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How the Verizon tracking works, according to privacy technologist Jonathan Mayer This week, researchers discovered that smartphone carriers have started inserting a unique code into their customers’ network activity so that their customers can be tracked as they browse the Web and use smartphone apps; Verizon uses a customer’s unique tag to deliver personalized ads to users, and AT&T AT&am.
Phone carriers want to get into the mobile ad delivery business, using what they know about their smartphone-addicted customers to profile them for advertisers to deliver on-the-nose, or rather on-the-finger, ads. Researchers recently took a close look at the privacy toll of carriers Verizon and AT&T AT&T rolling this out: they’re tagging their customers with unique c ...
How the Verizon tracking works, according to privacy technologist Jonathan Mayer The generally accepted trade-off on the Internet is that you give up your privacy to get free stuff. It’s summed up by a frequently repeated adage, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” But sometimes you’re paying for it, and you’re still the product.
The Jetsetting Terrorist has been watchlisted for 5 years for misdemeanor "animal enterprise terrorism" -- i.e., freeing minks from fur farms “I’m a convicted terrorist. I fly a lot. And the TSA won’t leave me alone.” That’s the tagline for the “Jetsetting Terrorist,” a blog launched last month in which a frequent flying hipster who has been watchlisted writes (humorously) ab ...
The sites Europeans want search engines to forget When Google Google released its famed transparency report this month, it included a new category of disclosure: how many ‘forget this’ requests it has received from European citizens since they were granted the “right to be forgotten” in May. Google included a round-up of the ‘most forgotten’ sites.
Edward Snowden in Laura Poitras's 'Citizenfour' Many rave reviews of Laura Poitras’s new documentary ‘Citizenfour’ have already been written. The film tackles the large and difficult subject of government information collection, which can no longer be easily referred to as the “sprawling surveillance state” because it involves so many different states, often acting in concert.
FBI director James Comey on 60 Minutes FBI director James Comey really likes car analogies. Last week, in the first of a two-part interview on 60 Minutes, he called the Internet the “most dangerous parking lot imaginable,” meaning, I think, that you should be prepared to Taser any menacing email attachment that sneaks up behind you.
People sending nude photos have come up with ways to try to lessen the risk of those photos going public, including not including their face; sending a password-protected, encrypted nude selfie; and setting the photo to self-destruct after delivery. But it doesn’t matter what security techniques you use if the person to whom you’re sending them stores them insecurely.
Communication tool Slack is slacking when it comes to privacy practices. The tool for online group chatter in workplaces had a pretty nasty privacy flaw. A company using the tool creates different team accounts to use for particular topics of conversation. Slack exposes those different names to anyone who pops an email address with the domain for that company into the Slack sign ...
Public phone booths have become an anachronistic feature of urban landscapes thanks to everyone carrying phones in their pockets, but they still have at least one important function: a display booth for advertising. And now, in New York City, that advertising has been equipped with a technology called beacons that use Bluetooth to emit signals that activate receptive apps on ...
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick shows attendees at Uber's Chicago Launch Party a city's Uber heat map in September 2011 (Via Uber's Facebook page) When Uber launches its black car and ride-sharing service in a new, large city, it likes to mark the occasion with a lavish launch party. The company invites the local tech glitterati for craft cocktails, canapes, and a presentation by Ub ...
The six-week-old social network Ello has a manifesto: no ads, no data-mining, no algorithms, no turning users into products. If you hit the “I agree” button after the manifesto, the site puts you on the waiting list for an invitation. If you click “disagree,” it sends you to Facebook’s privacy page.
Use it on your "child" or "employee" Many are cheering the arrest this week of Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old Pakistani man who made the mistake of traveling to Los Angeles, where U.S. law enforcement welcomed him by slapping handcuffs on him. Akbar is the CEO of a Pakistan-based company that makes a spyware app called StealthGenie.
Corvette owners may want to put this sign on their dashboards to avoid criminal charges The pin-up page for the 2015 Corvette brags about the car’s many features, including its “industry-exclusive Performance Data Recorder,” which is like a Fitbit for the owners’ driving, collecting stats about a particular drive as well as audio and video.
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