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iOS 14.5 privacy feature

Here’s why you should download iOS 14.5 as soon as it’s available

January 28th, 2021

Apple released a report about data privacy called “A Day in the Life of Your Data” on Thursday in commemoration of Data Privacy Day, which takes place on January 28th. The report reveals that the next beta update will include App Tracking Transparency, which requires apps to get your permission before they can track you. …

There’s virtually no point in using that ‘Do Not Track’ browser feature

October 15th, 2018

Jonathan Mayer, an assistant computer science professor at Princeton University, recently told Gizmodo that the “Do Not Track” feature in your browser — the tool that’s ostensibly supposed to prevent websites from spying on the things you do on the web — is “in many respects a failed experiment.” A failure to such a degree, …

Hurricane Irma tracking live

Everything you need to know about tracking Hurricane Irma

September 7th, 2017

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, is currently on track to wreak havoc on Florida. Having already made landfall on some small islands, it’s moving perilously towards the densely-populated state, where its 185mph winds would be devestating. But we’re still not certain of Irma’s path. Weather forecasting is notoriously tricky …

‘Big brother’ black boxes to soon be mandatory in all new cars

April 19th, 2012

Beginning in 2015, all new cars in the United States will likely need to be fitted with data-recording “black boxes” very similar to the devices currently used in aircraft. The U.S. Senate has already passed a bill that will make the devices a requirement, and the House is expected to approve the bill as well. Section …

Ex-Google employees embark on mission to stop Google from tracking users

March 23rd, 2012

“Don’t be evil” is an unofficial motto first uttered by a Google executive during a meeting years ago, and while it started as a playful slogan Google used to jab at its rivals, the three little words have come back to haunt the company on countless occasions. The press and users alike often resurrect the …

Android apps with ads found to pose privacy and security risks

March 20th, 2012

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that mobile applications that integrate advertisements pose privacy and a security risks. The team conducted a study that examined 100,000 apps from the Google Play market and noticed that more than half contained “ad libraries,” while 297 of the apps included “aggressive ad libraries” that could download …

How to stop Google ads from tracking you on the web

February 28th, 2012

It was recently revealed that Google and a number of advertisers had found a way to bypass some privacy features in modern web browsers, allowing them to forgo third-party cookie policies and serve targeted ads regardless of a user’s privacy settings. The report caused a stir among privacy advocates and consumers alike, and it prompted …