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The UK spy agency is monitoring millions of social media accounts

Reports were made by non-profit privacy organisations that the UK GCHQ is collecting social media data from potentially millions of Facebook and Twitter accounts. According to the documents published by the organisation, the agency is collecting and accessing information through databases of private companies.
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GHCQ warns Europe travelers of cyber threats

The Government Communications Headquarters issued a warning earlier this week, alerting UK holidaymakers of cyber threats that could ruin their vacations in Europe. The main threat is represented by insecure Wi-Fi networks. Scheming hackers infiltrated a large number of Wi-Fi networks across Europe and even created completely fake ones, with the sole purpose of stealing all the information from unsuspecting users. Continue reading “GHCQ warns Europe travelers of cyber threats”

DOJ demands that DreamHost hand visitor IP addresses

A web-hosting and domain registration company, DreamHost, is now fighting the Justice Department’s warrant for information on people that have browsed one of the websites hosted by them and organized a protest against President Trump’s inauguration.
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The Australian Government requests access to encrypted communication

In the wake of recent UK terrorist attacks, the Australian Government plans to increase internet surveillance by compelling big corporations like Google, Facebook and Apple to give security agencies full access to encrypted communication in alleged counter-terrorism actions.

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten agreed to give the law enforcement unrestricted access to encrypted messages and social media, causing concern amid internet users. Continue reading “The Australian Government requests access to encrypted communication”

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia as a National Security Measure

Following the Russian model, the Turkish authorities are increasing their efforts to consolidate power through online censorship culminating with the recent ban of the Wikipedia website. Officials have stated that the block was carried on under a law that allows filtering for national security and public safety purposes.
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British Home Secretary wants to spy your chats

The British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has stated that she believes that end to end encryption, particularly for messaging services such as Whatsapp, should be accessible by authorities.

These comments were made shortly in the aftermath of the terror attack in London when an individual drove along the Westminster Bridge killing three people and injuring dozens before crashing the car and getting out to stab a policeman. The assailant was then shot dead.
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American Senate gives ISPs the right to sell users’ data without consent

Trump’s slogan “Make America great again” became, among others, make America a great privacy invader. We say this because of some recent news that concerned us deeply. Senate Republicans voted a law against online privacy that gives Internet Service Providers the right to sell their clients browsing activity without their consent. Yes, you read it right.
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German bill limits online privacy

It seems that, regarding online privacy, Europe no longer walks on steady ground. And the threat doesn’t come from outside enemies as you might think, but within its borders, from the same authorities that were supposed to protect it. The first country that made this dangerous and controversial step was UK with highly criticized IP Bill that will allow Police and government agencies to access private date of its citizens any time they see fit. And now is Germany’s turn. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed a bill that will limit the right of the German citizens to protect their online privacy.
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