Category: Cellphone

Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings

Alex Herb | The Guardian | Source URL: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned. Although Apple does not explicitly disclose it in its […]

All Four Major Wireless Carriers Hit With Lawsuits Over Sharing, Selling Location Data

All Four Major Wireless Carriers Hit With Lawsuits Over Sharing, Selling Location Data

Karl Bode | TechDirt | Source URL We’ve noted repeatedly that if you’re upset about Facebook’s privacy scandals, you should be equally concerned about the wireless industry’s ongoing location data scandals. Not only were the major carriers caught selling your location data to any nitwit with a checkbook, they were […]

Senators Question DOJ’s Surveillance of Americans’ Cell Phone Location Records

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Brandi Vincent | NextGov | Source URL Lawmakers want the attorney general to explain how the collection of cellular location data has changed following a recent SCOTUS decision. A bipartisan group of senators questioned the Justice Department this week regarding how the government’s treatment of cellphone-generated location data in national […]

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel

AP News | Source URL The Saudi government app Absher is mostly a way for people to pay traffic fines and complete other administrative tasks electronically. But one feature isn’t sitting well with civil-rights advocates: the ability for men to grant or deny a woman permission to travel. Regardless of […]

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

Motherboard – Vice | Source URL In several cases, a stalker impersonated a US Marshal and reported a fake kidnapping in order to get telecom companies to give them real-time cell phone location data. Motherboard previously reported that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have been selling their customers’ real-time location data, […]

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a ‘secret phone tracking service’ for years, bombshell report finds

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a ‘secret phone tracking service’ for years, bombshell report finds

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL A shocking new report has found hundreds of bounty hunters had access to highly sensitive user data – and it was sold to them by almost every major U.S. wireless carrier. The practice was first revealed last month and, at the […]

Lawsuit Contests Constitutionality of the 1996 Telecom Act Which Doesn’t Allow Opposing Cell Towers Due to Health Risks

Lawsuit Contests Constitutionality of the 1996 Telecom Act Which Doesn’t Allow Opposing Cell Towers Due to Health Risks

B.N. Frank | Activist Post | Source URL Because of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Americans have not been allowed to oppose the installation of cell towers and other wireless infrastructure based on health and environmental concerns near schools, medical facilities, residential areas, or anywhere else.  The first lawsuit contesting […]

Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones

CNBC | Source URL Artificial fingerprints have been developed by researchers who say they could one day be used to hack into everyday devices. Researchers from New York University and Michigan State University successfully generated what they call “DeepMasterPrints” earlier this year. These are machine-learning methods that act as a […]