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ICYMI: Dec 14 - Dec 20

ICYMI: Dec 14 - Dec 20

ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.

Adding Encrypted Group Calls to Signal

Today, we’re launching group calls in Signal with the latest versions of our apps. Group calls are free, private, and end-to-end encrypted — like everything else on Signal.

Great news for Signal users

Zoom employee secretly censored users on behalf of China, alleges DOJ

A senior Zoom employee falsely accused users of supporting terrorism and distributing child sexual abuse material in an effort to stop them from talking about the Tiananmen Square massacre, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

This is a great example of why end to end encryption is crucial for any communication service, video and otherwise

"Network Partitioning is highly technical, but to simplify it somewhat; your browser has many ways it can save data from websites, not just via cookies," privacy researcher Zach Edwards told ZDNet in an interview this week.

"These other storage mechanisms include the HTTP cache, image cache, favicon cache, font cache, CORS-preflight cache, and a variety of other caches and storage mechanisms that can be used to track people across websites."

Edwards says all these data storage systems are shared among websites.

The difference is that Network Partitioning will allow Firefox to save resources like the cache, favicons, CSS files, images, and more, on a per-website basis, rather than together, in the same pool.

This makes it harder for websites and third-parties like ad and web analytics companies to track users since they can't probe for the presence of other sites' data in this shared pool.

More good news, this time for Firefox users

In Celebration of Becoming Open Source, Threema Is 50% Off

As of today, the Threema apps are open source!

Threema was already one of the most private messaging services out there and this is one of the few remaining "cons" (if you consider closed source a con) erased from the list

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