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18th September 2020 - Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras
Facebook Inc. is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorized use of their mobile phone cameras.The lawsuit springs from media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively being used.Facebook denied the reports and blamed a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.
15th September 2020 - Zerologon: Microsoft addressing severe network exploit
A Dutch security firm reported last week that it uncovered a severe Windows vulnerability last month that allowed hackers to take over network administrator privileges with a single click.
Experts view the vulnerability, called Zerologon, as one of the most severe ever to hit Microsoft. It was assigned a score of 10/10, the highest degree of severity under the Common Vulnerability Scoring System.
1st September 2020 - Successful maiden flight for the TU Delft Flying-V
The Flying-V is a design for a highly energy-efficient long-distance aeroplane. The aircraft’s design integrates the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings, creating a spectacular V-shape. Computer calculations have predicted that the aircraft’s improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to today’s most advanced aircraft. KLM has been a partner in the project since 2019.
Also due to their support, the project team has been able to build this scale model. It was first presented at the 100th anniversary of KLM in October 2019. Various business partners are now involved in the project, including Airbus. Airbus is also an explicit supporter for the first flight. The partners are working together on a research plan to fine-tune the concept. Next step: providing the Flying-V with sustainable propulsion, taking into account that the design seems highly suitable to carry liquid hydrogen instead of kerosene.
3rd September 2020 - Justice Department reportedly plans to file antitrust case against Google as early as this month
The Justice Department opened its probe into Google last June, reportedly with a focus on its massive search business and other parts of the company. The Justice Department also opened another, broader probe last July to investigate whether big technology firms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google were stifling competition.
The department said the review would “consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online.”
26th August 2020 - Hackers could exploit this nasty Safari bug to lift files from your hard drive.
A bug in Apple's Safari browser could be abused by hackers to leak or steal files from the devices of Mac and iOS users according to a new report from a security researcher.
Co-founder of the Polish security firm REDTEAM.PL, Pawel Wylecial, first discovered the bug back in April and reported it to Apple. However, he decided to go public with his findings after the iPhone maker decided to delay patching the bug until the spring of 2021.
9th June 2020 - People would rather lose their job to a robot than to another person, say researchers – but what happens when ALL the jobs go to robots?
While a robot uprising does not seem to be an immediate concern, the paper suggests that most workers fear a robot takeover in the workplace.
11th August 2020 - Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful
30th July 2020 - Exclusive: Arizona leads multi-state probe into older iPhones slowing, shutting down
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Arizona is leading a multi-U.S. state investigation into whether Apple Inc’s deliberate slowing of older iPhones violated deceptive trade practice laws, documents reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday showed.
In the ongoing probe since at least October 2018, investigators have asked Apple for data about “unexpected shutdowns” of iPhones and the company’s throttling, or slowing down, of the devices through power management software, documents Reuters obtained from Texas through a public records request showed.
PhoneGate Alert Update 2020! By Peter Daley
15th July 2020
If you do place one of these mobile phones directly in contact with your body, your exposure level to microwave radiation can be three or more times greater than the maximum Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) government safety level! Independent scientific experts around the world have been saying for decades that the microwave radiation SARs regulatory limits are already set far to high to protect public health, and particularly for children!
Phonegate organization has had some success in having a number of the offending mobile phones sanctioned, or withdrawn from the market, but there is a lot more to this story!
25th May 2020 - Withdrawal of the Razer Phone 2: not seeing the forest for the trees!Extracts:
Since then, in two years, thanks to our action, 23 different smartphone models controlled by ANFR have been found to have SAR levels for the head and body above the regulatory limit of 2 W/kg during ANFR inspections. Four have been withdrawn from the French market. The others have only had their SAR level “updated” (reduced by updating).
However, tests conducted by both ANFR and the journalist Sam Roe for the Chicago Tribune have shown that the local body SAR level is multiplied by a factor of 3 to 4 when measured either at direct skin contact or at 2mm. That of the Razer Phone 2 could reach over 10 W/kg at direct contact with the skin.
“that the representative of the European Commission is hiding behind a staggering technocratic cynicism. His non-reaction shows the extent to which the mobile telephony industry lobbies have knowingly silenced the European authorities. We demand that this new health scandal, Phonegate, be treated with seriousness and a sense of responsibility. The health of hundreds of millions of Europeans citizen is at stake”.
UPDATE to PhoneGate Alert!
Two new smartphones have just been sanctioned for exceeding the SAR level: the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and the Gigaset plus. This is a new advance in our alert action!
However, we have been waiting since last October for the Government to deliver on its promise to update the excessive SAR levels of several hundred mobile phone models. We demand that the commitments made following the recommendations of the French National Health Agency (ANSES) be fulfilled.
The Covid19 crisis does not justify such a delay. The Phonegate scandal is also a real health emergency!
See here the list of the 23 smartphones sanctioned to date:
See also the list of hundreds of models awaiting government intervention :
Please share widely around you until we get the same thing all over Europe and internationally. Together we can do it! The Phonegate Alert team.
Download this free WiFi Safety Guide below, on page 2 it has practical suggestions on how to limit your family's WiFi radiation exposure. https://sccc.org.au/wifi/microwave-safety-chart.pdf
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