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 .

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Yesterday, he announced his challenge for the coming year : My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.

Cybersecurity and human rights

Cybersecurity and human rights

In addition, should the drafted bill pass, INCD will have access to computers and the authority to collect and process information, all in the name of identifying cybersecurity infiltrators.

The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire

The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire

(Oprah might not be famous as a tech analyst, but she knows a thing or two about getting people to share their personal data.) Facebook has long since shown itself to be a conspiracy of moral ghouls harvesting human intimacy for ad dollars; as sickening as it is to imagine Netflix browsing your private messages, these new disclosures don’t change your basic understanding of the operation any more than, say, a snowstorm changes your understanding of December.

Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.

Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.

They sure are convenient, but Amazon warehouse workers in Europe protested the company during Black Friday, describing their working conditions as inhuman. If that didn’t convince you, maybe the security breach exposing the data of 30 million Facebook accounts did.

Congressman wants to know if he's being tracked by Google via his phone

Congressman wants to know if he's being tracked by Google via his phone

But by using an iPhone, instead of a Google Android phone, as an example, Poe left himself open to Pichai dodging the question. Google uses GPS, Wi-Fi and cell tower data to track a person's location.

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

On December 3rd, 2018, the infamous Question and Answer site, Quora announced that the private messages and account information from around 100 million users was exposed by a “malicious third party.” The breach was first discovered by Quora on Friday, according to chief executive, Adam D’Angelo, and an investigation is still underway.

What is Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication?

What is Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication?

The second factor could be the access to your phone, your fingerprint, facial recognition, or a secret question. When a hacker tries to break into your account, they will also need access to the authenticator app on your phone.

EPIC Files Suit to Block Census Citizenship Question

Earlier this year, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was shut down after EPIC filed a lawsuit to block the collection of state voter data, and challenging the Commission's failure to complete a privacy impact assessment.

Confidentiality Of Responses To U.S. Census May Come Up For 'Renewed Debate'

Confidentiality Of Responses To U.S. Census May Come Up For 'Renewed Debate'

The confidentiality of census information came up after Rep. Jimmy Gomez — a Democrat from California who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — asked a follow-up question after the acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, John Gore, appeared at a congressional hearing in May. Gomez requested a written response on whether there are any laws that could compel the Census Bureau "to disclose confidential census data for law enforcement or national security purposes."

The Facebook Dilemma

The Facebook Dilemma

On Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, FRONTLINE presents The Facebook Dilemma. With dozens of original interviews and rare footage, The Facebook Dilemma examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

And those of us who believe in technology's potential for good must not shrink from this moment," Cook said. They may say to you, "Our companies will never achieve technology's true potential if they are constrained with privacy regulation." But this notion isn't just wrong, it is destructive.

Google dodges questions about China during Senate privacy hearing

Google dodges questions about China during Senate privacy hearing

Google's chief privacy officer Keith Enright dodged multiple questions about the company's plans to launch a censored search app in China during a senate hearing on data privacy on Wednesday.

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Foremost among these generals were Keith Alexander, who became National Security Agency (NSA) chief and James Clapper, who had climbed the ranks of the secret military spying community to become director of national intelligence.

With eye on midterms, coalition of influential advocacy groups challenges congressional candidates to take a firm position on immediately restoring net neutrality

With eye on midterms, coalition of influential advocacy groups challenges congressional candidates to take a firm position on immediately restoring net neutrality

National groups ACLU, CREDO Action, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund—which have a combined eight million members—are submitting a single-question questionnaire to Congressional incumbents and their challengers to gauge support for the discharge petition to force a vote on the net neutrality CRA