Kazakhstan: A poorly thought-out surveillance technique or an experiment for the West?
The Government of the Kazakhstan plans to implement a new internet control policy for the whole population starting from 1st January 2016. The announcement was published by Kazakhtelecom JSC, the largest telecommunications company in the country, on Monday 30th November 2016; and stated the government would oblige the population to install a “national security certificate” on every internet-capable device in the country, including desktops and mobile devices; leaving Kazakhtelecom (the ISP) able to carry out ‘man-in-the middle (MitM) attacks; all the other operators would be obliged by law to do the same, meaning that all HTTPS connections in Kazakhstan will be inspected.
Stephen E. Arnold
Google Timeline Knows Where You Have Been
We understand that to get the most out of the Internet, we sacrifice a bit of privacy; but do we all understand how far-reaching that sacrifice can be? The Intercept reveals “How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline to Track Your Every Move.” For those who were not aware, Google helpfully stores all the places you (or your devices) have traveled, down to longitude and latitude, in Timeline. Now, with an expansion launched in July 2015, that information goes back years, instead of just six months. Android users must actively turn this feature off to avoid being tracked.