Privacy

FBI, Europol take down a VPN service aimed at criminals

Prykhodov via Getty Images Virtual private networks are often forces for good that keep your data secure, but how that service is offered appears to matter to law enforcement. TorrentFreak reports that the FBI and Europol worked together to shut down Safe-Inet (also known as Insorg), a VPN service apparently tailor-made for criminals. The “bulletproof” …

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Snowden Puzzled by Bitcoin’s Lack of Scaling and Privacy, Says Devs ‘Had Years to Do It’

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Just recently, the film producer and well known Youtuber, Naomi Brockwell, sat down with Edward Snowden and the two discussed a number of subjects including privacy and bitcoin. When Snowden talked about bitcoin, he delved into the protocol’s lack of progressive scaling and privacy. The famous whistleblower said that the biggest question …

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From SIM-Swaps to Home-Invasion Threats, Ledger Leak Has Cascading Consequences

As soon as he learned he was among the thousands of Ledger customers whose personal information had been published online Sunday, JimboChewdip, as he’s known on Twitter, acted fast. Not fast enough, however. JCD, as we’ll call him, spent Monday morning changing his passwords, only to get a notification a new device had been added …

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Firefox continues cracking down on tracking with cache partitioning

Enlarge / Breaking the browser cache up into separate pools prevents sophisticated timing probes that let one site know whether you’re logged into another. Mozilla / Jim Salter Firefox version 85 will be released in January 2021, and one of its features is increased user privacy via improvements in client-side storage (cache) partitioning. This has …

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It’s here: Treasury proposes rule to monitor crypto going to self-hosted wallets

The Treasury has released its long-awaited proposal to restrict money services businesses, including U.S.-registered crypto exchanges, from dealing with self-hosted wallets. In a Friday evening announcement, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, announced proposed rules requiring registered crypto exchanges to verify the “identity of their customers, if a counterparty uses an unhosted or …

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‘Secret’ bridge turns ERC-20 tokens into privacy coins

An open-source blockchain protocol called the Secret Network is now offering privacy features for the Ethereum blockchain and 14 ERC-20 tokens. According to a Secret Network blog post, the protocol launched its Secret Ethereum Bridge on the mainnet today, which is designed to allow Ether (ETH) and all ERC-20 token holders to create programmable versions …

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FTC kicks off sweeping privacy probe of nine major social media firms

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica The Federal Trade Commission is stepping up its digital privacy work and has asked just about every major social media platform you can think of to explain what personal data it collects from users and why. The requests for information went out today to nine platforms (or their parent …

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FinCEN Encourages Banks to Share Customer Information With Each Other

A U.S. agency that fights financial crime is encouraging financial institutions, ranging from banks to cryptocurrency exchanges, to share customer information with one another to catch wrongdoers. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department, issued a fact sheet Thursday spelling out that the 2001 Patriot Act gives institutions wide latitude …

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Law Decoded: The war of the wallets, 12/4–12/11

Every Friday, Law Decoded delivers analysis on the week’s critical stories in the realms of policy, regulation and law. Editor’s note Last week’s Law Decoded sounded the alarm on threats to self-custodial wallets in the U.S. in particular. While such concerns have continued to take shape, nothing concrete has emerged from the U.S. Treasury, which …

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World Economic Forum Wants to Standardize Ethical Data Collection

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is designing a global governance framework for the ethical collection and sharing of data, the organization announced Tuesday.  WEF’s Data for Common Purpose Initiative (DCPI) is the first of its kind and aims to “responsibly enhance the societal benefit from data” by creating guidelines to ensure governments and researchers can …

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