Dissent

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Surveillance

Lily Hay Newman of Wired reports:

Amid ever-increasing government Internet control, surveillance, and censorship in Iran, a new Android app aims to give Iranians a way to speak freely.

Nahoft, which means “hidden” in Farsi, is an encryption tool that turns up to 1,000 characters of Farsi text into a jumble of random words. You can send this mélange to a friend over any communication platform—Telegram, WhatsApp, Google Chat, etc.—and then they run it through Nahoft on their device to decipher what you’ve said.

Read more on Ars Technica.

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Business, Court, U.S.

Cheyenne Ligon reports:

Apple is being sued yet again for damages resulting from an allegedly fake scam app available in its App Store, this time involving cryptocurrency.

In a class-action complaint filed on Thursday, the named plaintiff – Maryland resident Hadona Diep, described as a “full-time cyber-security IT professional” – accused Apple of knowingly “authorizing a malicious application” in its App Store that caused Diep to lose 474 XRP tokens, worth about $507 at the time of publication.

Read more on Coindesk.

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, U.S., Workplace

Andrea Vittorio reports:

Amazon.com Inc. must face a potential class action lawsuit from delivery drivers who claim that the retail giant monitored their communications online.

The alleged monitoring doesn’t fall within the scope of an arbitration agreement that covers drivers in Amazon’s so-called “Flex” delivery program, according to a Wednesday order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Read more on Bloomberg Law.

Sep 192021
 
 September 19, 2021  Posted by  Healthcare, Surveillance

Danielle Kehl and Libbie Canter of Covington and Burling write:

As COVID-19 vaccination becomes required in more personal and professional contexts, several different frameworks have emerged that propose both guiding principles and technical requirements for vaccine verification systems, including those developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Good Health Pass Collaborative (GHPC).

Digital vaccination certificates are electronic immunization records that function like paper vaccination records and are accessible to both the vaccinated person and those who need to verify the individual’s vaccine status.  The frameworks proposed by WHO and GHCP are not specific programs or applications, but rather a set of standards and protocols designed to create reliable, interoperable systems that can function across a variety of contexts and technologies.

Read more on InsidePrivacy.