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PureVPN Explains How it Helped the FBI Catch a Cyberstalker - TorrentFreak
After several days of radio silence, VPN provider PureVPN has responded to criticism that it provided information which helped the FBI catch a cyberstalker. In a fairly lengthy post, the company reiterates that it never logs user activity. What it does do, however, is log the IP addresses of users accessing its service.
Early October, Ryan S. Lin, 24, of Newton, Massachusetts, was arrested on suspicion of conducting “an extensive cyberstalking campaign” against a 24-year-old Massachusetts woman, as well as her family members and friends.
The Department of Justice described Lin’s offenses as a “multi-faceted” computer hacking and cyberstalking campaign. Launched in April 2016 when he began hacking into the victim’s online accounts, Lin allegedly obtained personal photographs and sensitive information about her medical and sexual histories and distributed that information to hundreds of other people.
vpn  privacy  security  FBI  anonymity  crime 
22 hours ago by rgl7194
Russia's censor has created a new department to battle Internet anonymizers
"Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal censor, has created a new department that will study ways to block different Internet anonymizers, the agency’s head, Alexander Zharov, told the newspaper Izvestia on Friday. 'They’re training to block all online resources that must be blocked, if they break the law,' Zarov said.

Russia’s ban on Internet anonymizers takes effect on November 1, 2017, allowing the Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry to identify websites and online services that offer access to content banned content in Russia. If the Internet resources continue circumventing Russian censorship after being warned formally, they, too, will be blocked in Russia." - Meduza
otf  russia  roskomnadzor  censorship  anonymity  access 
10 days ago by dmcdev
The Best VPN Service Providers Of 2017 - GreyCoder
There are now over a hundred VPN providers located across the world. To create this list of the best VPN service providers, I test customer service, the reliability of their network, and commitment to privacy. I also research actual customer feedback posted in online forums.
These providers are the best VPN providers overall — these providers offer fast servers around the world, reliable apps, and a dedication to privacy:
ExpressVPN (based in the British Virgin Islands)
IPVanish (based in the USA)
vpn  security  privacy  anonymity  comparo  review 
13 days ago by rgl7194
The Many Faces of “Distracted Boyfriend” – I/O – Medium
Under these circumstances, stock photos are the ideal medium for public cartooning. They are the only thing left on the internet that is “anonymous,” in a sense — the people in the photos are often white actors pretending to be people in generic or inane situations, and thus are some of the few uncomplicated targets left. They are pictures of what we used to believe the world looked like, before the internet made us real to each other, for better or worse.
memes  anonymity 
15 days ago by paulbradshaw
Every Major Advertising Group Is Blasting Apple for Blocking Cookies in the Safari Browser – Adweek
They argue it'll hurt user experience and campaign targeting
The biggest advertising organizations say Apple will “sabotage” the current economic model of the internet with plans to integrate cookie-blocking technology into the new version of Safari.
Six trade groups—the Interactive Advertising Bureau, American Advertising Federation, the Association of National Advertisers, the 4A’s and two others—say they’re “deeply concerned” with Apple’s plans to release a version of the internet browser that overrides and replaces user cookie preferences with a set of Apple-controlled standards. The feature, which is called “Intelligent Tracking Prevention,” limits how advertisers and websites can track users across the internet by putting in place a 24-hour limit on ad retargeting.
advertising  anonymity  apple  cookies  do_not_track  privacy  safari  security  tracking 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Advertising Trade Groups Object to Safari's New Intelligent Tracking Protection
Marty Swant, writing for Adweek (headline: “Every Major Advertising Group Is Blasting Apple for Blocking Cookies in the Safari Browser”):
The biggest advertising organizations say Apple will “sabotage” the current economic model of the internet with plans to integrate cookie-blocking technology into the new version of Safari.
Six trade groups — the Interactive Advertising Bureau, American Advertising Federation, the Association of National Advertisers, the 4A’s and two others — say they’re “deeply concerned” with Apple’s plans to release a version of the internet browser that overrides and replaces user cookie preferences with a set of Apple-controlled standards. The feature, which is called “Intelligent Tracking Prevention,” limits how advertisers and websites can track users across the internet by putting in place a 24-hour limit on ad retargeting.
This is like a group of peeping Toms objecting to the invention of window shades. What ad trackers do is abhorrent, and what Safari’s new Intelligent Tracking Protection does is indisputably in the interests of users.
Steven Sinofsky (formerly president of the Windows division at Microsoft):
Stand strong Apple [rhetorical]. Had these groups come after us trying to offer browsing safety. MS backed down.
Pretty sure Apple is standing strong on this. Here’s a response I received from an Apple spokesperson:
“Apple believes that people have a right to privacy — Safari was the first browser to block third party cookies by default and Intelligent Tracking Prevention is a more advanced method for protecting user privacy.
Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the Internet. The new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature detects and eliminates cookies and other data used for this cross-site tracking, which means it helps keep a person’s browsing private. The feature does not block ads or interfere with legitimate tracking on the sites that people actually click on and visit. Cookies for sites that you interact with function as designed, and ads placed by web publishers will appear normally.”
advertising  anonymity  apple  cookies  do_not_track  privacy  safari  security  tracking  daring_fireball 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Apple defends new stricter Safari ad-tracking blockers | iLounge News
While Apple has taken heat from marketing groups for blocking cross-site tracking in Safari, the company doubled down on its commitment to user privacy and explained the move in comments to 9to5Mac. Safari has historically been tougher on third-party tracking than other browsers — it was the first to block third-party cookies by default — and the company said its Intelligent Tracking Prevention is the next step to keep user data from being misused. “Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history,” Apple said in its statement. “This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the Internet.”
The company’s answer to that is to specifically target and eliminate the cookies and other data left behind by websites to be used in cross-site tracking, making it more difficult to keep track of a user’s browsing history. An open letter from the Data and Marketing Association and the Network Advertising initiative called the move “heavy-handed” and claims it will damage ad-supported content online. ”Blocking cookies in this manner will drive a wedge between brands and their customers,” the letter said. But Apple disputed that characterization, writing that, “The feature does not block ads or interfere with legitimate tracking on the sites that people actually click on and visit. Cookies for sites that you interact with function as designed, and ads placed by web publishers will appear normally.”
advertising  anonymity  apple  cookies  do_not_track  privacy  safari  security  tracking 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Ad industry “deeply concerned” about Safari’s new ad-tracking restrictions | Ars Technica
Apple's limits on tracking will "sabotage the economic model for the Internet."
Apple's latest operating systems for the Mac and iPhone will soon be rolling out, and with that comes new restrictions on ad-tracking in the Safari browser.
Adding a 24-hour limit on ad targeting cookies is good for privacy under Apple's new "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" feature. But if you're an advertiser, the macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 Safari browsers spell gloom and doom for the Internet as we know it. The reason is because Safari is making it harder for advertisers to follow users as they surf the Internet—and that will dramatically reduce the normal bombardment of ads reflecting the sites Internet surfers have visited earlier.
Six major advertising groups have just published an open letter blasting the new tracking restrictions Apple unveiled in June. They say they are "deeply concerned" about them...
advertising  anonymity  apple  cookies  do_not_track  privacy  safari  security  tracking 
18 days ago by rgl7194

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