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India’s opaque site bans set a dangerous precedent for censorship

Days after India banned 59 Chinese applications, post a skirmish between the two nations at the border, I tried to open the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo on my phone. But I couldn’t reach the site because of some error.

I wasn’t the only one facing this problem. A lot of users in India found that the site had been blocked because of an order from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). There was no explanation as to why the site was banned. However, a few days later, the site was accessible again. Read More

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India bans mobile apps cloning banned Chinese services

After announcing a ban on 59 Chinese apps at the end of June, the Indian government has now banned an additional 47 apps from China from being used in the country.

As reported by India Today, the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 47 apps that were variants and cloned copies of the 59 previously banned Chinese apps. Many of these apps are ‘lite’ versions of their banned counterparts such as TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite and others.

Additionally, India has also put together a list of over 250 Chinese apps, including some apps linked to Chinese ecommerce and cloud giant Alibaba, that it will review for privacy and national security violations, according to government sources that spoke with India Today TV. Read More


India bans 47 apps cloning restricted Chinese services – TechCrunch

India, which blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms late last month on the grounds that they pose a threat to nation’s security, today banned an additional 47 apps.

The nation’s Ministry of Electronics and IT’s new ban is aimed at those apps that were facilitating access to previously banned services such as TikTok and Cam Scanner. The new apps to be banned includes Cam Scanner Advance. An official statement from New Delhi is expected shortly.

The ban on 59 apps that impacted TikTok, WeChat, ShareIt, and UC Browser late last month by India was seen as the latest standoff between the world’s two most populated nations. Read More


New York bans use of facial recognition in schools statewide

The New York legislature today passed a moratorium banning the use of facial recognition and other forms of biometric identification in schools until 2022. The bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, appears to be the first in the nation to explicitly regulate the use of the technologies in schools and comes in response to the planned launch of facial recognition by the Lockport City School District.

In January, Lockport Schools became one of the only U.S. school districts to adopt facial recognition in all of its K-12 buildings, which serve about 5,000 students. Proponents argued the $1.4 million system could keep students safe by enforcing watchlists and sending alerts when it detected someone dangerous (or otherwise unwanted). But critics said it could be used to surveil students and build a database of sensitive information about people’s faces, which the school district might struggle to keep secure. Read More


Twitter bans thousands of QAnon accounts

“We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension — something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks,” the company wrote in a statement.  Read More

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EU top court bans US-EU data sharing deal over surveillance fears

The EU‘s Court of Justice has struck down its Privacy Shield pact with the United States due to concerns about US surveillance.

In a statement on Thursday, EU judges said the data-sharing agreement doesn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of the bloc’s citizens.

“The limitations on the protection of personal data arising from the domestic law of the United States on the access and use by US public authorities… are not circumscribed in a way that satisfies requirements that are essentially equivalent to those required under EU law,” the court said in a statement. Read More

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Britain bans Huawei from 5G network, citing new security risks

Britain has announced it’s banning Huawei from the country’s 5G network, mere months after agreeing to keep the firm as a supplier.

Telecom company will have to strip all Huawei gear from their networks by 2027, and will be barred from buying any more of its 5G tech from the start of next year.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said the move would cost up to $2.5bn and delay the UK‘s 5G rollout by two-to-three years.

“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run,” he said. “By the time of the next election, we will have implemented in law, an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks.” Read More


U.K. bans Huawei 5G gear, orders all network equipment torn out by 2027

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(Reuters) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, risking the ire of China by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West.

The seven-year lag will please British telecoms operators such as BT, Vodafone, and Three, which had feared they would be forced to spend billions of pounds to rip out Huawei equipment much faster.

From the end of the year, it will be illegal for operators to buy any 5G equipment from Huawei, Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport secretary Oliver Dowden told Parliament. Read More


UK government bans telecoms from buying Huawei 5G equipment

The UK had a change of heart about Huawei.

On Tuesday, the UK government announced it has banned mobile providers in the country from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after the end of 2020. And it said all Huawei 5G equipment must be removed from their networks by 2027.

The decision comes six months after the UK allowed the Chinese company to have a limited role in Britain’s 5G networks. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre was previously reported as saying that Huawei 5G equipment does not present very big risks for the country.  Read More


Google bans ads for apps people use to stalk partners

Google’s newest ad ban is a classic “better late than never” situation.

In its latest advertising policy update, Google announced that “stalkerware” apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren’t aware, that’s a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of their significant others.

A non-exhaustive list of ads Google will not allow includes text, call, and GPS tracking apps, as well as anything generally advertised with the purpose of stalking someone without their consent. Interestingly, that doesn’t just include software, but hardware like cameras and audio recorders that are explicitly marketed as spying devices. Violators will have their accounts suspended with at least a seven-day warning ahead of time. Read More