Congress extends NSA call records collection powers to March

Congress extends NSA call records collection powers to March

In passing a short-term funding bill to avoid a U.S. government shutdown, Congress has also extended the government’s legal powers allowing it to collect daily millions of Americans’ call records. Buried in a funding bill passed by the House this week was a clause that extended the government’s so-called Section Read more…

Amnesty International latest to slam surveillance giants Facebook and Google as “incompatible” with human rights

Amnesty International latest to slam surveillance giants Facebook and Google as “incompatible” with human rights

Human rights charity Amnesty International is the latest to call for reform of surveillance capitalism — blasting the business models of “surveillance giants” Facebook and Google in a new report which warns the pair’s market dominating platforms are “enabling human rights harm at a population scale”. “[D]despite the real value Read more…

WebKit’s new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security

Invasive scheme spotted that foxes tracker blockers

Online privacy is facing a new challenge: A first-party tracker that appears to be unblockable with standard privacy tools such as adblockers. The tracker in question was spotted being deployed by French national newspaper, Liberation, which in October promised subscribers an entirely tracker-free experience. That promise garnered it a bunch Read more…

India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’

India says law permits agencies to snoop on citizen’s devices

The Indian government said on Tuesday that it is “empowered” to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication “generated, transmitted, received, or stored” on a citizen’s device in the country in the interest of national security or to maintain friendly relations with foreign states. Citing section 69 of the Information Read more…

A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good

A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good

A posthumous manifesto by Giovanni Buttarelli, who until his death this summer was Europe’s chief data protection regulator, seeks to join the dots of surveillance capitalism’s rapacious colonization of human spaces, via increasingly pervasive and intrusive mapping and modelling of our data, with the existential threat posed to life on Read more…

Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe

Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe

Chalk up another win for European data protection: Microsoft has announced changes to commercial cloud contracts following privacy concerns raised by European Union data protection authorities. The changes to contactual terms will apply globally and to all its commercial customers — whether public or private sector entity, or large or Read more…

TriNet sent remote workers an email that some thought was a phishing attack

TriNet sent remote workers an email that some thought was a phishing attack

It was the one of the best phishing emails we’ve seen… that wasn’t. Phishing remains one of the most popular attack choices for scammers. Phishing emails are designed to impersonate companies or executives to trick users into turning over sensitive information, typically usernames and passwords, so that scammers can log Read more…

California’s new data privacy law brings U.S. closer to GDPR

California’s new data privacy law brings U.S. closer to GDPR

The requirements aren’t insignificant, and the fines could add up Dimitri Sirota Contributor Dimitri Sirota is CEO and cofounder of data protection and privacy software company BigID. Sirota is an established serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and strategist in the technology and cyber security space. Data privacy has become one of Read more…

Adobe announces GA of customer data platform

Adobe announces GA of customer data platform

The customer data platform (CDP) is the newest tool in the customer experience arsenal as big companies try to help customers deal with data coming from multiple channels. Today, Adobe announced the general availability of its CDP. The CDP is a like a central data warehouse for all the information Read more…

Messaging app Wire confirms $8.2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US

Messaging app Wire confirms $8.2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US

Big changes are afoot for Wire, an enterprise-focused end-to-end encrypted messaging app and service that advertises itself as “the most secure collaboration platform”. In February, Wire quietly raised $8.2 million from Morpheus Ventures and others, we’ve confirmed — the first funding amount it has ever disclosed — and alongside that Read more…