FBI Dirtbox Stingray Spy Plane Program

FBI is behind mysterious ‘Dirtbox’ spy planes that can masquerade as cell towers

By on June 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

FBI is behind mysterious ‘Dirtbox’ spy planes that can masquerade as cell towers

Reports last year revealed that U.S. law enforcement agencies might have special aircraft at their disposal that masquerade as cell phone towers and collect data from the unsuspecting citizens as it flies. New information on the matter reveals that the FBI is indeed behind the planes, and it uses more than a dozen fake companies to conceal its air support missions, which include these “Stingray” cell phone-spying equipment. More →

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Tim Cook Privacy

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

By on June 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

The old adage of, “If a product is free you are the product” isn’t lost on Apple CEO Tim Cook. During a recent speech delivered at an Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) event in Washington D.C., Cook championed Apple’s core belief that user privacy and security should remain at the forefront of all products and services.

TechCrunch on Tuesday posted highlights from Cook’s talk, where the Apple CEO and operations wiz passionately emphasized Apple’s unwavering commitment to privacy.

“Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook stated. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demands it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”

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Patriot Act Surveillance Program Expiry

The Senate just crippled the NSA’s spying program

By on June 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

The Senate just crippled the NSA’s spying program

Intelligence agencies in the U.S. won’t be able to use some of their highly sophisticated spying programs on Americans as easily as before, as certain portions of the Patriot Act have just expired on Sunday just before midnight, after the U.S. Senate decided not to extend them. More →

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Hola VPN Service Botnet Threat

Warning: You should be using a VPN service to protect your privacy, but not this one

By on June 1, 2015 at 11:20 AM.

Warning: You should be using a VPN service to protect your privacy, but not this one

Hola is a free VPN service that has millions of users around the world, but you should stop using it right away if you’re one of them. An increasing number of reports suggest the service has actually used its customers to create a massive botnet. More →

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Facebook Chat Privacy and Scans

A CIA-backed company may be scanning all your Facebook chats

By on April 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

A CIA-backed company may be scanning all your Facebook chats

If you thought your Facebook chats are safe from prying eyes, you’re apparently wrong. Bosnadev says that Facebook’s chats are being scanned by a CIA-funded company, a discovery Bosnadev made after looking into some unusual activity on a website triggered by a link present in a Facebook chat. More →

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Facebook Privacy and Tracking

Shocker: Facebook tracks absolutely everyone in the EU, regardless of personal preferences

By on March 31, 2015 at 11:59 AM.

Shocker: Facebook tracks absolutely everyone in the EU, regardless of personal preferences

A new study that looked into Facebook’s privacy practices in the European Union reveals that Facebook seemingly tracks everyone in the region, regardless of personal preferences. Whether you’re signed in to the service or not, and whether or not you have opted out of being tracked, a Facebook cookie with your name on it exists, and can be used to track your online activities.

In fact, even people without Facebook accounts are being tracked. More →

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Facebook Data vs. NSA Spying

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

By on March 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

The many Snowden revelations, which have detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection operations conducted by some of the world’s most important agencies including the NSA and the GCHQ, have revealed that various U.S. tech companies might also be involved, whether willingly or unwillingly, in some NSA programs. The implications of the leaks detailing the Prism data collection program – that says the NSA has access to personal customer data from various U.S. companies including Apple, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo – might be far greater than initially believed, as they could affect the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for transatlantic data transfer and connected trade deals. More →

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Smartphone App Location Data

Why location data is one of the most coveted details apps collect about you

By on March 25, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Why location data is one of the most coveted details apps collect about you

A new study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that smartphone applications collect location-related data a lot more than you think. And as Wired reports, and it’s not always clear what happens with that data and whether it’s safely used by the parties it’s shared with. More →

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Smartphone Privacy and Security

Study: When it comes to security, smartphone users aren’t very smart

By on March 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Study: When it comes to security, smartphone users aren’t very smart

Even though you may be familiar with how your smartphone works and the various security issues that threaten your privacy, chances are that if you’re also a millennial you also aren’t doing simple things to secure your data. At least that’s what a study from security firm Lookout seen by the LA Times seems to indicate. More →

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iPhone and Android Mobile Apps: Privacy

Video: Yes, reading an app’s privacy policy aloud is pretty frightening

By on February 3, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Video: Yes, reading an app’s privacy policy aloud is pretty frightening

One of the constant privacy topics that comes around like a boomerang every now and then is related to mobile apps and the permissions they require users to agree to before apps can be installed. But users rarely read the privacy policies that come with their apps, and rarely understand them when they actually do read them.

At least that’s what a video says, posted on YouTube by Silent Circle, the company making the most secure Android handset out there — though it too was found to have been potentially harmful to owners. More →

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Mass Surveillance vs. Human Rights

In a new report, Europe says mass surveillance threatens human rights

By on January 27, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

In a new report, Europe says mass surveillance threatens human rights

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said in a lengthy report that mass surveillance practices, as thoroughly detailed in many reports following the extensive Edward Snowden leaks, are a fundamental threat to human rights. More →

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How to Set Up a VPN: Android

How to set up a VPN on Android – and why you should do it right now

By on January 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

How to set up a VPN on Android – and why you should do it right now

Surfing the web privately is something many web users are interested in, whether they’re doing it on a desktop, laptop or mobile device, but not many people know how to do it. Recently, a detailed WhoIsHostingThis infographic showed you how to secure your connection using a VPN — a virtual private network created on top of a public network to anonymize web traffic — on Windows, Mac and iOS, assuming the user already has access to a VPN service. Phone Arena has put together a similar step-by-step guide of enabling VPN connectivity on Android devices. More →

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