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UK – Internet Safety Strategy green paper

“The Internet Safety Strategy looks at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online. The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government’s role in supporting users. The consultation covered various aspects of online safety including:

  • the introduction of a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy,
  • technological solutions to online harms,
  • developing children’s digital literacy,
  • support for parents and carers,
  • adults’ experience of online abuse, and
  • young people’s use of online dating websites/ applications.

We have now published the Government response to the consultation. You can find the document here.”

Potential Spy Devices Which Track Cellphones, Intercept Calls Found All Over DC MD VA

NBC News4 I-Team – Washington, DC – “The technology can be as small as a suitcase, placed anywhere at any time, and it’s used to track cell phones and intercept calls. The News4 I-Team found dozens of potential spy devices while driving around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia “While you might not be a target… Continue Reading

WaPo – Technology has made the repo man ruthlessly efficient

Washington Post – “Technology has made the repo man ruthlessly efficient, allowing this familiar angel of financial calamity to capitalize on a dark corner of the United States’ strong economy: the soaring number of people falling behind on their car payments.” “…Derek Lewis works for Relentless Recovery, the largest repo company in Ohio and its… Continue Reading

Guide to Gmail’s new ‘confidential mode’

Business Insider: “Confidential mode is available to users with personal accounts who opted into the new version of Gmail last month, when Google announced the latest changes to its email application. Some of the new Gmail features were available right from the start, but others — like confidential mode — are rolling out more slowly.… Continue Reading

Robocalls: The global web of scammers who are driving you nuts

Quartz: “It won’t surprise you to hear that robocalls—those insanely annoying pre-recorded messages that are blowing up our phones—have become an epidemic. In the United States, more than 8.5 billion robocalls are made each month, but it’s a global problem in more ways than one. How did we get here? It’s a tangled tale of… Continue Reading

Virtual digital assistants to overtake world population by 2021

Ovum: “Globally, the native digital assistant installed base is set to exceed 7.5 billion active devices by 2021, which is more than the world population according to the US Census Bureau on May 1, 2017. But fear not – Skynet, from the popular Terminator movies, does not feature among the leading digital assistants. Instead, Google Assistant… Continue Reading

Senators want FTC to investigate Google’s location data collection

Engadget: “In December of 2017, the office of US Senator Richard Blumenthal sent Google’s CEO a letter asking for a detailed explanation of the company’s privacy practices around location services. Based on a report at Quartz, the senator’s letter had 12 specific questions about how Google deals with location data. In January, Google responded to… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Says Your Expectation of Privacy Probably Shouldn’t Depend on Fine Print

EFF: “The Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday in Byrd v. United States that the driver of a rental car could have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the car even though the rental agreement did not authorize him to drive it. We’re pleased that that the Court refused to let a private contract dictate Fourth… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About E-Fail and the PGP Flaw

EFF: “…you should stop using PGP for encrypted email and switch to a different secure communications method for now. A group of researchers released a paper today that describes a new class of serious vulnerabilities in PGP (including GPG), the most popular email encryption standard. The new paper includes a proof-of-concept exploit that can allow… Continue Reading

And for His Next Act Blogger and Twitter Co-Founder Will Fix the Internet

The New York Times: “As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the chief executive of the digital publishing platform Medium, Mr. Williams transformed the way millions of people publish and consume information online. But as his empire grew, he started to get a gnawing feeling that something wasn’t right. High-quality publishers… Continue Reading

Rep. Schiff releases thousands of Russia linked Facebook ads used during 2016 election

News release: “Today, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after releasing Kremlin-linked Facebook advertisements used during the 2016 election by the Internet Research Agency: “Last year, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation made a commitment to the American people… Continue Reading

Privacy by Design: Building a Privacy Policy People Actually Want to Read

Privacy by Design: Building a Privacy Policy People Actually Want to Read By Richard Mabey, CEO of Juro, the end-to-end contract management platform. “We’ve been banging on about legal design at Juro for some time now. So, when it came to updating our privacy policy ahead of GDPR it was important to us from the… Continue Reading