The Latest VPN News

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  • Tim Hortons is being sued for tracking your GPS location even when the app was off
    Tim Hortons is facing a class action lawsuit for its data collection practices – which include tracking your GPS location through their mobile app even when the app was turned off. This privacy violating behavior was not properly disclosed by the company’s privacy policy. While most people know Tim Hortons… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of JUly 3rd, 2020 Andrew Yang unveils Data Dividend Project to make tech companies pay for your personal information A new project started by Andrew Yang is floating the idea of making tech companies pay users for the personal information given up. Most of… Read more »
  • Reddit and Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents
    Linkedin and Reddit both check your clipboard and copy and paste your clipboard contents with every keystroke – even when you’re in another app. Another set of potential privacy violators have been called out by iOS 14’s new paste notifications. The discovery was publicized on Twitter by Don Cubed of… Read more »
  • ExpressVPN survey reveals streaming is the most popular entertainment for Americans in lockdown
    With movie theaters shut and no restaurants open, it comes as no surprise that Americans are turning to online streaming services to keep themselves entertained while social distancing. ExpressVPN has surveyed 1,200 American adults currently confined at home to understand their entertainment habits and preferences. The results found that 33… Read more »
  • How to Play Valorant With Friends in Other Countries
    Ranked mode is live in Valorant, and more people are playing than ever. Whether you’re on for fun or for glory, there’s plenty to love about the new tactical shooter from Riot. It’s a game that continues to grow in a positive direction, whether through character releases or updates to… Read more »
  • After exaggerated claims about their importance, here’s the reality of contact tracing apps
    Back in February, this blog was one of the first to warn that the obvious technological response to the coronavirus – the use of contact tracing apps – raised important privacy questions. Since then, both the apps and their implications have been the subject of debate around the world. That’s… Read more »
  • HongKongers prepare for China and new national security law by scrubbing digital footprint
    As China takes over Hong Kong with a new national security law, Hongkongers prepare by cleaning up their social media presence. Before, under the now demolished “one country, two systems” lie, people posted online with an expectation that freedom of expression would be respected. That may no longer be on… Read more »
  • The battle to outlaw end-to-end encryption in the U.S. is heating up
    Following the introduction of the EARN IT bill in the U.S. Senate in March—a bipartisan legislation that sought to impose government-mandated “best practices” on social media and instant messaging apps, U.S. Republicans have doubled down on their desire to hold tech companies accountable for the behavior of their users. On… Read more »
  • Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional
    One of the most worrying trends in today’s online world is a move by governments against “hate speech”. That’s a vague term in itself, so policing it is hard. Making things even worse, recent moves to rein in such hate speech typically involve placing the responsibility with online platforms such… Read more »
  • Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed
    A new anti-encryption bill proposed by Senator Graham will face a key vote this week, and activists are working to make sure that the bill does not pass. The bill is the EARN IT Act – the latest clueless attack on encryption – and there’s a chance that it can… Read more »
  • How ExpressVPN ensures no one can slip malware into your apps
    It takes many people, working across many systems, to produce and maintain an ExpressVPN app. To do it safely, we have to make sure everyone involved is properly vetted, set up, and trained. But that’s not enough. We also have to be sure that no one from outside our company… Read more »
  • Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 26th, 2020
    Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of JUNE 26th, 2020 Internet freedom under attack by Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritan’s Act A new bill called The Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act has been introduced to the US Senate by Senator Josh Hawley. Like its name… Read more »
  • Valorant’s Anti-Cheat Security Risks Explained
    If you hang out on Twitch or follow esports in any capacity, you’ve probably heard of Valorant. The new tactical shooter from Riot (the developers behind League of Legends) combines everything great about Counter Strike and Overwatch to create something that’s both new and familiar. Valorant took the internet by… Read more »
  • TikTok seems to be copying and pasting your clipboard with every keystroke
    A new privacy feature in iOS 14 has revealed that TikTok is copying the contents of your clipboard with every keystroke. The new feature – called paste notifications – shows that TikTok is inspecting the clipboard with each new keystroke, and it’s possible that they’re also grabbing the contents and… Read more »
  • Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?
    As this blog has noted, police forces around the world have been pushing for the routine deployment of real-time facial recognition technologies. It’s an attractive option for politicians. It offers the hope that more criminals will be arrested and convicted, and for a price that is constantly falling. As a… Read more »
  • The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act Is a Privacy Disaster
    For years, politicians have made significant efforts to weaken encryption. From the Apple vs FBI debacle to the recent EARN IT Act proposal, the mission to create encryption backdoors for law enforcement has been relentless. Enter the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. This proposed legislation marks the latest attempt… Read more »
  • Andrew Yang unveils Data Dividend Project to make tech companies pay for your personal information
    Andrew Yang is making headlines again with a new endeavor called the Data Dividend Project that would make tech companies pay users for the personal information given up while using a company’s products and services. The project would get its teeth from privacy regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy… Read more »
  • The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act shows that politicians still don’t understand encryption
    Three Senators, including the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced a new anti-encryption bill called the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. The bill was introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Graham along with Senators Cotton and Blackburn – all longtime anti-encryption stance holders. The Lawful Access… Read more »
  • iOS 14 Privacy Takes Center Stage at WWDC 2020
    Apple announcements are always a noteworthy affair. From the iPhone enthusiasts excited about the Cupertino tech giant’s latest offerings, to the Android aficionados who repeatedly roll their eyes, it seems like everyone has an opinion. This year is no different. With its preview of iOS 14, Apple showcased plenty of… Read more »
  • Private Internet Access to temporarily remove Mexico VPN exit gateway
    Private Internet Access is removing its Mexico VPN server from our VPN network. We are leaving the Mexico region temporarily as we seek a new data center partner to work with.  In the past, we have had to remove exit gateways as a result of various reasons including changing regulations… Read more »
  • What is malware? How to protect yourself from viruses, trojans, and cryptolockers
    Malware, or ‘malicious software,’ is a term for a variety of viruses, spyware, or cryptolockers that cause harm to a user, their data, or devices. The term malware implies malicious intent on the side of the software developer, as opposed to, for example, software bugs, which can also cause loss… Read more »
  • Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online
    BlueKai, a company bought by Oracle in 2014, has leaked. The database of internet activity records was left on the open web in an unsecured server. The leaked data was discovered by Anurag Sen, who went through the disclosure process with the help of a cybersecurity firm called Hudson Rock.… Read more »
  • Internet freedom under attack by Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritan’s Act
    The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritan’s Act” has been introduced to the US Senate and would do away with legislation that has become a cornerstone of internet freedom and the success of American internet companies. That key piece of legislation is the Communications Decency Act of 1996 –… Read more »
  • Update: StrongVPN Hardware Migration June 2020
    We have a quick announcement for StrongVPN users: we’ll be moving some servers to brand new AMD hardware next week. This change will happen in a few major server locations over the course of the week. Since we’ll be moving servers one by one, users should feel little to no… Read more »
  • Not so (artificially) intelligent: 8 times machine learning got it wrong
    Billions of dollars have been poured into artificial intelligence (AI) research, with proponents of the technology arguing that computers can help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems including those in medicine, business, autonomous transportation, education, and more. But AI feeds off data sets and can only be as… Read more »