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  • New Gov Takes a Kick at the Kans.

    11/13/2018 8:32:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Family Research Council ^ | November 13, 2018 | Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers
    I know from experience that laws are hard to pass -- and they're just as hard to change. That's by design. Laws are meant to provide some stability from one administration to the next. But apparently, someone needs to share that insight to the new governor of Kansas, Laura Kelly (D). The state's next chief executive didn't waste any time letting locals know that their democratically-passed adoption law would be the first thing she'll scrap. Forty-eight hours after her win, the administration seems to have a new motto: upholding the law is optional.Kelly, who must have graduated from Barack Obama's...
  • The Comprehensive Guide to Quitting Google

    11/08/2018 11:37:03 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Brendan Hesse
    Despite all the convenience and quality of Google's sprawling ecosystem, some users are fed up with the fishy privacy policies the company has recently Since Google owns some of the best and most-used apps, websites, and internet services, making a clean break is difficult -- but not impossible. We're going to take a look at how to leave the most popular Google services behind, and how to keep Google from tracking your data. We've also spent serious time researching and testing great alternatives to Google's offerings, so you can leave the Big G without having to buy new devices or...
  • Facebook mega data leak: Birth dates, education history, religious preferences, details stolen

    10/13/2018 12:42:03 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    DNA ^ | October 13, 2018 | ANI
    Social networking giant Facebook Inc. clarified that hackers accessed personal information of accounts of almost 30 million users. Earlier, Facebook had said that a security breach had affected the accounts of as many as 50 million people. In a statement, Facebook said that hackers accessed the name, contact details and other information of the accounts of 14 million people. It added that hackers also stole information in regard to name and contact details of the accounts of another 15 million people. This also included username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access...
  • MRC TechWatch Interviews Dr. Epstein on Dangers of Gmail

    10/12/2018 12:05:45 AM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 24 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 9/20/2018 | kyoder
    Dr. Epstein : I can't even begin to emphasize how important it is to you, to NOT use GMail. The problem is so extensive, its hard to condense into a sentence or two. But the point is, they're taking that information, not just from the emails you send, but even from the drafts, those crazy drafts, that you just decide not to send, that all becomes part of your personal profile. If you're mentioning other people, that goes into THEIR personal profiles. If someone writes back to you from some other email service, well it doesn't matter, they're monitoring that...
  • I'm No Longer Using imgbb dot com For Posting FReep Images

    10/10/2018 11:01:15 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 13 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | October 10, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    Effective immediately I won't be using the free image hosting service called imgbb.com. Over the last 2 weeks I've noticed a HUGE increase in pop-up ads in my lower right hand corner of my monitor (whether I'm online or not all), many ads seem legitimate software upgrade offers, but others are invitations to date various women of Asian countries. These small pop-up ads all have the source listed as ibb.co, which I've discovered is originating from imgbb.com. With all of my image posts I may be spreading this same '3rd Party Cookie' advertisements to my fellow FReeper's, so I've decided...
  • Some skeptical that tollway authority testing tracking technologies only for toll purposes

    10/05/2018 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | September 11, 2018 | Greg Bishop
    A freelance automotive journalist worries a testing site operated by the Illinois Tollway Authority could be for more than just testing automated tollway technology. Paul Brian said he’s noticed a site with various sensors on northbound I-294 for years with a sign that reads “for testing purposes only.” Illinois Tollway Authority officials said the site is used for testing various sensors, but only for tollway purposes. The site, established in 2015, had an initial price tag of $2.7 million. “The Illinois Tollway has used the test site to study a range of systems – some of which were adopted and...
  • Apple has done extraordinary things to protect user privacy, tech investor says (video at link)

    10/04/2018 11:54:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 3, 2018 | By Chloe Aiello
    Apple is framing itself as better at data privacy and protection than other tech giants — and it is, Elevation Partners' co-founder Roger McNamee says.If lawyers, bankers or ministers aren't allowed to share peoples' private information for profit, neither should tech companies, he says. Apple is framing itself as better at data privacy and protection than other tech giants — and it is, Elevation Partners' co-founder Roger McNamee told CNBC on Wednesday. "Apple has really done extraordinary things over the last year to protect consumer privacy, but also to create security," McNamee said on CNBC's "Closing Bell." "For implementing...
  • Apple CEO: Government needs to step in and regulate privacy

    10/03/2018 7:14:08 PM PDT · by TBP · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mike Ciandella
    While insisting that he is “not a pro-regulation kind of person,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the free market has failed to provide adequate protections for privacy, and he believes it is time for the government to step in. Here’s what you need to know During an interview on HBO’s “Vice News Tonight,” which aired on Tuesday, Cook said: I’m not a pro-regulation kind of person. I believe in the free market deeply. … But I think you have to recognize when the free market doesn’t produce the result that’s great for society. You have to ask yourself: What...
  • Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

    10/01/2018 6:59:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/30/18 | Thomas Brewster
    It finally happened. The feds forced an Apple iPhone X owner to unlock their device with their face. A child abuse investigation unearthed by Forbes includes the first known case in which law enforcement used Apple Face ID facial recognition technology to open a suspect's iPhone. That's by any police agency anywhere in the world, not just in America. It happened on August 10, when the FBI searched the house of 28-year-old Grant Michalski, a Columbus, Ohio, resident who would later that month be charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. With a search warrant in hand, a federal investigator...
  • Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

    09/29/2018 11:13:06 AM PDT · by sorrisi · 45 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 09.29.18 | KATRINA BROOKER
    Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google.
  • Apple Is Now Giving People “Trust Scores” Based on Their Calls and Emails

    09/20/2018 2:07:39 PM PDT · by PFW · 50 replies
    This information will likely not be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to Big Tech’s increasing propensity to violate the privacy of users and use their data for questionable reasons, but here we are. Two days ago, the tech website Venture Beat noticed an eyebrow-raising bit in the latest update to Apple’s privacy policy: "Apple’s promise of transparency regarding user data means that any new privacy policy update might reveal that it’s doing something new and weird with your data. Alongside yesterday’s releases of iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5, Apple quietly updated some of its...
  • Major life insurer says it will require customers to wear health trackers

    09/20/2018 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 89 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | September 20, 2018 | by Reuters
    John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday. The move by the 156-year-old insurer, owned by Canada's Manulife Financial Corp, marks a major shift for the company, which unveiled its first interactive life insurance policy in 2015. It is now applying the model across all of its life coverage. Interactive life insurance, pioneered by John Hancock's partner the Vitality Group, is already well-established in South Africa and Britain...
  • 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...
  • 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....