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ICYMI: Feb 8 - Feb 14

ICYMI: Feb 8 - Feb 14

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

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

A US appeals court has ruled that Customs and Border Protection agents can conduct in-depth searches of phones and laptops, overturning an earlier legal victory for civil liberties groups. First Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch declared that both basic and “advanced” searches, which include reviewing and copying data without a warrant, fall within “permissible constitutional grounds” at the American border.

You should never bring your real phone across the border, if at all possible. It's better to throw your SIM card into an old, empty phone and shuffle across the border with that device instead

iOS 14.5 Beta Directs 'Safe Browsing' Traffic in Safari Through Apple Server Instead of Google to Protect Personal User Data

Starting with iOS and iPadOS 14.5, Apple will proxy Google's "Safe Browsing" service used in Safari through its own servers instead of relying on Google as a way to limit which personal data Google sees about users.

Every little bit helps

Yandex said it caught an employee selling access to users' inboxes

Russian search engine and email provider Yandex said today that it caught one of its employees selling access to user email accounts for personal gains.
The Russian company said it's now in the process of notifying the owners of the 4,887 mailboxes that were compromised and to which the employee sold access to third-parties.

Prime example as to why we want a zero knowledge provider whenever possible. Multiple companies have caught employees accessing user accounts over the years and is certainly happening more than the instances in where people were caught.