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Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location

ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location

ICanStalkU is a twitterbot Twitter-analyzing servicethat seeks out Twitter users who transmit their location in the photos they tweet and generates responses like "ICanStalkU was able to stalk @XXXXXXXX at http://maps.google.com/?q=35.5371666667,139.510166667," with the stated purpose of "Raising awareness about inadvertent information [...]

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Microsoft Research Group researchers Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick have posted a draft paper entitled "Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens' Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies" that reports on fieldwork interviewing teenagers about how they view privacy. It rebuts the cynical, easy dismissal of online privacy issues that says that kids [...]

Render frosted glass transparent with Scotch tape

YouTube user TheFarmacyMan discovered that his workplace frosted glass privacy screen could be rendered transparent by applying a piece of Scotch tape to it. A useful detail for anyone planning a caper novel or a robbery. A user called rawnoodles10 posits "..the glue on the tape fills in the small imperfections on the surface of the glass. [...]

iOS devices secretly log and retain record of every place you go, transfer to your PC and subsequent devices

iOS devices secretly log and retain record of every place you go, transfer to your PC and subsequent devices

Security researchers presenting at the Where 2.0 conference have revealed a hidden, secret iOS file that keeps a record of everywhere you've been. The record is synched to your PC and subsequently resynched to your other mobile devices. The file is not transmitted to Apple, but constitutes a substantial privacy breach if your PC or mobile [...]

Michigan Supreme Court rules police have no right to privacy while on duty

Michigan Supreme Court rules police have no right to privacy while on duty

Note: High courts don't make things legal, just clarify what has been legal all along. In this case, it's something everyone has known was legal but police denied as long as possible in order to abuse their position/power. The suit was filed by Gary Brown, now a Detroit City Councilman but formerly a high-ranking police official. He and other [...]

PA school board pays $33K settlement for searching kid’s phone and referring seminude self-portraits to DA for criminal prosecution

PA school board pays $33K settlement for searching kid’s phone and referring seminude self-portraits to DA for criminal prosecution

Pennsylvania's Tunkhannock Area School District has settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of NN, a student whose mobile phone was searched by her principal. The principal dug through several screens' worth of menus to discover some partial nude photos of NN, as well as a blurry full nude that NN had intended for her long-term [...]

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 [...]