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Privacy Security

EU Commission to staff: Switch to Signal

The European Commission has told its staff to start using Signal, an end-to-end-encrypted messaging app, in a push to increase the security of its communications.

The instruction appeared on internal messaging boards in early February, notifying employees that “Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging.”

Full article at https://www.politico.eu/pro/eu-commission-to-staff-switch-to-signal-messaging-app/

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Cloud Compliance Privacy

UK Google users could lose EU GDPR data protections

Google is to move the data and user accounts of its British users from the EU to the US, placing them outside the strong privacy protections offered by European regulators.

The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions not covered by Europe’s world-leading General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement.

Full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/feb/20/uk-google-users-to-lose-eu-gdpr-data-protections-brexit

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Messenging Privacy Security

Elon Musk trashes WhatsApp as coming with ‘a free phone hack’

Elon Musk has some thoughts about WhatsApp

Specifically, the Tesla CEO thinks the Facebook-owned messaging app is a hackable piece of garbage. He made that much clear in a Thursday morning tweet that both highlighted a new emoji and pointed out that the WhatsApp-specific version comes with a not-so-special bonus. 

“New emoji,” wrote Musk. “Last one comes with free phone hack.”

Full article at https://mashable.com/article/elon-musk-whatsapp-emoji-hack/?europe=true

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Privacy Security

WhatsApp disclosed 12 security flaws last year, after Jeff Bezos’ phone was reportedly hacked

  • WhatsApp disclosed 12 security vulnerabilities last year, according to the US National Vulnerabilities Database, including seven that were classed as “critical.”
  • According to the database, seen by the Financial Times, the number of reported vulnerabilities was significantly higher than in previous years, when only one or two security reports were made.
  • Reports of flaws within the Facebook-owned messaging app have sparked questions about the security of the app amid reports that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked by the Saudi Crown Prince.

Full article here: https://www.businessinsider.nl/jeff-bezos-hack-whatsapp-disclosed-security-flaws-last-year-ft-2020-1?international=true&r=US

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Messenging Privacy Security

Is WhatsApp Safe? 5 Security Threats Users Need to Know About

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform, is one of the world’s most popular messaging apps. It is estimated that over one billion people use the app, sending over 65 billion messages per day.

It’s no surprise then that security concerns, malware threats, and spam have begun to appear. Here’s everything you need to know about WhatsApp’s security issues.

Full article here: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-security-threats-whatsapp-users-need-know/