Category: Data Privacy

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Sian Boyle | The Daily Mail | Source URL The disturbing scale of the personal data harvested and traded by multinationals can be revealed today. Health details, children’s voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box. Analysis by the Mail found […]

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Samantha Masunaga | Los Angeles Times | Source URL As tech companies such as Google wrestle with employee objections to working with the U.S. military, Microsoft Corp.’s president is throwing his company’s support behind the Pentagon. Microsoft is “going to provide the U.S. military with access to the best technology […]

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Phys.org | Source URL Seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators Tuesday, accusing the internet giant of covertly tracking users’ movements in violation of an EU regulation on data protection. The complaints cited a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council that concluded the Internet giant used […]

Bloomberg’s role-playing workshops convince the public to accept self-guided police drones equipped with microphones

Mass Private I | Source URL Bloomberg is spending six million dollars on a “Mayors Challenge” that will put microphones in police drones. According to an article in WPFL 89.3, Bloomberg Philanthropies wants the Louisville Kentucky Police Department to send out self-guided aerial drones equipped with ShotSpotter microphones across the […]

National bike share data program allows DOT’s to identify scooter and bike share users in real-time

Mass Private I | Source URL A recent article in Smart Cities Dive revealed that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (DOT) will be partnering with Remix, Lime and Spin to create a mobility data standard for ride shares. A ‘mobility data standard’ is just a fancy way of saying a real-time scooter and bicycle tracking standard. […]

Companies keep losing your data because it doesn’t cost them anything

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Data breaches keep happening, they keep getting worse, and yet companies keep collecting our data in ever-more-invasive ways, subjecting it to ever-longer retention, and systematically underinvesting in security. Why does this keep happening? Because it’s affordable. In 2014, Home Depot breached more […]

The ‘Wild West’ of genetic privacy: New technology enables law enforcement to use DNA from sites like Ancestry.com to track down criminals by finding their relatives

Valerie Bauman | The Daily Mail | Source URL Scientists are expanding the methods by which law enforcement can use DNA information gathered through sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe to solve crimes – and they’re raising ethical questions along the way. California detectives have already used DNA obtained through public databases […]

THE GOOD CENSOR: Tech Companies Should ‘Police Tone’, Give Users ‘Positive Guidelines’

Breitbart | Source URL  The Good Censor – GOOGLE LEAK by on Scribd A 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor,” exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, advises tech companies to “police tone rather than content” and to not “take sides” when censoring users. The document, which can be […]