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Proposed Law Would Block Porn in South Carolina, Unless You Pay a $20 Fee

The anti-porn bill, called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, was pre-filed before the Christmas break and will be considered when the South Carolina legislature returns to session next month. Why is it called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act? Because those $20 fees would go toward funding anti-trafficking efforts. The bill is co-sponsored by Representative Bill Chumley, who told the local news site [Spartanburg Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com], “If an end user buys an apparatus, a computer, and they want access to that, they would have to pay to have that filter removed.” – Matt Novak, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/U3lw1Cm
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45,000 People Ask Netflix to Stop VPN Crackdown

This broad blocking policy has sparked wide protests and 44,446 Internet users have signed a petition launched by digital rights group OpenMedia, which asks Netflix to stop the VPN crackdown. Today, OpenMedia sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, delivering this message. The letter starts off by saying that the petition signers all love Netflix, but that they don’t like how the company handles their privacy. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Comcast Says FCC Privacy Rules Will Hurt Consumers By Not Allowing Them To See More Ads Online

The real problem, argues [David Cohen,Comcast], is that these new privacy rules — which, again, do not even exist yet and are currently nothing more than a series of possible questions to be investigated and asked — could prevent Comcast from being a disruptive force that competes with Google or Facebook in the ad network. “The unfortunate result of the FCC’s extreme regulatory proposals will be more consumer confusion and less competition,” writes Cohen, without explaining how in the world consumers might actually be confused by the fact that their ISP could possibly be restricted from tracking and reselling users’ browsing data without permission. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

FCC To Consider Rules That Would Make ISPs Get Permission To Share Your Personal Info

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced the proposal in a blog posting on the Huffington Post today. […] The three core principles of the proposal are choice, transparency, and security. In other words: ISPs have to let you opt-in or opt-out of certain kinds of data collection; they have to tell you what the data they’re collecting is and what they do with it; and any data they do collect, they have to protect. – Kate Cox, Consumerist

Nielsen Wants to Watch You Talk to Your Facebook Friends About What You Watch on TV

Nielsen is going to start tracking discussions that people have about TV on Facebook with their family and friends, even if that discussion isn’t marked as “public.” Nielsen still won’t be able to peer into Facebook messages you send directly to your friends, but it will see if you post a message on someone’s feed declaring your love for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” or “Jessica Jones.” […] If the fact that Nielsen will know you told your friends you love “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is worrisome for you, you can relax a bit: The company says it will only use the data in aggregate, so your semi-secret will be safe. Then again, if you really want to keep something secret, don’t post it on Facebook, period. – Peter Kafka, Re/code

Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle will test whether security is a priority for smartphone buyers

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Silent Circle will release in September the Blackphone 2, an Android-based smartphone that is optimized to protect security and privacy so that none of your data can be discovered or used by a third-party. […] Silent Circle originally launched to provide secure voice, text and email services. But in 2014, the company released the first Blackphone, which cost $600 and ran on a version of Android the company has developed, called PrivatOS. – Chris O’Brien, VentureBeat

Appeals Court Sides With Netflix In Privacy Battle Over Home Page

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Netflix didn’t violate a federal video privacy law by displaying information about subscribers’ movie-watching history to their friends, families and guests, a federal appellate court said today. […] The subscribers alleged that the company violates the video privacy law by automatically displaying this page whenever Netflix users access the company’s app — especially when they’re streaming videos to a TV set in their living rooms, where friends and family might also be present. – Wendy Davis, MediaPost

The Best Phones For The Privacy-Obsessed

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Blackphone 2: [T]he hardware. A 5-inch handset with a Full HD screen (protected on the outside by Gorilla Glass 3), it’s running on a 64-bit Qualcomm octa-core processor, backed by 3GB of RAM. A removable 3060mAh battery sits inside (with Quick Charge 2.0 features), with microSDXC support for expandable memory. So far, so standard. It’s on the software side where things get a bit more interesting, and that 3GB of RAM shows its worth. Though Running on Android, the phone is equipped with Silent Circle’s PrivateOS 1.1, an enterprise-orientated, highly secure layer that sits on top of Google’s OS. – Luke Hopewell, Gizmodo

Warning: You should be using a VPN service to protect your privacy, but not this one

Hola has apparently been selling its users’ bandwidth for a variety of reasons, including malware and spam distribution, opening their devices to third-parties that could easily access those connections without a user’s knowledge. The service, available on Android as an app and on desktop as a browser plugin, lets users disguise their true IP addresses and keep their traffic private. VPNs also let people access services that wouldn’t normally be available in their region, such as Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming sites. – Chris Smith, BGR

Tor shutters its anonymous Cloud service

Tor, founded in 2011, is software that routes traffic through a network maintained by volunteers. It was initially used by political activists living under repressive governments, but others, such as media companies seeking to shield whistleblowers, had started to turn to it as well. – Jackie Dove, The Next Web
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