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Dear acquaintance, colleague, customer, family member, friend, etc.: If you happen to store my personal data, such as my landline phone number, on your mobile phones contact application, please make sure to not pass this data to any companies, such as Whatsapp. Sending this data is clearly illegal without my explicite consent. Thanks.

See also: — but nobody cares.

#privacy #whatsapp #smartphone
 

Politik & Whatsapp



Politiker liefern der Fa. Facebook praktischerweise eine Liste aller ihrer Anhänger. Zumindest die Mobiltelefonnummern und die sind in Deutschland sind bekanntlich nicht anonym. Z.B. Sahra Wagenknecht, die mit der “klaren Kante gegenüber Washington”. Ein zukünftiger Bundesinnenminister Alexander Gauland wird nach der Machtergreifung gleich in Washington um die Liste bitten. Die AfD hat natürlich auch ihre einschlägigen Whatsapp-Gruppen, in André Poggenburg "Whatsapp den Deutschen" gröhlen darf.

Es geht mir hier nicht um diese oder jene Partei oder politische Richtung, sondern nur um das Datenschutzproblem: Daß Politiker egal welcher Couleur Listen ihrer Anhänger er- und Großkonzernen zur Verfügung -stellen.

#whatsapp #datenschutz #politik #teamsahra #sahrawagenknecht #dielinke #alexandergauland #afd #andrépoggenburg

Gemeinsam für Frieden und soziale Gerechtigkeit | Team Sahra

Gemeinsam für Frieden und soziale Gerechtigkeit | Team Sahra
 

WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages



I knew it! Liars, Liars, Liars!

#whatsapp #privacy

WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages

Privacy campaigners criticise WhatsApp vulnerability as a ‘huge threat to freedom of speech’ and warn it could be exploited by government agencies
 

WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages



I knew it! Liars, Liars, Liars!

#whatsapp #privacy

WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages

Privacy campaigners criticise WhatsApp vulnerability as a ‘huge threat to freedom of speech’ and warn it could be exploited by government agencies
 
To all my friends and family, if you have ever used Whatsapp to contact me I will be removing Whatsapp. Before I do I will be sending you a whispersystem invite. This is a much improved version where your messages are encrypted end to end and Facebook is not snooping through them. You can send pictures and call as you would on whatsapp the key difference is there is no one snooping on what you are doing.

Once I have sent the invites I will be removing whatsapp from my devices.

More info about the Open Whisper System https://whispersystems.org/

Why I am not happy with Whatsapp http://www.techbout.com/stop-whatsapp-sharing-phone-number-facebook-17952/

This should be opt in not opt out.

Just because everyone shares there whole life with Facebook and don't mind being abused silently is not my problem. I have to make a stand for my privacy in this connected world and I will be voting with my feet so to speak.

#whatsapp #facebook #openwhispersystem

Open Whisper Systems >> Home

 
To all my friends and family, if you have ever used Whatsapp to contact me I will be removing Whatsapp. Before I do I will be sending you a whispersystem invite. This is a much improved version where your messages are encrypted end to end and Facebook is not snooping through them. You can send pictures and call as you would on whatsapp the key difference is there is no one snooping on what you are doing.

Once I have sent the invites I will be removing whatsapp from my devices.

More info about the Open Whisper System https://whispersystems.org/

Why I am not happy with Whatsapp http://www.techbout.com/stop-whatsapp-sharing-phone-number-facebook-17952/

This should be opt in not opt out.

Just because everyone shares there whole life with Facebook and don't mind being abused silently is not my problem. I have to make a stand for my privacy in this connected world and I will be voting with my feet so to speak.

#whatsapp #facebook #openwhispersystem

Open Whisper Systems >> Home

 

Blind Trust Before Verification



Very interesting article on how hard it is to get encryption and trust right. There is no silver bullet it seems, we can only strive hard.
WhatsApp - and pretty soon Signal as well - are the prime example of an industry turning End-to-End Encryption into a hollow marketing phrase that doesn’t mean anything.

#xmpp #omemo #conversations #signal #whatsapp

Blind Trust Before Verification

An introduction to the concept of Blind Trust Before Verification which means to automatically trust all new devices of contacts that haven’t been verified before, and prompt for manual confirmation each time a verified contact adds a new device.
 
#signal is a good replacement for people addicted to #whatsapp.

However building communication systems on the Internet, if we don't want to come back to telecom PSTN monopolies then we have to fight against technologies that build gated communities.

#signal, no matter how many good contributions they made (free software crypto messaging lib), they still build gated communities, and who know if OWS can be bought by FB or Google someday....

Using hybrid free software that rely on distributed and federated (self-hosting) systems will enforce much better data privacy, ownership, and interop.
 
@SkyzohKey +1 ;) I do use it on a daily basis and I can live with the side effects of p2p such as energy for battery and network consumption.

#signal is a better solution from #whatsapp or #skype, but as has been said, still supports PRISM friendly companies, even indirectly, it supports them as they force you to use GCM. (I haven't tested microG though) but building solutions out of companies like Google is a real feature when it comes to freedom of communications.

Sure OWS is a small team and I thank them for their great contribution such as the free and open code that is packaged as a lib than anyone can use in their comm. project. This is significant contribution. But I also thank freedom to not rely solely on #signal because it would then be wrong.
Federation and other problems will be tackled afterwards

Yes and probably by other people. Fighting against gated communities is a real challenge but hey... we love challenges right ;)
 
“[…] in the #surveillance state in which we all now live, it is more important than ever to ensure that our #communication tools are secure and trustworthy. While it’s a good thing that apps such as Duo and WhatsApp are now using end-to-end #encryption — meaning third parties, including the company providing the service, should not be able to read, or listen to, what users are saying — using #proprietary software and protocols means that we have to place a certain degree of trust in companies such as Google and Facebook.

“Given that we know many of these companies have co-operated with government agencies — such as the National Security Agency #NSA — the recent news that #WhatsApp will be cross-referencing users’ phone numbers with #Facebook accounts and the fact that the proprietary nature of these applications means they are often less likely to undergo thorough #security audits, it’s hard to blindly trust these companies to keep our best interests and #privacy in mind.

“My solution to the problem of people being segregated on, often insecure, communications platforms is to buck the trend whenever possible and refuse to correspond using anything that isn’t open and secure. But this will only work if other people follow my lead.”

#SurveillanceCapitalism #FreeSoftware #free-software #standards

National Post: Jesse Kline: Google gives the world another video conferencing app that won't let you talk to all your friends (Jesse Kline)

For a technology to become widely adopted as a method of communication, it needs to be based on open standards.
 
“[…] in the #surveillance state in which we all now live, it is more important than ever to ensure that our #communication tools are secure and trustworthy. While it’s a good thing that apps such as Duo and WhatsApp are now using end-to-end #encryption — meaning third parties, including the company providing the service, should not be able to read, or listen to, what users are saying — using #proprietary software and protocols means that we have to place a certain degree of trust in companies such as Google and Facebook.

“Given that we know many of these companies have co-operated with government agencies — such as the National Security Agency #NSA — the recent news that #WhatsApp will be cross-referencing users’ phone numbers with #Facebook accounts and the fact that the proprietary nature of these applications means they are often less likely to undergo thorough #security audits, it’s hard to blindly trust these companies to keep our best interests and #privacy in mind.

“My solution to the problem of people being segregated on, often insecure, communications platforms is to buck the trend whenever possible and refuse to correspond using anything that isn’t open and secure. But this will only work if other people follow my lead.”

#SurveillanceCapitalism #FreeSoftware #free-software #standards

National Post: Jesse Kline: Google gives the world another video conferencing app that won't let you talk to all your friends (Jesse Kline)

For a technology to become widely adopted as a method of communication, it needs to be based on open standards.
 
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