“It’s just plain old metadata. Nothing to worry about!”
Here’s why that is a problem.
SnoopSnitch, which debuted at Chaos Communication Congress 31c3 in Hamburg, Germany, is Security Research Labs’ answer to the ever-increasing attacks on mobile users. The app—available for select, rooted Android devices—is designed to alert users of surveillance attacks that would otherwise go unnoticed.
The Googles and Facebooks (GoogleBooks?) of the world want to aggregate all of these personas into a single identity. They want to do this, not because they think this is good for users or because this is how they think society works, but rather because it helps them monetize user interactions. However, this type of aggregation is a very bad deal for users.
Facebook has a long history of pushing the envelope when it comes data privacy and user rights, and one of the most egregious examples was its research on “emotional contagion,” where user news feeds were manipulated to study their reactions to negative posts. It may have sounded innocent enough to the data scientists in Menlo Park, CA, but the reality was that this Web overlord distorted its customers’ emotional states in order to better understand how to profit from them.
NSA reform may be the last true bipartisan issue.
HEY GOOG, PLEASE STOP THE INSANITY!!!!
Shortly after Google added a new Android feature that let you deny apps access to your sensitive personal data, they have revoked it.
They see you when you’re sleeping. They know when you’re awake.
GMail… now less secure by default.
Gmail recently announced a change to the way it handles images in your emails by default. You used to have to opt in to see images embedded in your incoming messages by clicking a “Display images below” or “Always display images from (address)” link at the top of each message. Now, all images in your messages will load automatically.