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  • Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

    06/19/2017 1:23:56 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/19/2017 | staff writer
    Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.
  • Privacy Concerns Over DNA Tests That Help Discover Your Roots

    06/17/2017 5:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 16, 2017
    For generations, cross-referencing tombstones at the cemetery and vital records was required to unlock your lineage. But now, you can easily uncover some of the mystery of your family tree with DNA. Consumers like Larry Guernsey are giving the service as gifts. "I thought it would be a good Christmas present," Guernsey said. The $99 DNA test uses a saliva sample to trace family history. Here's how one company that provides the service, Ancestry, says it works: "A simple test can reveal an estimate of your ethnic mix… like if you're Irish or Scandinavian, or both." For Guernsey his curiosity...
  • BREAKING: Special Counsel @RobertMueIIer Worked With Law Firm Representing Big Democrat Group

    06/15/2017 2:56:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 77 replies
    GotNews ^ | 6/15/17 | GotNews
    Eric Schmidt, billionaire chair of Alphabet, Inc. the parent company of Google, led a massive fundraising drive in December for leftist analytics firm Civis Analytics, represented by a law firm that partnered with Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller—raising questions about Mueller’s impartiality in his so-called “Russia probe” into President Donald J. Trump’s campaign. In March 2014, WilmerHale announced Mueller would join its firm as a partner. Mueller left his position in May after the DOJ appointed him as a special prosecutor to look into alleged “ties” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. WilmerHale represented Civis Analytics during a $22...
  • How Electronic Medical Records Exploded In Doctors’ Faces And Politicians Got Off Scot-Free

    06/10/2017 12:36:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 58 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 07 June 2017 | Greg Scandlen
    <p>More than a decade ago the media were excited that Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich had formed an alliance about reforming health care. In 2005 Dana Milbank wrote in gushing terms in the Washington Post about a joint appearance.</p> <p>Of course, they were not alone. President Bush had already embraced the idea in his State of the Union speech to Congress. He envisioned a new era of “improved information technology to prevent medical error and needless costs.”</p>
  • SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do (trunc.)

    06/09/2017 12:09:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | June 8, 2017 | By Margi Murphy
    SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web while monitoring your emails to target you with ads The Sun can exclusively reveal that many Brits have no idea they've allowed Korean manufacturer Samsung to monitor them through their smartphone SAMSUNG phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox. The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts. SAMSUNG phones use...
  • Major Cellphone Privacy Case Accepted by Supreme Court

    06/05/2017 9:28:09 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 3 replies
    The Supreme Court has accepted a challenge to the warrantless collection of historical cellphone location data in a case that could curtail U.S. government surveillance and expand American privacy rights. The case, Carpenter v. U.S., was granted certiorari Monday on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which found that police did not need a warrant based on probable cause to collect 127 days of cellphone records from MetroPCS and Sprint. Timothy Carpenter was found guilty of participating in six Michigan robberies after the government said those cellphone records – which included calls made and geographic...
  • Internet Gambling Ban a Losing Bet For Liberty

    06/01/2017 5:27:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2017 | Ron Paul
    Controversies over surveillance of President Trump and members of his administration, including the leaks that forced President Trump’s first National Security Advisor to resign, have brought new attention to Section 702 of the FISA Reform Act. Section 702, which was added to the law in 2008, authorizes wiretapping of “non-U.S.” persons. The statue explicitly forbids the “intentional” targeting of U.S. citizens, but allows agencies to collect information on U.S. citizens if it is “incidental” to a 702 investigation. The National Security Agency (NSA) has exploited the “incidental” loophole to turn Section 702 into a routinely-used justification for wiretapping America citizens,...
  • He didn’t give police his iPhone pass code, so he got 180 days in jail

    05/31/2017 8:21:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 42 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 31, 2017 | BY DAVID OVALLE
    Christopher Wheeler, who is awaiting trial for child abuse, was taken into custody in a Broward Court on Tuesday for not providing a working iPhone pass code to police. David Ovalle dovalle@miamiherald.com A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday — the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smart phones. Christopher Wheeler, 41, was taken into custody in a Broward Circuit Court, insisting he had already provided the pass code to police investigating him for child abuse, although the number...
  • FACEBOOK WON’T SAY IF IT WILL USE YOUR BRAIN ACTIVITY FOR ADVERTISEMENTS

    05/23/2017 1:27:16 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 22, 2017 | Sam Biddle
    EVERY YEAR, FACEBOOK gathers hundreds of developers, corporate allies, and members of the press to hear CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of our shared near future. The gathering is known as “F8,” and this year’s iteration included some radical plans, one of which could’ve been pulled from a William Gibson novel: Facebook is working on a means of using your brain as an input device. Such technology is still many years off, as is, apparently, Facebook’s willingness to publicly think through its very serious implications.
  • Google starts tracking your offline shopping — what you buy at stores in person

    05/23/2017 1:22:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | Mary 23, 2017 | Staff
    Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in real-world stores as part of its latest effort to sell more digital advertising. The offline tracking scans most credit and debit card transactions to help Google automatically inform merchants when their digital ads translate into sales at a brick-and-mortar store. Google believes the data will show a cause-and-effect relationship between online ads and offline sales. If it works, that could help persuade merchants to boost their digital marketing budgets.
  • NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

    05/11/2017 2:57:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | May 11 2017, 9:57 a.m. | Sam Biddle
    In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the...
  • Surveillance State Ballooned Under Obama [semi-satire]

    05/07/2017 12:02:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 May 2017 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration sought and obtained intelligence on thousands of Americans during 2016. Though the NSA is legally forbidden from directly spying on Americans and has temporary authority to conduct warrant-less searches of foreigners, during 2016 government officials conducted 30,355 searches seeking information about Americans and distributed over 3,000 reports with unredacted names of US citizens. U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the growth in queries about Americans, but declined to offer any justification on the grounds that being pressured to provide justification "would endanger national security. All the public needs to know is that the government has its own very strict...
  • Reality TV star must unlock iPhone in ‘sextortion’ case

    05/04/2017 5:54:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    heraldMiami ^ | May 4, 2017 | BY DAVID OVALLE
    A reality TV actress accused in an extortion case involving sex videos must give up her iPhone password to police, a Miami judge ruled on Wednesday. In a case being closely watched in legal and tech circles, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson ruled that Hencha Voigt, and a man charged with being her accomplice, must unlock phones police believe were used in a plot to extort a social-media celebrity. He ruled that unlocking their phones would not violate their constitutional right against self-incrimination. “For me, this is like turning over a key to a safe-deposit box,” Johnson said. Voigt and...
  • Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

    05/04/2017 3:08:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | May 4, 2017 | Iain Thomson
    After Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be?The supposedly streamlined operating system aimed at kids and their teachers will only run apps from Microsoft's official Windows 10 S software store. Right now, there are no third-party browsers available from its shelves. That leaves users with the bundled Edge browser and Bing for web search.You can't change the search engine from Bing, and, for now, you can't get another browser besides Edge. Even if you could get another browser, Edge will override all the time,...
  • Whose Data Is It Anyway?

    05/04/2017 5:35:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    The days of hand written letters and notes is over, it’s all digital now. As such, we find ourselves in a weird position where our private thoughts aren’t sealed in an envelope, but basically handled in an accurate version of “telephone” by third party companies on the honor system that they won’t reveal them. The problem isn’t companies accessing what we voluntarily give them, it’s the sense of entitlement to that information the government has.The Internet is the greatest advancement in communication in human history; it’s also a potential invasion of privacy that would make George Orwell declare it implausible....
  • No Congress Did Not Repeal Internet Privacy

    04/27/2017 10:17:02 AM PDT · by 54fighting
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 4/27/17 | Andrew Armstrong
    Millennials live on the Internet. We were born and raised surfing the web, using Snapchat and Instagram and, of course, playing games online. It is almost a birthright. Keeping the Internet free and clear of oppressive federal government red-tape and regulations is critical to keep innovation and growth in this space. Some on the left see the web as the “wild west” that needs the guiding hand of government. A former commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission has repeatedly argued for federal control over the web. Ann Ravel, and others like her, want websites like the Drudge Report, YouTube and...
  • ‘Embarrassing’ details on Marble Falls High students mistakenly emailed out (TX)

    04/27/2017 7:47:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    kxan ^ | April 26, 2017 | Andy Jechow
    An email sent by the Marble Falls High School principal to senior students inadvertently included student identification numbers, which could possibly be used to learn a student’s school-issued Google account and lunch account password, the school said...The spreadsheet included information as to why some seniors were ineligible to go on the trip...Segovia, his name was on the list because he is failing a class. “It is quite embarrassing
  • Windows 10 Creators Update - Collecting YOUR data is the 'life-blood', says Microsoft (Privacy)

    04/24/2017 9:08:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Apr 20, 2017 | Aaron Brown
    MICROSOFT has reiterated the importance of collecting information from Windows 10 Creators Update users, likening the diagnostic data to the "life-blood" of the operating system.Windows 10 Creators Update is slowly rolling out to users across the globe.The blockbuster update includes a number of headline features, including a ground-up redesign for the Paint app and a new performance-focused Game Mode.Windows 10 Creators Update also focuses on transparency around its data collection policies.Every Windows 10 user – whether they're upgrading a previous version of Windows 10, or installing one for the first time – will be given the chance to review the...
  • Lawmakers seek internet privacy protections

    04/06/2017 5:43:05 PM PDT · by davikkm · 5 replies
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington state have signed on in support of proposals that seek to secure internet privacy. The measures, which were introduced in both the House and Senate, come following President Donald Trump’s signature on a measure rolling back internet-privacy protections that had been scheduled to go into effect, The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nL2nY0 ).
  • Is Anyone Watching Those Who Watch Us?

    04/06/2017 3:51:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/06/17 | Dr. Robert Owens
    They will ignore the facts and believe the lie The ongoing tempest in a tea cup concerning Russian hacking and Trump collusion is merely “Why? Oh, why did Hillary lose?” etched out in Washington double speak through the media megaphone. To sum it all up I’m reminded of a quote from the Wicked Witch of the West, “What a world…what a world.” (Not THAT Wicked Witch of the West the one from the Wizard of Oz.) Here we are in an America where the government can listen to and record every word or keystroke without a warrant and the person...