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Impressive security & privacy features of Firefox

When we all know that surveillance business has got free hand for long time but things are changing now. Not only Govts (i.e European union, USA, Germany) as an individual we are more cautious about our privacy. Privacy regulations like GDPR has made big impact. Big giants have no option but to regulate themselves or pay huge fine. We all know that Google & facebook have paid huge fine recently. We should also acknowledge facebook scandals contribution in whole privacy movement.

In a very recent move, Firefox has announced few important & impressive security features and some of them listed here:

Enhanced tracking protection

Firefox will be made available to new users with enhanced tracking protection enabled by default. Those already using Firefox will see the feature rolled out automatically in the coming months. Mozilla says the new feature will stop the “thousands of companies known for tracking” from accessing users’ personal data.

Password protection & inform user about data breaches

Another feature available on all browsers is a central dashboard called Firefox Monitor, originally announced in 2018 as a partnership with Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned website. This is especially impressive because it allows users to search whether their details have been exposed in any known breaches, so they can change their passwords when needed.

For those who cares about security & privacy and don’t want websites to track everything. We could give a try on firefox. Below snapshot shows privacy options you have in Firefox.

Australia Proposed Law: Social media execs may get Jail for violent crime streaming

Abstract

The proposed laws would cover “the playing or streaming of terrorism, murder, attempted murder, torture, rape and kidnapping on social media”, the government announced over the weekend. 

Social media platforms would also be required to notify the Australian Federal Police if they become aware that their site has been used to stream violent crimes. Should a notification fail to happen, fines of up to AU$840,000 for companies, and AU$168,000 for individuals, may be levied. 

Reference

https://www.zdnet.com/article/australia-to-rush-laws-on-jailing-social-media-execs-for-violent-crime-streaming/

Data Privacy: It’s time for the data brokers to be accountable.

You might be wondering why everyone in cyber experts call & I quote “Your Personal data is new oil”. Comparison Oil with Personal data is a metaphor because everyone is after your personal data. It’s the fact that user personal data is being sold from one party to another.

The whole shadow business is called data brokerages including big giants: Facebook, Google & Amazon. They have free hand: From collecting user data to selling third-parties. If data breach happens, They are not accountable at all. For the data brokers, Data breaches in their database does not matter because they know their data is not a secret. They have already sold many times.

Data brokers intrude on the privacy of millions of people by harvesting and monetizing their personal information without their knowledge or consent. Worse, many data brokers fail to securely store this sensitive information, predictably leading to data breaches (likeEquifax) that put millions of people at risk of identity theft, stalking, and other harms for years to come.


List of major data brokerages

But, Time is changing & now world is waking up on data privacy & un-ethical practices. Also, Making data brokerages accountable. One of the recent example apart from GDPR law is Vermont’s New Data Privacy Law

What Vermont’s Law Does

Vermont’s new data privacy law seeks to protect consumers from data brokers through four important mechanisms.

Transparency. Data brokers must annually register with the state. When doing so, they must disclose whether consumers may opt-out of data collection, retention, or sale, and if so, how they may do so. A data broker must also disclose whether it has a process to credential its purchasers, and its number of security breaches.

Duty to secure data. Data brokers must adopt comprehensive data security programs with administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.

No fraudulent collection. Data brokers may not collect personal information by fraudulent means, or for the purpose of harassment or discrimination.

Free credit freezes. Credit freezes are an important way for consumers to protect themselves from the fallout of a data breach. Many businesses will not extend credit absent a report from a credit reporting agency, and a credit freeze bars these agencies from issuing a report until a consumer lifts the freeze when they actually want credit. Vermont already empowered consumers to use credit freezes to protect themselves from credit fraud. The new Vermont law bars credit agencies from charging consumers fees for this protection.

Reference

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/vermonts-new-data-privacy-law