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UK spying on citizens for 17 years

UK Passes Investigatory Powers Bill, Mass Surveillance Becomes Law

The Investigatory Powers Bill, also referred to as the Snooper’s Charter, has officially passed in the United Kingdom. The bill, first introduced in 2015, was passed by the House of Lords and House of Commons and officially signed into law by the Royal…

Russia Internet Data Storage Law

Russia Blocks LinkedIn for Violating Data Storage Law

LinkedIn was officially blocked in Russia this Thursday, as they were found to be in violation of a Russian data storage law.  The law, passed in 2014 and enacted in September 2015, requires that websites store data for their Russian users on local…

freedom on the net 2016

Freedom On the Net 2016 Shows Internet Freedom is on the Decline

Freedom on the Net 2016, an annual report published by Freedom House that examines Internet Freedom around the world, was released this week. This year’s report highlighted an alarming trend – Internet freedom is continuing to decline around the world – for the…

FCC Privacy Rules

FCC Passes New Rules, Increases Online Privacy Protections

At the end of October, after a long period of consideration, the FCC passed landmark rules that offer consumers unprecedented privacy protections when browsing online. These new rules restrict what information Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can collect and share, in a move that’s…

Donald Trump and Internet tech policy.

What Donald Trump’s Election Could Mean for Privacy and the Internet

Since our founding in 2009, Golden Frog has been fighting for a private and secure, free and open Internet experience for users around the world. With the election of Donald Trump as the next United States President, questions arise around what Internet and…

Turkey censors social media, asks government to block VPN providers

Turkey Increases Censorship, Asks Internet Providers to Block VPNs

Turkey has been blocking access to major social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp for nearly 24 hours, following the detention of a group of pro-Kurdish leaders. They’ve also reportedly placed restrictions on Instagram and Skype. Now, less than 24 hours…

AT&T Caught Spying

AT&T Caught Spying On Their Customers Again. This Time, For Profit.

By now, most people are aware that AT&T doesn’t do a great job of respecting customer privacy. They’ve been caught conducting mass surveillance on citizens numerous times, with no transparency into the programs in place. And now, just when it seemed their surveillance couldn’t…

Dyn DNS provider suffers DDoS.

Massive DDoS Attack Shuts Down Major Websites; Raises Concern Over IoT Vulnerabilities

By now you’ve probably heard about last week’s massive DDoS attack affecting the Dyn DNS provider and their clients. Here’s what happened, and why it’s so concerning. The Basics: What’s a DDoS Attack? DDoS stands for ‘Distributed Denial of Service’ – which is…

Built In Austin

From Built in Austin: Protect Yourself: Tips from 4 Austin Web Warriors on Avoiding Cyber Attacks

Golden Frog’s VP of Sales and Director of Marketing Liz Kintzele was recently interviewed for a Built In Austin article about cyber security. Liz’s responses are below, and you can read the full article here. What does Golden Frog protect against, and from whom?…

Google Extends Right to Be Forgotten

Google Updates Privacy Policy, Allows Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

As first reported by  ProPublica, Google recently updated its privacy policy to remove an important consumer privacy protection. Google’s updated policy removed the preexisting ban on personally identifiable data collection, leaving users open to invasive privacy violations. Google bought DoubleClick, an advertising network, in…