Nov 242014

Heads up, UK privacy advocates! Svenja O’Donnell and Scott Hamilton report: The U.K. government will introduce anti-terrorism legislation this week requiring Internet companies to provide user data to authorities. The bill, to be published on Nov. 26 and fast-tracked through Parliament so it becomes law before the general election in May […] Under the proposed […]

Nov 242014

Debra Cassens Weiss reports: In California, prosecutors hope to discourage prostitution by posting photos of johns. The District Attorney’s office in San Bernardino County began publishing photos of convicted customers in April 2013 at a “Stop-the John” Web page, the Los Angeles Times reports. The photos remain posted for a year. Now the Orange County DA’s office is […]

Nov 222014

Natasha Singer reports: Admissions officers at Morehouse College in Atlanta were shocked several years ago when a number of high school seniors submitted applications using email addresses containing provocative language. Some of the addresses made sexual innuendos while others invoked gangster rap songs or drug use, said Darryl D. Isom, Morehouse’s director of admissions and recruitment. But last […]

Nov 202014

Darren Pauli reports: Google’s “encryption everywhere” claim has been undermined by Mountain View stripping secure search functions for BT WiFi subscribers piggy-backing off wireless connections, sysadmin Alex Forbes has found. The move described as ‘privacy seppuku’ by Forbes (@al4) meant that BT customer searches were broadcast in clear text and possibly open to interception. Read […]

Nov 152014

Jacob Hoffman-Andrews writes: Julia Angwin reported late Thursday that AT&T is dropping their tracking supercookie program. This comes in the wake of massive customer pressure over the discovery that AT&T and Verizon were quietly inserting unique tracking identifiers in their customers’ web browsing and app data, by means of an HTTP header. The tracking identifiers quickly became known […]

Nov 112014

Jacob Hoffman-Andrews writes: Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer’s web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers’ data to strip a security flag—called STARTTLS—from email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an […]