Archive for the ‘Global Domination’ Category

Don’t Buy Anyone an Echo

Let me make this point dreadfully clear, though: Your family members do not need an Amazon Echo or a Google Home or an Apple HomePod or whatever that one smart speaker that uses Cortana is called. And you don’t either. You only want one because every single gadget-slinger on the planet is marketing them to […]

Sopranica: an Anonymous, DIY Cell Phone Network

For the past few years, Gingerich has been laying the groundwork for Sopranica, an open source, DIY cell network that allows smartphone owners to make calls, send texts and eventually browse the internet with total anonymity.In January, Gingerich published the code for the first part of Sopranica called JMP. This is essentially a way of […]

Coinbase ordered to report 14,355 users to the IRS

A California federal court has ordered Coinbase to turn over identifying records for all users who have bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 through their accounts in a single year between 2013 and 2015. Coinbase estimates that 14,355 users meet the government’s requirements. The full order is embedded below. For each account, the […]

EU passes law that allows it to shut down websites without judicial oversight

The European Union (EU) has voted on Tuesday, November 14, to pass the new Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation, a new EU-wide applicable law that gives extra power to national consumer protection agencies, but which also contains a vaguely worded clause that also grants them the power to block and take down websites without judicial oversight. […]

German Regulators Ban Smartwatches for Kids, Urge Parents to Destroy Them

Last month, the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) warned that smartwatches marketed to kids were a serious threat to children’s privacy. A report published by the Norwegian Consumer Council in mid-October revealed serious flaws in several of the devices that could easily allow hackers to seize control. Doing so could grant attackers access to both real-time […]

Google collects Android location data even if you turn it off and don’t have a SIM card inserted

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer […]

Forget cookies or canvas: How to follow people around the web using only their typing techniques

In this paper (Sequential Keystroke Behavioral Biometrics for MobileUser Identification via Multi-view Deep Learning), we propose DEEPSERVICE, a new technique that can identify mobile users based on user’s keystroke information captured by a special keyboard or web browser. Our evaluation results indicate that DEEPSERVICE is highly accurate in identifying mobile users (over 93% accuracy). The […]

Large companies in NL giving Facebook personal client data freely

The companies asked by the consumer protection authority are de ANWB, Nuon en Oxfam Novib. De Bijenkorf stopte hier al eerder mee. Essent heeft toegezegd binnenkort te stoppen en KLM en Transavia heroverwegen hun aanpak. De Bankgiroloterij, FBTO, KPN/Telfort, Postcodeloterij, Vakantieveilingen, Vriendenloterij en de Persgroep blijven gewoon doorgaan. Van Heerlijk.nl, HelloFresh en Hotels.nl To be […]

Yes, Google is reading your corporate documents and you agreed to it.

Many people worried that Google was scanning users’ documents in real time to determine if they’re being mean or somehow bad. You actually agree to such oversight in Google G Suite’s terms of service. Those terms include include personal conduct stipulations and copyright protection, as well as adhering to “program policies.” Who knows what made the […]

International (24 regulators) enforcement operation finds website privacy notices are too vague and generally inadequate (over 455 websites and apps)

An investigation by 24 data protection regulators from around the world – led by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office – concluded that ‘there is significant room for improvement in terms of specific details contained in privacy communications’.The privacy notices, communications and practices of 455 websites and apps in sectors including retail, finance and banking, travel, […]

Android Is Quietly Sharing Your Physical Activity with Other Apps

Google snuck a questionable feature into the operating system with a recent update. A new permission called “activity recognition” may be tracking your physical activity and sharing it with third-party apps, and there’s no easy way to stop it. What Is Activity Recognition? The “activity recognition” permission was shared on Reddit earlier this week. Basically, […]

What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean

When you spit in a test tube in in hopes of finding out about your ancestry or health or that perfect, genetically optimized bottle of wine, you’re giving companies access to some very intimate details about what makes you, you. Your genes don’t determine everything about who you are, but they do contain revealing information […]

For Under $1,000, Mobile Ads Can Track Your Location

The idea is straightforward: Associate a series of ads with a specific individual as well as predetermined GPS coordinates. When those ads are served to a smartphone app, you know where that individual has been… It’s a surprisingly simple technique, and the researchers say you can pull it off for “$1,000 or less.” The relatively […]

Warning: Microsoft is using Cortana to read your private Skype conversations

Cortana is a decent voice assistant. Hell, “she” is probably better than Apple’s woefully disappointing Siri, but that isn’t saying very much. Still, Microsoft’s assistant very much annoys me on Windows 10. I don’t necessarily want to use my desktop PC like my phone, and sometimes I feel like she is intruding on my computer. […]

If you don’t want Sonos to have your personal data, they will brick your players for you

Sonos’ policy change, outlined by chief legal officer Craig Shelburne, allows the gizmo manufacturer to slurp personal information about each owner, such as email addresses and locations, and system telemetry – collectively referred to as functional data – in order to implement third-party services, specifically voice control through Amazon’s Alexa software, and for its own […]

MS Windows 10 suddenly installs an app you never asked for without permission. And no-one knows what it does.

Microsoft’s update servers are pushing out a new Photos Add-on app, with no explanation of what it does. Windows 10 users aren’t taking it well. Source: Microsoft’s mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users | ZDNet

Dutch privacy regulator says Windows 10 breaks the law: wants MS to inform you how it’s breaching your privacy, not stop it.

The lack of clear information about what Microsoft does with the data that Windows 10 collects prevents consumers from giving their informed consent, says the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA). As such, the regulator says that the operating system is breaking the law. To comply with the law, the DPA says that Microsoft needs to […]

OnePlus Admits It Was Snooping on OxygenOS Users, Says It Will Tweak Data Collection Program. Current fix still spies on you.

Earlier this month, software engineer Christopher Moore discovered that Shenzen, China-based phone manufacturer OnePlus was secretly collecting a trove of data about users without their consent and communicating it to company servers. Moore had routed his OnePlus 2’s internet traffic through security tool OWASP ZAP for a holiday hack challenge, but noticed his device was […]

Russia tweaks Telegram with tiny fine for decryption denial

Encrypted messaging app Telegram must pay 800,000 roubles for resisting Russia’s FSB’s demand that it help decrypt user messages. The fine translates to just under US$14,000, making it less of a serious punishment and more a shot across the bows. […] Telegram founder Pavel Durov has posted to Russian social site VK.com that it’s not […]

Closed source corporate DRM for money grabbers is forced onto open source web with flimsiest of excuses

The trouble with DRM is that it’s sort of ineffective. It tends to make things inconvenient for people who legitimately bought a song or movie while failing to stop piracy. Some rights holders, like Ubisoft, have come around to the idea that DRM is counterproductive. Steve Jobs famously wrote about the inanity of DRM in […]

SVR Tracking leaks info for hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Turns out they have been tracking you even when your car wasn’t stolen.

Researchers discovered a misconfigured Amazon AWS S3 bucket that was left publically available. The breach has exposed information about their customers and re-seller network and also the physical device that is attached to the cars. The repository contained over a half of a million records with logins / passwords, emails, VIN (vehicle identification number), IMEI […]

EU Paid For Report That Said Piracy Isn’t Harmful — And Tried To Hide Findings

According to Julia Reda’s blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament, the European Commission in 2014 paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but was never published because the report concluded that […]

Holdout ISPs Ziggo and XS4ALL forced to censor the web by high court in the name of – money!

The courts in the Hague has forced ISPs to block the Pirate Bay. Surprisinly they haven’t foced a block of Google and Bing, that also link to copyrighted materials. Anyhway, this is on the insistence of BREIN, who – like the RIAA – think they should be getting the income from music so that they […]

HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again)

Hewlett Packard (HP) released a new firmware for the company’s Officejet printers that appears to block third-party ink from functioning correctly. The company caused quite the uproar a year ago when it released a firmware for some of its printer families that blocked non-HP cartridges in company printers. HP released a firmware update a month […]

Companies use software limitations to screw customers over more and more often, kill competition

What began with printers and spread to phones is coming to everything: this kind of technology has proliferated to smart thermostats (no apps that let you turn your AC cooler when the power company dials it up a couple degrees), tractors (no buying your parts from third-party companies), cars (no taking your GM to an […]

 
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