Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Yes and No. I mean on the one hand they’re very empowering and seductive but on the other hand Alexa is a double agent while working for us she’s actually more working for Amazon.

A simple introduction to mixnets

A simple introduction to mixnets

The Sphinx packets traverse multiple mixnodes and get delivered to Bob. Assuming there is a sufficiently large number of people using the mixnet (that we have a big anonymity set of stormtroopers, or sheep, in the street), it’s impossible for anybody watching the network to determine whether Alice was talking to Bob, talking to someone else, or just automatically sending cover traffic while she was out eating a sandwich.

Facebook Is More Concerned With the Appearance of Privacy, According to Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Is More Concerned With the Appearance of Privacy, According to Mark Zuckerberg

One of the more interesting insights that comes from Mark Zuckerberg's lost journal pages, as reported by Wired's Steven Levy, is that even early on, the Facebook founder clearly wanted people to feel like they are having a private experience.

Mastercard is pioneering new payment technology that identifies commuters by the way they walk

Mastercard is pioneering new payment technology that identifies commuters by the way they walk

The payment provider told MarketWatch that everyone has a unique walk, and it is investigating innovative behavioral biometrics such as gait, face, heartbeat and veins for cutting edge payment systems of the future.

How To Prevent Facial Recognition Technology From Identifying You

How To Prevent Facial Recognition Technology From Identifying You

The first goal in this regard is to utilize hair or makeup in ways that substantially block portions of your face (especially your the eyes, nose, and forehead and the location where these features intersect), and that, thereby, cause many facial recognition systems not to realize that your face is a face – so they don’t even try to match and identify it.

Waterfox has joined System1

Waterfox has joined System1

Throughout the years people have always asked about Waterfox and privacy, and if they’ve ever wanted more than it can afford, I’ve always pushed them to use Tor. Waterfox was here for customisations and speed, with a good level of privacy.

The industry is looking to first-party data to replace cookies, but the open web may lose out

The industry is looking to first-party data to replace cookies, but the open web may lose out

At the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Palm Springs, California, on Feb. 10, the IAB Tech Lab proposed developing a new identifier based on people’s email addresses or phone numbers, which provide a more consistent, deterministic way of recognizing someone than the third-party cookie ever did.

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Shackelford noted that the growing use of cloud-based data storage services run by the likes of Google and Amazon makes encryption more accessible to smaller companies.

Say Goodbye to most Desktop and Mobile Adwares

Say Goodbye to most Desktop and Mobile Adwares

Thus, once you connected your device to the latter—note that you have to do this process on each WiFi network which you want to change the DNS values of — , just go in the WiFI settings and long press on “MyPrettyWiFi”.

Google Maps is becoming a location-ad juggernaut

Google Maps is becoming a location-ad juggernaut

Seeing ads in Google Maps isn’t anything new, but Google is making it easier and more effective than ever for brick-and-mortar businesses to advertise themselves to people using the location-based service and to get them to pay a visit.

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

While it is arguable that telemetry data isn’t technically “personal data” when it is viewed on its own without other information; however, if there’s a way to link a given set of telemetry data to a particular Firefox browser instance and IP address – and Mozilla just revealed that there is – then that telemetry data all of a sudden becomes the most personal of data.

Opinion | Jeff Bezos’ Phone Hack Should Terrify Everyone

Opinion | Jeff Bezos’ Phone Hack Should Terrify Everyone

“They’re shocked when we give them their password and tell them where we found it, but it doesn’t hit as hard as when we tell them their entire home automation system has been potentially online and viewable for three or five or eight years,” he said.

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

If you change a privacy setting in Facebook so that search engines can’t link to your profile, your Facebook photos won’t be included in the database, he said.Mr. Ton-That then took my photo with the app.

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

Under the proposal, a new regulatory framework for artificial intelligence could “include a time-limited ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces”.

Latest AI acquisition shows Apple isn’t sacrificing privacy for smarts

Latest AI acquisition shows Apple isn’t sacrificing privacy for smarts

That is to say that it wants cutting edge data-driven machine learning on its devices, without violating its own user privacy pledge.What’s more, it’s done it in a way that cocoons the company from potential criticism about user data down the line.

Open Contacts  -  F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Open Contacts - F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to access the phone features of the device.

Armed and Ready: How Your Data Is Being 'Weaponized' Against You

Armed and Ready: How Your Data Is Being 'Weaponized' Against You

All new Android users are asked if they would like to switch on Google Now. According to the product page, Google Now gives you the “right information at just the right time” and the “information that you need throughout your day, before you even ask.” Based on usage, Google Now aims to pre-empt your consciousness and present to you the data it thinks you will look for before you ask for it.

Paris P2P Festival #0 - Paris P2P (& Cryptography)

Paris P2P Festival #0 - Paris P2P (& Cryptography)

My current project is a sort of phase-two of cjdns, building a blockchain called PKT in order to create a bandwidth market so that anyone capable of running fiber and pointing antennas can participate in building the infrastructure of the new internet.

Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching

Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching

If you enable Samsung’s IBA (Internet Based Advertising) service, your TV viewing history will be siphoned up and sent back to Samsung to be shared with third parties that pay Samsung to send advertising directly to your screen.

How to Revert Your Windows 10 Account to a Local One (After the Windows Store Hijacks It)

How to Revert Your Windows 10 Account to a Local One (After the Windows Store Hijacks It)

Not only is this an annoyance but if you end up in some comedy-of-errors situation where someone who isn’t you logs into the Windows Store then it converts your local user account to a Microsoft account with their login credentials.

Opinion | You Should Be Freaking Out About Privacy

Opinion | You Should Be Freaking Out About Privacy

Like, was it my idea to go to this place for a vacation, or was it Facebook’s idea?” If being tracked by a beer company doesn’t cross the line for you, let’s see how you feel when we take it up a level.

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

The Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the so-called "cloud acceleration" feature is an opt-out service that all Kindle Fire users are automatically enrolled in by default.

Private internet owner mulling plans for privacy suite in 2020

Private internet owner mulling plans for privacy suite in 2020

This comprehensive plan which we have started implementing we hope will lead the way to other companies in this space to follow suite and create a “no need for trust” echo system where all our stakeholders will be able to verify how our system works and handles information.

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

“Because this time next year, if we haven’t found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you.” Apple and Facebook representatives at the hearing came under fire from senators in both parties, while Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance, one of the biggest advocates of back doors, was treated as a star witness.

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

Though Apple has been using differential privacy since 2017, it’s been combined with federated learning only as of iOS 13, which rolled out to the public in September of this year.

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data

The NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies.Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be worth £10bn a year.

Cliqz Search as an Onion Service

Cliqz Search as an Onion Service

We’re great fans of the Tor Project that offers a private, anonymous and secure way to access the Internet with their browser and decentralized network.As a first step, we’re super proud to release our beta search as a Tor onion service.

Is Data Collection Evil?

Is Data Collection Evil?

In Cliqz’s case, XXX is a search engine and a privacy-preserving browser .Evilness does not necessarily come out of the data itself but rather from how and why it is collected.

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It's Watching the Road

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It's Watching the Road

Advertisement“These companies can use their AI systems to target us with ads and manipulate us with the aim of controlling us in every way according to the vision of the company.”In-car cameras powered with computer vision algorithms can perform complex tasks such as analyzing the state of drivers and passengers and detecting their interactions with different objects.