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 …

Latest Android malware can record voice calls for extortion & blackmailing

IT security researchers have discovered an android malware which aims at stealing personal data from Android devices, recording live calls and surrounding noises in order to blackmail the victim – Dubbed RedDrop by Wandera researchers, the malware was discovered in 53 applications on third-party app stores including calculators, image editors, languages teaching and space exploration apps. All …

Signal and Telegram hit by worldwide outages

Multiple reports indicate that the encrypted messaging systems Signal and Telegram are suffering downtime in a number of countries. Users of the popular encrypted communications services are reporting outages worldwide, including in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, US, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. Reports have flooded across social media, and as there is no downtime or …

Kaspersky Lab: Spam and Phishing in 2017 Lists Bitcoin and FIFA 2018 as top new scams

According to a report by software security company, Kaspersky Lab “Bitcoin” and “FIFA 2018” were the top spam and phishing topics used to scam online users in 2017. The company’s “Spam and phishing in 2017” report revealed that cybercriminals have, over the past 12 months, been following the global agenda and used hot topics to …

SpaceX to launch first test satellites to beam Internet across the globe

SpaceX is on a collision course with the world’s biggest telecom and satellite manufacturing companies, as it steps up development of its “Starlink” network of satellites. The company will soon test its first satellites, Microsat 2a and 2b, which are headed for orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, according to …