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Biden Drops Trump's Ban on TikTok And WeChat — But Will Continue The Scrutiny

Biden Drops Trump's Ban on TikTok And WeChat — But Will Continue The Scrutiny

NPR.orgNPR.org09 Jun 2021 | 17:38 pm
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday rescinded former President Donald Trump's actions targeting Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat. Biden signed new orders calling for the Commerce Department to launch national security reviews of apps with links to foreign adversaries, including China. "I wouldn't be surprised if you saw a ban reinstated but on more rational grounds," an analyst said.
Rebecca Wexler on Leveraging Tech to Create Better Criminal Justice Systems

Rebecca Wexler on Leveraging Tech to Create Better Criminal Justice Systems

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid08 Jun 2021 | 03:33 am
Rebecca Wexler, an assistant professor of law at the University of California Berkeley, talks about the role of technology and the shape of criminal justice in our society. "We've got this moment where we're struggling as a society to figure out how technology and democracy work together on a national scale," she said. "How should criminal legal systems function to support the truth?"
Everything you need to know about centralized, decentralized, and open-source VPNs

Everything you need to know about centralized, decentralized, and open-source VPNs

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid03 Jun 2021 | 17:58 pm
A VPN acts as an intermediary between Internet users and the web. Centralized VPNs are controlled and operated by centralized entities (usually private companies) and provide their users with access to a set of private servers through which their VPN is operated. While centralized VPNs do protect your data from onlookers and hackers, the VPN provider itself can still see the full picture.
The Localization Lab's Dragana Kaurin on Building Tech for Marginalized Populations

The Localization Lab's Dragana Kaurin on Building Tech for Marginalized Populations

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid01 Jun 2021 | 23:00 pm
The Localization Lab's mission is to make technology accessible for the global South, which open markets don't usually design large tech products for. "We want to build capacity locally so that people can co-design and develop technologies of their own," said Dragana Kaurin, founder of The Localisation Lab. The Lab consists of more than 6,000 global contributors who support the translation and localization of Internet freedom tools.
Google buried location settings so people wouldn't disable them, court docs claim

Google buried location settings so people wouldn't disable them, court docs claim

CNETCNET30 May 2021 | 00:07 am
Google made location settings harder to find in its Android phone software so people wouldn't turn them off, according to court documents that were unsealed earlier this week. The decision came after Google conducted research that found a "substantial increase" in devices disabled the settings when they were presented with easily accessible options, the documents claimed.
Will quantum computing impact the blockchain space?

Will quantum computing impact the blockchain space?

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid28 May 2021 | 18:54 pm
Quantum computing promises the ability to perform computations at speeds that are orders of magnitude beyond those of current computers. Quantum computers store information in quantum bits, or "qubits" -- floating point states that act like a probability cloud rather than a binary yes/no statement. Qubits' complexity gives quantum computers the potential to process data exponentially faster than classical computers.
Author Cory Doctorow's Web3 Rallying Cry - CoinDesk

Author Cory Doctorow's Web3 Rallying Cry - CoinDesk

CoinDeskCoinDesk27 May 2021 | 02:46 am
Cory Doctorow, a sci-fi author and privacy advocate, spoke at Consensus 2021. He said the internet users have become serfs to the barons and nobles of Silicon Valley, and it's up to 21st century digital Robin Hoods to liberate them. "We live in this world where bandits run amok wanting to do terrible things to you and your data," he said.
Electric Capital’s Avichal Garg on Programmable Money & the Future of Finance

Electric Capital’s Avichal Garg on Programmable Money & the Future of Finance

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid24 May 2021 | 22:17 pm
Avichal Garg, managing partner at Electric Capital, a VC firm that focuses on early-stage blockchain, cryptocurrency, and fintech startups, said that within a few decades, "all VCs will need to be involved in crypto." "Decentralization will eat up everything that has to do with money and moving value around in the next 20 to 30 years," he said.
Get started with Orchid on Android for just $1

Get started with Orchid on Android for just $1

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid24 May 2021 | 13:51 pm
Orchid has launched in-app purchases for Android users to pay for bandwidth on its VPN service using a credit card. Android users can buy Orchid accounts filled with XDAI using nothing more than an ordinary credit card, which costs as little as $1. The Android operating system is utilized by more than 70% of all smartphone users in the world, translating to roughly two billion people worldwide.
Mandatory opt-out, data breach notification part of new privacy bill

Mandatory opt-out, data breach notification part of new privacy bill

Ars TechnicaArs Technica20 May 2021 | 16:44 pm
US Senator Amy Klobuchar has reintroduced a bill to protect people's privacy when their data is collected by big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. The legislation, known as the Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act, would compel companies to allow people to opt out of tracking and data collection. The bill also prescribes what companies must do if they suffer a data breach or if personal data somehow leaks out.
NYT’s Kara Swisher speaks with Audrey Tang on whether safety and privacy can co-exist

NYT’s Kara Swisher speaks with Audrey Tang on whether safety and privacy can co-exist

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid17 May 2021 | 23:22 pm
Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang said that the most important piece of Taiwan's counter-virus strategy was "participatory self-surveillance." Tang said the term "sousveillance" was coined by Canadian engineer Steve Mann in 2002. The term roughly translates to "undersight" -- effectively the inverse of surveillance, which means "oversight." Tang added that governments must demonstrate radical trust and transparency toward their people.
Apple rejected over 215,000 apps in 2020 for privacy violations

Apple rejected over 215,000 apps in 2020 for privacy violations

BleepingComputerBleepingComputer15 May 2021 | 14:00 pm
Apple has revealed that over 215,000 iOS apps were blocked by its App Store's App Review team for privacy violations in 2020. The company also blocked 48,000 applications from being published on the App Store due to using undocumented or having hidden features. Apple also said that it could protect its customers from $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions throughout 2020.
Zooko Wilcox will speak at Orchid’s Priv8 Summit

Zooko Wilcox will speak at Orchid’s Priv8 Summit

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid14 May 2021 | 19:28 pm
Zooko Wilcox, Founder and CEO of Zcash, will speak at Orchid's Priv8 Virtual Privacy Summit. Zooko is a computer security specialist, cypherpunk, and part of a founding team that launched Zcash in 2016. He will share his thoughts on how better to think about ideas of financial privacy.
Anonymizers vs. VPNs: Everything You Need to Know

Anonymizers vs. VPNs: Everything You Need to Know

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid11 May 2021 | 19:45 pm
An anonymizing proxy server, or an anonymizer, is a tool that can be used to make online activity untraceable or anonymous. An anonymizer can mask your IP address, but it will not protect you from being tracked by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other third parties. Anonymizers work on an application level, while VPNs work on the operating system level.
Peloton's API exposes riders' private data

Peloton's API exposes riders' private data

www.securitymagazine.comwww.securitymagazine.com07 May 2021 | 12:00 pm
Peloton's leaky API has allowed any hacker to obtain any user's account data, even if that user had set their profile to private. The exposed API could let anyone access any Peloton user's age, gender, city, weight, workout stats, and birthday. While Peloton enabled authentication on the API, they’re still not enforcing proper authorization.
How Signal Cleverly Exposed Facebook's Disregard For Privacy

How Signal Cleverly Exposed Facebook's Disregard For Privacy

ForbesForbes07 May 2021 | 00:00 am
Signal, an instant messaging service run by a non-profit foundation, has claimed that Facebook blocked its accounts after it tried to place multi-variant targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram based on multiple variables such as location, age, sociodemographic variables, interests and behavior. "Facebook wants you to receive ads, but doesn’t want you to know why you’re receiving them, nor what variables the company that contracted the ads used to deliver them to you," Signal said.
Edward Snowden joins Priv8 to discuss causes and solutions for a broken Internet

Edward Snowden joins Priv8 to discuss causes and solutions for a broken Internet

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid06 May 2021 | 17:50 pm
NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke at the Priv8 Virtual Summit, a first-of-its-kind event focusing on digital privacy. "Institutions are competing against the individual, while the individual is competing against itself," he said. "This is by design: competition is everywhere, but only amongst the powerless," he added. "We need to recognize everything that we do that interacts with systems that are larger than us," Snowden said.
Orchid is now available in beta for Windows command line

Orchid is now available in beta for Windows command line

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid04 May 2021 | 17:36 pm
Orchid's Windows client is now available for Windows. Orchid is available for iOS and MacOS in the App Store, for Android in the Play Store, and for Linux. "The Windows beta launch represents a key milestone for Orchid, making its privacy solution available to more desktop users than ever," said Orchid CEO Dr. Steven Waterhouse.
What is split tunneling?

What is split tunneling?

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid04 May 2021 | 16:34 pm
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can be a major cause of online traffic jams as they act as a secure, encrypted "tunnel" that moves data through the complex road network that makes up the Internet. A VPN treats all data equally, no matter how important or sensitive it is or where it is going. Split-tunneling is a method of prioritising which kinds of data need to be protected and which do not.
Canada Will Require Using A Vaccine Passport For Entry

Canada Will Require Using A Vaccine Passport For Entry

ForbesForbes01 May 2021 | 00:00 am
Nearly eight in 10 Canadians (78%) agree that all travelers entering Canada should be required to have a vaccine passport, according to a new Ipsos survey. "Canadians need to be able to have the right kind of certification for international travel because, as we know, Canadians will want to travel internationally," Health Minister Patty Hajdu said.
TikTok Child Privacy Lawsuit Alleges Misuse of Personal Data of Millions of Minors

TikTok Child Privacy Lawsuit Alleges Misuse of Personal Data of Millions of Minors

CPO MagazineCPO Magazine29 Apr 2021 | 11:00 am
TikTok is facing a new legal challenge in the UK, as a former Children’s Commissioner is heading up a privacy lawsuit that could involve millions of minors. The suit alleges that TikTok violated child privacy laws in its collection of personal information and in transferring it to third parties. TikTok issued a statement saying, "We believe the claims lack merit and intend to vigorously defend the action."
Orchid CEO Dr. Steven Waterhouse Speaks at Collision 2021

Orchid CEO Dr. Steven Waterhouse Speaks at Collision 2021

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid28 Apr 2021 | 18:47 pm
Orchid co-founder and CEO Steven Waterhouse spoke at Collision Conference, one of the largest tech conferences in the world. "The Internet has become a failed utopia," he said. "Internet giants tailor our digital realities based on our observed habits, reinforcing division, atomization, and misinformation in order to generate revenue." "We need to rethink the values we build into our technology," he added.
Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands

Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands

Ars TechnicaArs Technica21 Apr 2021 | 01:41 am
Facebook Email Search, a tool that links Facebook accounts to as many as 5 million email addresses per day, could be exploited by malicious users, according to a researcher. The researcher said he went public after Facebook said it didn't think the weakness he found was "important" enough to be fixed. "I've spent maybe $10 to buy 200-odd Facebook accounts. And within three minutes, I have managed to do this for 6,000 [email] accounts," the researcher said.
Bill Barhydt on ‘Cutting the Cord’ from Traditional Banks

Bill Barhydt on ‘Cutting the Cord’ from Traditional Banks

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid20 Apr 2021 | 21:41 pm
Abra is a peer-to-peer, decentralized, money-transfer app that allows people to invest in cryptocurrency and carry out digital cash payments. Bill Barhydt founded Abra after a career spanning centralized institutions and forward-looking tech companies alike. "I'd love to be in the position to shut off my bank accounts and have a crypto-centric bank, effectively," he said.
What does a VPN hide?

What does a VPN hide?

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid19 Apr 2021 | 23:27 pm
When we use the Internet we leave behind digital footprints, including information about our searches, website visits, and things we download such as documents, music files, and photographs. Clearing a search history and cookies doesn't change this, but a good VPN can help enormously. A VPN hides the user's search and browsing history and info through solid encryption.
OXT, the Orchid digital token, is now available on Revolut

OXT, the Orchid digital token, is now available on Revolut

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid19 Apr 2021 | 23:27 pm
Revolut has listed OXT, the Orchid digital token, on its platform. OXT is used to purchase bandwidth on the network on a pay-as-you-go basis. All providers must stake OXT in order to operate a node and offer service to users. Revolut is a financial "superapp" that offers money transfer and exchange.
How we built Orchid.com without cookies or other tracking tools

How we built Orchid.com without cookies or other tracking tools

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid19 Apr 2021 | 04:28 am
Orchid.com, an online marketplace built on the digital asset OXT, has made its own website free of cookies and other trackers. A cookie is a small file that stores a record of each activity we perform online and can be aggregated to create a detailed dossier of our online activity. "We don't know anything about them, who they are, or where else they've been on the Internet. Instead we derive our information transparently and directly from our open-source community," the company said.
How to completely clear your web browsing history

How to completely clear your web browsing history

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid16 Apr 2021 | 09:29 am
When we use the Internet, we leave a digital trail floating around behind us. Nearly every website you visit and every search you make can be logged by both the websites, and by our own web browsers and Internet service providers (ISPs). If you don't take action to prevent this, your digital trail can be exposed. Fortunately, there are actions we can take to remove some of our digital footprints.
MEPs call for European AI rules to ban biometric surveillance in public – TechCrunch

MEPs call for European AI rules to ban biometric surveillance in public – TechCrunch

TechCrunchTechCrunch15 Apr 2021 | 20:12 pm
A cross-party group of 40 MEPs in the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to strengthen an incoming legislative proposal on artificial intelligence to include an outright ban on the use of facial recognition and other forms of biometric surveillance in public places. They also urged EU lawmakers to outlaw automated recognition of people’s sensitive characteristics (such as gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, health status and disability).
Edward Snowden Set to Auction His First NFT - Decrypt

Edward Snowden Set to Auction His First NFT - Decrypt

DecryptDecrypt15 Apr 2021 | 12:10 pm
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has launched his first non-fungible token (NFT). The NFT depicts the face of a pensive Edward Snowden as a cut-out, with the background made up of the complete court decision ruling that the NSA's mass surveillance violated U.S. law. Snowden's NFT will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Emin Gün Sirer on the Asteroid Heading for Technological Dinosaurs

Emin Gün Sirer on the Asteroid Heading for Technological Dinosaurs

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid13 Apr 2021 | 00:00 am
Emin Gün Sirer, an expert in peer-to-peer and decentralized, blockchain technologies, sees a technological revolution coming. "Blockchain technologies are absolutely transformative, they are going to change the way the world works," he said. "They are like asteroids coming towards the earth and the dinosaurs -- the incumbents, the large banks, the gatekeepers -- need to watch out."
What happens when a VPN gets hacked?

What happens when a VPN gets hacked?

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid11 Apr 2021 | 18:04 pm
A VPN or similar privacy tool is essential for online privacy. VPNs protect their users from Internet surveillance and tracking by re-routing traffic through an encrypted server. While effective VPNs prevent third parties from collecting meaningful data on our web traffic, the privacy tool itself can see the full picture.
State of privacy: a deep dive into U.S. data protection laws

State of privacy: a deep dive into U.S. data protection laws

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid09 Apr 2021 | 07:25 am
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the first of its kind in the United States and, alongside the EU's General Data Protection Rule (GDPR), one of the first globally. The law requires businesses to inform users of their data collection practices, and safeguards around data security. CCPA specifies that consumers must be California residents in order to qualify for the law's data protection.
Should you leave your VPN on all the time?

Should you leave your VPN on all the time?

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid07 Apr 2021 | 18:03 pm
When is it really necessary to use a VPN, and when is it ok to switch it off? Should we leave our VPNs running at all times, or are there scenarios where we can feel confident browsing the Internet unprotected? As with most things, the ultimate answer will be specific to each individual. For the best protection from possible cyberattack or information theft, it's important to use high-quality VPN.
Section 230 Is Essential to the Internet's Future

Section 230 Is Essential to the Internet's Future

Day One ProjectDay One Project07 Apr 2021 | 14:35 pm
Section 230 is critical to the proper functioning of the Internet. To rein in Big Tech, the law should be supported, not weakened or repealed. Further, action to limit the power of large tech companies should be taken on three fronts: antitrust, privacy, and interoperability. Repealing Section 230 will exacerbate those problems.
Tor Bair on Building a Better, Private Internet

Tor Bair on Building a Better, Private Internet

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid07 Apr 2021 | 14:35 pm
Tor Bair, the founder of the Secret Foundation, is on a mission to make privacy an essential part of the Internet by promoting decentralized technologies that focus on keeping information private. "Decentralization requires privacy to succeed, and privacy solutions require decentralization to succeed," Tor said. "Global governments love their own privacy; they don't really love the privacy of their citizens," he added.
"Data Creep" and the ever-expanding universe of targeted ads

"Data Creep" and the ever-expanding universe of targeted ads

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid07 Apr 2021 | 14:35 pm
Advertisers can now show us what we want before we know we want it. Data creep is the collection of many data points about an individual over time, which paints an increasingly detailed and extensive profile, not unlike a credit report or medical file, about that person's life. Every website you visit, online purchase you make, link you click, post you like, rideshare you hail, flight you take, Airbnb you book, and (if your GPS is on) street you walk down becomes a data point in this master profile.
Highlights from Priv8, Orchid’s virtual privacy summit

Highlights from Priv8, Orchid’s virtual privacy summit

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid07 Apr 2021 | 14:35 pm
At the Priv8 Virtual Privacy Summit, former NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke about how we can remake the Internet, and why that involves remaking society itself. "A broken Internet is reflective of a broken society," he said. Snowden added, "Every time we do one of these things, I always tell people, don't stay safe---stay free."
Can you be tracked using a VPN?

Can you be tracked using a VPN?

Privacy & VPN Blog - OrchidPrivacy & VPN Blog - Orchid07 Apr 2021 | 14:35 pm
Virtual private networks, or VPNs, allow users to protect themselves online with privacy solutions that route traffic through their own servers, making it harder for third parties to see what users do online. Orchid lets people access the services of top VPNs including LiquidVPN, PIA, Tenta, Boleh, and VPNSecure, combining these services with Orchid's unique technology to maximize anonymity.
Why Are People So Excited About Orchid (OXT)? • CryptoMode

Why Are People So Excited About Orchid (OXT)? • CryptoMode

CryptoModeCryptoMode05 Apr 2021 | 14:29 pm
Orchid Protocol’s OXT has seen a 46% price increase in the past 24 hours across the USD, BTC, and ETH markets. OXT uses the xDai asset to bring down the overall gas fees. It is still impossible to set up a node yourself to earn OXT in exchange for providing VPN bandwidth.
Texas Senate approves bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views

Texas Senate approves bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views

The Texas TribuneThe Texas Tribune30 Mar 2021 | 23:40 pm
The Texas Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit social media companies with at least 100 million monthly users from blocking, banning, demonetising or discriminating against a user based on their viewpoint or their location within the state. The measure, which would apply to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, would also require the companies to disclose their content moderation policies.