In some ways simple conversations have been the last refuge of our analog past. No longer.
Guest Post “These vendors are becoming our feudal lords, and we are becoming their vassals. We might refuse to pledge allegiance to all of them … But either way, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to not pledge allegiance to at least one of them.”
Facebook changed its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities today to reflect new ways the social network can use your data. One of those ways? The network may now use your profile photos as more fodder for its facial recognition technology.
“Sync skips the cloud to deliver files faster and safer,” BitTorrent says.
Facebook is getting a $20 million slap on the wrist over its “Sponsored Story” ads
You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.
“Germany is a country of freedom.”
“We’re a human-run agency operating in a complex environment with a number of different regulatory regimes, so at times we find ourselves on the wrong side of the line,” said an anonymous NSA official.
Guest Post Alex Romanov is CEO of iSIGN Media.
The shutdown of privacy focused email services Lavabit and Silent Circle has inspired Kim Dotcom and his file-sharing service Mega to launch their own secure e-mail app.
Step 1: Don’t use the Internet. If Step 1 is a step too far, you can also try these handy suggestions.
Even though they failed at passing major privacy legislation in their home state of Montana, two unlikely partners are trying to put out a bill that could be a model to the rest of the country.
You gotta love PR and marketing reps sometimes.
Plug takes Dropbox concept and extends it to your whole computer. Oh, and it’s completely private.
Apple’s developer site is still down following a very public hacking attack by Ibrahim Balic last week, in which he downloaded over 100,000 developers’ private contact information. But Balic finally has what he wanted all along: recognition from Apple of his efforts.
Editor’s Pick While most Silicon Valley companies are getting rich by selling your data, some companies are making it big by helping you protect it
MaskMe proves why web users don’t have to trade being able to the web for holding on to their data.
The Union of French Jewish Students is claiming victory today in several-month battle with Twitter over releasing personal account details of Twitter users who tweeted anti-Semitic statement.
Guest Post When it comes to cloud security, you need to be aware of a few important things.
Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde is building a new mobile messaging app that will have superior encryption to prevent pretty much any outside party from listening in on your conversation, he said.
What can you do about it besides march, shout, and protest?
“With Glass I went closer to the action than I probably should have, and saw a couple fights going on. I think I got the first arrest with Google Glass … kinda cool!”
“Stop the surveillance! Restore the Fourth Amendment!”
DuckDuckGo’s quest to create a viable private alternative to Google is looking more real by the day.
App.net cofounder Bryan Berg noticed that LinkedIn was DNS-hijacked tonight and that traffic was rerouted to a shady India-based site, http://www.confluence-networks.com. That’s bad for LinkedIn, but there’s worse news for you.
“I’m not sure I can say this more clearly: we’re not in cahoots with the NSA and there’s is no government program that Google participates in that allows the kind of access that the media originally reported.”
Guest Post What follows are 10 questions that every developer should ask herself over the next couple weeks in order to conduct an internal COPPA audit and ensure compliance.
Chomsky makes at least one pretty significant mistake, however. He said that Google Glass has a camera and a recorder, “which means that everything that’s going on around you goes up on the Internet.”
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, and Apple might breathe a little easier today as NSA Director General Keith Alexander lends credibility to their testimony.
With privacy concerns at a new high following PRISM revelations, VCs want to invest more in security and privacy. Antitracking startup Disconnect fits the bill.
Google Glass might be a controversial device when it comes to privacy, but one aspect no one disputes is that the unit is underpowered. A new teardown explains why.
A newly released poll found that fifty-six percent of Americans find the National Security Agency’s secret tracking of our telephone records “acceptable” and sixty-two percent think it is more important for the government to investigate threats, even if it intrudes on privacy.
Privacy is complicated. It’s even more complicated thanks to technology and the network of the web. But what shouldn’t be complicated are our civil liberties.
The accelerator will allocate $1 million of investment annually and caters to early-stage companies.
Here’s how Microsoft’s Xbox One consumer rights policies may affect you.
Editor’s Pick Google filed a petition resisting government requests to provide private information about its users, but last week a U.S. judge rejected the petition and ordered the company to comply with secret demands.
Major privacy advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation spoke up about top secret government surveillance program PRISM today saying there might be more programs like it waiting to be uncovered.
Microsoft clarifies that you will be able to turn off its Kinect camera if you want to.