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IRS offers grants for software to trace privacy-focused cryptocurrency trades

Grants of up to $625,000 will be issued in exchange for cryptocurrency tracking technologies.

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is soliciting proposals from contractors that believe they can develop technologies able to shatter the privacy surrounding cryptocurrency transactions.

Prototypes and suggested methods to trace cryptocurrency transactions should including tracking capabilities for law enforcement, predictive analytics, and should have as little reliance on vendor-specific technologies as possible.

Source: IRS offers grants for software to trace privacy-focused cryptocurrency trades | ZDNet

Apple delays new anti-tracking privacy feature for phones and tablets

Apple has delayed the introduction of a stricter privacy feature designed to stop apps and websites tracking people online without their consent. The company had previously announced a change that would mean app developers have to ask users for permission to track them for advertising purposes.

The company had previously announced a change that would mean app developers have to ask users for permission to track them for advertising purposes. The measures were due to be implemented in the iOS 14 update to its operating system in the autumn.

Source: Apple delays new anti-tracking privacy feature for phones and tablets

NSA Mass Surveillance Program Illegal, U.S. Court Rules

The NSA argued its mass surveillance program stopped terrorist attacks – but a new U.S. court ruling found that this is not, and may have even been unconstitutional.

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled that the controversial National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance program exposed in 2013 was illegal – and may have even been unconstitutional.

Source: NSA Mass Surveillance Program Illegal, U.S. Court Rules | Threatpost

Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

Reading a book on a Kindle sends Amazon a lot of data about reading habits. How fast pages are turned, font sizes and views, and device details.

The Kindle sends device information, usage metadata, and details about every interaction with the device (or app) while it’s being used. All of this is linked directly to the reader account.

Opening the app, reading a book, flipping through a few pages, then closing the book sends over 100 requests to Amazon servers.

Full article: Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

Surveillance Scandal Involving U.S. Intelligence Hits Denmark

Denmark has been rocked by a surveillance scandal in which private citizens’ data was allegedly collected by military intelligence and then shared with foreign powers.

The revelations, brought forward by a whistle-blower, have already resulted in several high-level dismissals at the agency.

Source: Surveillance Scandal Involving U.S. Intelligence Hits Denmark

Google and Apple to roll out phase two of contact-tracing system

Apple and Google are preparing to roll out phase two of their Covid-19 contact-tracing system, allowing users to receive notifications about their exposure to infectious people without needing to install a specific app.

Operating system update will allow opt-in to coronavirus exposure notifications without need of an app.

Source: Google and Apple to roll out phase two of contact-tracing system | Technology | The Guardian

Security leak reveals Chinese government surveillance of more ethnic minorities

Ms Markson, on her program on Sky News, has revealed how Chinese activists have now uncovered a new facial recognition database targeting an ethnic minority group.

The Chinese Communist Party has previously used facial recognition to target minority groups including the Uighurs and Tibetans, by using high-tech surveillance which is then mobilized to imprison dissidents in indoctrination camps.

Source: Security leak reveals Chinese government surveillance of more ethnic minorities | Sky News Australia

Popular fertility app Premom shared data without user consent

The popular fertility app Premom asks users to upload details about their sexual health to receive personalized, remote analysis to help predict how to get pregnant.

But Premom’s app for Android was also collecting a broad swath of data about its users and sharing it without their permission with three Chinese companies focused on advertising.

While many apps use third parties to collect analytics or target ads, IDAC researchers say Premom users had no way of opting out of this tracking by both the app and the third parties that received their data, which IDAC contends was a violation of Google’s rules.

Source: Popular fertility app Premom shared data without user consent, researchers say – The Washington Post

Firefox adds protections against redirect tracking

New protection already active in Firefox 79; will roll out to all Firefox users in the next few weeks. According to Mozilla, Firefox 79 can now block a new technique called “redirect tracking.”

Online advertisers and web analytics companies have recently begun adopting this new technique after Firefox, Chrome, Brave, and other browsers have recently included privacy protections inside their code to block user tracking and user fingerprinting scripts.

Source: Firefox adds protections against redirect tracking | ZDNet

Android user chucks potential $10 billion lawsuit at Google

Google “abuses Android OS to obtain a competitive advantage”, according to a lawsuit filed this week alleging that the Alphabet offshoot “secretively monitored and collected users’ sensitive personal data” to develop apps to compete with TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram.

The putative class-action suit also alleged that Google was gathering info from TikTok specifically in order to unfairly compete against TikTok with a competing video platform app called ‘Shorts’.

Source: Android user chucks potential $10bn+ sueball at Google over ‘spying’, ‘harvesting data’… this time to build supposed rival to TikTok called ‘Shorts’ • The Register

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