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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: US expand surveillance powers and more

The year is starting on a more political note in terms of online privacy and surveillance, mainly because president-elect Donald Trump has only a few days until his White House inauguration. But this of course, is not the only reason why there’s a global turmoil around these matters. The constant threat of terrorism is lurking in the shadows, often calling for irrational or controversial measures.

Here’s what’s been happening in the last week, in a nutshell:

Obama expands surveillance powers during last days of presidency

With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, current President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about US citizens.

Under the new, relaxed rules, the NSA will grant access to the raw streams of data it collects easier to the FBI, the DEA and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. Before, the National Security Agency shared data with these agencies only after it had screened the data, filtering out unnecessary personal information.

Read more on the topic on eff.org.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Your battery is spying on you, iOS 10 to have stronger ad tracking control and other privacy news

The first week of August saw some interesting developments in the field of online privacy. Stay informed about this hot topic with CyberGhost, your online security expert, always here to safeguard your web surfing experience.

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No longer just a supposition: our phone’s battery is used to track us online

What was first an assumption has turned into a fact. According to researchers from the Princeton University, there’s a little-known web standard that lets site owners know how much battery a mobile device has left.

This was apparently intended to allow site owners to run low-power versions of the sites, as their device was running out of power, but now gives access to very sensitive personal information.

Get the full story here.

 

The release of iOS 10 comes with extra perks concerning ad tracking

iOS fans from all over the world are all looking forward for the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, anticipated to arrive in September.

This release comes with some good news for privacy aficionados, as well. The “Limit Ad Tracking” option in the iPhone’s Privacy Settings will be more effective, making sure that users are no longer targeted or tracked by many ad networks across sites.

Read more here.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: VPN usage gets banned in UAE, Paramount ends geoblocking & more privacy news

The last week of July has seen quite some important updates in the field of online privacy. Read our privacy news below and share them with the friends interested in such a hot topic!

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Use a VPN in the UAE and you could end up in prison

The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has passed a new law concerning the use of a VPN. Those using such a service to access regionally blocked sites could end up in jail. Fines range between $136,000 and $545,000.

Currently, the services unblocked in the UAE with the help of a VPN are WhatsApp, Snapchat and others that use the Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. This is very much frowned upon by telecomms operators, who are said to benefit most from this law.

Read more here.

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Cybersecurity, more important than online privacy to Americans

According to a recent analysis published by the NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration), “Americans are increasingly concerned about online security and privacy” and “these concerns are prompting some Americans to limit their online activity.”

However, the NTIA data show that American Internet users are more concerned about online security than online privacy.

For all the details, go to this link.

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Weekly News Roundup: Did GCHQ Spy On You? & Other Privacy News

John Oliver doing a segment on government surveillance on his show Last Week Tonight.

Hey there!

Today marks the launch of a new section on our blog called Weekly News Round-up! From now on, each week we’re going to show you the most important privacy and security news from around the Globe right here on CyberGhost VPN’s blog.

Our Weekly News Round-up is sort of like John Oliver‘s Last Week Tonight show. Only it has no video. And it’s not funny (yet?). So in a way, it’s actually nothing like John Oliver’s show. But who knows what the future holds?

So without further ado, I give you the very first Weekly News Round-up from CyberGhost VPN:

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