The potential for spear-phishing is significant, says Vern Paxson, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and one of the researchers investigating the issues.

Google Sued for Allegedly Tracking App Users After They Opt Out
July 15, 2020 | Allen St. John, Consumer Reports

“At its heart, Google is a marketing platform,” says Serge Egelman, chief technical officer for AppCensus, a firm that analyzes technology for privacy and security, and a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Cellular equipment is special, it is specifically designed to be wiretapped and attackers have used this facility to conduct wiretapping attacks,” Nicholas Weaver, a senior staff researcher on computer security at the University of California, Berkeley, told International Business Times in an email.

What the New iPhone Privacy Features Will Really Do
June 24, 2020 | Thomas Germain, Consumer Reports

Done right, these “privacy nutrition labels” may have an even bigger impact than the actual controls Apple is giving consumers, according to Serge Egelman, a digital security and privacy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies how apps gather consumer data.

Another Zoom defender is Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at UC Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute and a lecturer at the university. On Thursday, he challenged a critic on Twitter by saying the video conferencing service rightly needed a way to authenticate users (currently, free users need no account).

In an email to The Register, Serge Egelman, director of usable security and privacy at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California, and CTO of privacy analysis biz, said he recently came across an ad tech company,, that had implemented its own search box (type ctrl-F to see it) to handle find-in-page searches instead of relying on the built-in browser capability.

Accidental Activist: An Interview With Lenore Blum, Part 1
May 21, 2020 | Amanda Glazer, Berkeley Science Review

She later returned to Berkeley in 1988 to join the Theory Group of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). Lenore has also worked tirelessly to increase the number of girls and women in STEM.

Based on research and scientific models from UC Berkley’s International Computer Science Institute and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, wearing masks can cut the incidence of cases by as much as 80%.

“I felt like this was pretty urgent,” said De Kai, who was born in St. Louis, and is the son of immigrants from China. “I saw the country where I grew up, where my family lives [now mostly in the Bay Area], about to face this pandemic without knowing much about something as simple as wearing a mask to protect themselves and others.”

Google Can't Shake New Mexico Suit Over Children's Privacy
April 30, 2020 | Wendy Davis, MediaPost

Balderas alleged in the complaint that 86 of Tiny Lab's gaming apps participated in Google Play's "Designed for Families" program, for apps aimed at children. He filed suit several months after researchers at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley reported that thousands of free children's apps for Android devices may be violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.