Archive for the ‘Global Domination’ Category

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 […]

ProtonVPN: Secure and Free VPN service for protecting your privacy

We believe privacy and security are fundamental human rights, so we also provide a free version of ProtonVPN to the public. Unlike other free VPNs, there are no catches. We don’t serve ads or secretly sell your browsing history. ProtonVPN Free is subsidized by ProtonVPN paid users. If you would like to support online privacy, […]

Facebook has mapped populations in 23 countries as it explores satellites to expand internet – it knows where you live!

Facebook doesn’t only know what its 2 billion users “Like.” It now knows where millions of humans live, everywhere on Earth, to within 15 feet. The company has created a data map of the human population by combining government census numbers with information it’s obtained from space satellites, according to Janna Lewis, Facebook’s head of […]

Google Does No Evil – unless you criticise it!

The story in the New York Times this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of scholars, the Open Markets group. New America had warned its leader Barry Lynn that he was “imperiling the institution,” the Times reported, after he and his group […]

Uber riders can choose not to be tracked after they are dropped off

In response to a chorus of complaints from its users, Uber is revamping privacy settings that it rolled out last fall. Beginning this week, Uber riders using the iOS version of the ride-hailing company’s app will find a new series of privacy prompts that includes the ability to deny Uber the right to track your […]

Smart home IoT stuff gives away a lot of your personal patterns

Spying on the Smart Home: Privacy Attacks and Defenses on Encrypted IoT Traffic – reveals that even when data from devices is encrypted, the metadata can help identify both the device and what it is signaling. Some devices such as the Nest indoor camera directly communicate with identifiable domain names – in this case ‘dropcam.com.’ […]

Hit App Sarahah Quietly Uploads Your Address Book

Sarahah, a new app that lets people sign up to receive anonymized, candid messages, has been surging in popularity; somewhere north of 18 million people are estimated to have downloaded it from Apple and Google’s online stores, making it the No. 3 most downloaded free software title for iPhones and iPads. Sarahah bills itself as […]

‘Data is the new oil’: Your personal information is now the world’s most valuable commodity

What “the big five” are selling — or not selling, as in the case of free services like Google or Facebook — is access. As we use their platforms, the corporate giants are collecting information about every aspect of our lives, our behaviour and our decision-making. All of that data gives them tremendous power. And […]

AccuWeather caught sending user location data — even when location sharing is off

Security researcher Will Strafach intercepted the traffic from an iPhone running the latest version of AccuWeather and its servers and found that even when the app didn’t have permission to access the device’s precise location, the app would send the Wi-Fi router name and its unique MAC address to the servers of data monetization firm […]

Sonos strongarms customers into giving up privacy, or hardware stops working. Here’s how to to Stop Your Sonos From Collecting (As Much) Personal Data

Bad news, Sonos customers: to lay the groundwork for its upcoming voice assistant support, the company is asking users to agree to an updated privacy policy, one that includes both mandatory data collection rules and a mention about future device functionality. Should you disagree with said policy update, your device’s basic functions could stop working, […]

USA: those massive terms &c you never read are legally binding: and can stop you from using the legal system to sue! (Victory for Uber!)

You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry. That’s the conclusion of a panel of appeal judges earlier this week when shining beacon of corporate responsibility Uber insisted its users had agreed not to sue the company […]

UK Home Secretary calls people who use encryption not ‘real’ and Daesh sympathisers

In an article in the Daily Telegraph timed to coincide with Rudd’s appearance at a closed event in San Francisco, Rudd argued: “Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.” She continued: “Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly […]

70% of Windows 10 users haven’t turned of privacy invasion

Microsoft claims seven out of ten Windows 10 users are happy with Redmond gulping loads of telemetry from their computers – which isn’t that astounding when you realize it’s a default option. In other words, 30 per cent of people have found the switch to turn it off, and the rest haven’t, don’t realize it’s […]

Disney sued for allegedly spying on children through 42 gaming apps

A federal class action lawsuit filed last week in California alleges that the Walt Disney Company is violating privacy protection laws by collecting children’s personal information from 42 of its apps and sharing the data with advertisers without parental consent. The lawsuit targets Disney and three software companies — Upsight, Unity, and Kochava — alleging […]

With a single wiretap order, US authorities listened in on 3.3 million phone calls

US authorities intercepted and recorded millions of phone calls last year under a single wiretap order, authorized as part of a narcotics investigation. The wiretap order authorized an unknown government agency to carry out real-time intercepts of 3.29 million cell phone conversations over a two-month period at some point during 2016, after the order was […]

It is easy to expose users’ secret web habits, if you have access to cheap clickstream data

Two German researchers say they have exposed the porn-browsing habits of a judge, a cyber-crime investigation and the drug preferences of a politician. The pair obtained huge amounts of information about the browsing habits of three million German citizens from companies that gather “clickstreams”. These are detailed records of everywhere that people go online. The […]

Netherlands turns into total surveillance state: unsupervised mass internet tapping, storage and sharing with whoever they feel like

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Senate passed a law early on Wednesday giving intelligence agencies broad new surveillance and other powers, including the ability to gather data from large groups of people at once. The Senate’s approval was the last hurdle for the “tapping law,” which was moulded into its current form after years of […]

Web inventor Sir Tim and W3C decide to close up the web: world has 2 weeks to appeal

Traditionally, web technology has been open. HTML markup, CSS, and JavaScript code can be viewed (though not necessarily easily understood, thanks to minification), remixed, and reused. The web’s openness allowed it to flourish. But those selling costly content – software and media companies – prefer open wallets to anything goes. So they have employed copy […]

Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement: 1/3rd goes to lawyers, 10% to Experian, much to taxes, leaves around 10% for victims. Shows you what use the Law is for justice.

If you were one of those hit by the intrusion, don’t expect a big payout. Plenty of others will be getting their cuts first. According to the terms of the settlement, a full third of the package ($37,950,000) has been earmarked to cover attorney fees. An additional $17m will be paid out to Experian, who […]

Gmail no longer will scan your emails – because they allready know enough about you through other channels

G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change. This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize […]

Navistone saves filled in form data on hundreds of sites before you submit it!

[As you fill out a form] You change your mind and close the page before clicking the Submit button and agreeing to Quicken’s privacy policy.[…]Your email address and phone number have already been sent to a server at “murdoog.com,” which is owned by NaviStone, a company that advertises its ability to unmask anonymous website visitors […]

Walmart Gears Up Anti-Amazon Stance in Wake of Whole Foods Deal

Days after arch-rival Amazon announced plans to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Walmart is apparently ramping up its defense. That acquisition takes square aim at Walmart’s bread-and-butter grocery business by giving the online retailer 465 new retail locations—thus a much bigger brick-and-mortar presence. Now, Walmart is telling some partners and suppliers that their software […]

Tails 3.0 – anonymous live OS is out

Tails is a live operating system that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to: use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network; leave […]

Facebook’s Emotion Tech: Patents Show New Ways For Detecting And Responding To Users’ Feelings

Facebook’s newest patent, granted May 25, aims to monitor users’ typing speed to predict emotions and adapt messages in response. We took a look at some of Facebook’s emotion-based patents to understand how the company is thinking about capturing and responding to people’s emotional reactions, which has been a tricky area for consumer tech companies […]

 
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