Privacy

Ford hopes you’ll trade some privacy for discounted car insurance

Sponsored Links Ford Ford thinks it has a way to make car insurance more appealing: taking advantage of the data available from connected cars. It’s teaming up with Nationwide to introduce its own take on usage-based insurance. If you have one of several 2020 Ford or Lincoln models (like the Mustang you see above), you …

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The Future of Crypto: The Latest Cryptography Advances Set to Change Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies could not exist without cryptography. Advances in this field can have far-reaching impacts on blockchain technology and its potential. We will examine the opinions of industry experts on the latest cryptographic advances and their potential for cryptocurrencies. Zero knowledge proofs: more than just privacy Director of research at blockchain firm Blockstream and mathematician Andrew …

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Reuters: UK Google users will lose GDPR protections

Sponsored Links TOLGA AKMEN via Getty Images Google users in the UK might feel another effect of the Brexit process, and it’s one they may not have expected. According to Reuters, the tech giant is planning to place British users’ accounts under US jurisdiction, which means they’re losing the protections of the EU’s General Data …

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Privacy Laws Are Only as Effective as the Companies Implementing Them

Privacy is a hot topic for legislators all over the world. Democractic presidential candidates have privacy laws and regulations in their campaign platforms. Amy Klobuchar discussed a tax on companies who share user data. Elizabeth Warren has introduced legislation that considers the idea of jail time for CEOs over privacy failures. Before he dropped out …

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Signal is finally bringing its secure messaging to the masses

Enlarge Getty Images Last month, the cryptographer and coder known as Moxie Marlinspike was getting settled on an airplane when his seatmate, a midwestern-looking man in his 60s, asked for help. He couldn’t figure out how to enable airplane mode on his aging Android phone. But when Marlinspike saw the screen, he wondered for a …

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Ring footage might not be very useful for catching criminals

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Jessica Hill Ring has said that camera footage sent to police can help reduce burglaries and catch criminals, but how effective is it, really? It might not be as helpful as you might think. NBC News has conducted an investigation suggesting that Ring’s video doorbells and security cameras haven’t been of much …

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Ultrasonic bracelet jams the microphones around you

Sponsored Links B. Zhao, H. Zheng et. al./University of Chicago Smart speakers and other microphone-equipped devices aren’t supposed to listen all the time, but there might be a solution if you aren’t willing to take any chances. University of Chicago researchers have built an experimental bracelet that uses ultrasonic broadcasts from 24 speakers to jam …

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When Corporations Violate Privacy, They Do Concrete Harm

Lindsey Barrett, a staff attorney at Georgetown Law, does not hold back when she sees bad actors in the tech space. She recently vehemently opposed the Sprint-T-Mobile merger in Slate, warning that “further consolidating an already anti-competitive sector” would make “it easier for those companies to gouge their customers.” Social media companies are making our …

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US Department of Justice Is Criminalizing Onchain Privacy, Starting With Mixers

</header> <strong>The American government’s long-running war on privacy escalated this week following the arrest of Coin Ninja’s Larry Harmon on money laundering charges. A Department of Justice statement that “seeking to obscure virtual currency transactions in this way [using mixers] is a crime” means that bitcoiners risk prosecution simply for exercising their right to privacy.</strong> …

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The US Government’s Mixed Signals on Digital Currency Privacy

To look at the U.S. government, it is the best of times and the worst of times for personal financial privacy.  On the one hand, in comments before the Senate Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his agency’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, is planning stricter regulations on anti-money laundering and crypto.  …

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