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GameStop is HODLing Your Private Information | Podcast 50

GameStop is being sued for allegedly selling private information, Cyberpunk 2077’s expansion Phantom Liberty was announced, and we learned some more about the “story” of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.…

September 12, 2022 | 07:05 EDT

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Heads Up: Norton 360 Now Includes A Crypto Miner

If you're a gamer that uses Norton 360 on your PC - you may want to check and see if your computer is now mining Ethereum when it's idle. Popular Antivirus / security software Norton 360 can enable…

January 6, 2022 | 07:10 EST

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New White Paper Calls For Greater Gaming Data Collection Scrutiny

A newly-published white paper has called for much greater scrutiny on the gaming industry when it comes to data collection and privacy. The paper likens gaming to social media, dating apps, or search…

July 9, 2021 | 11:11 EDT

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Codalyn Reveals More Details On Investigative Thriller Privacy, Coming 2020

Stable Orbit developer Codalyn has announced its newest project. Privacy is an investigative thriller coming to PC via Steam in 2020. The game was originally teased back in March, but thanks to…

September 19, 2019 | 01:10 EDT

Garry's Mod Update Includes Invasive GameAnalytics Tool

Garry's Mod April 2019 Update Modifies TOS and Adds New Tracking Tool

Garry's Mod is probably one of the weirdest and most absurdist games ever made. A physics sandbox built upon the Source engine, which was already a kind of physics sandbox in itself. The developer…

May 2, 2019 | 07:31 EDT

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Epic Games Responds to Allegations of Tracking Steam Data With Epic Games Launcher

Epic Games' launcher has been the product of much scrutiny as of late. The exclusivity of certain games such as Metro Exodus and now Phoenix Point caused some outcry from fans. Meanwhile, there have…

March 14, 2019 | 08:21 EDT

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Dig Deep in Privacy by Codalyn

Imagine playing a narrative-rich game set in a Dutch countryside villa. Now imagine a future when smart devices have been replaced by AR and AI. Indie studio Codalyn, based in The Netherlands and the…

March 12, 2019 | 11:56 EDT


Does's Account Creation Violate GDPR?

Bethesda's had a rough few months, and things are getting a little more interesting with a Redditor's recent discovery. First reported on, they found a popular Reddit thread…

December 22, 2018 | 12:02 EST

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Federal Judge Denies Warrant Request For Mass Fingerprinting

A federal judge has denied a request from the government to compel all people in a building to give up their fingerprints to unlock Apple iOS devices. Judge M. David Weisman of the District Court For…

February 24, 2017 | 09:40 EST


FCC Publishes Broadband Privacy Rules

The Federal Communications Commission(FCC) has adopted new rules which broadband providers must adhere to regarding the privacy of customer data. The FCC has published a press release as well as a…

October 27, 2016 | 05:27 EDT


Illinois Law Mandates Warrants For Stingray Use

Illinois will soon require that police obtain a warrant before using cell-site simulators. Under a law signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, police now have to demonstrate probable cause to…

July 26, 2016 | 08:37 EDT

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Brazil's Highest Court Overturns Third WhatsApp Block

For the third time in the last eight months, a Brazilian judge has ordered wireless service providers to block WhatsApp. The encrypted messaging app is once again being targeted because it will not…

July 19, 2016 | 08:37 EDT

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Second Circuit Rules Domestic Warrants Don't Apply to Foreign Servers

The Second Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to turn over data held on servers located outside the US. The court found that the statute used to obtain the…

July 15, 2016 | 09:43 EDT


Federal Judge Suppresses Stingray Evidence Obtained Without Warrant

District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan has suppressed evidence collected by the use of stingrays because the agency did not first obtain a warrant. This is the first time a federal judge has…

July 13, 2016 | 05:17 EDT

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US Congress Tried, and Failed, to Strengthen the Patriot Act

While the cat is away, the mice will play, so to speak. Public outcry has determined the fate of unpopular bills in the past, so Congress appeared to be hoping the public wasn't looking this time.…

July 12, 2016 | 10:30 EDT

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Twitter Shuts Down Tweet Archive PostGhost

Twitter has sent a cease and desist to PostGhost for breaking Twitter's terms of service. As a result, PostGhost will no longer archive tweets made by public figures. This situation is somewhat…

July 12, 2016 | 10:13 EDT


[Updated] Hacker May Have Leaked Data From 80K Amazon Kindle Accounts

A hacker using the handle 0x2Taylor has released a data dump containing information from 80,000 Amazon Kindle users. The dump is being hosted by the file hosting site MEGA. 0x2Taylor had contacted…

July 11, 2016 | 05:45 EDT

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Expansion on FBI Surveillance

The US Senate has narrowly rejected a bill to expand FBI surveillance. The bill would expand the FBI's use of national security letters (NSL). NSLs allow the FBI to demand certain types of records…

June 22, 2016 | 10:40 EDT

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House Passes Bill Requiring Warrant to Search Email

In a surprising step in favor of privacy, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement to get a search warrant to search private…

April 27, 2016 | 10:04 EDT

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WhatsApp Group Admins Must Register with Government in India

Governments around the world are growing more uncomfortable with encrypted communications, and the popular encrypted messaging service WhatsApp is becoming a big target. Earlier in the year, we…

April 23, 2016 | 09:06 EDT


Detecting Adblockers Without Consent May Violate EU Privacy Law

Privacy advocate Alexander Hanff believes scripts which detect whether or not a user has adblocking software installed violate EU privacy law. An amendment to the ePrivacy Directive that went into…

April 21, 2016 | 10:45 EDT


General Data Protection Regulation Gives EU Citizens More Control Over Data

After four years of negotiations, the European Union has finally passed the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR). This new directive is designed to give EU citizens more control over their data,…

April 17, 2016 | 10:33 EDT

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Microsoft Sues US Government Over Data Request Gag Orders

Microsoft announced yesterday that it had filed a lawsuit against the United States government in order to protect the constitutional rights of its costumers. The company takes issue with the…

April 15, 2016 | 05:54 EDT

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Senators Release Official Draft of Anti-Encryption Bill

For several months, Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have been cooking up a bill to undermine strong encryption. Last week, journalists leaked a draft of the bill, which gave the public a…

April 13, 2016 | 09:28 EDT

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Senators' Anti-Encryption Bill is Finally Revealed

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have been working on an anti-encryption bill for several months, and now we finally get to see the fruit of their labor. A draft of the bill has now been…

April 8, 2016 | 11:05 EDT

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Senator Wyden Argues in Favor of Strong Encryption

Speaking at RightsCon in San Francisco, Senator Ron Wyden gave a speech about the importance of strong encryption. He also laid out his plans to strengthen privacy protections. Early on in the speech…

March 31, 2016 | 09:59 EDT

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Report: WhatsApp May Be DOJ's Next Target after Apple

While the legal battle over encryption between Apple and the FBI is still in progress, the Department of Justice may already have its next target in mind. The New York Times reports that an…

March 14, 2016 | 10:44 EDT

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AdBlock to Show Amnesty International Ads for 24 Hours

March 12 is World Day Against Cyber Censorship, and AdBlock is celebrating by replacing some ads rather than simply blocking them. For 24 hours, AdBlock users will see banners linking to Amnesty…

March 11, 2016 | 10:43 EST


Verizon Settles with FCC over Supercookies

A press release published today by the FCC announced a settlement between the commission and Verizon over the company's use of so-called supercookies, a system referred to by the company itself as…

March 7, 2016 | 09:52 EST

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France Considers Punitive Fines To Compel Encryption Backdoors

As Apple and the FBI face off against each other over encryption, another national government is considering taking its own steps to deal with encrypted phones. A French member of parliament from the…

March 2, 2016 | 10:40 EST

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Brooklyn Judges Rules Apple Doesn't Have to Help FBI Break into iPhone

By now, many are aware of a showdown between Apple and the FBI. The FBI obtained a court order from a California judge requiring Apple to help the agency break into a phone belonging to one of the…

February 29, 2016 | 10:02 EST


Judge Allows Discovery in NSA Lawsuit

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is claiming a victory after a California judge lifted the stay of discovery on a lawsuit against the NSA. The case was first filed by the EFF in 2008 on…

February 22, 2016 | 10:01 EST

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Apple Warns of FBI Request to Undermine Encryption

Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a post called "A Message to our Customers." The post warns of an FBI request, which if obeyed by Apple, would undermine the encryption on Apple phones.Before…

February 17, 2016 | 08:46 EST

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Congressmen Fight Back Against Proposed Encryption Bans

In recent months, politicians have gone completely nuts on the topic of encryption. Presidential candidates have made the dangers of encryption a talking point on the campaign trail; two bills are…

February 10, 2016 | 05:54 EST

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US and EU Reach New Data Transfer Deal

The European Commission has announced that a new agreement has been reached between the US and the EU concerning the transfer of personal data from Europe to the US. The previous treaty, known as…

February 2, 2016 | 10:09 EST

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Canada Will Cease Sharing Some Surveillance Data with Allies

For decades, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have cooperated in an intelligence sharing agreement informally known as the five eyes. We know that at least some of…

January 28, 2016 | 09:07 EST

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Texas Police are Getting "No Cost" License Plate Readers, EFF Reports

Digital rights activist organization Electronic Frontier Foundation has reported that Texas law enforcement agencies have just gotten a great offer from Vigilant Solutions, a large broker of vehicle…

January 28, 2016 | 10:30 EST


ACLU Launches #TakeCTRL Initiative

Disclosure: Author has donated to the ACLU in the past.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched what they call #TakeCTRL, an initiative to work with lawmakers in various states as well…

January 21, 2016 | 08:00 EST


Encryption Expert Proposes Backdoor Council to End Crypto Wars

David Chaum, an expert on encryption with more than 30 years of experience in the field, has a system he thinks will end the crypto wars between privacy advocates and government agencies. Recently,…

January 12, 2016 | 11:07 EST

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White House and Silicon Valley Hold Summit on Fighting Terrorism

The White House recently held a summit with top executives in Silicon Valley on the topic of combating terrorism online. Some of the biggest technology companies in America were represented at the…

January 11, 2016 | 09:36 EST


MPAA Argues Privacy Laws Protect Pirates

The MPAA has submitted a statement to the United States Trade Representative detailing what it considers the biggest concerns when doing business in other countries. It seems that the MPAA is mainly…

November 10, 2015 | 10:02 EST

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Judge Orders NSA to Stop Collecting Phone Records

A federal judge has ordered the NSA to stop collecting phone records of two plaintiffs, affirming his previous ruling that the NSA bulk collection of phone records is unconstitutional. Back in…

November 9, 2015 | 09:58 EST


UK Bill Would Mandate Backdoors to Snoop on Encrypted Messages

The full text of a draft of the Investigatory Powers Act, an authoritarian surveillance bill being pushed by UK prime Minister David Cameron, has been released to the public. In the days leading up…

November 4, 2015 | 10:01 EST


EU Parliament Calls for Stronger Privacy Protections and Asylum for Snowden

In the wake of the Snowden revelations, the EU Parliament passed a resolution in March of 2014, calling on the EU Commission to do more to protect the privacy of EU citizens. Parliament has recently…

October 29, 2015 | 07:58 EDT

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CISA Passes Senate Vote With Privacy Flaws Unamended

For months, privacy advocates have been fighting against the newest bill that threatens to endanger our privacy on the internet. This newest bill, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (…

October 27, 2015 | 11:36 EDT

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Government Argues that Apple Can Legally Bypass Lock Screen because Software is Licensed not Sold

A couple of weeks ago, a Brooklyn Judge temporarily rejected a request by the government to force Apple to bypass the lock screen on a phone. The government cited the All Writs Act, which can be used…

October 26, 2015 | 06:06 EDT

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Senate Pushes Forward with CISA in Spite of Opposition from the Tech Industry

Despite opposition from activist groups and even some of the largest companies in the tech industry, the US Senate is planning to push forward with the controversial Cybersecurity Information…

October 21, 2015 | 10:22 EDT

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Judge Says Law Enforcement Probably Can't Compel Apple to Unlock Phones

A federal judge in Brooklyn has temporarily denied a request by law enforcement, who were seeking an order to force Apple to unlock a locked phone. The government is invoking the All Writs Act, a law…

October 12, 2015 | 10:48 EDT