You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads

  • October 1, 2018
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Gennie Gebhart From EFF  Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that […]

3 Ways Facebook Is Increasingly Becoming An Arm Of The US Government

  • September 27, 2018
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge Facebook has lately announced a series of major steps it would take to combat fake news and the global spread of misinformation that it says could influence elections, but the more we learn about just who it is Facebook is partnering with in this endeavor, the clearer it becomes that these […]

UK intelligence agency admits unlawfully spying on Privacy International

  • September 26, 2018
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From Privacy International Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Thames House, Offices of MI5. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons MI5 collected Privacy International’s private data and examined it GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 unlawfully collected data relating to UK charity Privacy International Privacy International has written to the UK’s Home Secretary demanding action against spy agencies  Disclosures come less than […]

Digital Dictatorship: China Exerts Control Over Population Through “Social Credit” System

  • September 24, 2018
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 Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge China is developing a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens.For some, “social credit” will bring great opportunities — for others, punishment. The Communist Party’s plan is to monitor its citizens 24/7 and rank them on their behavior, as the dystopian social ranking system will be fully operational by […]

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers

  • September 20, 2018
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Ryan Gallagher From the Intercept  Google built aprototype 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 […]

Free Press Advocates Alarmed by US Government’s “Terrifying” Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists

  • September 20, 2018
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Jessica Corbett From Common Dreams “It makes me wonder, what other rules are out there, and how have these rules been applied?” Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government’s secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling […]

Yahoo Mail is still scanning your emails for data to sell to advertisers

  • September 17, 2018
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Shannon Liao From The Verge  Yahoo still scans users’ emails for data to sell to advertisers, a practice that many tech companies have moved away from, according to The Wall Street Journal. Yahoo’s owner, Oath, is in talks with advertisers to provide a service that would analyze over 200 million Yahoo Mail inboxes for consumer […]

UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment

  • September 16, 2018
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From Big Brother Watch Press Release 13th September 2018 The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the Article 8 right to privacy enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court found that the UK’s mass surveillance programmes, revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, did […]

YouTube Bans Media Supporting Syria’s Liberating Struggle

  • September 13, 2018
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From Stephen Lendman Alphabet/Google-owned YouTube is a censoring machine like its parent company – waging war on speech and media freedom, in cahoots with dark US forces waging war on humanity.Google transformed itself from a search engine to gatekeeper/censor, eliminating what it calls extremist content, its YouTube subsidiary operating the same way – wanting information […]

Google Tracking 70% Of Retail Purchases Thanks To Secret Deal With Mastercard

  • September 4, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Over the past year, certain Google advertisers have been able to use a “potent new tool” which allows them to track whether ads they run online translated to sales at physical stores throughout the United States, thanks to a secret deal between the Silicon Valley tech giant and Mastercard, reports Bloomberg. Most of Mastercard’s two […]

Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code

  • August 31, 2018
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Andrew Smith From TheGuardian   The 18th of March 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading. That night, a new moon added almost no light to a poorly lit four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona, as a specially adapted Uber Volvo XC90 detected an object ahead. Part of the modern gold rush to develop […]

Google’s snooping proves big tech will not change – unless governments step in

  • August 19, 2018
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Arwa Mahdawi From TheGuardian News that the company tracks users even when they forbid it shows that technology giants do not take our privacy seriously. They must be regulated Every move you make, every step you take, Google is watching you. Even, apparently, when you have explicitly told it not to. A recent investigation by […]

Between You, Me, and Google: Problems With Gmail’s “Confidential Mode”

  • August 19, 2018
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Gennie Gebhart and Cory Doctorow From Electronic Frontier Foundation With Gmail’s new design rolled out to more and more users, many have had a chance to try out its new “Confidential Mode.” While many of its features sound promising, what “Confidential Mode” provides isn’t confidentiality. At best, the new mode might create expectations that it fails to […]

Google Is Constantly Tracking, Even If You Turn Off Device ‘Location History’

  • August 14, 2018
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From ZeroHedge Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Google is actually tracking you even when you switch your device settings to Location History “off”.  As journalist Mark Ames comments in response to a new Associated Press story exposing Google’s ability to track people at all times even when they explicitly tell Google not to via […]

Can my employer read emails in my Gmail account?

  • July 12, 2018
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Jack Schofield From TheGuardian Martin works for a large company that uses G Suite where the tech team can accesses employees’ emails. Can he prevent this? “I work for a large company and use the Gmail set up for my account. As a senior manager, I have many confidential conversations internally and externally via email. […]

How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System

  • July 12, 2018
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Antonio García Martínez From Wired CALIFORNIA IS THE future of the United States, goes the oft-cited cliché. What the US is doing now, Europe will be doing in five years, goes another. Given those truthy maxims, let’s examine the socioeconomics of the “City by the Bay” as a harbinger of what’s to come. Data shows […]

First of Its Kind University Study Proves Without a Doubt that Your Phone is Spying On You

  • July 11, 2018
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Matt Agorist From Activist Post For years, conspiracy theories about smart phones listening to users without their permission to show them advertisements have abounded. While some researchers have shown this could happen, a first of its kind study just found something far more insidious. Academics at Northeastern University have just proven that your phone is […]

Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail

  • July 7, 2018
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Douglas MacMillan From The Wall Street Journal Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.” But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software […]

Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

  • July 5, 2018
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Elliott Gabriel From MintPressNews.com MPN spoke to Yasha Levine, the author of “Surveillance Valley,” and Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster about the rise of the Amazon.com empire and the merger of Big Data, finance capitalism, and the U.S. state apparatus. In Part 1 of our investigative series on Surveillance Capitalism, MPN spoke to author […]

NSA Launches Amazon-Backed Cloud-Computing Service For Sharing “Top Secret” Info

  • June 23, 2018
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From ZeroHedge NSA Launches Amazon-Backed Cloud-Computing Service For Sharing “Top Secret” Info Four years after handing Amazon a $600 million contract to develop a cloud-storage service for the US intelligence community that can store information across the full range of data classifications – including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret – the NSA announced on […]

Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

  • June 21, 2018
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W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute “We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We […]

China’s Surveillance State Is Using RFID Chips To Track Cars’ Movements

  • June 14, 2018
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Tyler Durden ZeroHedge China, the world’s most populous country, continues to devise new methods of keeping tabs on its 1.4 billion citizens. And after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week about a powerful new spy camera devised by a team of researchers at Duke University who had, incidentally, received funding from the US […]

Apple strikes blow to Facebook as it clamps down on data harvesting

  • June 14, 2018
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Olivia Solon TheGuardian Apple has updated its rules to restrict app developers’ ability to harvest data from mobile phones, which could be bad news for a Facebook-owned data security app called Onavo Protect. Onavo ostensibly provides users with a free virtual private network (VPN) which, it claims, helps “keep you and your data safe when […]

The ENCRYPT Act Protects Encryption from U.S. State Prying

  • June 13, 2018
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David Ruiz from Electronic Frontier Foundation   It’s not just the Department of Justice and the FBI that want to undermine your right to private communications and secure devices—some state lawmakers want to weaken encryption, too. In recent years, a couple of state legislatures introduced bills to restrict or outright ban encryption on smartphones and […]