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Hong Kong’s Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

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A new national security law has turned Hong Kong into a battleground for the United States and China’s escalating war over control of the global internet. Whether Hong Kong eventually falls behind China’s Great Firewall will depend on how strictly Beijing enforces the regulation, and how willing technology platforms are to stand up in the […]

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How to Passcode Lock Any App on Your Phone

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You are, we hope, already protecting your phone with a PIN, a fingerprint, or a face (or all three), but sometimes you’ll want to add an extra barrier to particular apps—if you’re lending your phone to a friend, say, or if your kids or partner are always borrowing your phone for whatever reason. How you […]

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How to Get Safari’s New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

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Apple just unveiled a raft of changes coming with the new macOS Big Sur later this year. Along with the visual redesign, the introduction of Control Center, and upgrades to Messages, the built-in Safari browser is getting new-and-improved privacy features to keep your data locked away. You don’t have to wait for macOS Big Sur […]

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Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

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Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment’s rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to potentially incriminating data on her phone. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, […]

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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

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At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple introduced a litany of new security and privacy features that fit into what the company calls its four privacy principles. Today, Google is announcing its own privacy-focused improvements as well, under what Google CEO Sundar Pichai says are “three important principles” of privacy. Google already announced security […]

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Apple Pushes Back Against Ad Tracking in Safari and iOS 14

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“This year we wanted to help you with tracking in apps,” said Katie Skinner, a user privacy software manager at Apple during the keynote. “We believe tracking should always be transparent and under your control. So moving forward, App Store policy will require apps to ask before tracking you across apps and websites owned by […]

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How to Switch to Signal and Bring All your Texts With You

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Signal is your best choice for text messaging if security and privacy are your most important priorities. It’s growing in popularity and gaining more useful features over time, and it’s easier than ever to get your existing messages into Signal—and to move them between phones if you upgrade to a new one. The main appeal […]

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Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users

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After weeks of criticism over its inflated encryption claims, videoconferencing platform Zoom announced in early April that it would develop full end-to-end encryption for video and audio calls made through the service. At the end of May, though, the company said that this protection would only be available to paying customers—free accounts would be out […]

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Body Cameras Haven’t Stopped Police Brutality. Here’s Why

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After Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, igniting the national Black Lives Matter movement, everyone from then president Barack Obama to members of Brown’s family embraced a relatively new solution for reform: Equip officers with body cameras. If police knew their every action was being recorded, the reasoning went, they […]