Facebook pays contractors to read your ‘encrypted’ WhatsApp messages, shares info with prosecutors – reports

When Facebook acquired WhatsApp, it promised to respect the privacy of its users. That hasn’t been the case, and the firm now employs thousands of staff to read supposedly-encrypted chats. … Read More >Facebook pays contractors to read your ‘encrypted’ WhatsApp messages, shares info with prosecutors – reports

Israeli spy tech firm exploited vulnerability on ALL IPHONE devices to implant ‘Pegasus’ malware – report

Digital rights group CitizenLab has discovered a vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware company NSO Group to implant its Pegasus malware onto virtually every iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch device. … Read More >Israeli spy tech firm exploited vulnerability on ALL IPHONE devices to implant ‘Pegasus’ malware – report

Apple & Google delete Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ app after top Russian officials accuse US tech giants of ‘election interference’

An online tactical voting initiative backed by jailed campaigner Alexey Navalny has been removed from app stores on the eve of Russia’s parliamentary elections, after Moscow hit out at tech firms it says were circumventing a ban. … Read More >Apple & Google delete Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ app after top Russian officials accuse US tech giants of ‘election interference’

Russia’s parliament threatens to increase fines for American tech giants after Google fails to comply with country’s internet laws

Russia’s State Duma has threatened to increase penalties for IT companies if they continue to ignore the injunctions of the country’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor. In recent weeks, Google, Facebook and Twitter have all been fined. … Read More >Russia’s parliament threatens to increase fines for American tech giants after Google fails to comply with country’s internet laws

Google’s Moscow office raided by bailiffs looking to collect $400k in fines… but lawyers say they must go to US to get the money

The Moscow office of American tech giant Google was visited on Monday by bailiffs seeking to collect millions of rubles in fines issued by Russian courts for various violations of the country’s laws, it was revealed on Tuesday. … Read More >Google’s Moscow office raided by bailiffs looking to collect $400k in fines… but lawyers say they must go to US to get the money

‘Like remote-controlling your arm against you’: Snowden says Apple WON’T DECIDE what it scans the phones for – governments will

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has dissected Apple’s phone-scanning plan, saying it not only blurs the line between what is and isn’t private, but will eventually enable governments to meddle into intimate details of one’s life. … Read More >‘Like remote-controlling your arm against you’: Snowden says Apple WON’T DECIDE what it scans the phones for – governments will

Moscow summons US ambassador over ‘meddling’ in Russian elections, accuses Americans of being ‘detached from reality’ in reaction

Moscow has “irrefutable evidence” of American tech giants breaking Russian law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, on Friday, as it summoned the US Ambassador, John Sullivan, to tell him it won’t tolerate election interference. … Read More >Moscow summons US ambassador over ‘meddling’ in Russian elections, accuses Americans of being ‘detached from reality’ in reaction

Google, Facebook & Microsoft top EU lobbying spending amid clampdown on Big Tech’s powers by Brussels – study

Tech firms have allocated almost €100 million to lobby the EU over the past year in an attempt to counter new tough laws regulating their activities, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft laying out the most cash, a study has found. … Read More >Google, Facebook & Microsoft top EU lobbying spending amid clampdown on Big Tech’s powers by Brussels – study