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Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Others Demand Specific Privacy Rules for ISPs

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Others Demand Specific Privacy Rules for ISPs

In order to obtain the necessary services that the country’s various internet service providers offer, Americans must give up a lot of personal information. And what those companies do with said information should be a concern of every single American. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and seven other Senators have asked the FCC to implement some specific rules concerning how broadband …

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Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting. A little bit neat and possibly useful, but pretty damn weird as well. Google has just launched a new feature …

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Twitter Gives Users New Account Dashboard

Twitter Gives Users New Account Dashboard

Twitter is rolling out a new dashboard to help users monitor and manage their accounts. it can show you things about your login activity, manage contacts, download your Twitter archive, etc. Above all it’s about privacy and account security. “From the beginning, Twitter has empowered people to share information with the world,” says product manager Mollie Vandor. “To put you …

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Here’s How Pinterest Is Changing Its Privacy Policy For Buyable Pins

Here’s How Pinterest Is Changing Its Privacy Policy For Buyable Pins

Pinterest is emailing users to inform them of new privacy policy changes that are rolling out now related to Buyable Pins. Pinterest announced Buyable Pins earlier this month with launch partners including Shopify, Demandware, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Users will be able to buy things on Pinterest when they see a blue price and “Buy it” button. In a …

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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facial recognition technology, when deployed on a site like Facebook, is both convenient and disconcerting. Amazing but creepy. If you upload a lot of photos, Facebook’s facial recognition technology is great. Ain’t nobody got time to tag. As it stands, Facebook’s facial recognition tech is pretty good. Apparently, it’s about to get scary good. New Scientist reports on a new …

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Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

On July 15, Uber is putting a new privacy statement into effect, and part of it is raising some eyebrows. A few paragraphs down in the new policy, under the heading “Collection of Information”, you’ll find this: Location Information: When you use the Services for transportation or delivery, we collect precise location data about the trip from the Uber app …

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Facebook’s New App Isn’t Available in Europe Thanks to Facial Recognition Fears

Facebook’s New App Isn’t Available in Europe Thanks to Facial Recognition Fears

Earlier this week, Facebook launched yet another standalone app. It’s called Moments, and it lets friends easily sync photos with each other. Here’s how product manager Will Ruben describes the app: “Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you didn’t take. Moments groups the photos on your phone …

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Which Companies Best Protect Your Data from the Government’s Prying Eyes?

Which Companies Best Protect Your Data from the Government’s Prying Eyes?

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual report on companies’ commitment to protecting user data, Adobe, Apple, Wikimedia, WordPress, and Yahoo have your back more than everyone else. The EFF’s Who Has Your Back? report looks at 24 major tech companies and awards stars based on five criteria – whether or not they 1) follow industry-accepted best practices (requiring warrants, …

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Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

President Obama is about to receive a letter signed by dozens upon dozens of companies and organizations, urging him to resist giving government agencies access to citizens’ personal data via backdoors in encrypted devices. “We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products. We request that the White House instead focus on …

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Yes, Your Google Hangouts Can Be Wiretapped

Google encrypts your Hangouts conversations, but it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. This means that Google can wiretap your Hangouts at the government’s request. That’s one big revelation from a recent reddit AMA with Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement and information security, and David Lieber, Google’s senior privacy policy counsel. The American Civil Liberties Union’s chief technologist Christopher Soghoian …

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How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

Apparently it’s really easy to get your home blurred out on Google Maps Street View if you don’t like the idea of people looking at where you live. In fact, you can also let Google know you want other things, such as your face, car, license plate, or other objects, blurred if the company’s Street View cars captured them, and …

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Obama’s Police Body Camera Initiative Kicks into Gear

On the day that Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the Obama administration has announced it’s kicking its police body camera initiative into full gear. The first step is to spend $20 million on the body cameras, according to the Justice Department. According to The Hill, “$17 million would reportedly come …

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