privacy

Why The FBI Director Is Wrong About Encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech reiterating the FBI’s nearly 20-year-old talking points about why it wants to reduce the security in your devices rather than help you increase it. Here’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s response.


What Do Self-Driving Cars Mean For Personal Privacy And Data Security?

Autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, are likely to be seen more widely on roads in 2015. Already, legislation authorising the use of autonomous vehicles has been introduced in the US states of Nevada, Florida, California and Michigan, with similar legislation being planned for the UK.

To date, these laws have focused on legalising the use of autonomous vehicles and dealing, to an extent, with some of the complex issues relating to liability for accidents. But as with other emerging disruptive technologies, such as drones and wearables, it is essential that issues relating to user privacy and data security are properly addressed prior to the technologies being generally deployed.


5 Ways To Hide From Common Surveillance Tech

We may not be in a total surveillance state yet, but thanks to the FBI’s insane new facial recognition system, a 1984-esque reality doesn’t seem quite so far away. Fortunately, scientists and designers alike are hard at work building counter surveillance solutions to ease (and hide) our worried minds.


Facebook: The DEA Can't Use Fake Profiles To Chase Suspects

Remember how the US Justice Department decided it was just fine for a Drug Enforcement Administration agent to steal a woman’s identity and set up a fake Facebook account to chase subjects? Well, Facebook’s not OK with that.


iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want To Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behaviour, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And, this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that’s been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper’s not so anonymous.


Report: Whisper Tracks Users Even When They Ask It Not To

You should know by now that purportedly anonymous apps aren’t really anonymous. But now, The Guardian reports that Whisper, the secret-telling app and so-called “safest place on the internet,” actually tracks its users to a frightening degree of detail. Even if you opt out of location services, The Guardian says, Whisper will apparently find you.


This Is Why You Should Care About Privacy

You should care about digital privacy. You really should. If you’re still not convinced though, you should watch this video, in which Glenn Greenwald talks passionately about why it’s so important.


Even A Golden Key Can Be Stolen: Inside Apple's Encryption Decision

Since Apple first announced three weeks ago that it was expanding the scope of what types of data would be encrypted on devices running iOS 8, law enforcement has been ablaze with indignation. When Google followed suit and announced that Android L would also come with encryption on by default, it only added fuel to the fire.


The Malware Of The Future May Actually Help Us -- For A Little While

Malware is everywhere you turn right now, but that does at least mean we’re conscious of it. But the malicious software of the future might have a new trick up its sleeve: playing friendly for a long time before it goes rogue and messes things up once we’re comfortable with its presence.


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