privacy

Vodafone admits “direct access” wiretaps by some governments

Vodafone admits “direct access” wiretaps by some governments

Cellular behemoth Vodafone has revealed that a number of governments have "direct access" to its network, collecting mass surveillance on users and allowing them to listen in on calls among other things. The revelation was detailed in the carrier's first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report, a 40,000 word breakdown of what Vodafone is - and isn't - allowed to say about the monitoring and tracking requirements it faces from agencies like the NSA.

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Glass jammer cuts wearable’s WiFi in misguided privacy ploy

Glass jammer cuts wearable’s WiFi in misguided privacy ploy

An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.

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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Privacy concerns, particularly following the Edward Snowden leaks in recent times, have spurred a push towards more privacy-centric digital options. Among search engines in particular, one known as DuckDuckGo has bid itself as a more secure option than Google and competing search engines, and it will soon receive a big boost from Apple.

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Google “Right to be Forgotten” tool goes live

Google “Right to be Forgotten” tool goes live

Google has quietly launched a "right to be forgotten" tool which will allow European users to attempt to have personal details they deem outdated or just plain wrong dropped from the search company's index. The new form comes after the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union earlier in May, which decided search engines were obliged to concede to such removal requests: however, it's not blanket permission to have anything embarrassing deleted from the internet.

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NSA releases internal Snowden email

NSA releases internal Snowden email

One common claim made by Snowden since his monumental leak of intelligence information is that he repeatedly raised questions with the National Security Agency, calling to attention concerns over procedures and actions. The government has rebutted those claims today, releasing an internal email from Snowden said to be his only correspondence.

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