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Illustration of Big Tech firms
  • Privacy news
On Wednesday, the CEOs of four massive tech companies — Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon — testified before a congressional investigation about those companies’ anti-competitive practices. The CEOs were eager to portray their companies as under c
  • Privacy news
Wednesday, July 29, is an important day for the future of the Internet. At noon local time in Washington, DC, the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google will appear virtually before US lawmakers who are investigating their companies for illegal
An illustration of the Chinese government using TikTok to watch its users.
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TikTok, the video-sharing platform owned by the Chinese social media giant ByteDance, is one of the most popular social media services in the world, with an estimated 800 million users. However, its zealous data collection, use of Chinese infrastruct
An illustration of law enforcement breaking through encryption.
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The United States Congress is considering a law that would destroy online privacy as we know it and essentially outlaw the most secure American tech products, such as Signal. The law would ban end-to-end encryption for large companies and require dev
An illustration of the Chinese government monitoring Hong Kong citizens.
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The governing body of Hong Kong rushed approval of Article 43, which grants sweeping powers to Hong Kong law enforcement, including the ability to intercept private communications and censor online media without a warrant. These regulations specify t
Illustration of the Apple monopoly
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Last week, the European Commission announced, in response to a complaint filed by Spotify, that it would be opening an investigation into Apple’s App Store practices, which potentially constitutes an illegal breach of EU competition laws. At Proton,
Illstration of the surveillance represented by user data requests.
  • Privacy deep dives
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The number of data requests the US government sent to Google has increased 510% since 2010. US government requests to Facebook have also increased 364% since the beginning of 2013. The databases of private companies are increasingly being used to mon
  • Privacy basics
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As the world is grappling with a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, fraudsters are trying to capitalize on the state of panic and even the goodwill of others. More than 1,400 coronavirus-related domains were registered over the past three m
An illustration of Zoom's attendee attention tracking.
  • Privacy deep dives
  • Privacy news
Zoom has seen a flood of new users as the COVID-19 outbreak forces more and more employees to transition to working from home. Zoom’s big selling point is its near-frictionless video calls. However, new users should be aware of the company’s privacy
illustration of email surveillance
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On Monday, Vice’s Motherboard broke yet another story revealing the extent to which companies are monetizing their users. Reporter Joseph Cox’s investigation revealed how Edison, an email productivity app, is scraping users’ personal inboxes for pur
illustration of EU e-evidence law
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The European Commission recently submitted proposals for new rules governing how e-evidence is gathered by law enforcement agencies. E-evidence would include things like emails, messages, and other data related to a possible crime or investigation. I