Talkative homebuyers beware, the seller might be listening

Talkative homebuyers beware, the seller might be listening

Real estate agent Juliana Webster says the rules should be changed to force sellers to say if their homes are under surveillance.

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

He said all the conveniences can be “a powerful drug to help people forget the fact that they are also being spied on.” Gadgets with voice controls typically aren’t transmitting any data back to company servers until you activate them with a trigger word, such as “Alexa” or “OK Google.” But devices have sometimes misheard innocuous words as legitimate commands to record and send private conversations .

There's a simple reason your new smart TV was so affordable: It's collecting and selling your data

There's a simple reason your new smart TV was so affordable: It's collecting and selling your data

Smart TVs can be sold at or near cost to consumers because Vizio is able to monetize those TVs through data collection, advertising, and selling direct-to-consumer entertainment (movies, etc.).

“Alexa, play some music” isn’t the only time Amazon is listening to you.

“Alexa, play some music” isn’t the only time Amazon is listening to you.

Now that you know that your voice recordings are being sent via the internet to a centralized location, you may have assumed Amazon will need to store that data for some period of time — for example, to use its Natural Language Processing algorithms to interpret your request for a weather report (or to buy a pizza), gather that information, and then send it back to your device for it to speak the response.

Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive

Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive

(Hint: remotes aren’t going away, but voice control and devices like the Google Home Hub are a big part of the future.) And we definitely talked about the pervasive ad tracking that all smart TVs do — especially after I noticed the new Vizio P-Series in my parents’ house seems to ping the network an awful lot .

Which Smart Speaker Should You Trust Most—and Least?

Which Smart Speaker Should You Trust Most—and Least?

Which illustrates a broader point: The privacy risks of smart speakers and virtual assistants might be more obvious than those of other computing devices and services that we’ve already largely accepted as a society, such as Gmail or iPhones.

HP Looking To Get Into The IoT Space, Files Patent For Smart Mirror

HP Looking To Get Into The IoT Space, Files Patent For Smart Mirror

This proposed mirror would be able to tell if a user is trying to look at their reflection or at the computerized display simply by analyzing their gaze, and would present one more prominently than the other to match that.

What Facebook knows about you

What Facebook knows about you

Following what you do on Facebook: The company has near-total awareness of every move you make on its website or in its apps, including: Following what you say on Facebook Messenger: Facebook does scan your chat messages, but it isn't exactly reading them — it runs an automated scan for child pornography and other banned content.

Here's how much Facebook knows about you

Here's how much Facebook knows about you

Following what you do on Facebook: The company has near-total awareness of every move you make on its website or in its apps, including: Following what you say on Facebook Messenger: Facebook does scan your chat messages, but it isn't exactly reading them— it runs an automated scan for child pornography and other banned content.

Guardzilla Home Cameras Open to Anyone Wanting to Watch Their Footage

Guardzilla Home Cameras Open to Anyone Wanting to Watch Their Footage

The GZ501W model camera contains a shared, hard-coded Amazon S3 credential used for storing saved video data in the Amazon cloud – so all users of the Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System have the same password, and thus can access each other’s saved home video.

Google wants to be in your home more than ever

Google wants to be in your home more than ever

While deals for the device briefly reached $79.20, almost half of the display’s original $150 price tag, it can now be found on sale for $99 at retailers like Target.

In China's Xinjiang, Big Brother moves into Uighur homes as 'family'

In China's Xinjiang, Big Brother moves into Uighur homes as 'family'

“Praying or even having a Quran at home could endanger the whole family.” Yunus, who now lives in Istanbul, said his father used to lament to him about being visited three to four times a week by the administrator of his neighbourhood committee, a middle-aged Han Chinese man.

India now allows government agencies to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt” citizens’ computers

India now allows government agencies to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt” citizens’ computers

On December 21st, 2018, India expanded its governmental spying powers to an unprecedented level – granting ten new agencies the government writ to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt” data from Indian citizens.

Smart Devices Will Be Under Christmas Trees Across The Country

Smart Devices Will Be Under Christmas Trees Across The Country

To use these devices you will need a tablet or phone to do the set up through the Alexa and Facebook Messenger apps. Installing other smart devices can enable you to automate your home.

It’s Holiday Gift Time — Does Your Shiny New Gadget Come With Privacy Pitfalls?

It’s Holiday Gift Time — Does Your Shiny New Gadget Come With Privacy Pitfalls?

We like technology at the ACLU — but we also want everyone to have their eyes wide open when it comes to the privacy risks that can accompany the latest electronic gear, from smartwatches to internet-connected home appliances.

1-800-Surveillance State: Agencies Can Snoop On Any Computer, Says Centre

1-800-Surveillance State: Agencies Can Snoop On Any Computer, Says Centre

Highlights Home Ministry gives 10 central agencies sweeping powers Can now intercept, monitor data on any computer, not just emails, calls Includes Intelligence Bureau, anti-narcotics and tax agencies

At Ring’s R&D Team, Security Gaps and Rookie Engineers

At Ring’s R&D Team, Security Gaps and Rookie Engineers

It was December 2016, and the Santa Monica, Calif., company had recently opened a satellite office in Ukraine to develop products that would use artificial intelligence and motion detection to improve home security. One of the engineers in the room said that to improve Ring’s software, the Kiev office needed access to customer video feeds.

How Google Tracks Your Personal Information

How Google Tracks Your Personal Information

More than 50 percent of people between the ages of 18–34 can’t differentiate between an ad and an organic result on Google. * The above targeting methods are made available to search engine marketers by Google within marketers’ Ads UI.

Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

And it’s not just government surveillance that has changed over the years — we ourselves are inviting devices into our homes and lives that could fundamentally alter what we can expect when it comes to privacy.

The EFF Gift Guide: What’s Creeping Us Out

The EFF Gift Guide: What’s Creeping Us Out

Smart home hubs, including those from Google and Amazon, reserve the right to share data collected from their products for advertising, as well as with companies who make the apps or skills you install on those devices.

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

According to a new 24-page document released Tuesday by DHS’ Office of Inspector General, investigators found that some USB sticks, containing data copied from electronic devices searched at the border, "had not been deleted after the searches were completed."

Apps on smartphones are selling and sharing our location data 24/7

Apps on smartphones are selling and sharing our location data 24/7

According to the latest research from The New York Times, many popular, seemingly harmless Android and iOS apps are tracking our location throughout the day and seven days a week.

What are Static, Dynamic, Dedicated, and Shared IP Addresses

What are Static, Dynamic, Dedicated, and Shared IP Addresses

You might have heard of terms like static, dynamic, dedicated and shared IP addresses. With static and dynamic IPs explained, let’s see what shared and dedicated addresses are. If you’re an individual user who uses the internet and VPN for home use, a dynamic and shared IP will work for you.

France Is Hemorrhaging Sensitive Data, And People Are Beginning To Notice

France Is Hemorrhaging Sensitive Data, And People Are Beginning To Notice

“We have North Koreans infiltrating the French Senate, a member of [the French domestic intelligence service] selling information on the ‘dark web’ to mafia members, USB drives that contain the home addresses of thousands of police officials possibly ending up in the hands of jihadist groups, and God knows what else.”

Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children's Behavior at Home

Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children's Behavior at Home

What’s of note is the patent that was awarded to one of Google’s star teams, associated with the development of the Nest thermostat — a breakthrough product with a microphone.

'Alexa, who did it?' What happens when a judge in a murder trial wants data from a smart home speaker

'Alexa, who did it?' What happens when a judge in a murder trial wants data from a smart home speaker

"I think this is the beginning of the 'internet of evidence' where lots of pieces of smart devices are going to show up in criminal prosecutions," Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, author of The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, told Day 6.

What is Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)?

What is Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)?

Similarly, if someone gains access to your computer, they won’t be able to read the encrypted content unless they have the private key. You’ll also need to generate public and private keys.

Google wants sensors and cameras in every room of your home to watch, analyze, you, patents show

Google wants sensors and cameras in every room of your home to watch, analyze, you, patents show

The patents, although not a guarantee the products will be developed, reveal that Google wants “sensors and cameras mounted in every room to follow us and analyze what we’re doing throughout our home,” the report states.

Why Your Phone’s Data Network is More Secure than Public Wi-Fi

Why Your Phone’s Data Network is More Secure than Public Wi-Fi

A VPN will encrypt your data so your activities stay safe even if you’re on a public Wi-Fi. And it can also work on your cellular network to provide an extra layer of security.

The next big tech battle will be over privacy

The next big tech battle will be over privacy

That’s of especial significance in the burgeoning smart home hub space, where privacy concerns abound with always-on, AI-powered speakers like Google Home and Amazon’s Echo devices, which send audio recordings back to corporate servers for processing.

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