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  • Stop using Microsoft Edge's InPrivate mode if you value your privacy

    02/01/2016 5:43:03 PM PST · by zeugma · 17 replies
    betanews ^ | 1/31/16 | Mark Wilson
    It's possible that you reached this article purely by chance, or you may have Googled 'how to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge'. However you got here, the fact that you're reading this indicates that you're either interested in Windows 10's Edge, or actively use it -- and this means there's something you need to know. If you fall into the latter camp and use Edge's InPrivate mode to cover your online tracks, you might want to think about changing your web browser. Edge has already got some stick for its lack of extension support -- "it's coming,...
  • Think Target and Home Depot invade your privacy? Political campaigns might be worse

    01/28/2016 5:30:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 27, 2016 | Evan Halper
    When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific answer: Chevy truck drivers who like Starbucks. The data modeling from Rocket Fuel shows that this group leans against a path to citizenship for workers in the U.S. illegally. And these particular voters have become surprisingly easy – some argue creepily so – for campaigns to find and approach. So have consumers of frozen vegetables, who are more likely to oppose abortion. As have people curious about diabetes, a group...
  • Is Privacy A Right Or A Privilege?

    01/20/2016 12:37:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Steve Sherman
    Many people feel they have a right to privacy, but do they? Does the Constitution protect the notion of privacy? Well yes and no. The general right to privacy is derived loosely from three places in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment known as The Liberty Clause. None of them are enough to protect privacy in the modern age. The 1st Amendment protects privacy of beliefs among other things like speech, press, religion, the ability to meet peaceably, and petition the government. The 3rd Amendment protects your home from being taken over by the government. The 4th Amendment...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • Can you shoot down a drone over your own yard? Maybe not

    01/14/2016 11:12:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    The Washington Post has an interesting interview this week with William Merideth, the Kentucky businessman who famously took a shotgun and introduced a terminal malfunction to a camera equipped drone hovering over his property last year. The case, while providing some amusement to the public initially, has raised vexing questions about property rights, privacy, and the limits of the government (under the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration) to control the airspace over your property. It’s been mostly settled law for quite some time that property owners control the mineral rights and other resources under their land, but how much...
  • The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’

    01/10/2016 6:42:30 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 46 replies
    The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/the-new-way-police-are-surveilling-you-calculating-your-threat-score/2016/01/10/e42bccac-8e15-11e5-baf4-bdf37355da0c_story.html A national debate has played out over mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, a new generation of technology such as the Beware software being used in Fresno has given local law enforcement officers unprecedented power to peer into the lives of citizens. Nabarro said the fact that only Intrado — not the police or the public — knows how Beware tallies its scores is disconcerting. He also worries that the system might mistakenly increase someone’s threat level by misinterpreting innocuous activity on social...
  • Drone owner files federal lawsuit after neighbor downs aircraft with a shotgun (KY)

    01/06/2016 11:56:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 6, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    A Kentucky man who had his $1,500 hobbyist drone shot out of the sky last year by an agitated neighbor has filed a federal lawsuit in hope of having the courts define the rights of aircraft operators versus property owners with respect to unmanned aerial vehicles. Attorneys for the drone owner, David Boggs, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment and damages in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Monday, nearly six months after the man’s camera-equipped, remote-controlled aircraft was brought down by a shotgun-wielding neighbor, William Merideth. Police initially cited Mr. Merideth with charges of criminal...
  • Trying to prevent browser fingerprinting? The odds are against you

    12/30/2015 4:01:14 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    LinuxBSDos.com ^ | 18 December 2015 | Staff
    With recent revelations about browser fingerprinting, the race is on to find ways and means that will help reduce your browser's fingerprint, and with it, make it difficult for it (and you) to be tracked.After trying Panopticlick yesterday, a tool released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help users determine if their browser is safe against tracking and fingerprinting, I set out to find out how to make my browsers less unique to trackers. For the very paranoid, the results are not good.Under default settings, a browser like Mozilla Firefox and Iceweasel emit very unique fingerprints, as shown in the...
  • Who Put This Huge Database of U.S. Voting Records Online? (online for the taking)

    12/28/2015 1:57:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 57 replies
    CSOonline ^ | 12/28/15 | Steve Ragan
    Massive database exposed to public, major political data managers deny ownershipA misconfigured database has led to the disclosure of 191 million voter records. The database, discovered by researcher Chris Vickery, doesn't seem to have an owner; it's just sitting in the public – waiting to be discovered by anyone who happens to be looking. What's in the database? The database was discovered by researcher Chris Vickery, who shared his findings with Databreaches.net. The two attempted to locate the owner of the database based on the records it housed and other details. However, their attempts didn't pan out, so they came...
  • Senator Tom Cotton Slams Apple CEO Tim Cook For Protecting User Privacy

    12/24/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 32 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12-21-15 | Mike Masnick
    As you may have heard, last night Apple CEO Tim Cook was on 60 Minutes. The overall story really wasn't all that insightful for anyone who's been following Apple for any length of time, but what got a lot of attention was Tim Cook reiterating his position on protecting the privacy of Apple users through encryption.... Same basic stuff he's said before. Nothing new. Nothing controversial. But grandstanding Senator Tom Cotton apparently flipped out about it and pushed out a statement that shows a rather stunning ignorance of the law.... Of course, Senator Tom Cotton apparently didn't bother to read...
  • Obama administration’s calls for backdoors into encrypted communications echo (1990s) fiasco

    12/14/2015 8:52:46 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | December 14, 2015
    Obama administration's calls for backdoors into encrypted communications echo Clinton-era key escrow fiasco “In the face of a Federal Bureau of Investigation proposal requesting backdoors into encrypted communications, a noted encryption expert urged Congress not to adopt the requirements due to technical faults in the plan,” Sean Gallagher reports for Ars Technica. “The shortcomings in question would allow anyone to easily defeat the measure with little technical effort.”“Please note, the testimony referenced above was delivered on May 11, 1993. However, that doesn’t change its applicability today,” Gallagher reports. “In fact, current pressure being applied by law enforcement and intelligence officials...
  • Ted Cruz slams surveillance hawks for 'sweeping aside citizens' Fourth Amendment rights'

    12/10/2015 2:15:09 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | Dec 10, 2015 | Eric Geller
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday offered an impassioned defense of his vote to rein in the government's bulk phone surveillance, blasting those in his party who he said wanted to "exploit the current crisis by calling on Americans to surrender our constitutional liberties as the only way to ensure our safety."The Republican presidential candidate, who has been gaining in recent early-state primary polling, used a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation to respond to criticism from two fellow candidates, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for his vote to end the National Security Agency's mass...
  • Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks

    12/10/2015 1:33:44 PM PST · by FourPeas · 20 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he's supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday. The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats. But Cruz, who...
  • Ted Cruz defends ending bulk data collection

    12/10/2015 11:17:30 AM PST · by FourPeas · 10 replies
    WZVN / CNN ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered an extended defense Thursday of his support for ending bulk data collection even as the threat of terrorism surges. In a lengthy policy speech at a conservative think tank, Cruz tried to rebut Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's forceful argument that Cruz's votes to end aspects of the National Security Agency's data collection program should raise red flags for voters concerned about national security. Cruz has tried to stake out a compromise position between the muscular interventionism of Rubio and the surveillance-skeptical libertarianism of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both GOP presidential competitors. "There are some on...
  • EFF complaint says Google broke privacy pledge by tracking students

    12/03/2015 3:49:08 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    The Verge ^ | December 1, 2015 | By Adi Robertson
    The EFF is asking for a federal investigation into whether Google broke a pledge to honor student privacy with its educational tools. Today, the group filed a complaint with the FTC, alleging that Google for Education collects a broad range of data on students' browsing habits and gives administrators too much power to enable that collection. "We are calling on the FTC to investigate Google's conduct, stop the company from using student personal information for its own purposes, and order the company to destroy all information it has collected that's not for educational purposes," said EFF staff attorneySophia Cope in...
  • Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

    11/26/2015 4:09:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/26/15 | Andrew Orlowski
    “Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.Microsoft pulled a major update for Windows after it blew away the user's privacy settings, allowing app developers and advertisers to glean the user’s identity. But that’s only part of the story, which gets murkier by the day.We already knew Windows 10 Threshold deleted third-party data monitoring tools and cleanup tools, including stalwarts like Spybot and CCleaner. It even disabled Cisco’s VPN software. Just a bug, said Microsoft.Two bugs would be a puzzling coincidence – but something...
  • Dell installs self-signed root certificate on laptops, endangering users' privacy

    11/23/2015 6:44:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    PC World ^ | 11/23/15 | Lucian Constantin
    Dell laptops are coming preloaded with a self-signed root digital certificate that lets attackers spy on traffic to any secure website. The reports first surfaced on Reddit and were soon confirmed by other users and security experts on Twitter and blogs. The root certificate, which has the power of a certificate authority on the laptops it's installed on, comes bundled with its corresponding private key, making the situation worse. With the private key, which is now available online, anyone can generate a certificate for any website that will be trusted by browsers such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome that...
  • Your Phone Is Listening—Literally Listening—to Your TV

    11/20/2015 5:09:27 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 49 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | NOV 19, 2015 | KAVEH WADDELL
    The TV is on in the background, and you’re replying to a quick email on your phone nearby. You don’t know it, but the devices are communicating. During a commercial, the TV emits an inaudible tone and your phone, which was listening for it, picks it up. Somewhere far away, a server makes a note: Both devices probably belong to you. This information about which devices belong to whom is immensely valuable to advertisers hoping to target ads specifically to you. In a simpler time, targeted marketing was easy. Most people had a computer at work and maybe another at...
  • ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

    11/10/2015 7:12:28 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 11-9-15 | Alexander J Martin
    Encrypted email provider ProtonMail is still being hit by a DDoS attack from what appears to be a nation state, as well as a secondary and separate lower-level assault from an identified assailant. However, the service is now operating normally, it seems. Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers an encrypted webmail system able to withstand intelligence agency-level surveillance. However, since last Tuesday the company has continued to be hit by DDoS attacks from two attackers. Talking to The Register, ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen explained: "We have been attacked every day since 3 November, so we're now entering the sixth day of attacks." "There...
  • How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move

    11/10/2015 3:02:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 11/6/15 (updated 11/9) | Jana Winter
    THE RECENT EXPANSION of Google’s Timeline feature can provide investigators unprecedented access to users’ location history data, allowing them in many cases to track a person’s every move over the course of years, according to a report recently circulated to law enforcement.“The personal privacy implications are pretty clear but so are the law enforcement applications,” according to the document, titled “Google Timelines: Location Investigations Involving Android Devices,” which outlines the kind of information investigators can now obtain.The Timeline allows users to look back at their daily movements on a map; that same information is also potentially of interest to law enforcement. “It is now...
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Survey Research

    11/05/2015 5:52:11 AM PST · by snarkpup · 2 replies
    Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment ^ | Colorado Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
    We conduct confidential health studies, and we are not telemarketers. Our questions cover topics such as general health status, health behaviors and preventive health practices. We call both landline and cell phone numbers obtained through random-digit dialing. The results provide information necessary for evaluating health programs, monitoring public health trends and planning future activities to improve the health of current and former Colorado residents. Our studies provide much of the data available on the Colorado Health Indicators website.
  • Supreme Court case pits privacy rights against Internet data brokers

    11/01/2015 4:56:09 PM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/1/2015 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court is set to hear a clash between privacy laws that protect American consumers and the desire of online data providers to avoid potentially crippling lawsuits if they post inaccurate information on the Web. On Monday the justices will take up the case of Thomas Robins, a Virginia man who sued Spokeo, a Pasadena-based tech company that calls itself a "people search engine." Spokeo sells profiles of people drawn from data available online. When the company produced a profile of Robins, he was surprised to see himself described as married with children, in his 50s, with a graduate...
  • Google wants to monitor your mental health. Plan to monitor search history and report to gov't

    10/28/2015 7:15:26 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 72 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 10/28/2015 | James Kirkup
    Telegraph.co.uk Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind Yes, you should tell the computer what you're thinking By James Kirkup 6:24PM GMT 28 Oct 2015 The use of technology to track and treat mental illness is deeply worrying but sadly necessary Next week, Dr Tom Insel leaves his post as head of the US National Institute of Mental Health, a job that made him America’s top mental health doctor. Dr Insel is a neuroscientist and a psychiatrist and a leading authority on both the medicine and public policies needed to deal with problems...
  • Senate passes controversial cybersecurity bill Cisa 74 to 21

    10/27/2015 3:58:06 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/27/2015 | Sam Thielman
    Sam Thielman The Senate, ignorant on cybersecurity, just passed a bill about it anyway. The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a controversial cybersecurity bill critics say will allow the government to collect sensitive personal data unchecked, over the objections of civil liberties groups and many of the biggest names in the tech sector. The vote on Tuesday was 74 to 21 in support of the legislation. (snip) None of the Republican presidential candidates (except Lindsey Graham, who voted in favor) were present to cast a vote, including Rand Paul, who has made privacy from surveillance a major plank of his campaign...
  • Doctors Agree: Obama's Electronic Medical Records Mandate Sucks!

    10/23/2015 7:40:25 PM PDT · by 100American · 35 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | Oct 23, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2015/10/23/doctors-agree-obamas-electronic-medical-records-mandate-sucks-n2069809?bt_alias=eyJ1c2VySWQiOiJkNmM1NGMxZS1kY2NkLTRmYjktODdmZi02ZmIzMmFmZDEzYjgifQ%3D%3D Hey, who's up for a stiff dose of "See, I told you so?" For the past several years, medical professionals have warned that the federal electronic medical records mandate -- buried in the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus of 2009 -- would do more harm than good. Their diagnosis, unfortunately, is on the nose. The Quack-in-Chief peddled his tech-centric elixir as a cost-saving miracle. "This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests," he crowed at the time. In theory, of course, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, which many private health care providers...
  • 28 Data Points: Biometrics in Michigan Schools?

    10/21/2015 9:13:29 PM PDT · by Don Joe · 13 replies
    Handout sheet given my child to bring home and fill out. ^ | 2008 | Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
    See full document (two page) at URL.
  • No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private

    10/20/2015 3:15:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/15 | Kathryn Watson
    Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law.If you dont have a reasonable expectation of privacy against government in your medical care, then where does it exist at all? If thats not private, then what is? Adam Bates, a criminal justice policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care...
  • The White House Backs Down On Phone Encryption

    10/10/2015 9:50:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | October 10, 2015 | by Cat Zakrzewski
    In a victory for tech firms, the Obama administration will not force firmsto breach the security of their products in order to provide information to law enforcement.Thedecision comes after a year after encryption introduced on iPhones and some Android phones sparked a debate between law enforcement and tech companies over access to phone data. With iOS 8, most data stored on the phone and communications over services like iMessage were encrypted in a way that only users could access it not even Apple could.FBI director James Comey then sounded the alarm that phone encryption would prevent law enforcement...
  • Agencies Say They Need Access to Americans Emails Without a Warrant [FTC and SEC]

    09/16/2015 5:45:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 9/16/15 | Kaveh Waddell
    A bipartisan bid to reform an electronic-privacy law has the support of the tech community and the White House, but federal law enforcement officials tell Congress the changes would hamper civil prosecution. Civil law enforcement agencies like the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission would not be able to obtain critical information if the law were changed to require criminal warrants for access to data stored on cloud services, according to witnesses from those agencies testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. The law enforcement officials were reacting to bills from Sens. Mike Lee and...
  • Feds push forward with controversial health rule

    10/07/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to delay implementation. Federal health officials said the final rules released Tuesday will make significant changes" in the "meaningful use" electronic health records program, such as lowering the number of standards each provider must meet and allowing providers to apply for hardship exemptions. But the administration will not delay what it calls "Stage 3" of the records program, a move that is already angering vocal Republicans like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who have...
  • Ascension Parish resident shoots down neighbors drone, says wife felt like it was watching her

    10/07/2015 8:31:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ellyn Couvillion
    An Ascension Parish man hunting squirrels on his property Monday shot down a neighbors drone that had been flying over his home for several months, making his wife feel as though she was being watched. Aaron Hernandez, the owner of the drone, which was outfitted with a camera, said Tuesday he was flying his $1,200 remote-controlled quadcopter, which he got as a Christmas present last year, at his fathers home in a rural area off La. 936 early Monday evening when his neighbor shot it, disabling it at first, leaving it hovering in the sky.
  • Data Transfer Pact between EU and USA ruled invalid - Privacy protection related headache for US biz

    10/06/2015 7:53:06 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 15 replies
    The NY Times ^ | 10/06/2015 | Mark Scott
    <p>Europes highest court on Tuesday struck down an international agreement that had made it easy for companies to move peoples digital data between the European Union and the United States.</p> <p>The ruling, by the European Court of Justice, could make it more difficult for global technology giants including the likes of Amazon and Apple, Google and Facebook to collect and mine online information from their millions of users in the 28-member European Union.</p>
  • Are Apple and Facebook bad for democracy?

    10/05/2015 10:08:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Computerworld ^ | October 5, 2015 | By Mike Elgan
    Apple and Facebook are asserting themselves as gatekeepers of necessary information to the public. Can we trust them? We're trying to have a democracy here, and ideally an informed one. Nowadays, however, almost everyone is too distracted with their smartphones to muster the attention span to put up with reading a newspaper or news magazine delivered by a publisher, or even watching TV news. Instead, we get news through apps and on social networks. The biggest source of apps in the U.S. and the biggest social network are Apple's App Store and Facebook, respectively. This trend transfers the job of...
  • Feds Developed App That Predicts Psychological Status of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the psychological status of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can deliver an automated...
  • Microsofts Windows 10 under fire for user data collection

    09/10/2015 11:39:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Star ^ | 09/10/2015 | Peter Henderson The Canadian Press
    Microsofts new Windows 10 operating system has been praised for improving upon the flaws of its predecessor, but the company is facing widespread criticism for what some are calling invasive data collection. Under its default privacy settings, Windows 10 tracks the way users type, what applications they use, their browsing history and other personal information. Windows 10 also sends a weekly activity update on childrens web browsing and computer history to their parents. Some parents have publicly described receiving those emails from Microsoft as creepy, while others warn it could serve to humiliate teens at a vulnerable period in their...
  • Procedural tactics may delay CISA

    09/07/2015 4:50:17 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 7, 2015 | Charlie Mitchell
    Congress returns this week with cybersecurity as one item on a long list of priorities that may or may not be addressed in the final months of the year. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act has been teed up for Senate action this fall, amid strong support from the business community. But there is still no definitive date for floor consideration, and online privacy groups are mounting their own campaign to sink the measure. Other cyber issues such as better securing the government's own networks, updating criminal law to address cyber challenges, Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform, consumer data-breach notification,...
  • Windows 10 EULA Questions

    09/01/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by econjack · 46 replies
    email ^ | August 31, 2015 | N/A
    According to a email today: The End User License Agreement (EULA) for Windows 10...is problematic and the opt-out does not ever allow you to fully opt-out. If I understand correctly, they explicitly tell you that they will take your:contacts, WIFI passwords, and content of your files and sell them, at their discretion to others, and will use the info for targeted marketing on your computer. Or any other use they may feel is appropriate as the future unfolds. I have not downloaded Win 10, so I don't know. Has anyone else read the EULA closely to render an opinion?
  • Abortion and Down Syndrome [Zot!]

    08/25/2015 10:31:30 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | Editorial Board
    It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced. That would be a mistake. The bill stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall by the states Republican-controlled legislature A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet been enforced under existing Supreme Court precedent it is hard to see how it could be but...
  • Planned Parenthood Threatens to Sue [semi-satire]

    08/22/2015 9:25:08 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    Planned Parenthood's executive vice president Dawn Laguens said the organization is weighing whether to sue the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the release of videos showing that Planned Parenthood is engaged in murdering, dismembering, and selling aborted babies. "Since these videos were made secretly without Planned Parenthood's explicit consent they constitute an egregious invasion of privacy," Laguens maintained. "Invasion of privacy is a crime. That makes the videos the 'fruit from the poisoned tree' and inadmissible as evidence against Planned Parenthood for any alleged crimes depicted in the videos." Laguens also contested the idea that there are any...
  • Even when told not to, Windows 10 just cant stop talking to Microsoft (link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 8:54:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | August 12, 2015 | by Peter Bright
    It's no wonder that privacy activists are up in arms. Read more at Ars Technica Link only due to copyright restrictions on FreeRepublic: LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Even when told not to, Windows 10 just cant stop talking to Microsoft
  • Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws

    08/13/2015 10:33:47 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 13 replies
    Boston.com, via Drudge ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Allison Pohle
    Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna was preparing to start a coveted internship at Facebook when he launched a browser application from his dorm room that angered the social media behemoth. His application, called Marauders Map a clever name that Harry Potter fans will appreciate was a Chrome extension that used data from Facebook Messenger to map where users were when they sent messages. The app also showed the locations, which were accurate to within three feet, in a group chat with people he barely knew. That meant complete strangers could hypothetically see that he had messaged...
  • Googles robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Googles broader military contracting ambitions especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DODs Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DODs in-house moon-shot idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • NSA Proclaims: "If you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide" [satire]

    08/09/2015 12:30:48 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 27 replies
    Check out this sign that the NSA Data Center has in front of their massive facility in Utah. See photo at their linked web site. Anybody feeling reassured yet???
  • Is the 4th Amendment Dead in Cyberspace?

    08/08/2015 11:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tracy Mitrano
    Over a year ago former director of both the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, flat out admitted, "we kill people based on metadata." He quickly distinguished between the metadata about which the debate was focused, telephone records, and other forms of surveillance metadata upon which covert actions are taken. Not surprised about the actions, I confess I was taken aback when I considered the implications that this disclosure has on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in cyberspace. Ever since the USA-Patriot Act in 2001, I have been harping on complications of the Fourth Amendment between content and metadata in data networking. For...
  • How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy

    08/04/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Alex Hern
    How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy A group of researchers have demonstrated how to track users with nothing more than their remaining battery power, which could compromise privacy Alex Hern Tuesday 4 August 2015 08.18 BST A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online. The battery status API is currently supported in the Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers, and...
  • Obamas Socialist Databases

    08/05/2015 11:45:38 AM PDT · by samovar123 · 4 replies
    http://www.independentsentinel.com ^ | 8/5/15 | John Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Obamas Socialist Databases by John Velisek August 5, 2015 FacebookTwitter19Share There are many areas that will need to be cleaned up after our current President has left his legacy of chaos and unconstitutional power grabs. One of the most damaging is the compilation of databases on almost every American based on race, class and income. Obama has instituted a plan whereby 330 million Americans will be put into databases which will encompass all aspects of every American life. Not since the socialist system of Stalin has so much information been officially gathered by a government on its citizens. These...
  • Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

    08/05/2015 7:13:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/3/2015 | Sam Thielman
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away important privacy protections, a move that bodes ill for the measures return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with appropriate Federal entities, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in...
  • If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

    08/04/2015 7:33:57 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 33 replies
    The Register ^ | 3 Aug 2015 at 19:52 | Chris Williams
    Here's a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft's new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again. ... There's a handy guide here to the settings you need to look out for during the install and afterwards.
  • Obama Administration War Against Apple and Google Just Got Uglier

    07/31/2015 9:30:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    the Intercept Unofficial Sources FirstLook.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | by Jenna McLaughlin
    p>The Obama administration’s central strategy against strong encryption seems to be waging war on the companies that are providing and popularizing it: most notably Apple and Google. The intimidation campaign got a boost Thursday when a blog that frequently promotes the interests of the national security establishment raised the prospect of Apple being found liable for providing material support to a terrorist.Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the LawFare blog, suggested that Apple could in fact face that liability if it continued to provide encryption services to a suspected terrorist. He noted that the post was in response to an idea raised by Sen....
  • CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about

    07/29/2015 10:43:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Evan Greer and Donny Shaw
    One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes. The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand. Its hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill thats headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a...