Microsoft, Windows 10, Privacy

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to”, for example, “protect their customers” or “enforce the terms governing the  use of the services”. Continue reading Microsoft, Windows 10, Privacy

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption

whatsappIt’s nice to finally be able to post a little good news! It seems that WhatsApp messaging platform have added TextSecure end-to-end encryption to their android app, and their iPhone offering should follow suit shortly.

The beauty of the TextSecure solution is that it uses forward secrecy, which uses a fresh cryptographic key for each and every message.

I live in hope that facebook will also extend this technology to their facebook messenger and that other IM applications pick up on this too.
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Government admits GCHQ views data without warrants


British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time.


GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents submitted to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the UK surveillance watchdog, in response to a joint legal challenge by Privacy International, Liberty and Amnesty International. The legal action was launched in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations published by the Guardian and other news organisations last year.


The government’s submission discloses that the UK can obtain “unselected” – meaning unanalysed, or raw intelligence – information from overseas partners without a warrant if it was “not technically feasible” to obtain the communications under a warrant and if it is “necessary and proportionate” for the intelligence agencies to obtain that information.


The rules essentially permit bulk collection of material, which can include communications of UK citizens, provided the request does not amount to “deliberate circumvention” of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa), which governs much of the UK’s surveillance activities.

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The evolving web

The web was designed as a distributed network of computer servers, in this ‘Web 1.0’ a series of computer protocols were used to allow open exchange of data between people all over the world.

This basic system still exists today, but over time with the advent of standard web browsers the web split into ‘consumers’ and ‘producers’.

Consumers were the people who only interacted with the web through their web browsers, reading content produced and stored on the servers of the producers. Continue reading The evolving web

‘Only criminals and paedophiles need privacy’

According to a Downing Street summit anyway.

Many tech-savvy paedophiles have turned to so-called “dark nets”, such as Tor, I2P, Freenet and many others.


These networks are specifically designed to conceal the identity and location of their users, said Christian Berg, co-founder of NetClean, a company which sells products used by police forces and anti-abuse agencies to classify images of child sexual abuse.

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Edward Snowden: On PRISM

nsa whistleblower“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.

“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.

“We have to decide why terrorism is a new threat. There has always been terrorism. Boston was a criminal act. It was not about surveillance but good, old-fashioned police work. The police are very good at what they do.

“We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence. Continue reading Edward Snowden: On PRISM

NSA: All your Verizon data are belong to us…

Evil-verizonThe Guardian newspaper has released the ‘top secret’ full court ruling showing that the US National Security Agency is now collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans.

Lets face it, we have suspected this sort of thing has been going on for a while, but the true extent of the data being collected is astounding.  Telephone numbers, calling card numbers, International Mobile Subscriber Identity numbers (IMSI), International Mobile station Equipment Identity number (IMEI) as well as the time and duration of calls/contact. Continue reading NSA: All your Verizon data are belong to us…

Estonian president ‘Social Media worse than the Stasi’

big brotheror words to that effect…

Okay, he may not have said that Social Media is worse than the Stasi, but he did make some very valid remarks.

Firstly, he points out that no government collects as much data about you as social networks.

Secondly, he makes it clear that there is no such thing as a free lunch, or in this case a free mobile app – with the exception of a few apps written by a 14 year old in his bedroom, you pay for all apps – whether it is with cash, your data, or both varies.

Quote, and link to full article below. Continue reading Estonian president ‘Social Media worse than the Stasi’