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You Don’t Care About Privacy

You Don’t Care About Privacy

Moral outrage over privacy, tracking and where exactly our personal details end up has been very much in fashion in recent weeks, with Google, app makers and others variously accused of taking advantage of us gullible, innocent users. Congress, the FTC, privacy watchdogs and journalists are each competing to see who can foam most dramatically at the mouth; developers and companies, meanwhile, each struggle to raise the bar when it comes to groveling, heartfelt apologies. Yet few are talking about the root causes of the privacy morass: ignorance, arrogance and entitlement.

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Twitter under fire for privacy blunder

Twitter under fire for privacy blunder

Twitter has admitted to storing email addresses and phone numbers from its mobile users' address books, raising the ire of privacy advocates and forcing the messaging service to rework its iPhone and Android apps. The logs - which could be stored for up to 18 months - are used to identify contacts also using Twitter, the social network told the LATimes, both at the point where users choose "Scan your Contacts" and in the subsequent weeks and months of you using the app.

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Apple privacy changes could impact 1000s of apps

Apple privacy changes could impact 1000s of apps

Potentially thousands of apps could be forced to update when Apple introduces new contact data rules for App Store software, as the company reacts to outcries around content privacy. Apple confirmed the incoming data protection changes yesterday, after popular social network app Path was found to upload each user's contacts to its servers without notifying them first. However, according to research last year, there could be thousands of apps doing similar things.

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Apple releases Contact Data Privacy statement

Apple releases Contact Data Privacy statement

Today Apple has released a statement regarding user's contact data in iOS apps downloaded from the official App Store. This information comes amid allegations that the Path application for iPhone had been harvesting user information without user authorization. Apple's statement today assures users that any application sharing or keeping information belonging to a user without that user's consent is against Apple policy.

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Dropbox buys Loom and Hackpad for photo and docs management

Dropbox buys Loom and Hackpad for photo and docs management

Dropbox has snapped up photo sharing and management service Loom, planning to shut it down and lure its users over to the recently announced Dropbox Carousel app, as well as collaborative document system Hackpad. Loom promised to create a single, synchronized gallery of all a user's photos, regardless of which camera or smartphone they were taken on, with simple access from every device.

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Pogoplug Safeplug shifts home web use to Tor for internet secrecy

Pogoplug Safeplug shifts home web use to Tor for internet secrecy

Pogoplug has launched a new privacy adapter, Safeplug, which the company says can add internet anonymity within seconds by re-routing all internet traffic through Tor. The compact box, priced at $49, pushes web use through Tor's randomized path of interconnected computers, which are commonly used by journalists, activists, and others wanting to avoid being observed or located in their internet use. However, Pogoplug apparently thinks that recent NSA spying stories and the threat of hacking is enough to push regular users onto Tor too.

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Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

There are a couple of Google engineers working for the Google security team replying in kind to the NSA and the GCHQ (on the other side of the ocean) regarding the most recent round of Edward Snowden-leaked documents on government snooping into Google and Yahoo cloud networks. What you'll find is a rather everyman-level bit of talk that essentially anyone can understand. Per Google's Mike Hearn: "We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here."

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NSA, SOPA, CISPA, PATRIOT Act under fire at rally in Washington, D.C.

NSA, SOPA, CISPA, PATRIOT Act under fire at rally in Washington, D.C.

An organized crowd of protesters numbering more than a thousand have convened outside the U.S. Capitol in protest of mass surveillance programs by American spy apparatuses. The rally, which was organized by Stop Watching Us, focuses largely on Internet data gathering efforts by the NSA and other agencies. It is supported by Edward Snowden, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and hundreds of other technological privacy advocates.

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Li-fi successfully tested at 150 Mbps, say Chinese scientists

Li-fi successfully tested at 150 Mbps, say Chinese scientists

Scientists at Fudan University have successfully transmitted data via "li-fi" at speeds up to 150 Mbps, reports Xinhua News. Li-fi, or "light fidelity", is a theorized way to stream data via LED lighting instead of Wi-Fi. Although still under investigation, the technology could be used in high-speed, visible-path transmission applications. The scientists are scheduled to demonstrate a set of example li-fi kits at the China International Industry Fair on Nov. 5 in Shanghai.

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