Tag Archives: privacy

Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

This morning, WhatsApp made the scope of the Apple-FBI encryption battle look kinda small.

Source: Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People | WIRED

Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets

“Hey Alexa, could you record all my conversations and transmit them, unencrypted, to anyone who asks for them?”

As Apple fights for encryption, Amazon disables it.

Source: Amazon Quietly Removes Encryption Support from its Gadgets | Motherboard

Instagram Hates The Internet

I have long spoken and written about the problems with the “walled garden” approach of social media companies. The danger lies in depending on a single platform that you do not own, and relinquishing ownership of your materials to the platform for the financial gain of its owners. Take control, folks! Own your data! Keep an eye on this space for more projects aimed at democratizing social media. My goal is that, with a minimum of effort and learning, you too can claim your own space much like we had back in the heyday of the personal web site.

This was the business model of Compuserve. And AOL. And then a little thing called The Internet got popular for a minute in the mid 1990s, and that plan suddenly didn’t work out so well for those captains of industry.

Source: jwz: Instagram Hates The Internet

Inside Facebook’s Quest to Be Your Bestie—By Owning Your Memories

Remember: The more your personal life you post to Facebook, the more Facebook now owns your personal life.

What does it mean that Facebook wants to be your friend on Facebook?

Source: Inside Facebook’s Quest to Be Your Bestie—By Owning Your Memories | WIRED

Creepy Ad Company Says It Will Stop Eavesdropping With ‘Audio Beacons’

Silverpush claims it won’t be using ultrasonic tones to target ads anymore, but its website still advertises the tracking tech.

Source: Creepy Ad Company Says It Will Stop Eavesdropping With ‘Audio Beacons’ | Motherboard

What Apple’s FBI Standoff Says About Google’s Android Security

Everyone fails to recognize that the decentralised nature of Android is–while being a “mainstream flaw”–is one of its greatest strengths. Yes, Google wants to have more control over its operating system, but that goes against the very nature of what they intended when they began developing it. The point of the matter, though, is that very little would change if that asshole had used Android instead (considering the likely application of Paranoid Android in such a case). Actually, the whole matter would likely be less of an issue politically because there is not one entity to subpoena. The FBI could subpoena Google to do something, but Google could (in good faith) say that there is nothing they can do if an alternative OS were installed. The takeaway here should not be how much more secure iPhones are (they aren’t necessarily), but that compulsory cracking like this is dangerous to freedom at large.

“There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”

Justice Antonin Scalia

Source: What Apple’s FBI Standoff Says About Google’s Android Security | Re/code

Mozilla Advocacy

I just watched a great video about online privacy and how it let’s #youbeyou. Check it out at mzl.la/encrypt

Source: Mozilla Advocacy