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  • Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers

    09/14/2018 5:03:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    The Intercept ^ | September 14, 2018 | Ryan Gallagher
    Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal. The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.
  • Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

    09/14/2018 3:34:28 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 30 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | September 14, 2018 | Anick Jesdanun
    Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what's becoming an escalating privacy arms race. New protections in Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning "cookie" data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites. (snip) Safari makes these protections automatic in updates coming Tuesday to iPhones and iPads and a week later to Mac computers. Firefox has similar protections...
  • The best secure browsers 2018

    09/14/2018 4:11:50 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    Techworld ^ | 8/28/2018 | Techworld Staff
    While browsers such as Tor might be associated with dark web criminal activity and hackers, there are a growing number of reasons for the average person to think about using a secure browser. In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the average consumer has become more conscious of their privacy and the ways in which their data is being used. A secure browser is one way to avoid your data being collected by companies such as Google and Facebook. Another concern driving people to secure browsers is avoiding hacks. Although the nastiest campaigns are aimed at large businesses, the average...
  • Telegram Is No Longer Safe It Seems

    08/29/2018 2:50:56 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 3 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/29/18 | L Todd Wood
    The word buzzing around the Telegram community is that the encrypted app is no longer safe, now that the company has advised its users that it will provide information to governments. The Russian-language news outlet Meduza reported on the concern circulating throughout users in the Russian Federation and the diaspora abroad. The instant messenger Telegram has rewritten its privacy policy, and Russians are raising their eyebrows at Section 8.3, where the network now says it may disclose users’ IP addresses and phone numbers “to the relevant authorities,” if it “receives a court order [confirming] that you’re a terror suspect.” Telegram...
  • Google could be tracking your movements even when you tell it not to!

    08/17/2018 12:40:57 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 39 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 17, 2017 | Jeff Rossen
    How To Stop Facebook, Google And Amazon From Tracking You Just thought it would be good info to show how to turn off the tracking device on Google, Amazon and Facebook.
  • St. Louis University Is Installing Amazon Alexa-Enabled Echo Dots Campus-Wide

    08/16/2018 5:44:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 15, 2018 | Brittany Shoot
    The first college or university in the nation is installing Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo Dots in every single dorm room across campus. St. Louis University, a private four-year university in Missouri’s capital city, unveiled a plan to install 2,300 intelligent assistant-enabled Echo Dots in residence halls and student apartments before classes begin later this month. The Alexa-enabled Echo Dots will be programmed to answer over 100 specific questions about the campus and student activities, such as the hours for the library or a list of upcoming public lectures.
  • AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    08/13/2018 7:45:21 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 27 replies
    Associated Press / APNEWS ^ | 08/13/2018 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.
  • My news testimony about the government’s intrusions into my computers (Sharyl Attkisson)

    07/27/2018 6:14:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    SharylAttkisson.com ^ | July 26, 2018 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    On Tuesday, I was asked to testify to Congress about a proposed bipartisan “Shield” law that would protect reporters from going to prison if they refuse to reveal their confidential sources. There are exemptions in the proposed law for instances where national security is at risk or lives are in danger. (Thank you to Congressmen Jordan, Raskin, Meadows, Palmer, Krishnamoorthi and Grothman.) At the hearing, I was asked about the government intrusion of my computers. CBS Confirms Sharyl Attkisson’s Computer Hacked The testimony starts :55 minutes into the YouTube link of the hearing below. If you’re interested in the questions...
  • How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Google Home has recorded

    07/21/2018 8:34:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jul 20, 2018, 1:43pm EDT | Stefan Etienne
    With an increasing number of households buying into virtual assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, it’s important to keep in mind that these devices are designed to listen. This includes recording and learning the tone of your voice and improving voice recognition and features for the virtual assistant. It’s supposed to be a feature and not a bug, but it’s landed Amazon’s Echo speakers in hot water after they spontaneously erupted in laughter. Amazon claimed the affected Echo speakers were triggered by false positive commands. If you’re an Alexa user, it’s possible to delete all of your recorded queries....
  • House Republicans demand answers from Apple, Alphabet on privacy, data practices

    07/09/2018 2:15:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 9, 2018 | By David Shepardson
    (Reuters) - Four senior U.S. House Republicans sent letters on Monday to the chief executives of Apple Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc asking questions about location data and mobile phone privacy practices and the handling of customer data. The chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Walden, along with three other senior Republicans on the panel, wrote the companies “to probe the companies’ representation of third-party access to consumer data, and the collection and use of audio recording data as well as location information via iPhone and Android devices.” Alphabet did not immediately respond to a request for...
  • Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees

    07/03/2018 1:09:46 PM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 11 replies
    Wired ^ | Monday 2 July 2018 | Morgan Meaker
    European leaders need to bring immigration numbers down, and metadata on smartphones could be just what they need to start sending migrants back. Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp. Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them. Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming...
  • Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

    06/22/2018 7:42:59 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 78 replies
    cnet ^ | 22 JUN 18 | Alfred Ng
    The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy. In a 5-4 decision on Friday the justices decided that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Sixth Circuit court's decision. Carpenter v. United States is the first case about phone location data that the Supreme Court has ruled on. That makes it a landmark decision regarding how law enforcement agencies can use technology as they build cases. The court heard arguments in the case on Nov. 29. The dispute dates back to a 2011 robbery in...
  • Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple’s New Security Feature

    06/15/2018 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Motherboard.vice.com ^ | June 14, 2018 | By Joseph Cox and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    “Grayshift has gone to great lengths to future proof their technology and stated that they have already defeated this security feature in the beta build.” Image: Malwarebytes Apple confirmed to The New York Times Wednesday it was going to introduce a new security feature, first reported by Motherboard. USB Restricted Mode, as the new feature is called, essentially turns the iPhone’s lightning cable port into a charge-only interface if someone hasn’t unlocked the device with its passcode within the last hour, meaning phone forensic tools shouldn’t be able to unlock phones. Naturally, this feature has sent waves throughout the mobile...
  • Apple to undercut GrayShift, Cellebrite tools for cracking iPhones

    06/13/2018 5:08:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | June 13, 2018
    Apple Inc said on Wednesday it will change its iPhone settings to undercut the most popular means for law enforcement to break into the devices,” Joseph Menn reports for Reuters. “The company told Reuters it was aiming to protect customers in countries where police seize phones at will and all users from the risk that the attack technique will leak to spies and criminals.” “The privacy standard-bearer of the tech industry said it will change the default settings in the iPhone operating system to cut off communication through the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked in the...
  • All the people Apple just pissed off to better protect your privacy

    06/07/2018 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    FastCompany ^ | June 3, 2018 | BY MICHAEL GROTHAUS
    Apple is turning its oft-expressed stance on privacy into features that are bad news for everyone from other tech companies to government agencies. When Apple previewed the upcoming iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave at this week’s WWDC keynote, the killer new features that got both developers and users most excited were the ones you’d would expect: the visually stunning Dark Mode on MacOS, the insanely customizable Memojis on iOS, FaceTime group-calling features on both platforms, massive improvementsto Siri, and Apple’s all-new Screen Time digital health tracking tools. All those features deserved the applause they got from the crowd. But it...
  • Coconut Creek cop facing discipline over Facebook post aimed at Parkland's David Hogg

    05/28/2018 11:19:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Fort Lauderdale Shun-Sentinel ^ | 5/27/18 | Susannah Bryan
    ...police K-9 officer Brian Valenti is in hot water after posting an offensive comment on Facebook related to Friday’s “die-in” protest at Publix, saying he hoped “some old lady loses control of her car in that lot.” Valenti, 45, posted the comment under a photo of David Hogg, the Parkland student and activist who organized the anti-NRA event. ....Valenti, who has been with the department 23 years, has taken the post down. But a woman who spotted and took a screenshot of his comment sent an email Saturday night to Coconut Creek commissioners and Police Chief Butch Arenal urging that...
  • Can 30,000 Cameras Help Solve Chicago’s Crime Problem?

    05/26/2018 1:33:10 PM PDT · by Theoria · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 May 2018 | Timothy Williams
    Armed with advanced gadgets and mapping, officers can get to crime scenes “in time to see the guy still shooting.” But what does it mean for residents’ privacy? Just after 3 a.m. on May 4, a police officer received an alert that gunshots had been fired near an alley in a neighborhood known as the Back of the Yards. The alert came from a hidden street sensor called a ShotSpotter, and the officer was able to pull up a map of nearby police cameras and review the video. Without leaving a room the size of a walk-in closet, he watched...
  • Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full (but no "None" option)

    05/24/2018 10:28:16 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 24, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath? Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.With a certain piece of European legislation around the corner concerning privacy, the timing is interesting to say the least.El Reg was last week informed by a reader that the standalone version of Word 2016 had begun displaying a message forcing users to “Share how you use Office” with options...
  • 'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet

    05/21/2018 9:09:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 5/19/2018 | Simon Parkin
    Money, violence, indiscretion: the motivation for any person who wants to disappear, either physically or digitally, usually wends back to one of these. Whatever the reason and whatever the scale of the ambition – from starting a new life in a foreign country to scrubbing one’s name and address from the phonebook – it has never been harder to vanish. In a world where almost any action outside your garden shed leaves some kind of digital footprint, there is no clear path back to the realm of the unknown.
  • Masters of the Universe: Leaked Video Shows Google’s Vision of ‘Total Data Collection’

    05/17/2018 10:54:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2018 | Charlie Nash
    A leaked internal video from Google portrays the company’s vision of “total data collection.” The 2016 video made by Google X’s Head of Design Nick Foster was obtained by the Verge, and discusses how users could choose a “life goal,” which Google then attempts to steer them towards through personalization. “It imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations to solve global problems like poverty and disease,” declared the Verge, who reported that “the middle section...