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Latest Activity: Dec 1
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21.
HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLDYou'll be floored by the imbalance of information…Continue
Tags: Peter Thiel, surveillance, XKEYSCORE, Plantair
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 18.
Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open AirYou've probably played with a plasma ball.…Continue
Tags: plasma advance
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 10.
They Can Hear You Now: Verizon Patent Could Listen In On CustomersYour TV will listen to your conversations with…Continue
Tags: corporate intrusion, TV stalking users
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 27.
Ads don't work so websites are using your electricity to pay the billsYou can…Continue
Tags: double dipping, bitcoin mining, cryptocurrency
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 29.
Being near your smartphone reduces brainpower even if it's off, study showsYour cognitive capacity is reduced…Continue
Tags: smartphone, cognitive capacity, focus on task
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 9.
Fake VPN services are popping up after GOP Congress kills privacy rulesLast week, Congress …Continue
Tags: VPNs, ISPs selling personal data, net neutrality
Facebook could secretly watch users through webcams, patent…Continue
Tags: privacy intrusion, Facebook user surveillance
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14.
Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue
Tags: app design, mind manipulation
What could happen if Title II (common carrier) net neutrality is killed, as FCC chairman Ajit Pai is about to do despite public comments opposing the move:
Yes, censorship, tiered access, and extra charges for consumers as well as websites and publishers. (click to enlarge)
Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Google Tracking In-Person Purchases (NPR, All Tech Considered)
[I already use several defenses against such things: a non-tracking search engine (DuckDuckGo), an ad blocker, avoiding apps with ads, and keeping location turned off on my phone except when needed for navigation. The ExtremeTech article on this also suggests staying logged out of your Google account except when needed.]
A privacy watchdog group has filed a complaint with the FTC over Google's system for tracking purchases Internet users make in person, at physical store locations.
Google announced the new service — a way for advertisers to measure the effectiveness of an online ad campaign — in May. It combines Google's search and app records with credit card purchase data acquired from third-party sources. [...] For several years, the company has been using location data on phones to track store visits — for example, to see how many people clicked on a PetSmart ad and then visited their local PetSmart.
But the new system goes further, and looks at actual purchases, by relying on in-store credit card transactions. [...] That data gets cross-referenced with information Google already has, to connect user accounts to in-person purchases.
Rotenberg says that Google has never identified who its third-party partners are, "what data is acquired or what steps they are taking to de-identify that data." Without those details, he says, there's good reason to be skeptical of the company's claims of anonymity.
He points to examples like Snapchat, the app that said that photos posted on its platform would disappear forever. EPIC challenged that claim in an FTC complaint. The FTC agreed that Snapchat was being misleading, and the company eventually settled the charges.
Rotenberg says that if Google's anonymizing practices are as robust as they say, that likely alleviate EPIC's privacy concerns. But without an independent investigation, he says, it's impossible to evaluate Google's claims that the process is fully anonymous.
EPIC also complains that the opt-out process is "opaque and misleading," [...]
Just read that the iceberg that sank the Titanic only made a very small hole, not enough to come close to sinking the ship. The reason it sank was because of poor quality rivets that popped loose when the ship hit the iceberg. Read more here:
Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling 'insecure' and 'worthless' (The Guardian)
Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents based on research quietly conducted by the social network.
The internal report produced by Facebook executives, and obtained by the Australian, states that the company can monitor posts and photos in real time to determine when young people feel “stressed”, “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless” and a “failure”.
There's a robot that prints out and burns every tweet of Donald tRump's, then tweets that video as a reply, "I burned your tweet."
"@burnedyourtweet - giving Trump's tweets the attention they deserve"
"Donald Trump is being trolled by a disobedient robot on Twitter" (The Telegraph)
Now that Senate and House Republicans have repealed the FCC's internet privacy protections, and opened the door to ISPs selling our browsing and search histories to the highest bidders --
Any recommendations about VPNs? Tor? Other ways to protect ourselves?
(Please reply in that discussion. Thanks!)
I've actually seen something similar on the web a couple of times, when a website's bare-bones "page not found" Error 404 page says that the server also encountered a 404 error looking for the [intended, customizable] "page not found" page!
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