Archive for the ‘Big Brother’ Category

Unlocking Encrypted Phones


(ZDNet) – Zack Whittaker:

It’s 2018, and we’re still talking about cryptographic backdoors. It’s the bad idea that just won’t die.

But don’t worry: Ray Ozzie, a former Microsoft executive thinks he can beat a dead horse with a not-so-new idea that took about a day for everyone else to rip apart. …

zdnet ripped-apart

Henri Vidal: Caïn (Facepalm)


All the Data Facebook And Google Have On You


(Guardian Comments) – Dylan Curran:

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look. …

theguardian 2018/mar/28 all-the-data

Facebook data on Dylan Curran

The Facebook Grand Illusion


(Guardian Tech) – Olivia Solon:

Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in 2004. If the last week is anything to go by, he was right.

Since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, it has become increasingly apparent that the social network has been far more lax with its data sharing practices than many users realised. …

theguardian 2018/mar/24 cambridge-analytica

Big Brother Facebook

China’s Dystopian Tech


(Atlantic) – Rene Chun:

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms. …

theatlantic 2018/04 554075

Rami Niemi: Big Brother

Finding Your Voice


(The Intercept) – Ava Kofman:

Forget about Siri and Alexa – when it comes to voice identification the “NSA reigns supreme” …

theintercept 2018/01/19 voice-recognition

Big Brother Listens

It’s Worse Than You Think: Tracking Apps


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There is a vast infrastructure of sneaky, nasty, deceptive code that is deployed by marketers to infect your browser so they can track everything you are doing. This reduces your ability to trust your browser tremendously, since you (naturally!) have no idea what it’s doing: it is not your browser. And, there is a similar vast infrastructure of evil running on your smartphone, sucking your battery life, tracking your location, monitoring the sounds around you, and eating your bandwidth and performance to transmit all that to dozens of companies: it is not your smartphone.

You’re just paying for it. …

stderr 2017/11/30 tracking-apps

Big-Brother mobile Phones

Intel’s Hidden In-Chip Operating System


(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

Buried deep inside your computer’s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It’s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be. …

zdnet intels-hidden

Big Brother bug

The Right to be Forgotten


(Guardian Comments) – Suzanne Moore:

The data protection bill is about refusing to give ownership of our identity to the likes of Facebook and Google – because we all make mistakes when young. …

theguardian 2017/aug/07 data-protection-bill

smartphone users

One Thing They All Seem to Agree On


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

While the governments of the world occasionally appear to be in disagreement about this, that, or the other thing, there is one thing that they are sure of: their data is not yours, but your data is theirs. They own you, they control you. You do not control them. …

stderr 2017/08/02 one-thing

Internet Big Brother

Privacy Tools


(Julia Angwin) – In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers. …

juliaangwin privacy-tools

Julia Angwin: Dragnet Nation