America’s most powerful men explain why they’re scared of email

Graham told a confused Bloomberg News: "I’ve tried not to have a system where I can just say the first dumb thing that comes to my mind. I’ve always been concerned. I can get texts, and I call you back, if I want." McCain meanwhile said this: "I’m afraid that if I was emailing, given Read more about America’s most powerful men explain why they’re scared of email[…]

Freedom respected by NL courts – no more total tracking of internet and calling data

Dutch courts have decided that the ubiquitous tracking of every person in the nation is at variance with the right to having a private life and has to be stopped immediately. Hopefully the NL Gov (of which the Justice department is very disappointed with the verdict, the house of commons less so) will not appeal Read more about Freedom respected by NL courts – no more total tracking of internet and calling data[…]

Big Brother UK: Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

A Supreme Court decision handed down on Wednesday has given carte blanche to police forces to retain personal data they have collected for virtually any purpose and hold it as long as they like – even when the people targeted are not violent and have committed no crime. via UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate Read more about Big Brother UK: Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance[…]

Samsung TVs listen to you and send your words far away

“If you do not enable Voice Recognition, you will not be able to use interactive voice recognition features, although you may be able to control your TV using certain predefined voice commands. While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate Read more about Samsung TVs listen to you and send your words far away[…]

EU politicians use outlook in the cloud, surprised all their base belongs to USA

How is it possible these muffheads running Europe didn’t realise this? If you put stuff in American cloud it is giving it away to the NSA FBI and any other 3 letter US acronym you can think of. And these dozy fuckers are surprised it’s going badly with the economy? And that people don’t like Read more about EU politicians use outlook in the cloud, surprised all their base belongs to USA[…]

NL old spyboss uses Charlie Hebdo to invade your privacy

He wants to use it to couple databases such as the license plate data they gather everywhere in NL with the tax database, creating huge centralised databases. Because centralised databases are great! Especially when everyone can access them. Do people never learn? Centralised databases are a very very bad idea. Privacy volgende slachtoffer van Charlie Read more about NL old spyboss uses Charlie Hebdo to invade your privacy[…]

Dutch gov sends cops to 3 times as many houses as there are guilty parties at those houses, scares 4500 people witless, will scare 30000 next year

Ah the wonders of big data. Needlessly scaring twice as many people as guilty people you find with a valid search warrant and invasion of innocent people’s privacy is being lauded as a success by the NL Government and will result in 30000 people’s houses being needlessly searched next year. 30.000 onschuldige Nederlanders opgejaagd door Read more about Dutch gov sends cops to 3 times as many houses as there are guilty parties at those houses, scares 4500 people witless, will scare 30000 next year[…]

Am I unique? – see how identifiable you are by your browser fingerprint

This site looks at surprisingly few browser attributes to see how unique you are. Currently you are being compared to 37753 other browsers, but as more people check on the site, the representation will be more accurate. It’s pretty scary to see how individual your browser settings are, even with javascript disabled. via Am I Read more about Am I unique? – see how identifiable you are by your browser fingerprint[…]

Identify the maker of a movie by the way the screen shakes

Egocentric cameras are being worn by an increasing number of users, among them many security forces worldwide. GoPro cameras already penetrated the mass market, and Google Glass may follow soon. As head-worn cameras do not capture the face and body of the wearer, it may seem that the anonymity of the wearer can be preserved Read more about Identify the maker of a movie by the way the screen shakes[…]

EU Mandates eCall tracking system in your new car from 2018

The European Parliament has reached a deal with national ministers to introduce a mandatory “eCall” system for all new cars from April 2018. However, although the system would automatically call the 112 emergency number in the event of a crash, euro lawmakers say that cars will not be continuously tracked. “It will be illegal to Read more about EU Mandates eCall tracking system in your new car from 2018[…]

NL Provice of Utrecht buys citizen Facebookprofiles for marketing by offering free WiFi.

The Dutch province Utrecht has signed a deal with City Wireless that allows people free wireless. They can log in with their Facebook profile, which is then harvested for information for marketing purposes. City Wireless has since changed its’ homepage, removing the grizly details, but the Dutch paper still has the screencaps. Article in Dutch. Read more about NL Provice of Utrecht buys citizen Facebookprofiles for marketing by offering free WiFi.[…]

Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints without their knowledge

A recent AP survey of 10 leading voice biometric vendors found that more than 65 million people worldwide have had their voiceprints taken, and that several banks, including Barclays PLC in Britain and Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, are in the process of introducing their customers to the technology. via Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud. Read more about Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints without their knowledge[…]

Not on a Social Network? You’ve Still Got a Privacy Problem

They found that if Friendster had used certain state-of-the-art prediction algorithms, it could have divined sensitive information about non-members, including their sexual orientation. “At the time, it was possible for Friendster to predict the sexual orientation of people who did not have an account on Friendster,” [….] The problem Garcia identifies lies in something called Read more about Not on a Social Network? You’ve Still Got a Privacy Problem[…]

Adobe spies on readers: EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own leaked back to base

Adobe’s Digital Editions 4 ebook reader software is collecting detailed information about the reading habits of its users – and sending it back to the company in a format that’s easy for others to slurp. An investigation by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader blog showed that ADE 4 was collecting telemetry on which pages Read more about Adobe spies on readers: EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own leaked back to base[…]

US Terrorist-Tracking System tracks many many non-terrorists

Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local Read more about US Terrorist-Tracking System tracks many many non-terrorists[…]

Child porn used to justify reading of cloud data by Google, MicroSoft

With privacy concerns being raised more and more about the use of cloud storage, tech giants are turning to the age old scare tactic of using child porn as an excuse to burrow through users data. Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In A Man's Email And Tipped Off The Authorities – Business Insider. Read more about Child porn used to justify reading of cloud data by Google, MicroSoft[…]