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Leaked manuals confirm Stingrays can be used for mass surveillance, bypassing smartphone security

Leaked manuals confirm Stingrays can be used for mass surveillance, bypassing smartphone security Nearly four years ago, the Electronic Privacy Information Center released FBI documents discussing a controversial surveillance technique.Both federal and local authorities often have access to cell phone surveillance hardware, dubbed Stingrays (Harris Corp.

Yes, Google Play is tracking you — and that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg

Yes, Google Play is tracking you — and that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg The only way to completely disable this kind of location tracking is to disable Google Play.First of all, it’s true that location services are integrated into Google Play and that Google actively encourages developers to use Google Play services, rather than the open-source location APIs that are part of AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

New Oculus update adds Facebook integration, real-names policy

New Oculus update adds Facebook integration, real-names policy Ever since Facebook bought Oculus several years ago, there’s been fears that the social media company would begin requiring mandatory Facebook integration or would otherwise hijack the VR headset in some way.Once you sign in via Facebook, all of your friends who own a Rift are automatically populated into your Oculus friends list.

Yahoo confirms massive attack hit 500 million users, blames state-sponsored hackers

Yahoo confirms massive attack hit 500 million users, blames state-sponsored hackers The company has now revealed that it had 500 million accounts stolen (previous reports pegged the number at 200 million) and that state actors may have been responsible.Motherboard first took note of a sale of 200 million accounts in August, and the low price of $2,000 seems to imply that the information may be incorrect.

Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may reset your ad preferences, other settings

Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may reset your ad preferences, other settings Now, Microsoft has made changes to the Anniversary Update that may roll back some of your previously preferred settings, according to PC World.These problems may be rooted in Microsoft’s decision to fire most of its QA staff and require its own programmers to fill that role instead.

From civil liberties champion to turncoat: Yahoo built specialized software to spy on users for the NSA

From civil liberties champion to turncoat: Yahoo built specialized software to spy on users for the NSA Ever since the Snowden leaks in 2013, there’s been an ongoing debate over the nature of state surveillance.If a new report from Reuters is accurate, the Yahoo that went to bat to defend its users is a dim and distant memory today.

Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy

Yahoo applies for patent on mass surveillance system the Soviets would envy On March 31, 2015 Yahoo applied for a patent with implications that would make the Stasi sit up and cheer.But there could be, if you and everyone else would just surrender all your personal information forever.

Feds demand fingerprints from all home residents to unlock their phones

Feds demand fingerprints from all home residents to unlock their phones But it offers absolutely no protection against the government, and can be compelled from suspects without raising any Fifth Amendment concerns.This was driven home with a vengeance over the weekend, when a May 2016 warrant application surfaced.

Google quietly changed its privacy policy, no longer promises to anonymize your personal information when selling ads

Google quietly changed its privacy policy, no longer promises to anonymize your personal information when selling ads According to an investigation at Pro Publica, Google has quietly changed its privacy policy at some point over the last few months.When Google bought the advertising firm DoubleClick a few years back, it promised to keep all data gathered by DoubleClick sandboxed and isolated from the data it gathered elsewhere and used for other Google services.

Google suspends accounts used to resell Pixel phones for profit

Google suspends accounts used to resell Pixel phones for profit Dozens of users had their Google accounts suspended for engaging in device reselling this week.When you purchase anything from the Google Store or Project Fi, you have to agree to Google’s terms and conditions.

Researchers use 'guessing attack' to hack credit card in 6 seconds

Researchers use 'guessing attack' to hack credit card in 6 seconds Even if you only have part of the information, researchers from Newcastle University have worked out a way that a credit card can be stolen in as little as six seconds simply by guessing wrong really, really fast, according to PCMag.For most online transactions, all you need in order to verify a card are the account number, expiration date, and CVV.

The Internet Archive just got a bit more useful - and a lot more political

The Internet Archive just got a bit more useful - and a lot more political The Internet Archive has been making waves lately, and not entirely by choice.The Internet Archive basically has two components: the website archive, called the Wayback Machine, and everything else, including databases of digitized books, music, movies, and more.

Feds push hard for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, at least until Jan. 20

Feds push hard for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, at least until Jan. 20 Using dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) radios, the cars would exchange information up to 10 times a second and share the most crucial information with the driver.Each car would digest the information and issue warnings about a car crossing from the left (photo above), or all the traffic ahead suddenly slowing.

Evernote's new privacy policy lets employees read your notes, uses customer data for machine learning

Evernote's new privacy policy lets employees read your notes, uses customer data for machine learning First, Evernote announced that beginning on January 23, 2017, customer data will be used to train machine learning algorithms that Evernote believes will enhance its service.Second, Evernote added a clause to its privacy policy notifying customers that their data could be accessed by Evernote employees under certain circumstances.

Uber's new creepy update lets you turn people into destinations

Uber's new creepy update lets you turn people into destinations The first, and the one we’re frankly less concerned with, is that the app now has custom Snapchat filters.You unlock said filters by riding around in an Uber, and they apparently fill some previously unmet need to turn everything you do in public into a selfie.

Internet privacy – can it get any worse?

Internet privacy – can it get any worse? Last year didn’t look so hot when it came to online privacy, with increasingly restricted surveillance laws of governments worldwide, internet blocking and major online hacks dominating headlines.That’s the bold word of NordVPN, who says 2016 was probably the worst year in history when it came to online privacy.

Your 2017 resolution? Put messaging privacy on the list, says Internet NZ

Your 2017 resolution? Put messaging privacy on the list, says Internet NZ Research conducted by InternetNZ last year found that 72% of Kiwis are concerned about personal data security, and 67% are concerned about threats to their privacy.These apps have higher privacy levels due to encryption, Kiwis still need to be aware that not all apps have these services.

​Can you ever be truly anonymous online?

​Can you ever be truly anonymous online? That’s the word of NordVPN, who is offering some advice on how to enhance anonymity online.However, NordVPN says using cryptocurrency can help users stay anonymous to some extent.

Your 2017 resolution? Put messaging privacy on the list, says InternetNZ

Your 2017 resolution? Put messaging privacy on the list, says InternetNZ Research conducted by InternetNZ last year found that 72% of Kiwis are concerned about personal data security, and 67% are concerned about threats to their privacy.These apps have higher privacy levels due to encryption, Kiwis still need to be aware that not all apps have these services.

Upcoming Windows 10 update reduces spying, but Microsoft is still mum on which data it specifically collects

Upcoming Windows 10 update reduces spying, but Microsoft is still mum on which data it specifically collects There’s some good news for privacy-minded individuals who haven’t been fond of Microsoft’s data collection policy with Windows 10.First, Microsoft has launched a new web-based privacy dashboard with the goal of giving people an easy, one-stop location for controlling how much data Microsoft collects.