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Chrome users, here’s how to opt out of the Google FLoC trial

Two weeks after Google launched a trial to replace run-of-the-mill online user tracking with new-fangled online user tracking, several companies and organizations have pushed back, criticizing the new technology—called FLoC—which is designed to respect people’s privacy more, as a detriment to user privacy. The good news is that, if you want to escap
Publish At:2021-04-15 15:39 | Read:453 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Apple Brave DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo browser extension

Defending online anonymity and speech with Eva Galperin: Lock and Code S02E03

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs. In addition, we talk to Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity for Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the importance of protecting online anonymity and speech. In January, the New York Times exposed a public harassment campaign likely waged by one woman ag
Publish At:2021-03-01 14:30 | Read:610 | Comments:0 | Tags:Podcast APT CDA 230 EFF Electronic Frontier Foundation Eva G

A week in security (January 25 – January 31)

January 28 was Data Privacy Day, but for Malwarebytes Labs, it was Data Privacy Week. As such, we’re packed with more privacy coverage than you can shake a stick at, starting with some practical steps on how to make your online life private and secure, and why privacy is core to a safer internet. We also covered news on Grindr facing a huge GDPR fine d
Publish At:2021-02-01 07:54 | Read:872 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Babku ransomware Babuk catfishing coronav

Why Data Privacy Day matters: A Lock and Code special with Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, and EFF

You can read our full-length blog here about the importance of Data Privacy Day and data privacy in general Today is a special day, not just because January 28 marks Data Privacy Day in the United States and in several countries across the world, but because it also marks the return of our hit podcast Lock and Code, which closed out last year with an epis
Publish At:2021-01-28 06:24 | Read:710 | Comments:0 | Tags:Podcast Browser guard browser plugins data broker data broke

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:1027 | 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:1557 | 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:1751 | 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:1874 | 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:2436 | 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:2326 | 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:3492 | 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:4689 | 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:10347 | 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:10989 | 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:6870 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Digital ID Security digital certificates EFF L

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