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HTTPS Isn’t Always as Secure as It Seems

A surprising number of high-traffic sites have TLS vulnerabilities that are subtle enough for the green padlock to still appear.

Transport Layer Security, or TLS, encrypts data between your browser and the web servers it communicates with to protect your travel plans, passwords, and Google searches from prying eyes. But new findings from researchers at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy and Tu Wien in Austria indicate that a surprising number of encrypted sites still leave these connections exposed.

Source: HTTPS Isn’t Always as Secure as It Seems | WIRED

Silicon Valley – Not Governments – Will Kill Encryption

It is Silicon Valley that will roll back the protections of encryption, not for the needs of governments to combat terrorists and criminals, but for their own profit-minded needs to continue mining, monetizing and manipulating their users.

The growing popularity of end-to-end encryption threatens to upend this uneasy truce between digital security and the ability of web companies to mine our personal data.

Full article: Silicon Valley – Not Governments – Will Kill Encryption

Facebook Promises Encrypted Messaging, but You Don’t Need to Wait

Facebook Messenger may offer end-to-end encryption, eventually, but Facebook can still use the service to collect your data. And you already have other choices for secure messaging. Consumer Reports has the details.

Full article: Facebook Promises Encrypted Messaging, but You Don’t Need to Wait – Consumer Reports

Is encrypted data personal data under the GDPR?

As businesses across the world have begun adjusting to life under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, an important question continues to crop up: Should encrypted data be treated as personal data?

The answer to this question has significant ramifications for the modern e-commerce world. At its most basic, encryption is a way of protecting the privacy of your data.

Full article: Is encrypted data personal data under the GDPR?

Zuckerberg posts Facebook mission statement on privacy and encryption

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a more-than-3,000-word blog post that seems to declare a major shift in Facebook’s strategy.

In it, he says he believes that “a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms.” Zuckerberg explains that he wants Facebook to build a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform.

Source: Zuckerberg: Facebook will shift focus to private networks instead of open ones | Ars Technica

Firms are focusing data encryption efforts in the wrong place

Businesses urgently need to review data storage infrastructures if they are to remain confident that they are meeting compliance regulations. Historically, companies have been concerned that it would be those outside the organisation who would be a threat to data security.

Full article: Firms are focusing data encryption efforts in the wrong place

Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

Researchers are highlighting the insecure nature of Internet of Things devices in a report released Tuesday alleging a bevy of popular consumer connected devices sold at major retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy and are riddled with security holes and privacy issues.

In analyzing 12 different IoT devices, researchers with Dark Cubed and Pepper IoT reported security failures that ranged from a lack of encryption for data and missing encryption certificate validations.

Full article: Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

Facebook and Google back changes to laws which break encryption

Industry groups including the representative of tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, have backed several Labor amendments to the Australia’s encryption bill.

Under Labor’s plan, law enforcement agencies would require a fresh warrant before ordering tech companies to assist or build a new capability to access electronic communications and the bill’s prohibition against creating a “systemic weakness” would be strengthened.

Source: Facebook and Google back Labor changes to laws which break encryption | Technology | The Guardian

The hidden threat in GDPR’s encryption push

Organisations are, quite rightly, increasingly deploying encryption solutions to secure their data, particularly since the introduction of GDPR. Encryption is the process of encoding data so that it is meaningless to any anyone accessing it without authorisation.

Full article: The hidden threat in GDPR’s encryption push

British intelligence officials propose way to access encrypted group chats

Two British intelligence officials have proposed what they see as a potential solution to a key challenge facing law enforcement agencies — an inability to intercept encrypted group calls and messages through services such as WhatsApp and Signal.

Their idea: Add law enforcement as a “silent” user to the chat or call.

Full article: The Cybersecurity 202: British intelligence officials propose way to access encrypted group chats – The Washington Post

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