The Tor network will no longer be officially available to residents of Russia after a government ban. Taking a path that somewhat resembles China's program of internet control, the Russian government has made a series of moves to restrict access to websites.
Meta is taking aim at private surveillance companies that it says act as "cyber mercenaries" for hire. The Facebook parent company has banned seven of these companies from the platform, citing the targeting of users in over 100 countries.
Polish antitrust investigation is interested in Apple's plans for its own limited targeted advertising product, but apparently will also be examining the real world effectiveness of the App Tracking Transparency framework.
Restoration of simple EU-US data transfers hinges on assurances from the US that these communications will not be subject to government surveillance. A new research paper looks to untangle this problem and provide some sort of a path forward.
Privacy rules do for enterprise what enterprise won’t do for itself. Asking Big Tech to take the high road even when it hurts their profits is like asking dental patients to pull their own teeth. As long as policymakers delay robust data regulations, there aren’t any rules for Big Tech to break.
Recent amendment to India's election laws enables the government to link the Aadhar national identification system to voter rolls, raising worries that voter ID may be used for privacy invasion.
Proposed CBDC from India's central bank, which could get a test run in 2022, has some concerned about the implications for privacy. The "digital rupee" pilot could launch as early as April.
Mitto, a leading provider of text messaging services to many of the world's most familiar names in tech, sold backdoor access for government surveillance according to former employees and clients.
Tiandy, one of the largest firms in the video surveillance field, has a relationship with Iran. It is known for its ethically questionable product line, which includes "smart tables" designed to accompany Chinese torture chairs.
Report contends that the pandemic was used as an excuse to normalize various elements of mass surveillance, with some of these having no real impact on Covid-19 response at all.