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Genealogy Site GEDMatch Is Now Owned by a Forensics Company - Because nothing is truly private on the Internet


If you’ve been exploring your family tree through GEDmatch — which used to be a niche genetic genealogy site — you should know that they’ve been bought by a forensic genomics firm, Verogen. The privacy policy has not changed, though.

GEDmatch became famous and controversial overnight when, last year, investigators used it to find relatives of the Golden State Killer and track down their suspect. Until then, it was just a site where you could upload your data from a DNA testing service, like 23andme or Ancestry, and see who you might be related to. Since that happened, two genetic databases have become popular with law enforcement. FamilyTreeDNA shares data with the FBI, unless you opt out.

This is the usual dilemma users face (although this one is a lot more intimate) you share some information with a site that is very useful to you (think Facebook here too) and it is free, but the aggregation of all that user data is worth a... Show more...
 
#unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity Digital Rights are Human Rights | Tor Blog https://t.co/1FHcHU1MKh
Unitoo on Twitter #unitoodailynews #unitoodailynews
 

- #unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity Digital Rights are Human Rights | Tor Blog https://t.co/1FHcHU1MKh -

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- #Unitoo - Where #human #creativity plots the #possibilities of #technology -

- #UnitooInc #News #Worldnews #tech #bot -


Unitoo on Twitter
 
The Tor Project - 2019-12-10 14:56:27 GMT
We believe human rights apply to all spaces we occupy, offline and online.

Digital rights are human rights. https://blog.torproject.org/digital-rights-are-human-rights #HumanRightsDay #privacy #internetfreedom
 
#unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity New Release: Tor 0.4.2.5 (also 0.4.1.7, 0.4.0.6, and 0.3.5.9) | Tor Blog https://t.co/WbBleFctod
Unitoo on Twitter #unitoodailynews #unitoodailynews
 
#unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity New Release: Tor 0.4.2.5 (also 0.4.1.7, 0.4.0.6, and 0.3.5.9) | Tor Blog https://t.co/WbBleFctod
Unitoo on Twitter #unitoodailynews #unitoodailynews
 

- #unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity New Release: Tor 0.4.2.5 (also 0.4.1.7, 0.4.0.6, and 0.3.5.9) | Tor Blog https://t.co/WbBleFctod -

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- #Unitoo - Where #human #creativity plots the #possibilities of #technology -

- #UnitooInc #News #Worldnews #tech #bot -


Unitoo on Twitter
 
Digitalcourage e.V. - 2019-12-06 23:02:01 GMT
All I want for christmas is... your data, denken sich große Suchmaschinen wie Google. Umgehen Sie die Datenkrake und probieren Sie die Alternativen im #Adventskalender aus!

https://www.digitalcourage.de/adventskalender/7

#DigitaleSelbstverteidigung #Adventskalender2019
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A nagging thought I have about a trivial but very important matter


#Conversations and the #Attractiveness of the person you want to converse with have an awkward social legacy.

Regardless of what is about to follow, I am not saying that #Men have it easy while I'm simultaneously explicitly explaining why I think #Women have it difficult. This is a very #nuanced topic and I want to concentrate on what I see as #problems women have in #society that seem to definitely re... Show more...
 
#unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity New Release: Tor Browser 9.5a3 | Tor Blog https://t.co/eoCezlwHo8
Unitoo on Twitter #unitoodailynews #unitoodailynews
 
Datenschützer und Nerds für ihre Datenschutzbemühungen zu belächeln, ist wie einen Herzchirurgen auszulachen und denken, dass man es besser kann. #Datenschutz #Privacy #Politik #Smartphones #Microsoft #Google #Apple #Amazon
 
Datenschützer und Nerds für ihre Datenschutzbemühungen zu belächeln, ist wie einen Herzchirurgen auszulachen und denken, dass man es besser kann. #Datenschutz #Privacy #Politik #Smartphones #Microsoft #Google #Apple #Amazon
 
#unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity The Next Chapter in Anti-Censorship | Tor Blog https://t.co/xP1UUcCobv
Unitoo on Twitter #unitoodailynews #unitoodailynews
 

- #unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity The Next Chapter in Anti-Censorship | Tor Blog https://t.co/xP1UUcCobv -

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- #Unitoo - Where #human #creativity plots the #possibilities of #technology -

- #UnitooInc #News #Worldnews #tech #bot -


Unitoo on Twitter
 
Ulrich Berens - 2019-09-22 07:09:01 GMT
Fun fact: Eine Maß Bier auf dem #Oktoberfest 2019 kostet mehr als eine Tonne #CO2 ab 2021.
 
#unitoodailynews, #tor, #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity New Release: Tor Browser 9.0.2 | Tor Blog https://t.co/4FLSlZEGoq
Unitoo on Twitter #unitoodailynews #unitoodailynews
 
Es ist wahrscheinlich, das dieser Artikel in meiner Filterblase sowieso schon aufgefallen ist. Ich möchte in dennoch teilen.

#smartphone #kinder #Einrichtung #privacy #medienkomeptenz
Kuketz IT-Security Blog - 2019-12-03 10:52:04 GMT

Kommentar: Android-Smartphone kinder- und jugendfreundlich einrichten



1. Medienkompetenz

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Digitalcourage e.V. - 2019-12-01 23:05:56 GMT
Verschicken Sie Ihre Weihnachtsfotos dieses Jahr doch einmal über einen #Messenger, der keiner #Datenkrake gehört! Welche das sind, erfahren Sie heute, am 2. Tag unseres #Adventskalender⁠s für #DigitaleSelbstverteidigung.

https://digitalcourage.de/adventskalender/2
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European commission surveys companies about agreements they have made to share data

The European commission is launching a new investigation into Google, examining the company’s data collection practices, according to a report from Reuters.

During the past week, the competition commission has sent out questionnaires to companies that work with Google asking them about the agreements they have made to share data with the search firm.
EU to investigate Google over data collection practices
#Google #Alphabet #Technology #Europeancommission #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews #Privacy #Regulators
 
#Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/11/googles-smart-city-in-toronto-what-it-wanted-what-it-will-now-get-and-why-its-still-problematic-for-privacy/ #surveillance
Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for privacy
 
Federal Judge Issues Historic Opinion for Digital Privacy at the Border
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/11/federal-judge-issues-historic-opinion-digital-privacy-border
#privacy #usa #eff
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance #Privacy ☞ #China requires face scan for new mobile users https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3828102 "came into effect on Sunday (Dec. 1)"
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance #Privacy CN #PRC ☞ #China due to introduce face scans for mobile users
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance #Privacy ☞ #Google Messages will soon verify businesses to block #spam
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance #Privacy ☞ In #CBS (Choke Choke!!) #60Minutes appearance, #YouTube ’s CEO offers a master class in moral equivalency
In “60 Minutes” appearance, YouTube’s CEO offers a master class in moral equivalency
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance #Privacy #CN ☞ #China tightens cyberspace controls by introducing mandatory #facescans for phone users
China tightens cyberspace controls by introducing mandatory face scans for phone users
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance #Privacy ☞ It’s Time to Throw Off Our Digital Chains
 
#DNS over HTTPS Will Give You Back #Privacy that Big ISPs Fought to Take Away // #DoH
 

#Mixcloud data #breach exposes over 20 million user records


Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/29/mixcloud-data-breach/
The data contained usernames, #email addresses, and #passwords that appear to be scrambled with the SHA-2 algorithm, making the passwords near impossible to unscramble. The data also contained account sign-up dates and the last-login date. It also included the country from which the user signed up, their internet (IP) address, and links to profile photos.
#leak #security #privacy #internet #darknet #news
Mixcloud data breach exposes over 20 million user records
 
Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

#Campobello, a small Canadian island on the southwestern tip of New Brunswick, is only accessible year-round by bridge from the US state of Maine. US Customs agents have recently begun intercepting mail sent by #Canada's postal agency to the island, leaving residents frustrated - and worried about their privacy.

"It's pushing on Canada's #sovereignty."

New Brunswick's intergovernmental affairs department said it had concerns with respect to #privacy issues and will be reaching out to the federal government as well.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49901455

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#wire man(agement) speaks of issues; from what I can gather, they are likely to have compromised both #privacy and #security lately (still under investigation)
 
Image/photoAndroid Privacy and Security (AP) wrote the following post Sun, 01 Dec 2019 03:45:02 -0600

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App security company Checkmarx found vulnerabilities that enabled them to take pictures and videos, at any time, using the Google and Samsung camera apps. In order to be able to do this they needed to get a rogue app onto the device and get the phone user to grant that app storage permission. Checkmarx created a weather app which had the necessary functions to allow them to use this exploit and uploaded it to the Google Play Store.

Checkmarx could record calls, and if the camera app had location permission, locate the phone.

This has been fixed in recent android security updates, and updates to the camera apps. Phone users are advised to make sure their phones and software are regularly updated.

https://www.checkmarx.com/blog/how-attackers-could-hijack-your-android-camera#

#Android #security #privacy #camera #samsung #pixel
 
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App security company Checkmarx found vulnerabilities that enabled them to take pictures and videos, at any time, using the Google and Samsung camera apps. In order to be able to do this they needed to get a rogue app onto the device and get the phone user to grant that app storage permission. Checkmarx created a weather app which had the necessary functions to allow them to use this exploit and uploaded it to the Google Play Store.

Checkmarx could record calls, and if the camera app had location permission, locate the phone.

This has been fixed in recent android security updates, and updates to the camera apps. Phone users are advised to make sure their phones and software are regularly updated.

https://www.checkmarx.com/blog/how-attackers-could-hijack-your-android-camera#

#Android #security #privacy #camera #samsung #pixel
 
Google’s “smart city” in #Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/11/googles-smart-city-in-toronto-what-it-wanted-what-it-will-now-get-and-why-its-still-problematic-for-privacy/ #surveillance
Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for privacy
 
● NEWS ● #canada #google #surveillance ☞ Google's "smart city" in #Toronto : what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it's still problematic for #privacy
Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for privacy
 
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Google’s “smart city” in Toronto: what it wanted, what it will now get – and why it’s still problematic for privacy
 
Digitalcourage e.V. - 2019-11-30 18:24:07 GMT
Knecht Ruprecht sagt, #Sicherheit gebe es nur mit #Überwachung. Glaubt ihm kein Wort!

Sicherheit bietet nur ein freiheitlicher Rechtsstaat, und wir empfehlen Übungen in digitaler #Selbstverteidigung.

Die gibt es ab dem 1.12. in unserem #Adventskalender.

https://digitalcourage.de/adventskalender
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Over at #techrights ... cybrNaut: #tutanota <= German privacy-focused project chooses US #privacy abuser #Microsoft #Github over (Germany-based privacy-respecting) #codeberg

#deletegithub
 
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Prevent Link Preview leakage of WhatsApp for PC simply by adding--host-rules="MAP \* 0.0.0.0, EXCLUDE web.whatsapp.com, EXCLUDE mmg.whatsapp.net" to your WhatsApp shortcut.
Info about leakage:
Is WhatsApp leaking your Private Information?

Please share this with those you value.
#WhatsApp #Security #Privacy #Windows #Software
 
Digitalcourage e.V. - 2019-11-30 13:14:16 GMT
„In der Falle: Julian #Assange zwischen Politik und Justiz”

Ein ausgezeichnet recherchierter, couragierter Dokumentarfilm über den Kampf Assanges für eine rechtsstaatliche Behandlung.

Verfügbar bis 31.03.2020.
https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/av/video-in-der-falle-julian-assange-zwischen-politik-und-justiz-100.html
#Pressefreiheit #whistleblower #WikiLeaks /c
 
● NEWS ● #Privacy and #BigTech ’s #Surveillance of Our Lives and Bodies https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/29/privacy-and-big-techs-surveillance-of-our-lives-and-bodies/ big telecoms do this also (and also with governments)
Privacy and Big Tech’s Surveillance of Our Lives and Bodies
 
● NEWS ● #Surveillance ☞ Hey Congress, How's That #Privacy Bill Coming Along? https://www.wired.com/story/congress-privacy-bill-copra/ "Democrats say the GOP shouldn’t get a pat on the back just for doing their most basic duty."
 
A lot of things that are nowadays marketed as trendy and/or innovative aren't. In fact, they're been possible to make for decades. What changed isn't technology but #surveillance agenda, people's attitude and lax #privacy laws. Business model: #surveillancecapitalism
 
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