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Facebook and Google Accused of Violating GDPR on First Day of the New European Privacy Law Facebook and Google Accused of Violating GDPR on First Day of the New European Privacy Law

When Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of members of the European Parliament on Tuesday, he insisted that Facebook was ready for Friday, the day when the European Unions’s strict new data privacy law went into effect. But users in Europe have already filed complaints against Facebook and others today, saying the tech…

WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy

Jan Koum, the billionaire CEO of Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, is leaving the company following disputes over “the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption,” the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint From a WhatsApp Photo Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint From a WhatsApp Photo

Police in Wales managed to arrest and convict a drug dealer by identifying his fingerprint from a photo posted on WhatsApp, a technique that the local law enforcement is calling “groundbreaking,” according to the BBC.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Says It's Time to Delete Facebook WhatsApp Co-Founder Says It's Time to Delete Facebook

Since WhatsApp got bought by Facebook in 2014, its co-founders have taken two very different paths. Jan Koum stayed on to serve as the company’s CEO, while Brian Acton left after a few years to head up the Signal Foundation, an organization that competes with WhatsApp and Facebook thanks to its own encrypted messaging…

WhatsApp Agrees Not to Share EU Users’ Personal Info With Facebook, for Now WhatsApp Agrees Not to Share EU Users’ Personal Info With Facebook, for Now

WhatsApp just agreed not to share the personal information of its users in the European Union with Facebook until it can comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be enforced in May. It’s not a permanent commitment, and there are a few noteworthy exceptions, but it’s good news for WhatsApp…

Sri Lanka Blocked Facebook This Week for Allegedly Spreading Hate Speech and Violence Sri Lanka Blocked Facebook This Week for Allegedly Spreading Hate Speech and Violence

The government of Sri Lanka ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as separate messaging service Viber, this week as part of a crackdown on what officials said was rampant online hate speech fueling real-life violence.

Blackberry Accuses Facebook of Patent Infringement, Seeks Injunction That Could Shut It Down Blackberry Accuses Facebook of Patent Infringement, Seeks Injunction That Could Shut It Down

After allegedly trying to hold discussions with Facebook for the past “several years,” BlackBerry finally decided to take Facebook to court today, filing a patent infringement lawsuit against the social media giant.

Riding Along With a Night Stringer, Chasing Car Crashes for Local News Riding Along With a Night Stringer, Chasing Car Crashes for Local News

The engines are already pulling away by the time we get to a reported dryer fire. There won’t be any footage of flames lapping up from the basement or smoke inhalation victims being wheeled into ambulances through the drizzling gloom—not tonight anyway. The rain makes shootings unlikely too, in Adam’s opinion, but…

Wickr Just Made It Easier to Keep Snoops Out of Your Next Conference Call Wickr Just Made It Easier to Keep Snoops Out of Your Next Conference Call

In July, Wickr announced that its paying users could make encrypted conference calls. For a company prioritizing businesses over consumers, this was a crucial development. But it also helped Wickr stand out from other secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp, which have yet to roll out encrypted group calls. And…

WhatsApp Security Design Could Let an Infiltrator Add Members to Group Chats [Updated] WhatsApp Security Design Could Let an Infiltrator Add Members to Group Chats [Updated]

A team of crytopgraphers from Germany’s Ruhr University Bochum say they have uncovered flaws in WhatsApp’s security that could limit the benefits of the messaging service’s vaunted end-to-end encryption in group chats.

France to Facebook: You Have 30 Days to Stop Harvesting WhatsApp User Data France to Facebook: You Have 30 Days to Stop Harvesting WhatsApp User Data

France’s data privacy agency CNIL has ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing data with its owner Facebook, the Verge reported, saying users never consented to sharing data for business intelligence or targeted advertising functions when Facebook disclosed the collection last year.

WhatsApp Becomes the Latest Victim of China's New Wave of Internet Censorship WhatsApp Becomes the Latest Victim of China's New Wave of Internet Censorship

Facebook is desperate to do business in China, but authorities in the country are increasingly comfortable with shutting out foreign companies and tightening restrictions on internet communications. On Tuesday, Facebook’s only major product that is still permitted by authorities fell victim to the “Great Firewall” and…

How to Back Up All of Your Online Accounts Offline How to Back Up All of Your Online Accounts Offline

Big fans of the cloud as we are, there’s no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don’t have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here’s how to make sure…

WhatsApp Is Down Around the Globe and Nobody Knows Why [Updated] WhatsApp Is Down Around the Globe and Nobody Knows Why [Updated]

WhatsApp appears to be down around the world and that means that over a billion users are currently unable to use what is often their primary communication service.

Some Hackers Figured Out How to Take Control of Any WhatsApp Account Some Hackers Figured Out How to Take Control of Any WhatsApp Account

Security researchers just announced the discovery of major vulnerabilities in WhatsApp and Telegram, two popular messaging apps with end-to-end encryption, when used in an internet browser. In related news, you can use WhatsApp and Telegram in an internet browser.

There's No Security Backdoor in WhatsApp, Despite Reports There's No Security Backdoor in WhatsApp, Despite Reports

This morning, the Guardian published a story with an alarming headline: “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.” If true, this would have massive implications for the security and privacy of WhatsApp’s one-billion-plus users. Fortunately, there’s no backdoor in WhatsApp, and according to Alec…

WhatsApp Lets You Draw Little Pictures Now WhatsApp Lets You Draw Little Pictures Now

With its enormous user base and built-in end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp has some major advantages over rival messaging tools. In the hyper-competitive digital marketplace of 2016, however, only one feature truly matters: the ability to draw little pictures (preferably cute ones) over other little pictures.

German Regulators Ban Facebook From Collecting WhatsApp Data German Regulators Ban Facebook From Collecting WhatsApp Data

Earlier this year, WhatsApp betrayed its longstanding commitment to privacy when it announced that it would share user data with its parent company Facebook for the purpose of selling ads. Today, a German regulator announced it is putting the brakes on Facebook’s plan.

How to Use Your Favorite Mobile Apps on Your Computer How to Use Your Favorite Mobile Apps on Your Computer

Mobile apps are great when you’re away from your desk, but there are times when you might just want a full keyboard, gigantic screen, and comfortable chair while you fiddle with your apps. If that’s the case, you might be surprised to learn that many of your favorite apps can run on a laptop or desktop with very…

You Should Update Your WhatsApp Settings Right Now You Should Update Your WhatsApp Settings Right Now

WhatsApp betrayed its long standing commitment to privacy when the company announced the app will now share user data with Facebook for the purpose of selling ads. But existing users have only 30 days to opt out.

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