Privacy

France releases a voluntary contact tracing app

Sponsored Links Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters The French government has released a contract tracing app, called StopCovid, to notify people when they’ve been in contact with someone who is later diagnosed with COVID-19, as reported by Bloomberg. Usage of the app is entirely voluntary in France, although the effectiveness of contact tracing depends on how …

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COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

Enlarge / A global pandemic is no excuse for sticking your nose in other people’s private data. Getty Images A group of lawmakers from both parties is putting forth legislation that aims to protect Americans’ privacy and personal data while advancing public health initiatives in the face of COVID-19. Well over 100,000 people in the …

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For the Blockchain Industry, the COVID-19 Clock Is Ticking

Blockchains reached a feverish level of hype following the ICO mania of 2017. Peddled as the panacea to the world’s ills, many of such promises ill-intentioned, initial coin offerings raised enormous sums of funds within minutes as the public’s focus shifted to the wild world of cryptocurrencies. Once the hype faded, the emerging narrative surrounded …

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‘We Need 30 Different Words for Censorship”, Feat. Andreas M. Antonopoulos

‘The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Recently the hosts of the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss state sponsored propaganda, corporate censorship and how cryptocurrency or decentralization changes the game. The rallying cry of the totalitarian is “He farted first”, but if both systems have produced similar outcomes, is there much …

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Ethereum Significantly Less Private Than Bitcoin, New Research Shows

A paper published on May 29 by Ferenc Béres and a team of primarily Hungary-based researchers analyzed the Ethereum blockchain to find out how easily its transactions can be de-anonymized. The research, which has not yet been subjected to peer review, focused on several Ethereum-specific features that overall make the network easier to track than …

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‘Decentralized ID at All Costs’: Adviser Quits ID2020 Over Blockchain Fixation

A member of the ID2020 Alliance, which aims to bring digital identities to billions of people, has resigned over the organization’s direction on digital immunity passes and COVID-19.  In her resignation email last Friday, Elizabeth Renieris cited ID2020’s opacity, “techno-solutionism,” and corporate influence along with the risks of applying blockchain to immunity passes. Renieris (an …

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$9M and Over 4,500 Fusions – Bitcoin Cash Supporters Anticipate the Cashfusion Audit

Since November 28, 2019, the Cashfusion protocol has helped facilitate 4,583 fusions to-date with roughly 40,564 bitcoin cash ($9.1M). Cashfusion is an extension of the Cashshuffle platform and the protocol has been deemed “far more practical than other coinjoin protocols.” Bitcoin Cash proponents are now waiting for the completion of the codebase audit, as the …

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House expected to vote on search and browsing privacy this week

Enlarge / Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), center, on Capitol Hill in March 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images An amendment to protect Americans’ search and browsing records from government snooping is gaining momentum in the House of Representatives. A vote on the proposal could come as soon as Wednesday. Two weeks ago, the …

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BitAmp – The Next New Open Source Wallet

With the recent rise of Bitcoin prices and the Bitcoin halvening, new entrants into the cryptocurrency field may wonder where they can self-custody their Bitcoin in the most secure way. BitAmp’s Emphasis on Privacy and Security The developers behind new entrant Bitamp’s Bitcoin wallet have created an easy-to-use client-side open-source Bitcoin wallet to fill this …

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Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’

Sponsored Links MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images Israel’s original plan to track the phones of COVID-19 sufferers won’t get very far. The country’s cabinet has restricted the use of the Shin Bet security agency’s phone surveillance to “specific and special cases” where officials can’t determine an infected person’s location using “other methods.” The government might …

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