Associate at University College London (UCL), discussed the potential of blockchain technology in e-governance and the limitations that may restrict its applicability. Potential applications of blockchain technology in e-governance Over the last two years, several governments, including those of Brazil and…
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Signal is a messaging service that has gained a lot of traction among privacy enthusiasts in recent years. It is a cross-platform app that is available for both Android and iOS, with desktop support for Windows, macOS and Linux. It looks and works like most messaging apps, so it’s easy to get started with, and it can also handle your SMS so you don’t have to use a separate app. It supports voice and video calls and allows you to share pictures, videos, or documents in your conversations. The Signal Protocol On the privacy and security front, as long as both parties are communicating with… Read more
With more than 120 people killed in Paris, US government officials are already touting the City of Light as the case against encryption.
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One privacy app to rule your calls, and in the darkness encrypt them.
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The new, dead-simple software—still in beta—promises to protect both the content and origin of instant messages from surveillance.
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A federal magistrate in New York declined to fall in step with the government’s demand to access an Apple device seized by investigators, fanning the flames of a national debate.
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The White House has denied the FBI’s pleas for an encryption backdoor. But don’t forget that feds can still sneak in through the window.
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