Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Francis Rawls, a former police officer, had been in jail since 2015, when a federal judge held him in contempt for failing to decrypt two hard drives taken from his home.

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

But DuckDuckGo's tool has one major difference: Rather than populating a list of upgradable sites manually, Smarter Encryption fills it out automatically using the same web crawling smarts built into DuckDuckGo's private search service.

You Are Being Continuously Tracked By Your Smart TVs: Here’s How

You Are Being Continuously Tracked By Your Smart TVs: Here’s How

Among the various OTT services, Roku and Amazon Fire TV track users and extract the user data.The automated crawler exhibited human behavior and monitored the tracking capabilities of OTT services by going through all the channels like an actual user.

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

I regularly get mail from various shady companies that obviously crawl Play for developer contact addresses in order to spam them with “lucrative business proposals”. Automatically crawling Google Play for contact addresses of fairly obscure apps and spamming their developers is actually child’s play.

How to remove yourself from the top people-search sites (2018 update)

How to remove yourself from the top people-search sites (2018 update)

People-finder sites crawl the web, scanning for information they can use to construct personal profiles of individuals. To remove your personal information from , follow these steps:Search for yourself on the site by entering your first and last name, along with your city and state.

At the Frontiers of Surveillance Capitalism

At the Frontiers of Surveillance Capitalism

In the first section of her sprawling book, Zuboff traces the birth of surveillance capitalism to the moment in 2003 when Google filed a patent titled “Generating User Information for Use in Targeted Advertising.” In Google’s early days, she explains, the company linked advertising only to search queries.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach

Given how notoriously lax UK law is when it comes to allowing state employees to trawl through whatever personal data they fancy with few meaningful prior permissions required (known in the jargon as "lawful interception"), Lord Justice Fulford, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and head of audit agency IPCO, characterised the breach as "serious" and requiring "immediate mitigation".

Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Rather, privacy concerns are greatest for databases where a person can upload DNA data and trawl for matches. Ever since the Golden State Killer suspect was identified last year, law enforcement has been turning to public DNA databases to solve cold cases.

Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch

Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch

But there’s something quite admirable about the dedication to crawler-based search while other competitors opt for the metasearch route, i.e. paying to use information from other, often more-established, crawlers to bolster results in the SERPs. Mojeek might have its work cut out in ever matching the size of an index that Google and the metasearch engines have access to.

Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger

Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, plans to integrate the social network’s messaging services — WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger — asserting his control over the company’s sprawling divisions at a time when its business has been battered by scandals.

The Article the Internet Doesn’t Want You to Read

The Article the Internet Doesn’t Want You to Read

Staring at the screen that was propped up on a yellow pages (sign on the times?) on the rear end of the desk, I turned it on, waiting for it to do its thing, then connecting the modem, listening to that well known sound, opening up Internet Explorer and then navigating to one of the early web search engines, I can’t quite remember if it was Ask Jeeves or Web Crawler but then pausing for a moment…

Privacy for Tigers

Privacy for Tigers

The issues sprawl across many of the technical and policy areas of classical security and privacy. Our work is targeted at wildlife aggregation sites that enable conservationists, scientists, and citizens to upload large numbers of images and other observations, which are then analysed to discover facts about endangered species.

Five ways your privacy is compromised without you realising

Five ways your privacy is compromised without you realising

If you’re not already concerned about the police’s reach into your life, how do you feel about them reading your social media posts? In the same way, the trawling of our social media posts and photos just because we have an opinion about fracking or badgers should be cause for a lot of angry face emojis.