Tag Archive for ‘Privacy’

Apple Announces End-to-End Encryption Option for iCloud Photos, Notes, Backups, and More ➝

I’m a little late to the party on this, but this is excellent news.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Blocking Annoying and Privacy-Harming Cookie Consent Banners ➝


Starting with the current Brave Nightly, and in version 1.45 when it releases in October, the Brave browser will block cookie consent notifications on Android and Desktop (and, soon after, on iOS). Cookie consent notifications are an infamous and near-constant annoyance on the Web. They break and disrupt one of the main benefits of the Web: the ability to browse content across many sites and publishers conveniently and easily. And, what is ironic, many cookie consent systems actually track users, introducing the exact harm the consent systems were supposed to prevent.

New versions of Brave will hide—and, where possible, completely block—cookie consent notifications.

I’m looking forward to this feature launching.

➝ Source: brave.com

Google Hands Over Home Security Camera Footage to Police Without a Warrant ➝

Didi Rankovic, writing for Reclaim the Net:

Google and Amazon are letting the police access data from smart home cameras without a warrant, if they are told this footage is needed because of an “emergency.” […]

Amazon has revealed that it turned over data 11 times when the police submitted “emergency requests,” while Google does not provide any details in its transparency report.

Thanks, I hate it.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org

Extension Fingerprints ➝

From the webpage:

Chrome extensions can be detected by fetching their web accessible resources. These are files inside an extension that can be accessed by web pages. The detected extensions can be used to track you through browser fingerprinting.

This is a pretty nifty tool to help illustrate browser fingerprinting based on extensions. When I open this in Brave on my Mac, I’m seeing that 0.002% of users share the same extensions with me, that seems like it would be pretty accurate for targeting.

➝ Source: z0ccc.github.io

The Privacy Redirect Safari Extension ➝

From the GitHub:

A configurable web extension that redirects Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Instagram, Google Translate, Google Maps, Google Search, and Medium to privacy friendly alternatives.

I mentioned wishing there was something like this for Safari when I linked to Libredirect and, thankfully, it does exist.

➝ Source: github.com

DuckDuckGo Isn’t as Private as You Thought ➝

Andrew Heinzman, writing for Review Geek:

Due to a confidential search agreement, the DuckDuckGo browser does not block all Microsoft trackers. What’s worse, DuckDuckGo only acknowledged this “privacy hole” after it was discovered by a security researcher.

I’m still generally positive on DuckDuckGo, but this is a pretty bad look for their “privacy” browser. I’ll stick with Brave and SearX.

➝ Source: reviewgeek.com

Android Messages and Dialer Apps Allegedly Send Data to Google ➝

Ken Macon, in reference to a recent report by a Trinity College Dublin professor:

Google’s Dialer and Messaging apps have been collecting and sending data without users’ consent and an opt-out option, according to a new report. The practice potentially violates Europe’s GDPR laws and other privacy laws across the globe. […]

From the Messages app, Google gets a SHA256 hash generated from the content and timestamp. The hash is hard to decipher, but Leith believes it can be reversed allowing the content of the message to be recovered. […]

From the Dialer app, Google logs outgoing and incoming calls, as well as the time and duration of calls.

If this is true, it’s a massive privacy violation. And terrible timing for Google — coming so soon after Google Analytics was deemed illegal in Europe in its current form.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org

Mozilla Works With Meta on ‘Privacy Preserving Attribution for Advertising’ ➝

Martin Thomson, writing on Mozilla’s weblog:

Attribution is how advertisers know if their advertising campaigns are working. Attribution generates metrics that allow advertisers to understand how their advertising campaigns are performing. Related measurement techniques also help publishers understand how they are helping advertisers. Though attribution is crucial to advertising, current attribution practices have terrible privacy properties.

For the last few months we have been working with a team from Meta (formerly Facebook) on a new proposal that aims to enable conversion measurement – or attribution – for advertising called Interoperable Private Attribution, or IPA.

I’m glad I switched to Brave. It just saddens me that it’s built on Chromium. I wish Mozilla was a better steward of privacy and freedom online, but that doesn’t appear to be who they are anymore. So, Brave it is.

➝ Source: blog.mozilla.org