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Google Urged to Stop Tracking Location Data Ahead of Roe Reversal

Google Urged to Stop Tracking Location Data Ahead of Roe Reversal

more than 40 Democratic members of Congress called on Google to stop collecting and retaining customer location data that prosecutors could use to identify women who obtain abortions. “We are concerned that, in a world in which abortion could be made illegal, Google’s current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of cell phone location …

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How GDPR Is Failing

How GDPR Is Failing

The French data regulator has, in some ways, sidestepped the international GDPR process by directly pursuing companies’ use of cookies. Despite common beliefs, annoying cookie pop-ups don’t come from GDPR—they’re governed by the EU’s separate E-Privacy law, and the French regulator has taken advantage of this. Marie-Laure Denis, the head of French regulator CNIL, has …

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If Tech Fails to Design for the Most Vulnerable, It Fails Us All

If Tech Fails to Design for the Most Vulnerable, It Fails Us All

What do Russian protesters have in common with Twitter users freaked out about Elon Musk reading their DMs and people worried about the criminalization of abortion? It would serve them all to be protected by a more robust set of design practices from companies developing technologies. Let’s back up. Last month, Russian police coerced protesters …

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The NSA Wears It Has 'No Backdoors' in Next-Gen Encryption

The NSA Wears It Has ‘No Backdoors’ in Next-Gen Encryption

A group of human rights lawyers and investigators called on the Hague this week to bring what would be the first ever “cyber war crimes” charges. The group is urging the International Criminal Court to bring charges against the dangerous and destructive Russian hacking group known as Sandworm, which is run by Russia’s military intelligence …

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2 Visions Clash Over How to Fight Online Child Abuse in Europe

2 Visions Clash Over How to Fight Online Child Abuse in Europe

Encrypted messenger services have been quick to condemn the Commission’s proposal. Julia Weiss, a spokesperson for the Swiss messenger app Threema, says the company was not willing to undermine its users’ privacy in any way. “Building a surveillance system to proactively scan all private content was a terrible idea when Apple proposed it, and it’s …

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Android 13 Tries to Make Privacy and Security a No-Brainer

Android 13 Tries to Make Privacy and Security a No-Brainer

Android already limited how much access apps had to the clipboard and notified users when an app grabbed something from it. But Android 13 adds another layer by automatically deleting whatever is in your clipboard after a short interval. This way, apps can’t find out old things that you copied and, bonus, you’re less likely …

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The EU Wants Big Tech to Scan Your Private Chats for Child Abuse

The EU Wants Big Tech to Scan Your Private Chats for Child Abuse

“That being so there is only one logical solution: client-side scanning where the content is examined when it is decrypted on the user’s device for them to view/read,” Woodward says. Last year, Apple announced it would introduce client-side scanning—scanning done on people’s iPhones rather than Apple’s servers—to check photos for known CSAM being uploaded to …

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Data Brokers Track Abortion Clinic Visits for Anyone to Buy

Data Brokers Track Abortion Clinic Visits for Anyone to Buy

If the war in Ukraine and Russia’s still-unfolding atrocities there didn’t offer enough fodder for doomscrolling, this week supplied a new dose of domestic crisis: A leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. wade, demolishing a ruling that has served as a cornerstone of reproductive rights for nearly five decades. And this …

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