Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: China bans ad blocking, France tells Microsoft to stop tracking users & more

Online privacy remains a hot topic these days, with new laws, bans and decisions taking place all over the world. Here is what we regard as some of the most important headlines of the week:


China bans blocking… Ad blocking, that is

A new level has been reached in blocking these days. Starting September 1, China will block blocking itself. In a document published by China’s Commerce Bureau, the People’s Republic of China presented the framework for a new Internet policy advertising law that will go into effect on September 1.

According to article XVI, all software and hardware that intercepts, filters, covers, fast-forwards or in any way prevents an advertisement from being viewed is prohibited. Read more here.


France says Microsoft’s user data collection is a faux pas

France’s data privacy watchdog, the CNIL, has ordered Microsoft to “stop collecting excessive user data” and to cease tracking the web browsing history of Windows 10 users without their consent.

This decision follows the discovery that the company was still transferring data to the US under the Safe Harbour agreement, which became invalid in October 2015.

The CNIL has issued similar notices against US tech companies in the past. More on the subject, at this link.


Turkey blocks WikiLeaks after ruling party emails are published

Following the publication of nearly 300,000 emails belonging to Erdogan’s party, Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website. The telecoms watchdog obtained the material, dated between 2010 and 2016, a week before the attempted coup in Ankara.

As a result to Turkey’s decision to ban WikiLeaks, we have added it to the list of websites from CyberGhost’s Unblock Basic Websites profile. Find out more here.

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Brexiters and Bremainers torn on online privacy views

Those in favor and those against Great Britain leaving the EU have one more subject to disagree on. New research shows that Brexiters agree with the statement “with regards to Internet privacy, if you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to fear.”

The findings suggest that Brexit supporters are far more likely than Remain fans to support the Investigatory Powers Bill proposed by the UK Government aka the ‘Snoopers Charter’, part of the policy agenda of the new UK Prime Minister, Theresa May. For more, go to this link.


New Snowden movie trailer gets released

Online privacy steals the spotlight in Hollywood with the release of the official Comic-Con trailer of Snowden.

The film tells the already well-known story of NSA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press and became an online privacy hero. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the leading actor, while Academy Award winner Oliver Stone is the director.

Watch the trailer below:


Speaking of Snowden… did you hear of the „tin foil hat” he’s creating for iPhones?

Since your mobile device has the ability to transmit signals even when it’s turned off, our favorite whistleblower found a way to stop that. Snowden is collaborating with Andrew „Bunnie” Huang, a famous hacker, to design an iPhone 6 case that can detect if your phone is transmitting data even when it’s not supposed to. Get the full story here.

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