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HOWTO: Block Sites from Using Your Facebook Login with Adblock Plus

HOWTO: Block Sites from Using Your Facebook Login with Adblock Plus

Facebook's new Instant Personalization Program allows other sites to access your Facebook data and connect you with people on those sites. Not only can you turn this feature off, but you can keep sites from retrieving your Facebook information with Adblock filters. Not only does Facebook have an agreement with sites like Yelp and Pandora, [...]

Wikileaks Founder Walks out of CNN Interview

It's pretty obvious there is an ongoing smear campaign. Starting with the Swedish thing that is sounding more and more like a honeytrap. (more…)

Beware the “friending” feds: Is the US government snooping on your Facebook profile?

Beware the “friending” feds: Is the US government snooping on your Facebook profile?

Need a new reason to be creeped out by Facebook? Big news this week from The Electronic Frontier Foundation: the digital rights group FOIA'd some disturbing documents for its lawsuit on the US goverment's surveillance of social networks which show that feds sometimes attempt to "friend" people applying for citizenship, or people that fit [...]

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

In a post from last August, author Edward Hasbrouck explains why he and the ACLU are suing the US Department of Homeland Security to force them to disclose traveler records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests: I'm suing the government because of the significance of commercial airline reservations and the DHS "Automated Targeting [...]

Wiretap charges dropped against motorcyclist who videotaped cop

Wiretap charges dropped against motorcyclist who videotaped cop

An update on a story blogged earlier on Freeish: A judge in Harford County, MD, threw out felony charges against motorcyclist Anthony Graber for taping a policeman who stopped him using a helmet-mounted camera. Graber admits he was speeding and may have been riding recklessly when an officer in plain clothes and an unmarked car pulled in [...]

Evercookie: A tracking browser cookie you can’t delete

Evercookie: A tracking browser cookie you can’t delete

Samy Kamkar, an open source developer whose motto is "think bad, do good" has released an API called "evercookie." Evercookie sets a nigh-undeletable tracking cookie in your browser, storing the information in eight separate ways; if you try to delete it but leave even one copy of the data around, it will repopulate itself using that last [...]

HOWTO: Record the Cops: A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable

HOWTO: Record the Cops: A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable

A Reason.com column this week looks at the range of cameras, software, and other technology available for citizens interested in recording on-duty police officers... Qik and UStream, two services available for both the iPhone and Android phones, allow instant online video streaming and archiving. Once you stop recording, the video is instantly [...]

Damning Zuckerberg IMs confirmed

Damning Zuckerberg IMs confirmed

A series of "embarrassing and damaging" IMs from Mark Zuckerberg have been confirmed as real by The New Yorker, and by the Facebook founder himself. Among them, an exchange once leaked to Silicon Alley Insider in which Zuckerberg explains to a friend that his control of Facebook affords him access to any personal information he might care [...]

What happens when you refuse to answer a passport control officer’s questions

What happens when you refuse to answer a passport control officer’s questions

In April, Paul Karl Lukacs landed at San Francisco International Airport after visiting China, and he refused to tell the passport control officer why he was there. He reports what happened on his blog. “Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.“None of [...]

The Government can now put GPS on your car without warrant

The Government can now put GPS on your car without warrant

Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government [...]

HOWTO: Disable Facebook “Places” Tagging

HOWTO: Disable Facebook “Places” Tagging

Facebook yesterday announced a new geolocation tagging feature, called "Places," an  app which enables people to send updates about where they are right now to their FB friends. Here's how to turn it off. (more…)

Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors

Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors

The tire pressure monitors built into modern cars have been shown to be insecure by researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina. The wireless sensors, compulsory in new automobiles in the US since 2008, can be used to track vehicles or feed bad data to the electronic control units (ECU), causing them to [...]

Who does Google know that you know?

Who does Google know that you know?

This link will show you who Google knows that you know is the network of connections Google uses to identify relevant social search results. It is based on a combination of the following:• Direct connections from your Google chat buddies and contacts • Direct connections from links that appear on your Google profile • Secondary [...]

Judge Napolitano tells the truth about Wikileaks on Fox News

"at least newspapers go out of business when they lie, governments don't..." and he said that on Fox?

Al Franken: Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Al Franken: Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Al Franken is a rare politician who, every time he speaks, seems to be defending _MY_ interests personally. Nice to feel important for once. If we learned that the government was planning to limit our First Amendment rights, we'd be outraged. After all, our right to be heard is fundamental to our democracy. Well, our free speech rights are [...]

Man STILL faces jail for videotaping gun-waving cop

Man STILL faces jail for videotaping gun-waving cop

Police officer Joseph Uhler was caught on film charging out of his unmarked car and waving his gun at a unarmed motorcyclist pulled over for speeding. When the footage was uploaded to YouTube, authorities raided Anthony Graber's home, seized his computers, arrested him, and charged him with "wiretapping" offenses that could land him in jail [...]

Canadian cinema fined $10,000 for privacy invasion over bag search

Canadian cinema fined $10,000 for privacy invasion over bag search

A Canadian cinema has been fined C$10,000 for invasion of privacy when it searched a mother and daughter's bags for video cameras, but instead pulled out birth control pills from the daughter's purse. The mother had no idea. She sued. She won. Staff at the theater were searching customers' bags for video equipment that could be used for movie [...]

Personal info of thousands of Israelis stolen by Turkish hackers

Personal info of thousands of Israelis stolen by Turkish hackers

According to reports in local media the email addresses, passwords and personal information of over 100,000 Israelis is being shared on Turkish hacking forums. Apparently, they were lifted from compromised websites in the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid earlier this year. The data breach was originally reported last Friday by an Israeli [...]

HP to spam your web-connected printer

HP to spam your web-connected printer

HP and Yahoo are teaming up to spam advertisements to your printer... the next step being behavioral ads based on the traffic it can sniff from your local network: "Through IP (Internet Protocol) sniffing, you have an idea about where those printers are so naturally it allows you to kind of already target your offers," Nigro said.Ads can also [...]

Commercially available ATM skimmers

Commercially available ATM skimmers

Brian Krebs continues his excellent series of posts on ATM skimmers, this time with a report on the state of the art in commercially available artisan-crafted skimmers that can be bought through the criminal underground... Generally, these custom-made devices are not cheap, and you won't find images of them plastered all over the Web. Take [...]

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