Another week later dark tragic news and moral failures of the powerful, it’s good to know you can at least rely on the little things like a “privacy-focused” search engine and the DuckDuckGo browser to resist the temptation to sell out and help corporations spy on their users. . Oh wait.
Yes, a security researcher reported this week that even DuckDuckGo, which bills itself as an “online privacy company,” made an exception for its business partner Microsoft from browser blocking of ad trackers on websites.prompting accusations of betraying his supposed ideal of privacy. milk shake DuckDuckGo comes amid growing awareness of how online surveillance rates are rising as signs emerge that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Rowe vs. WadeAbortion Rights: This week, a new report from the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project lays out all technological means available to law enforcement and private parties to monitor those seeking abortionmust Caviar be knocked down. And more than 40 members of Congress called on Google stop tracking location data in android before potential Caviar reversal.
In other privacy news, we have covered how the EU General Data Protection Regulation failed to substantially curb Big Tech’s privacy breaches four years after its completion. Australia’s digital driver’s license turned out to be too easy to fake. China was saber-rattling with accusations of American cyber espionage. We spoke with the inventor of the browser cookie about how to deal with privacy cookie settings— and those ubiquitous cookie-related pop-ups on websites. We also interviewed the CEO of Protonmail, now renamed Proton, about his ambition to offer a wider range of privacy-focused services beyond email— hopefully without, ahem, exceptions to spying on business associates.
But there is more. As usual, we have collected all the news that we did not disclose or cover in detail this week. Click on the headings to read all stories. And stay safe there.
Cybersecurity and privacy researcher Zach Edwards has discovered a clear privacy hole in DuckDuckGo’s supposedly privacy-focused browser: After examining browser data streams on the Facebook-owned Workplace.com website, Edwards found that ads posted on Microsoft’s site keep bouncing back . to Microsoft-owned domains such as Bing and LinkedIn. DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg responded to Edwards on Twitter, acknowledging that “our search syndication agreement does not allow us to stop downloads of scripts owned by Microsoft.” browsers. Weinberg added that DuckDuckGo is “working to change that.” Meanwhile, the revelation has left a huge hole in the company’s reputation as the rare privacy-preserving tech firm. It turns out that this spy capitalism is quite difficult to escape.
Continuing the theme of surveillance of capitalism, Twitter this week agreed to pay a $150 million fine after it was accused by the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice of selling user data it had collected under the guise of security. Twitter asked users to share email addresses and phone numbers for security purposes such as two-factor authentication and account recovery, but ended up selling the data to advertisers looking to target ads to their users. This honeypot violated an agreement that Twitter made with the FTC in 2011 following an earlier privacy breach.
If the world had any doubt that China’s “re-education camps” for Muslim minorities in its Xinjiang region were actually prisons with euphemistic names, the massive leak known as the Xinjiang Police Files should correct that misconception. The leak, provided by an unknown source to researcher Adrian Zenz, who in turn leaked the information to a global media team, includes a vast collection of tens of thousands of internal files, manuals, and even detailed photographs showing life in one of Xinjiang’s prisons. The files reveal, for example, shoot-to-kill orders for any prisoner attempting to escape the camps, and instructions for shackling prisoners as they are transferred between different parts of the facility—hardly a “vocational school” practice. how China describes the camps to the world. It also includes photos of camp prisonerswho were between 15 and 73 years old, often imprisoned for years without trial for such simple crimes as studying Islamic texts.
In a bizarre re-enactment of 2016, Google researchers and the UK government revealed that a website publishing leaked documents from a pro-Brexit group of British politicians was actually set up by Russian hackers. A site called Very English Coop d’Etat described its collection of leaked emails as coming from a powerful group of hardline right wingers, including former MI6 head Richard Dearlove. But Google’s threat intelligence team told Reuters that the site appears to have been created by a Russian hacker group it calls Cold River. Dearlove, a former British intelligence chief, warned that the leak of his emails should be seen as a Russian influence operation, especially given the West’s current cold relations with Russia due to its illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
A randomly opened warrant discovered by Forbes showed that an Iraqi allegedly tried to assassinate former President George W. Bush in Dallas, going so far as to videotape Bush’s home in November. According to the warrant, the FBI says it thwarted the plot with the help of a confidential informant and surveillance of the potential killer’s WhatsApp message metadata. This case shows how, despite law enforcement claims that end-to-end encryption could interfere with their investigations, the FBI was able to snoop on encrypted apps like WhatsApp and even infiltrate their messages with the help of secret informants.
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