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Skynet Is Real, and the NSA Uses It To Track Locations with Phone Metadata

Skynet Is Real, and the NSA Uses It To Track Locations with Phone Metadata

By Josh Wolford May 8, 2015

When a spy agency decides to call one of its various tracking programs Skynet, it’s just screwing with us, right? A troubling report about a journalist misidentified as a terrorist from The Intercept has revealed that the National Security Agency …

Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee
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We brought you word earlier this month that Sen. Al Franken was trying his hand at passing a privacy bill again. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require any and all app makers to request permission to track users before …

Archify Is A Tool You Might Actually Want Tracking Everything You Do Online Archify Is A Tool You Might Actually Want Tracking Everything You Do Online
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Sometimes people actually wish everything they did was tracked online. That may be a hard concept for some to swallow, but surely you’ve encountered an experience where you ran across some piece of online content, but then want to see …

Google Tag Manager Lets You Consolidate Site Tags Into One Snippet Of Code Google Tag Manager Lets You Consolidate Site Tags Into One Snippet Of Code
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Google has announced the launch of Google Tag Manager, a new tool to consolidate the various tags you may use for your site into one snippet of code, and to manage from a single web interface. Users can add and …

IBM’s New Augmented Reality App Will Track Your Grocery Shopping IBM’s New Augmented Reality App Will Track Your Grocery Shopping

If you simply can’t get enough targeted advertising into your life, IBM’s new augmented reality mobile shopping app is probably for you. IBM research scientists today announced the app, which will allow customers to scan store shelves with their smartphone …

Googler: Nobody Wants To Be Tracked Online Googler: Nobody Wants To Be Tracked Online

Last week, Google launched Google Consumer Surveys. These were designed both as a way for publishers to potentially make a bit of revenue, as well as a way to easily and cheaply collect market research. So far, at least Googlers …

Twitter Sells Past Tweets For Reference Twitter Sells Past Tweets For Reference

Twitter is now offering access to 30 days of historical tweets through Gnip. The service, called 30-Day Replay, would be a handy tool for companies that already keep an eye on their social media presence but need to do some …

Is Facebook Tracking Everywhere You Go Online? Is Facebook Tracking Everywhere You Go Online?
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Is it possible that Facebook is tracking your web browsing activity, even when you are logged out? According to Australian hacker and writer Nik Cubrilovic, Facebook could know that you are reading this article, simply because we, like most sites …

South Park Does Steve Jobs Tonight, Looks Promising South Park Does Steve Jobs Tonight, Looks Promising

Historically, it’s not exactly been an honor to make a cameo on South Park.  Just ask Barbara Streisand, immortalized as MechaStreisand, a giant malevolent robot that hid a special crystal in its giant nose. Or ask Ben Affleck, who was …

Apple Responds to Location Tracking (About Time) Apple Responds to Location Tracking (About Time)
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Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so. This is the unequivocal opening statement from Apple’s official release this morning.  This marks the first official response …

Steve Jobs Responds to iPhone Location Data Logging Steve Jobs Responds to iPhone Location Data Logging

Part XVII of the Apple Location Tracking Saga: Or, the one where Steve Jobs maybe responds. Senators, representatives, state officials and entire foreign countries have all requested a response from Apple regarding the involuntary logging of location data in iOS …

Should Marketers Be Worried About New FTC Proposal?

The online marketing industry has been shaken by a new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has issued the proposal of a framework for balancing consumer privacy and innovation online. The proposal includes a "do not track" mechanism, which the FTC says would likely be a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers, so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.

Internet Marketing Trying To Police Itself On Privacy Issues

An important element (read: selling point) of Internet marketing is the ability to know more about consumers and their behaviors. Everything can be tracked on the Internet, for the most part, and there is obvious value to marketers and their efforts. The flip side of this ability to track people is the privacy issue and lately the US government has been raising it’s regulatory eyebrows at the online world.

Matt Cutts Answers Canonicalization Tag Question
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Google’s Matt Cutts continues to post helpful videos at Google’s Webmaster Central YouTube channel, in which he answers user questions. The latest question he tackles comes from a guy in Chicago who asks:

Does the new canonicalization tag make it safe to add tracking arguments to some of my internal links without fear that Google will split the quality signals between the two addresses?

Adobe, Omniture Tracking Issue Addressed Again
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John Nack of Adobe posted a brief Q&A related to the issue of Adobe software welcome screens phoning home to a tracking site hosted by analytics firm Omniture.

Adobe Bemused By Spying Claims
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The discovery that some Adobe products phone home to analytics firm Omniture brought out the tinfoil hat crowd, and a raised eyebrow from Adobe’s John Nack.

PubCon – Talking with Brett Crosby

While walking the WebmasterWorld Pubcon exhibit hall floor I ran into Brett Crosby from Google.

We talked about some of the new enhancements that have been added to Google Analytics. The addition of site search tracking in Google Analytics was of particular interest to me and I thought I would share here.