Happiness and the "default user"

Happiness and the "default user"

I propose the following question: Is it becoming increasingly difficult to achieve "happiness", in a society where all your habits, search queries, shopping trends, financial state, emotional state, contacts and so on are actively collected and processed for the simple goal of using it against you.

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

We reached out to Zoom in an effort to determine whether meeting participants are notified if and when hosts enable attendee attention tracking, but received no immediate response.However, there's more: That said, Zoom does use certain standard advertising tools which require Personal Data (think, for example, Google Ads and Google Analytics).

Coronavirus Confinement Challenges Intelligence Services

Coronavirus Confinement Challenges Intelligence Services

The home confinement of hundreds of millions of people worldwide to halt coronavirus contagion has presented intelligence services with a challenge: monitoring an explosion in internet traffic, above board and not, even as their own capacity is reduced.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is spying on you

Edward Snowden says Facebook is spying on you

"In the weeks ahead, I aim to explain how each of these site [Facebook, Instagram, Youtube] spies on you, and methods to limit how much they know about you," he tweeted.

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

He points out that the Canadian government has no law limiting the amount of cash Canadians can take into or out of the country, but that has no bearing on what any local police force inside the US would consider to be the "legal" amount of cash a person -- especially a foreign citizen -- can carry.

The Dawn of Robot Surveillance

The Dawn of Robot Surveillance

Still, for all those advances, the social implications of being recorded have not changed: when we walk into a store, we generally expect that the presence of cameras won’t affect us.

The economics of privacy

The economics of privacy

Of course, just as privacy violations do not stem mainly from the big tech companies, we have never been in control of what is done with information and opinion about us, again think back on social gossip.

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

When it hasn’t acquired its way to dominance, Facebook has used its monopoly position to shut out competing companies or has copied their technology. And unlike Vine, Snapchat wasn’t interfacing with the Facebook ecosystem; there was no obvious way to handicap the company or shut it out.

Email Trackers Are Watching Your Inbox. Here's How To Block Them.

Email Trackers Are Watching Your Inbox. Here's How To Block Them.

It was under this mounting frustration and anxiety that, on the recommendation of a fellow freelancer, I downloaded a tool originally meant for marketers but increasingly used by people who want to know if and when someone had actually seen their casually desperate “just following up” message: an email tracker.

Brutal Startup Is Using Eye Tracking to Force You to Watch Ads

Brutal Startup Is Using Eye Tracking to Force You to Watch Ads

MoviePass co-founder Stacy Spikes has a new startup called PreShow, and it’s using a business model straight out of “A Clockwork Orange”: The company’s new app helps you score free movie tickets — as long as you sit through 15 to 20 minutes of advertisements that use eye-tracking technology to make sure you don’t look away.

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

stored up to 600 million user account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel

Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel

How Brave Ads Work Opt-in Users who choose to see Brave Ads are presented with offers in the form of notifications as they browse the web, at a time that the browser finds appropriate and not disruptive.

TIL: Firefox has a little-known feature to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

TIL: Firefox has a little-known feature to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

The browser contains a hard-coded list of adult site domains, and if one of your most-visited sites is one of those domains, it will automatically be hidden from the new-tab page.

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

The concern isn't just that apps are oversharing data, but that they may be violating the EU's GDPR privacy rules by both collecting info without consent and potentially identifying users. Facebook's relevant developer kit didn't provide the option to ask for permission until after GDPR took effect.

Ethical Mind Hacking

Ethical Mind Hacking

It still allows users benefit from personalized notifications that inform them about the trends and events that are essentially based on their interests, but it gives them a choice, a set of customizable options, to define how much and how often of it.

Opinion | Kids Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Privacy for Education

Opinion | Kids Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Privacy for Education

Beyond the collection of our children’s education-related data, we don’t want industry behemoths to profile our children and target them with advertisements and shady content. Tech companies should not be permitted to collect data on children and profile them using their personal data without a parent or guardian’s meaningful consent to the data collection.

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents

Facebook has maintained that the assertions "have no merit" and that it intended to fight the assertions in court. While Zuckerberg won't be testifying in front of an international committee on November 27th, policy VP Richard Allan will -- and they may have tougher questions if they learn anything from the seized documents.

Katzenpost — Katzenpost documentation

Katzenpost — Katzenpost documentation

“An especially problematic excision of the political is the marginalization within the cryptographic community of the secure-messaging problem, an instance of which was the problem addressed by David Chaum .

The U.S. might (finally) be ready for federal privacy legislation. Let’s make sure it protects us.

The U.S. might (finally) be ready for federal privacy legislation. Let’s make sure it protects us.

The GDPR is important in the United States because even though the biggest companies that handle data in the U.S. lobbied against it, now that it is law they are obligated to follow the rules (provided they have data on or offer services to Europeans).