All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

Google’s Larry Page Denies Involvement With PRISM

Every tech company named in the leaked PRISM documents from last night are now doing a bit of damage control today. They don’t want to be seen as a company that just hands over user information to the government without a court order. To that end, all the PR channels have sent out statements denying any involvement, but now the …

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Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media

This morning has certainly been fun – we now know that the NSA has been, and will continue, collecting personal metadata of Verizon subscribers until July 19. If that wasn’t enough surveillance for you, the Department of Homeland Security would like to kick it up a notch. Did you know that they regularly scan social media sites looking for certain …

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FCC To Vote On Whether Wireless Carriers Can Sell Your Private Information

Did you know that pretty much everything you do on your smartphone, feature phone or cellphone is logged at your carrier? Did you also know that this information is routinely sold to advertisers without your consent? Well, the FCC is saying enough is enough. The Hill reports that the FCC plans to hold a vote in late June on wireless …

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Americans Are Warming Up To Google Glass And Its Ilk

Do you like Google Glass? Are you scared of its privacy implications? Turns out most Americans fall into both camps. USA Today reports that a new survey out of Rackspace has found that Americans love wearable technology like Google Glass. By and large, 82 percent of wearable technology users think that devices like Google Glass have had a positive impact …

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TSA Cuts Out Backscatter Body Scans at Airports

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began using backscatter X-ray machines, privacy advocates balked at the notion of TSA employees seeing a colorless image of passengers’ naked bodies. Not long after, naked airport protests embarrassed the TSA and worries of the the general ineffectiveness of the devices began to widely circulate. Now, the devices have been completely removed from U.S. …

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Google Glass Gets Its Own “Privacy Cover”

A lot of people are concerned about Google Glass. Most feel that those who use the wearable computers will be infringing on their privacy with the device’s camera. There’s a simple solution though – just put a box over it. Designer rweaving has shared what he calls the “Glass privacy cover” on Thingiverse. It’s a small plastic casing created via …

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Is Google Bringing Incognito Mode To Android?

Incognito mode for Chrome is super helpful not just as a privacy feature, but also for letting your friends use Chrome without using your Google account. A recent comment from Android head Sundar Pichai suggests that we could see a similar feature hitting Android soon. Speaking at the D11 conference, Pichai was asked if more privacy was needed in Google …

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Should Facial Recognition Be Allowed On Google Glass?

The “Terminator” films have been mentioned more than a handful of times in discussions about Google Glass, and this is not going to do anything to make the comparison less relevant. Facial recognition is reportedly coming to Google Glass, potentially opening up the doors for anybody to have Terminator-like features. Are you concerned about the future of privacy with regards …

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Germany, Australia Think The Xbox One Is An Orwellian Nightmare

Much of the controversy surrounding the Xbox One thus far has been focused on its vague used game policy. Now another controversy may be brewing in countries with strong privacy laws. Gamasutra reports that both Germany and Australia have expressed concern over the new Kinect camera in the Xbox One. It’s been confirmed that the camera must be connected for …

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Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill

There’s not a lack of online privacy protection bills floating around Congress at the moment, but it can’t hurt to have one more. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, or S. 1037, to the Senate. Like other bills before it, the proposed legislation aims to require law enforcement to obtain warrants when accessing …

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Now Some Members Of Congress Are Scared Of Google Glass

Google Glass has sparked a conversation on the value of privacy ever since it was revealed last year. Those arguing for or against have become much louder in recent months, however, since the hardware is now in the hands of a select few developers. As expected, some members of Congress are now starting to chime in. The Hill reports that …

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