Privacy

Is “I forget” a valid defense when court orders demand a smartphone password?

This week, a judge considers possible jail for alleged extortionists who pled the Fifth.<p>On May 30, two suspects accused of extorting the so-called …

Security

How will China's Cybersecurity Law affect businesses? It is as alarming as Trump's trade policy, says expert

China is all set to implement its controversial Cybersecurity Law on June 1, six months after it was passed by the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. The law has several regulations, including banning of collecting and using personal information of users by internet service …

Cybersecurity

Brussels struggles to add teeth to consumer protections

<i>This article is part of a POLITICO Special Report: Connected Citizens.</i><p>The EU has big plans for a well-connected and data-protected life for its 500 …

European News

Should I run a VPN on my Android phone?

If you want or need to use a VPN, the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to using one on your phone, too.<p>With recent news of privacy-eroding …

Encryption

EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

<b>Analysis</b> The European Parliament has approved a draft law that geo-blocking, the act of offering an online content service in one European Union (EU) …

Televisions

China cyber security: Law to be enforced from 1 June to protect personal information online

<b>Beijing:</b> China's cyber security law will take effect on 1 June, banning online service providers from collecting and selling users' personal …

Cybersecurity

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws

Warning that new regulations will give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data<p>An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses …

Security

Governments stand ready to regulate a cyberscape they do not understand

As governments become more attuned to the threats posed in the IT space, the first reaction is to reflexively clamp down on them.<p>As the very likely …

Metadata

China to implement cyber security law from Thursday

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China, battling increased threats from cyber-terrorism and hacking, will adopt from Thursday a controversial law that mandates strict data surveillance and storage for firms working in the country, the official Xinhua news agency said.<p>The law, passed in November by the …

Cybersecurity

Personal data firms urged to act over new EU laws

Firms that keep or process personal information are being urged to act now to avoid steep fines under new EU data laws.<p>The General Data Protection …

Security

SXSW 2017: If the Internet Has a Kill Switch, We Are It

Austin, Tx.—If you’ve ever wondered whether there is a single point of failure that could take the entire Internet down in one fell swoop, rest …

Domain Names

Google to US: Too expensive to provide wage data in gender suit

The tech giant says it's "burdensome" to meet Labor Department demands in a trial involving salary and gender at Google, says a report.<p>Google got a jab from the US Labor Department Friday, when the tech powerhouse told a judge it would be too expensive to comply with a department request for …

Technology (India)

Solicitor-client privilege can hinder access to information

At the centre of recent issues around access to information in Alberta is the concept of solicitor-client privilege. While there are differing …

Canadian News

Could the UK be about to break end-to-end encryption?

Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media firms to hand over …

Security

The FBI illegally shared collected data on Americans with third parties

When the FBI obtains data on US citizens, oftentimes from the NSA, the agency is obligated to abide by some pretty strict protections when it comes …

Security

Recommended Reading: The bright future of free over-the-air TV

<b>Free Over-the-Air TV<br>Is Going to Get Better</b><br>James K. Willcox,<br>Consumer Reports<p>Thanks to a new standard known as ATSC 3.0, over-the-air TV broadcasts will include all the newfangled tech like 4K and HDR. <i>Consumer Reports</i> has the run down on what that means for OTA, including whether or not you may have …

Bruce Schneier

Tech giants to Congress: Please change how NSA spies on people

Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon band together in a push for internet surveillance reform.<p>Silicon Valley's giants are tired of US spies standing on their shoulders to see further.<p>In a letter dated Friday and signed by 31 tech companies, including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, …

National Security Agency (NSA)

ACLU Asks City Council to Beef Up Privacy Protections on Smart Meters

The ACLU of Washington says it has serious concerns about the upcoming roll out of Seattle City Light’s advanced metering—as well as the process for …

Security

Prototype device lets you easily switch between privacy options online

Why it matters to you<p>This device makes it easier to know how your data is being encrypted when you're online.<p>Even people who consider themselves to …

Security

How to build your own VPN if you’re (rightfully) wary of commercial options

While not perfect, either, cloud hosting providers have a better customer data record.<p>In the wake of this spring's Senate ruling nixing FCC privacy …

Cybersecurity

These 5 popular apps and websites reserve the right to sell your anonymized data

Last month, most people learned through a New York Times story that the email decluttering service Unroll.me had been selling anonymized customer data to third parties.<p>Specifically, Unroll.me had reportedly analyzed Lyft receipt data from users' email inboxes, then sold that data to Uber. Unroll.me …

Security

How to Keep Your Data Safe When Traveling Abroad

Traveling with technology is always a little daunting, but it doesn’t look like it’s getting any easier. Whether it’s a ban on electronic devices …

Security

Man reportedly makes dating profile for his ex, sends strangers to harass her at night

A woman in Canada believes her ex-boyfriend is sending sex-seeking strangers to her door in the middle of the night, using the services of the …

Will a VPN hide me from the Snoopers’ Charter?

The short answer is that it'll definitely help<p>Much has been written about the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, or Snoopers’ Charter, but despite …

Right To Privacy

RNC, Chamber Of Commerce Say A Robocall Isn’t A Robocall If It Goes Straight To Voicemail

An automated, prerecorded phone call that goes straight to voicemail may be slightly less annoying than a robocall that causes your phone to ring, …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Proposed US Bill Would Legalize Aggressive "Hack Back" Attacks

A US congressman is currently tinkering away at a proposed bill that will legalize some "hack back" counter-measures that breached companies can take …

Cybersecurity

Your Cellphone Isn’t Nearly as Secure as You Think

Over the past few weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been picking up some headlines because they’ve started executing so-called …

Geek

Half Of Companies Not Ready For GDPR -- Time For More Carrot, Less Stick?

There's only one story in email around the EU this week -- and that is, since yesterday, there is just one year to go until the General Data …

General Data Protection Regulation

New GOP bill may revive internet privacy fight

It would require both edge services and ISPs to get users’ permission before sharing their sensitive information — things like financial data, …

Security

The GDPR Is Coming: Five Ways You Can Safeguard Your Personal Data

"<p>Can you honestly say, hand on heart, you know who has access to your personal data? Just how many people know what your email address is or when your birthday is? And, more importantly, who knows where you live or what your bank card details are?<p>People are sharing their data with businesses online …

Security