Did that occur to you that girl who talks to a bunch of other people in marketing materials for Apples Vision Pro(probably other VR headset as well) the only one wearing a headset, so that she can clearly see other people's faces. But what about other people? Didn't they want to see her face too? It's all the same when they portray people taking calls and the caller on the other side never wears a headset. So what's the point of face to face call when face is actually obstructed by VR headset.

DEF CON was canceled.

After a great 25 year relationship Caesars abruptly terminated their contract with #DEFCON, leaving us with no venue for DC 32, and just about seven months to Con!

We don’t know why Caesars canceled us, they won’t say beyond it being a strategy change unrelated to anything that DEF CON or our community has done. The parting is confusing, but amicable.

We immediately scrambled a venue strike team to Las Vegas. Floors were walked. Meetings were held. Hands were shook and options weighed. When the smoke cleared, the field narrowed to one obvious choice.


DEF CON 32 will still be August 8-11 2024, but now held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) with workshops and training at the Sahara.

We started a live FAQ section on the Forums where we will be updating as we get info. The FAQ’s here: forum.defcon.org/node/248358, and DT’s full post is here: forum.defcon.org/node/248360

P.S. We made shirts and stickers: shop.defcon.org

Let's talk about deepfakes, those are alteration of media files, most common videos, with the goal to alter person's identify. I recently came across a really good article summarizing state of deepfakes back in 2022, fast forward 2 years of development in AI industry and now it's even scarier how those could be used to deceive people. Rise of deepfakes poses significant threat to our personal privacy, that's why it's important to protect our insights.sei.cmu.edu/blog/how-

Developers on GitHub, man in the middle is a serious threat, but servers are being updated regularly too. So if you received warning message telling you that remote host identification has changed when you trying to connect to GitHub, please don't just blindly follow tutorials that guiding you to delete offending host from known_hosts file, verify authenticity of that fingerprint here docs.github.com/en/authenticat

If you look at legal landscape of privacy you'll find that there is a significant misunderstanding of what privacy is and confusion of privacy with anonymity. Most privacy laws cover your personal information while do not protect tidbits of information about what you were doing online. Simple example streaming providers recommend movies based on what you watched or opened, that information might tell a lot about your interests/hobbies and won't be protected by laws on the books.

Well apparently OpenAI stated that without copyrighted materials they won't be able to train their ChatGPT models, or as they say those models won't meet needs of today's citizens. Looks like a hypocrisy to me, large company with lot's of money in the bank, wants creators to forfeit their rights and then charge them for use of their models. No comments ... theguardian.com/technology/202

Google continues to build its massive surveillance empire under the sinister guise of “privacy.” In its latest iteration on #Android, Google
lets you opt into their “Ad Topics,” which roughly translated means, “Let Google be the gatekeeper of all your data.” (1/4)

Everyone, I'd like to share some exciting news. Since grownups don't typically have advent calendars I've tasked my team at IonTec Software LLC to create one with lot's of activities targeted to help people protect their privacy in a fight against surveillance capitalism. It's bite size chunks of activities which will open on designated day for next 12 days until Christmas, why wait take an action: punkprivacy.com/ Merry Christmas

Tusky is looking for contributors!

The #Tusky team has lost a few contributors this year for various reasons, and we need your help building a kick-ass Mastodon app!

While we would also appreciate more technical contributors, we are specifically looking for:
- a person who can manage or help with our social account
- a project manager who can help us draft a Code of Conduct

Please help us spread the word 😊

You car might be spying on you! Biggest problem with privacy laws in US is that plaintiffs have to prove damage from sale of information, that they deemed private, like SMS messages(they are not, don't make that mistake). Essentially extortion that happens 5 years down the road after some threat actor connected dots from sets of data they purchased legally or stole from tech company can't be proved as it has not happened yet. Surveillance capitalism in action. therecord.media/class-action-l

Hey folks, it looks like AI buzzword is back into fashion. Today Whitehouse released a fact sheet about AI executive order. I am no lawyer do not take any advice from me, and this is not a legal advice. What is interesting is approach to privacy in that EO, statements looks good from marketing standpoint, but do nothing. You can track individuals from anonymized datasets, no PII needed thus you can build model of a person without need to name them. whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/s

@phil looks like you are giving some advice from ISC2 Cybersecurity Congress stage, nice!

We thought Google hit rock bottom with #privacy.

Its new beta feature on Google Files for #Android called “Smart Search" is the trap door.

This creepy new feature on by default & scans every file on your phone. Why is this bad? Because it could potentially ruin your life. (1/3)

A new low, even for #Google. Giving Google permission to share information about you with third-party websites is being falsely advertised as an "ad privacy feature". This is privacy washing at its most extreme. But it gets even worse.

There is a dark pattern on the second screenshot. It isn't just informing you about the fake privacy features. Clicking on "Got it" actually turns on these features that allow Google to use your recent browsing history for ads on third-party websites:

If you are using Android phone then you could have noticed recent update from Google which allowed you to "personalize your ad experience" and those settings apparently were on by default. So you have to actually do work to opt out. Here is how you can turn it off: Settings->Security&Privacy->More privacy settings->Ads->Ad privacy. It will take you to the screen in picture, go ahead and turn off all of these settings and definitely delete your advertising ID.

I am excited to announce that I am going to be speaking at HOU.SEC.CON - THE Houston-area information security conference. October 12-13 2023, right before solar eclipse. If you are in town, come see me and learn a thing or two about "Privacy in the age of AI". If you are not in town, take a trip to Houston and see what you've been missing all of these years. Stay tuned for exact day and time of my session. web.cvent.com/event/76d46ccb-f

If it is not censorship then what that is? This week youtube published new guideline on medical information that they will remove content that contradicts health authority(bureaucrats that has nothing to do with science), essentially censoring content that cast shadow of a doubt on official position. Now here is puzzle for you: aspartame deemed dangerous by WHO yet some how safe by FDA. What they'll do? blog.youtube/inside-youtube/a-

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