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Your Privacy Round Up: January

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

03 February 2017

We all know that it’s important to stay informed, especially when it comes to things like online security. But with so much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the privacy world.

That’s why we’re bringing you a monthly round-up of the biggest privacy news—the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

Check out the privacy headlines this month, and stay informed.

France creates a database of personal information of all French citizens

By 2018, all personal data from French passports and ID cards is to be merged into one monstrously far-reaching database, known as “Titres électroniques securisés” (TES), or “Secure Electronic Documents”. This database will contain information on all 60 million French citizens, and this information will be retained for between 15 and 20 years.

China set to escalate its surveillance and censorship programs

The Chinese government passed a new set of regulations with regards to online surveillance. From June 1 2017, the outflow of any data that could identify a Chinese citizen is to be restricted and censored by KILO, or Key Information Infrastructure Operators. Internet Service Providers will also, under these new regulations, be legally obliged to impose new security and data protection systems.</p>

WhatsApp comes under fire as the Guardian claims its encryption is flawed

The Guardian originally, and incorrectly claimed to have found a “backdoor” in WhatsApp’s encryption. However, the vulnerability lies in the possibility of a “man-in-the-middle” attack—and this vulnerability is found in almost all end-to-end encrypted messaging apps.

Net Neutrality advocates readying for a fight as Trump appoints new FCC head

This week President Trump appointed Ajit Pai the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai’s history with the organization suggest that he will steer the commission in an anti-regulation, pro-industry direction, putting the future of Net Neutrality, and the 2015 Open Internet Order, at risk.

We’ll bring you another privacy round up at the end of next month.

Until then, stay safe online.

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