Internet shutdowns: Procedural restrictions are needed to prevent internet shutdowns from becoming routine
By Asheeta Regidi The increasing number of internet shutdowns in India is a major cause for concern. The most recent was a 48 hours shutdown in Odisha over an objectionable social media post. Jammu & Kashmir also saw shutdowns yet again to prevent rumour-mongering. The Software Freedom Law Centre reports a total of 73 shutdowns in India, with J&K with the highest of 31 shutdowns. SFLC also reports a steady doubling of the number of shutdowns each year — 3 in 2012, 5 in 2013, 6 in 2...
Donald Trump signs repeal of US broadband privacy rules; endangers internet privacy
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates. Republicans in Congress last week narrowly passed the repeal of the privacy rules with no Democratic support and over the strong objections of privacy advocates. The signing, disclosed in White House statement late on Monday, follows strong criticism of the bill, which is a win for AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp an...
ISPs promise not to sell customers’ personal browsing history
As you’ve likely heard by now, Congress voted earlier this week to reverse FCC rules that prevented internet service providers from selling personal customer data like browsing history. Understandably, many Americans are upset by this. Now several ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are getting proactive in reassuring customers that their privacy matters, releasing statements that say they will not … Continue reading...
Your personal information is already up for sale, and there’s little you can do about it
In today’s world, data is everything. Data points are, by themselves, meaningless. But with context, a little bit of correlation and access to enough computing power, you can paint a picture of the world in more detail than you ever thought possible. With enough data, you might even predict the future. Data can be used for both good and bad. In a country that’s only recently taken its first steps towards its digital future, an understanding of the dangers, as well as advantages, of t...
Twitter releases letters that reveal extent of US Government’s demands for user data
Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016&rd...
Twitter releases letters that reveal extent of US Government’s demands for user data
Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016&rd...
Twitter releases letters that reveal extent of US Government’s demands for user data
Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016&rd...
Twitter releases letters that reveal extent of US Government’s demands for user data
Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016&rd...
Twitter releases letters that reveal extent of US Government’s demands for user data
Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016&rd...
Twitter releases letters that reveal extent of US Government’s demands for user data
Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government. The tech companies have been speaking up since the last eight months about the NSLs “that came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands in two letters it received in 2015 and 2016&rd...
Can my phone be tracked?
Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked – the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we’re going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we’re going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It’s really not too big … Continue reading...
Microsoft to launch web-based privacy dashboard, to give users more control over data
Microsoft is launching a web-based account privacy dashboard that gives users control over their data and lets them monitor the information Microsoft services use. According to a report in Endgadget on Wednesday, users can view and wipe their Bing search history, Edge browsing history and their location activity and edit data for Cortana Notebook and Microsoft Health. Microsoft has also promised that Windows 10 Creators update will have a better privacy experience from the start. “You will...
Uber Movement gives cities a peek into company’s trip data
It’s something urban planners have been dying to have and users will (or should) be dying to protect. Uber is a treasure trove of data about the comings and goings of people because of how it so conveniently integrates GPS locations, trip data, and such. It is, naturally, ripe for the picking for city planners and administrators who want raw … Continue reading...
IoT redux… this time, it’s personal
 As we advance toward 2017, a quick analysis of our connected landscape indicates that the IoT is taking a short break from destroying the internet and is now letting Mark Zuckerberg take a shot at it. All joking aside, the process of rapidly restructuring our world via technology — and functioning in the flux — has become our new normal. More of the same is on tap in 2017. Read More ...
Senator urges Uber to add in-app location tracking controls
US Senator Al Franken has fired off a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick urging the company to update its privacy policy and add in-app controls regarding its recently announced background location tracking. Though Franken says it seems the update is “well-intentioned,” he expresses concern about the change and urges Uber to ‘amend [its] privacy statement to reflect the company’s … Continue reading...
Evernote backtracks, makes employee peeking opt-in
Well that was quick. Just as Evernote‘s privacy mess escalated rather quickly, its resolution came quickly as well. Whether forgiveness and redemption will also quickly follow remains to be seen. Sensing that a inconsequential apology from CEO Chris O’Neill wasn’t enough to quell flaring tempers, Evernote has quickly followed with a statement that they are revising their stance. Sort of. … Continue reading...
Evernote’s apology changes nothing
This morning Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill sent an email to apologize for and clarify this week’s Privacy Update blunder. This apology suggests that two factors make what they’re doing OK in their eyes. One of these factors is the user’s ability to opt-out. The other is the idea that “select” Evernote employees may see “random content” from Evernote users. This … Continue reading...
Privacy should never be sacrificed for the sake of free
Yesterday was not a very good day for privacy. First was the revelation that Evernote’s new privacy policy will basically allow its engineers to take a peek at any of your notes. Then there’s Google’s lawsuit settlement, which involves still scanning your (and non-Gmail users’) e-mails. And to top it all off, Yahoo has admitted that an even more massive … Continue reading...
Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)
Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they’ll be updating their service to “process and take action on [your thoughts] – to think.” If that weren’t creepy enough, they’re also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont … Continue reading...
Why screenshot notification by Instagram is a right step towards user data privacy
Instagram recently announced that it would notify users when other users took a screenshot of any of the ‘disappearing’ images, videos or ‘Boomerang’s shared by them. Disappering images and videos in Direct message section is the latest Instagram feature which it has lifted from, who else, Snapchat. Immediately after the announcement social media blazed with reactions and outcries about how this was a wrong move by the company. Twitter was full of reactions and memes...