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California’s Prop 24 splits data privacy supporters

California’s data privacy house is divided. On the Golden State’s November ballot this year is the question as to whether to amend California’s barely-two-year-old data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act. Far from the first attempt to change the fledgling law, Proposition 24 sets itself apart because its primary backer is the same man who us
Publish At:2020-10-30 13:35 | Read:181 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malwarebytes news "sensitive personal information" ACLU of N

Facial recognition: tech giants take a step back

Last week, a few major tech companies informed the public that they will not provide facial recognition software to law enforcement. These companies are concerned about the way in which their technology might be used. What happens when software that threatens our privacy falls into the hands of organization which we no longer trust? In general, being awar
Publish At:2020-06-18 13:50 | Read:694 | Comments:0 | Tags:Artificial Intelligence Privacy ACLU AI amazon biometrics EF

NIST shared dataset of tattoos that’s been used to identify prisoners

byLisa VaasIn 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit looking to force the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to cough up info about Tatt-C (also known as the Tattoo Recognition Challenge): a tattoo recognition program that involves creating an “open tattoo database
Publish At:2020-03-19 12:45 | Read:1049 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & order Privacy biometrics eff Electronic Frontier Found

Let’s Encrypt issues one billionth free certificate

byDanny BradburyLast week was a big one for non-profit digital certificate project Let’s Encrypt – it issued its billionth certificate. It’s a symbolic milestone that shows how important this free certificate service has become to web users.Publicly announced in November 2014, Let’s Encrypt offers TLS certificates for free. These cert
Publish At:2020-03-02 09:21 | Read:1048 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptography ACME Automated Certificate Management Environme

Malwarebytes teams up with security vendors and advocacy groups to launch Coalition Against Stalkerware

Today, Malwarebytes is announcing its participation in a joint effort to stop invasive digital surveillance: the Coalition Against Stalkerware. For years, Malwarebytes has detected and warned users about the potentially dangerous capabilities of stalkerware, an invasive threat that can rob individuals of their expectation of, and right to, privacy. Just
Publish At:2019-11-19 09:50 | Read:1464 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malwarebytes news Coalition Against Stalkerware EFF Electron

CEOs offer their own view of a US data privacy law

Last week, the chief executives of more than 50 mid- and large-sized companies urged Congress to pass a national data privacy law to regulate how companies collect, use, and share Americans’ data. Buried deep within the chief executives’ recommendations for such a law, presented as a policy framework for guidance, was a convenient proposal: Private indiv
Publish At:2019-09-20 11:20 | Read:1505 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Brave Brave browser Business Roundatble California C

Phish For The Future – spear-phishing attacks target Internet Freedom Activists

EFF published the report on “Phish For The Future,” an advanced persistent spearphishing campaign targeting Freedom Activists. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) confirmed that a sophisticated spear-phishing campaign targeted the employees of Internet freedom NGOs “Free Press” and “Fight for the Future” The EFF revealed that it is aware at least 70 att
Publish At:2017-10-01 02:25 | Read:2981 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Hacktivism EFF Freedom Activists spear

Is it Time to Can the CAN-SPAM Act?

Regulators at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are asking for public comment on the effectiveness of the CAN-SPAM Act, a 14-year-old federal law that seeks to crack down on unsolicited commercial email. Judging from an unscientific survey by this author, the FTC is bound to get an earful. Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, the ̶
Publish At:2017-07-02 20:30 | Read:4024 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other CAN-SPAM Dan Balsam eff Electronic Frontier Foundation

Post-FCC Privacy Rules, Should You VPN?

Many readers are understandably concerned about recent moves by the U.S. Congress that would roll back privacy rules barring broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing or selling customer browsing history, among other personal data. Some are concerned enough by this development that they’re looking at obfuscating all of their online brows
Publish At:2017-03-31 00:25 | Read:9625 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other DNS leak eff Electronic Frontier Foundation IPv6 leak

House Passes Long-Sought Email Privacy Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would update the nation’s email surveillance laws so that federal investigators are required to obtain a court-ordered warrant for access to older stored emails. Under the current law, U.S. authorities can legally obtain stored emails older than 180 days using only a subpoena issued by a
Publish At:2017-02-08 15:25 | Read:10369 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other CalECPA ECPA eff Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Let’s Encrypt has already issued one Million certificates

The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that the Let’s Encrypt Certificate Authority issued its millionth certificate. The open Certificate Authority (CA) Let’s Encrypt seems to be a success, the EFF is reaching its goals with the creation of this new certificate authority run by Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). IT giants like Mozilla, Cis
Publish At:2016-03-09 11:05 | Read:5919 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Digital ID Security digital certificates EFF L

Two months after FBI debacle, Tor Project still can’t get an answer from CMU

Enlarge / Shari Steele, Executive Director of the Tor ProjectEFFIt's been quite a few months for the Tor Project. Last November, project co-founder and director Roger Dingledine accused the FBI of paying Carnegie Mellon computer security researchers at least $1 million to de-anonymize Tor users and reveal their IP addresses as part of a large criminal invest
Publish At:2016-01-10 12:35 | Read:4103 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & Disorder Risk Assessment CMU EFF fbi hack privacy shar

FBI on Encryption: ‘It’s A Business Model Question’

Now that encryption has been elevated to a default technology on mobile devices, the government has heightened its “Going Dark” rhetoric, again on Wednesday insisting during a Senate Judicial Committee hearing that Silicon Valley figure out how to deliver plain-text communication between criminal and terror suspects to law enforcement.FBI Directo
Publish At:2015-12-10 18:25 | Read:4160 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptography Government Privacy Andrew Crocker EFF Encryptio

EFF Scoreboard – Secure Messaging, stay safe online

Learn more about the EFF scoreboard for secure, encrypted communication options online and what the future holds. Online communications have been increasing rapidly over the past few years. However, there are many incidents revealing Internet surveillance. If you think of Edward Snowden and the revelations that he had brought
Publish At:2015-12-06 06:35 | Read:3889 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Digital ID EFF EFF scoreboard EFF scorecard en

Mozilla Embraces Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox 42

Mozilla has pushed a feature in Firefox live that allows users to block certain page elements while browsing privately.The feature, Private Browsing with Tracking Protection, previously available to beta users, blocks third party page elements, such as ads, social network buttons, analytics, and other bits of information that could record a users’ brow
Publish At:2015-11-06 03:50 | Read:4790 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Web Security EFF Electronic Frontier Foundation Fire