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Your VPN could be a privacy trap

When people turn to a VPN service, they expect full-on anonymity. Particularly when the VPN service says, “we do NOT keep any logs that can identify … a user” or “we have a strict zero-logs policy.”

These days, it seems that when it comes to claims about VPN logging policy, it is mostly just marketing speak. Many VPN services actually keep logs of user activity despite making claims to the contrary — in other words, they are disguised privacy traps waiting to be triggered.

Source: Your VPN could be a privacy trap

Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash

Imagine this: an enormous tech company is tracking what you do on your phone, even when you’re not using any of its services, down to the specific images that you see. It’s also tracking all of your network traffic, because you’re installing one of its specially-designed routers.

Full article: Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash

Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install an app that gave the company access to everything their phone sent or received over the internet. In response, Apple has revoked Facebook’s ability to publish certain apps, in a move that could have far-reaching implications for both companies.

Facebook has been accused of exploiting a loophole in Apple’s privacy regulations to publish the iPhone app, which provided it with data it used to keep ahead of youth trends.

Source: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance

Whether the response to this latest viral meme is a change of direction or a bump in the road, it’s too early to tell. But it’s definitely an awakening of sorts. For the first time, Big Tech might not have its hands so firmly on the steering wheel. The thing is, though, no-one else does either.

Full article: Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance

Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights groups

A band of human rights organisations have appealed against a top European court’s ruling on bulk surveillance, arguing that any form of mass spying breaches rights to privacy and free expression.

The group, which includes Liberty, Privacy International and the American Civil Liberties Union, has taken issue with parts of a September judgment from the European Court of Human Rights.

Full article: Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court • The Register

Facial recognition technology to be used in London streets

Retail zones and shops in the UK capital are guaranteed to be bustling with consumers seeking out presents this Yuletide period. But central London shoppers themselves may also be getting picked out by new facial recognition technology implemented by Metropolitan police.

Source: Facial recognition technology to be used in London streets

Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

People are flocking to privacy tools online that block trackers following your every click, companies are hiring more privacy experts, and politicians are fighting for legislation to force companies to be more open about how they use your data.

While Cambridge Analytica was the biggest event, other privacy mistakes throughout the year continued to grow people’s concerns.

Full article: Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018 – CNET

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

The privacy warriors of the 1960s would have been astounded by what the tech industry has become. They would be more amazed to realize that the policy choices they made back then — to demand data transparency rather than limit data collection, and to legislate the behavior of government but not private industry — enabled today’s tech giants to become as large and powerful as they are.

Full article: Opinion | The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s – The New York Times

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