Privacy

Companies can track your phone’s movements to target ads

Enlarge Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google and Apple have taken steps this year they say will help users shield themselves from hundreds of companies that compile profiles based on online behavior. Meanwhile, other companies are devising new ways to probe more deeply into other aspects of our lives. In January, Google said …

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A bevy of new features makes iOS 14 the most secure mobile OS ever

Enlarge / From left to right: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. Samuel Axon Eleven months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared privacy a “fundamental human right.” The affirmation came as the iPhones his customers carry in their pockets store ever more sensitive information and the company seeks to make privacy a …

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Report: Privacy coins don’t conflict with anti-money laundering laws

Privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies like Monero (XMR) do not conflict with Anti-Money Laundering laws, according to a major global law firm. Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based international law firm, published a report devoted to the AML regulation of privacy coins on Sept. 15. In the report, Perkins Coie aims to dispel the purported misconception that privacy coins like …

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Web 3.0 would enable new possibilities and opportunities

Lately, the controversial topic of censorship on Big Tech platforms reached a turning point when U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign account was banned on both Twitter and Facebook for “spreading coronavirus misinformation.” The conversation over who has control over what kinds of information that get out to what kinds of audiences is not new. As …

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IRS to Pay $625K to Crack Monero, Crypto Proponents Scoff at Contract

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to pay a contractor $625,000 if they can crack layer-two privacy schemes and the privacy-centric crypto asset monero (XMR). The tax agency says that the entity has “limited investigative resources” for tracing these types of cryptocurrency transactions. The United States tax agency wants to obtain a solution to …

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Privacy Startup Nym Will Pay You in Bitcoin to Run Its Mixnet

Nym, the web network, now allows bitcoin transactions and has an incentive program for people running its nodes. It is also enabling plugins that will allow users to plug in wallets and applications to run their traffic through its mixnet.  What is a mixnet? Nym is a start-up software project working to obscure metadata tracking …

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Dash introduces protocol versioning in update

The Dash platform will be introducing protocol versioning and other new features in its latest update.  Dash announced its fourth update over the weekend. The platform normally releases new functionalities every six weeks, so the next update is expected between October 6 and 20.  Dash said it is adding versions of its protocol to make …

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Criminals Target Privacy Coins: How To Avoid Downloading Fake Wallet Apps

Reports in the past few weeks detail that bad actors are targeting two privacy coin projects, Monero and Zcash, adding to concerns about the growing rate of security incidents involving blockchain networks. Such incidents, as well the repeated 51% attacks on the Ethereum Classic network or the Electrum wallet breach, suggest criminals are becoming more …

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Privacy Options Underutilized in Cryptocurrency Usage: Report

Advances in cryptography have not met with user enthusiasm, suggesting a disconnect between the cryptocurrency community and its cypherpunk ancestors. According to Coin Metrics, transactions of privacy-focused cryptocurrencies zcash (ZEC), monero (XMR), and grin only add up to 6% of bitcoin’s transactions. Zcash’s privacy feature is significantly underutilized, with less than 2% of transactions fully …

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Ciphertrace Allegedly Builds Monero-Tracing Tools, XMR Proponents Disagree

The blockchain surveillance firm Ciphertrace claims to have created the “world’s first” monero tracing tools for law enforcement. According to the company announcement, Ciphertrace developed forensic tools for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to track illicit monero transactions. Despite the firm’s claims, there is zero evidence provided that prove the company …

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