And even for those intent on maintaining their privacy. The pictures were exactly what you'd expect from a European summer vacation: Cafes in Italy and Spain, the Guinness brewery in Ireland.
Share via Email The Guardian has revealed that the NSA has a tool that collects "nearly everything a user does on the internet" No apocryphal levity this week.
Instead, a sombre look into an almost-present future. For once, Tim Cook isn't holding his cards close to his chest; he makes no secret of Apple's interest in wearable technologies. Apple isn't alone, every tech company seems to be developing smart watches, smart glasses, and other health and life-style monitoring devices.
Well, almost every tech company … we haven't heard from Michael Dell, but perhaps he's too busy keeping his almost-private company out of Carl Icahn's clutches.
I look up an online review and find more than a few negative comments, but I choose to ignore them and listen, instead, to users who say the bugs have been squashed. At the nearby Palo Alto Apple Store, a sales gent performs the fitting and the cashectomy with equal competence. Five minutes later, I download the required smartphone app, read a few instructions, and complete a first sync.
I'm ready to monitor both my daytime activities and night-time sleep patterns. That was three days ago. It's too early to say much about the product experience, which has been uneventful so far, but a dark, nagging thought comes to fill the void.
Here is yet another part of my life that's monitored, logged, accessible. The sombre ruminations of a recent Privacy: At the time, I wondered if perhaps I was being paranoid.
This is what we think we know so far: The state, whatever that means these days, monitors and records everything everywhere. We're assured that this is done with good intentions and with our best interests in mind: Restless vigilance is needed in the war on terror, drug trafficking, money-laundering.
Laws that get in the way — such as the one that, on the surface, forbids the US to spy on its own citizens — are bent in ingenious ways, such as outsourcing the surveillance to a friendly or needy ally. If this sounds outlandish, see the Guardian's revelations about XKeyscorethe NSA tool that collects "nearly everything a user does on the internet".
Those campaigners and academics who fear the agencies are too close, and suspect they do each other's "dirty work", will probably be alarmed by the explicit nature of the quid-pro-quo arrangements.
Every day there's another story. On Monday, the WSJ told us that the FBI has mastered the hacking tools required to remotely turn on microphones and cameras on smartphones and laptops: Earlier this year, a federal warrant application in a Texas identity-theft case sought to use software to extract files and covertly take photos using a computer's camera, according to court documents.
The surveillance and snooping isn't just about computers. We have licence-plate recorders and federally mandated black boxes in cars."Let's ask the million people that are on Facebook how concerned are they about their privacy," Moore said.
"Or the million that are on MySpace?
Most of them really don't care." Don't tell that to high school teacher Ashley Payne. "Yes, I put it on the Internet, so . And Stefan is right, it is a problem. It's time that Internet users both take responsibility for the information that's being put online, as well as call for the websites and social media platforms that we're using to protect our information.
"This is a big deal because people put a . Over the last month there has been an unfathomable amount of content published about the massive privacy intrusion that is Facebook Messenger.
With the ability to intrude into the lives of its users in ways that the NSA would never think to, it isn't a surprise that the new download brought such strong opinions - many of which served as recommendations not to download the application.
Oct 29, · Does privacy still exist in an internet age? Having my name misspelt by the electoral register and then receiving spam email addressed to 'Juditu' was unnerving, says Judith Woods. Weblining is the tracking of information as people work their way through the web.
The information is then used to try to sell you stuff. Sometimes the information is combined with offline information, if the data collection is sophisticated enoug.
“Does privacy still exist on the internet in ?” This is a question that will be asked a lot this year. Let’s give a brief timeline of internet and privacy in thus far. China tried to ban all VPN services from the start of February of this year.