WhatsApp calls and messages will break unless you share data with Facebook

WhatsApp will remove core functions for users who refuse to share some of their data with Facebook, rendering the app useless for some.

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A week in security (May 3 – 9)

A roundup of the previous week’s most interesting security stories alongside the very best of our own research, from May 3 to May 9.

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Facebook bans Signal ads that reveal the depth of what it knows about you

Private messaging app Signal got itself banned from advertizing on Instagram. Why? Because its ads showed users what Facebook knows about them.

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Signal app insists it’s so private it can’t provide subpoenaed call data

Signal told investigators it could not comply with a legal request for user records and communications because the records do not exist.

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Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors

Many domestic abuse survivors need help before stalkerware strikes. Here, we give basic advice on device security and protecting sensitive data.

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Backdoors are a security vulnerability

Upset by their inability to access potentially vital evidence for criminal investigations, the federal government has, for years, pushed to convince tech companies to build backdoors that will, allegedly, only be used by law enforcement agencies. The problem, cybersecurity researchers say, is that those backdoors can easily be exploited by criminals.

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How to securely send your personal information

On its own, email is not safe for sending credit card or passport numbers. Here’s how to securely send personal information over the Internet.

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Consumers have few legal options for protecting privacy

Amidst never-ending headlines about data breaches, data misuse, and opaque data-sharing agreements from major companies, users have few legal options to actually protect their privacy in court. Instead, they rely on technology.

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Merging Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram: a technical, reputational hurdle

Facebook’s plan to integrate secure messaging across Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram will demand technical know-how and a fierce commitment to user privacy.

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A week in security (May 7 – May 13)

A roundup of security news from May 7 – May 13, including a new zero-day for Internet Explorer, a Netflix phishing scam, a worm found in Facebook’s Messenger, and more.

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