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Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

There are many resources to limit your exposure to threats on the internet. There are countless ways to control what sites can see about you and your internet behavior. As with most things, it’s impossible to be 100% safe, but by installing a few browser extensions and making some safer choices, you can be more confident about your privacy.

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Web inventor Berners-Lee creates a new privacy first way of dealing with the internet

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of web, has started a Solid – a startup to develop a way for web users to regain control of their personal data. Solid is a secure repository for all our personal data, and from there we can choose what access to grant to other companies and apps.

Source: Web inventor Berners-Lee creates a new privacy first way of dealing with the internet | ZDNet

Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law

U.S. Justice Department on Sunday sued California to stop the state’s new law that would guarantee full and equal access to the internet, a principle known as net neutrality, in the latest legal fight between the state and the Trump administration. The law is one of the strongest efforts in the nation to restore internet access rules since they were rolled back by the Federal Communications Commission last year.

Source: Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law – The New York Times

Can Europe’s GDPR Save the Internet?

In an world increasingly driven by the ability of private companies and governments to collect vast amounts of personal data online, the European Union’s ambitious new data rules enshrine data. In the Internet age, ordinary people have become extraordinarily vulnerable, because participating in the digital economy and broader society now frequently involves revealing personal information to large organizations that can easily store it, process it, and share it without any input from individuals.

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Worries arise about security of new WebAuthn protocol

A team of security researchers has raised the alarm about some cryptography-related issues with the newly released WebAuthn passwordless authentication protocol.

WebAuthn was officially launched earlier this year, in April. It’s a standard developed under the patronage of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the official body for all web standards. Cryptography experts point out that new WebAuthn protocol recommends or requires the implementation of old and weak algorithms known to be vulnerable to attacks for years.

Source: Worries arise about security of new WebAuthn protocol | ZDNet

Trademark Enforcement Implications of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

GoDaddy and WHOIS.com appear to have selectively redacted the information only for registrants providing an EU contact address. In light of this WHOIS blackout, the GDPR has effectively made it easier for counterfeiters and infringers to evade detection.

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UK: Complaints Double, Domain Registrations Drop and Spam Remains Constant since GDPR

New figures reveal that complaints received by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom have doubled since the EU General Data protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force May 25 this year. Between May 25  and July 3 ICO received 6,281 complaints compared to 2,417 complaints received during the same period in 2017.

Cisco has reported that the level of spam messages has not dropped since GDPR was introduced. About 85% of all emails are categorized as spam.

Interestingly, another report from Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group shows slight decrease since May 25, 2018 in daily registration of new domains.

Source: UK: Complaints Double, Domain Registrations Drop and Spam Remains Constant since GDPR Intoduction – Compliance Junction

ICANN loses injunction bid in dispute over WHOIS data in Germany

A German appeal’s court has rejected a bid from the internet’s global domain name organisation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to force a domain name registrar in the country to collect additional personal data.

Source: ICANN loses injunction bid in dispute over WHOIS data in Germany

Browser setting rules could be dropped from new ePrivacy Regulation

Plans to force web browser providers to ask users to set their privacy preferences could be scrapped, according to ePrivacy Regulation proposals under consideration by EU law makers as they have raised a lot of concerns. Such requirement would create burden for browsers and apps, the competition aspect, the link to fines for non-compliance but also the impact on end-users and the ability of this provision to address e.g. the issue of consent fatigue.

Source: Browser setting rules could be dropped from new e-Privacy Regulation

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