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Subsequent to the FSA’s rulings in Japan to ban privacy tokens, the South Korean Blockchain Association (SKBA), another self regulating body also released guidelines similar to the JVCEA’s. The SKBA framework was designed to prevent money laundering, insider trading, and other illegal activities.

In January 2018 there was a $500 million hack on Coincheck exchange, the biggest hack in the cryptocurrency world to date. The tokens were stored on online hot wallets which are known to be more susceptible to hacks. As a response to this hack the The Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA), a self regulating body made up of 16 of the currency exchanges was created, in an effort to rebuild confidence in crytpo currencies.

Google has announced its new email features. One of those features is the new privacy-focused confidential mode, which allows users to set an expiration date for emails, similar to messages on Snapchat.
Whilst a lot of users may welcome this new feature which affords them secrecy and security, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is concerned that it could lead users becoming vulnerable to phishing scams.

An article in ZDNet dated 31 July 2018, carries this attention-grabbing title, “Data archiving for survivalists: Ready for that solar flare?” Survivalists, or preppers, as they are also known because they make extensive preparations to survive unexpected catastrophes, are often maligned for their obsession with being ready to survive whatever man or nature throws at the world.

Do you long to buy your double skinny, half soy, non-GMO, triple mocha decaf latte, with a sprinkle of caramel sea salt, cold-press favorite beverage at Starbucks with your growing stash of cryptocurrencies? Well, your ultimate dream fantasy of consuming coffee-based (or not) drinks at your Starbucks of choice whilst tethered wirelessly to the ’net appears to be in the works.

We have written about the ubiquitous nature of surveillance cameras before. They are everywhere. Stoplight cameras, street cameras, ATM cameras, retail security cameras. There are few places left where a person can get away from camera coverage.

It’s a fact of modern life that you are constant surveillance. This post is a useful reminder that we are constantly surrounded, even in our homes, by devices that act as digital eyes and ears.

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