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Apple’s Photo-Scanning Plan Sparks Outcry From Policy Groups

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More than 90 policy groups from the US and around the world signed an open letter urging Apple to drop its plan to have Apple devices scan photos for child sexual abuse material (CSAM). “The undersigned organizations committed to civil rights, human rights, and digital rights around the world are writing to urge Apple to […]

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A Simple Software Fix Could Limit Location Data Sharing

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“When you attach to the network, you offer the IMSI number to show the backend database that you are a paying customer and here are the services that you have subscribed to,” Schmitt says. “The system then informs the rest of the core to allow you onto the network. But what we do with PGPP […]

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A 5G Shortcut Leaves Phones Exposed to Stingray Surveillance

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In North America and many other parts of the world, high-speed 5G mobile data networks dangled just out of reach for years. But as 5G coverage becomes ubiquitous, the rollout comes with an important caveat. Even if your phone says it’s connected to the next-generation wireless standard, you may not actually be getting all of […]

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All the Ways Spotify Tracks You—and How to Stop It

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Facebook and Google are the web’s biggest advertising powerhouses. But Spotify has ambitions to rival them. And it has all the data it needs to do just that. Each day hundreds of millions of people use Spotify on their phones, tablets, and desktops—most often remaining logged in as they move from one device to the […]

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Apple Walks a Privacy Tightrope to Spot Child Abuse in iCloud

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Children’s safety groups, for their part, also immediately applauded Apple’s moves, arguing they strike a necessary balance that “brings us a step closer to justice for survivors whose most traumatic moments are disseminated online,” Julie Cordua, CEO of the child safety advocacy group Thorn, wrote in a statement to WIRED. Other cloud storage providers, from […]

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A Guide to RCS, and Why It Makes Texting So Much Better

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Next year Verizon will join AT&T and T-Mobile in preloading Android phones with Messages by Google as the default texting app. It’s a big win for RCS, the chat protocol that Google has been pushing us all to adopt. But what exactly is RCS, and why do you need it? The short version: It’s an […]

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The Privacy Battle That Apple Isn’t Fighting

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For at least a decade, privacy advocates dreamed of a universal, legally enforceable “Do not track” setting. Now, at least in the most populous state in the US, that dream has become a reality. So why isn’t Apple—a company that increasingly uses privacy as a selling point—helping its customers take advantage of it? When California […]

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The Shapeshifting Cam Girl Rewriting the Rules of Porn

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Sometime in late 2019, Diana Deets started changing her face. An Instagram influencer and OnlyFans adult content creator going by Coconut Kitty, Deets had until that point looked like a woman in her late twenties to mid-thirties. In her new pictures, however—while her body remained unchanged—her face gradually morphed into something otherworldly: Her chin became […]

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Venmo Gets More Private—but It’s Still Not Fully Safe

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“Venmo’s finally getting the message that maximum publicity on a financial app is a terrible idea,” says Kaili Lambe, senior campaigner at the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit focused on internet openness and accessibility. “However, from the beginning we have been calling on Venmo to be private by default, because so many Venmo users don’t actually […]

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How to Make Your Web Searches More Secure and Private

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You’ll also see drop-down menus above your search results that let you filter them by location and time. Depending on what keywords you’ve used, you might also see a Local results tab—this will temporarily make use of your IP address to find results from regional sites, but this IP address isn’t saved. As soon as […]