Tag Archive for ‘Privacy’

Facebook Must Be Deleted ➝

Arun:

Facebook tracks your web presence and activities even outside of their “Facebook.com” domain. Facebook is not a social networking website anymore. They are a data mining corporation, focused on showing targeted ads. They are minting money based on your interests.

None of this is surprising, I expect most of us know that Facebook tracks us wherever they can. But in the wake of recent events, it’s worth resurfacing.

I think all 2.7 billion users would be wise to delete their accounts and find other ways to communicate with friends and family. There’s plenty of options — no one needs Facebook.

And I wouldn’t be opposed if we all started reconsidering our usage of services from other large tech companies either. Many of them do this kind of tracking and I don’t think we need that in our lives.

➝ Source: arun.be

553 Million Facebook Users Compromised ➝

David Sparks:

Hackers managed to grab names, account details, and telephone numbers from 553 million Facebook users, and now they’ve published all that data on the web.

How do we convince 2.7 billion people to stop using Facebook? It’s clear that the security and privacy angles don’t work. So what will?

➝ Source: macsparky.com

Brave Acquires Tailcat to Power Privacy-Focused Search Engine ➝

From the announcement:

Under the hood, nearly all of today’s search engines are either built by, or rely on, results from Big Tech companies. In contrast, the Tailcat search engine is built on top of a completely independent index, capable of delivering the quality people expect, but without compromising their privacy. Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to improve search results.

I signed up for the waitlist. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for years and have been very happy, but I’ll still give this alternative a try to see how it compares.

➝ Source: brave.com

Catalina’s Dialog Bureaucracy ➝

An excellent piece by Nick Heer discussing the terrible state of permissions prompts and security-related dialogs in macOS.

➝ Source: pxlnv.com

An Amazon Team Reviews Recordings From Echo Devices ➝

Matt Day, Giles Turner, and Natalia Drozdiak, reporting for Bloomberg:

Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.

I’m glad I bought HomePods.

1.1.1.1 ➝

A nifty new DNS service from Cloudflare and APNIC that‘s incredibly fast and treats your privacy with the utmost importance.

Google Collects Android Users’ Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled ➝

Keith Collins, reporting for Quartz:

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice.

The cell tower addresses have been included in information sent to the system Google uses to manage push notifications and messages on Android phones for the past 11 months, according to a Google spokesperson. They were never used or stored, the spokesperson said, and the company is now taking steps to end the practice after being contacted by Quartz. By the end of November, the company said, Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers cannot disable.

Google only decided to discontinue this practice after getting caught red-handed. But if no one noticed, how much longer would this have gone on?

Evernote Will Not Implement Its Controversial New Privacy Policy ➝

I’m glad that Evernote is reversing this decision, but I don’t think I can trust a company that needed to be convinced that this was a bad idea. If Evernote released this new privacy policy and no one complained, they would have started reading users’ notes with no remorse. That’s not a good sign about the integrity of those running the company.