Oct 312015
 October 31, 2015  Posted by  Misc

Hannah Lepow writes:

Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released guidance on how smartphone and tablet users can manage GPS and other location tracking functions on their mobile devices.

The brief information sheet, designed for consumers, details how Android and iOS users can control different types of location information on their devices, including location services, geo-tagging of photos, and location history.  The information sheet also gives step-by-step instructions on how to manage location information collected by apps for Android and iOS devices, and explains email tracking and how to prevent it on a mobile device.

Read more on Covington & Burling Inside Privacy.

Oct 312015
 October 31, 2015  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

Toby Helm and Jamie Doward report:

Highly controversial plans to allow the police and security services full access to everyone’s internet browsing history have been abandoned by ministers in what is being presented as a dramatic climbdown over online surveillance.

Amid fears in government that it would be unable to force new laws through parliament because of concerns over civil liberties, the Home Office said it had dropped several contentious proposals from the investigatory powers bill, which will be published in draft form on Wednesday.

Read more on The Guardian.

Oct 312015
 October 31, 2015  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

Phil Muncaster writes:

It’s widely expected that next week the government will unveil details of its hugely controversial Snooper’s Charter, aka the Investigatory Powers Bill. To preempt this and in a bid to influence the debate cyber security firm F-Secure and 40 other tech signatories presented an open letter opposing the act.

The bill most controversially is expected to force service providers to allow the authorities to decrypt secret messages if requested to do so in extremis. This is most likely going to come in the form some kind of order effectively banning end-to-end encryption.

Read more on PhilMuncaster.com.

Oct 312015
 October 31, 2015  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Swati Khandelwal writes:

The infamous Italy-based spyware company that had more than 400 GB of its confidential information stolen earlier this year, has resumed its operations and started pitching new hacking tools to help US law enforcement gets around their encryption issues.

Yes, Hacking Team is back with a new set of Encryption Cracking Tools for government agencies as well as other customers to break encrypted communications.

Read more on The Hacker News.