Russia bans Telegram messaging app after it declined to reveal its encryption key

Russia has banned the Telegram messaging app after it – because the company refuses to reveal its encryption key. A court in Moscow ruled to block the popular app after the firm declined to give state security services access to private conversations. It followed a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation …

Bullish again, Bitcoin Prices Surge

Bitcoin prices rose sharply yesterday after months of downfall, showing that bullish sentiment has returned to the digital currency markets. “The bulls are back in charge,” said analyst Charles Hayter, who pointed to Bitcoin’s robust intraday gain and a short squeeze taking place on Bitfinex. The world’s largest cryptocurrency reached $8,055.20, climbing almost 20% in less than six …

British and US lawyers have launched joint class action lawsuit against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica Et Al

The Guardian reports that United Kingdom and US lawyers have launched a joint class action against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and two other companies SCL Group Limited and Global Science Research Limited (GSR). for allegedly misusing the personal data of more than 71 million people. The lawsuit claims the firms obtained users’ private information from the …

Malicious crypto-mining apps with over 100,000 downloads found in the Google Play store

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have uncovered multiple android based malicious cryptocurrency-mining applications being distributed via the Google Play store, with the miners posing as games, sports streaming apps, and VPNs. Some of these have been downloaded more than 100,000 times. While the applications appear to provide legitimate functions, their real purpose is to secretly use …

Chad has shutdown of social media platforms and messaging services

Paris, April 5, 2018: Internet Without Borders is alarmed by the current shutdown of social media platforms and messaging services including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and important news website such as BBC, in Chad. This new case of censorship comes just a few days after Internet Without Borders and partners submitted a report to the UN Human …

FTC confirms Facebook’s privacy practices are under scrutiny

US Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of scandals and public outrage over the company’s failure to protect the personal information of tens of millions of users. “The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of …

Google is asking for web publishers’ consent to gather personal data ahead of GDPR

Google is requesting that web publishers provide it with the necessary consents to continue gathering personal information from Europeans for targeted ads as it gears up for the impending arrival of toughened data privacy laws. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May after which companies will be obligated to obtain …

Following Cambridge Analytica storm, Mozilla pulls the plug on its Facebook Adverts

The Firefox broswer maker has suspended all advertising activities on Facebook following the the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has embroiled the popular social networking site. In a blog post announcing the move, Denelle Dixon, Mozilla’s chief business and legal officer, said: We understand that Facebook took steps to limit developer access to friends’ data beginning …

.xperia among 3 more new gTLDS to be culled by ICANN

Sony Mobile Communications AB and two other companies have requested ICANN to cancel their registry contracts after ditching plans to operate their dot-brand top level domain names. .Xperia by Sony is a line of mobile phones. The company is still releasing phones under this brand but probably doesn’t need a top level domain name for …