Government has used third-party services to track the locations of all smart phones in a given area. This is made possible by apps that collect location data (but may not make this clear to users) and sell it to data brokers. Data brokers, in turn, have then provided this information to the police and other government agencies, and the example here, gave it to public health authorities. Your smart phone is a literal 24×7 surveillance device to track you in real time.
I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…
Australian law gives government the authority to not only intercept but also to “add, copy or delete data” when investigating crimes. Thereby tampering with evidence, as well as scooping up (and potentially altering) data of third parties that are not the direct target.
According to the NY Times “Unfettered conversations” are taking place on a new cloud-based app. Is the NY Times suggesting all conversations should be monitored by the secret police or their proxies, the tech companies? This seems bizarre.
Instagram introduced new Terms of Service, which caused many of us to re-read them, as well as the various linked policies. Facebook/Instagram log everything about you – including your SMS messages, your address book, information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, other devices on your network – and can integrate FB’s own collection with offline purchases at retail stores.
I had deleted the FB app long ago and last night I deleted the Instagram app. I do not believe it is safe to use any Facebook company application.
This was inevitable. I have some security cameras that can link to the web. I turned them off whenever we are home precisely because of this. The cloud cannot be trusted. Source: Singapore home cams hacked and stolen footage sold on pornographic sites | The New Paper
Twitter’s hack into its administrative tools reveals the potential power of social media to destroy life on earth. Imagine if they hacked Trump’s account and posted things even more insane than Trump would post.
Facebook had another oopsie, letting 5,000 app developers continue to have access to user data they should not have had access to.
Behind the scenes, seemingly benign Android apps are scooping up huge amounts of private data about your life and sharing with third parties. We need to assume, apparently, that 100% of Android apps are spyware. This is why Android apps are “free” – when its free, you are the product.
The photos of all of us have been amassed to create a massive database. A photo of our face can be submitted and it will identify the person (claimed 99% accuracy) and return information about each of us and all photos of us they have found online, even back to when we were kids. They scraped all of our photos from – social media posts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more – possibly even personal web sites. If your photo is on social media, you are in their database. There is no way to request removal, even if the photo is of a child whose information is protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.