Short version: not much, but it still really sucks. I mean, did Jennifer Lawrence's heartfelt words about violating personal property teach the Internet nothing?Read More
Better or worse than asking your Twitter followers for medical advice?
Death panels? Not real. But Facebook reminding you that it's been two years since you got a basic physical? ...Maybe?Read More
Now that @yahoo.com address is a little less embarrassing.
Email is one of the least secure ways to communicate, but it's also one of the most common. With the recent revelations that the NSA is spying on everyone security has become a bigger priority in people's lives, and businesses are looking to cash in. Yahoo! just announced they're joining Google and Microsoft in efforts to encrypt their email service.Read More
It will also tell you who else is wearing Google Glass, so you know not to talk to them.
It's no secret that the government is creepily watching you all the time, like that weird dude who was really into you in high school. Many people think Google Glass won't help the matter (cameras on you 24/7?) - but this new augmented reality browser for the Glass might actually solve your privacy problems, instead of exacerbating them.Read More
We're mad as Hell, and we're not gonna take it anymore.
The Internet is tired of complaining about the NSA, but instead of taking the "just stop complaining about it" option, there's an Internet-wide day of activism today. So, if you want your Internet porn habits to stay private (or your personal phone records. Whatever), crank up "We're Not Gonna Take It" and read what they want you to do about it.Read More
At least, that's what they want you to think.
After a recently released report that suggested the NSA collected user information from apps "like" Angry Birds, Rovio Entertainment has released a press release saying that they definitely didn't collude with the NSA to provide that information. It was probably those darn pigs, is what it was.Read More
Stop the government from listening to your calls with something better than a foil hat.
Since we all learned the NSA has been keeping much closer tabs on everyone than we thought, privacy has become a big concern for people. You no longer have to be paranoid to think Big Brother is watching, since he probably is. Don't worry. There's a new smartphone that claims to be NSA-proof.Read More
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Tries To Make PRISM Not Sound Like an Orwellian Nightmare
The Government's PRISM Program Sounds Scary, but the Director of National Intelligence Thinks We Just Don't Understand It
There's been a lot of people talking about the PRISM program, and how it basically sounds like something a James Bond villain would use, butRead More
James Bond villainDirector of National Intelligence James Clapper would like to tell you about all the people not being spied on under the program, so he released a fact sheet about it. It largely focuses on what PRISM can't do, and tries to pass the blame to Congress.
Google announced that it won't be accepting apps for Glass that recognize faces -- at least not yet.
If you're creeped-out by the idea of someone wearing Google Glass being able to instantly pull up information about you just from your face, then you might be glad to hear that isn't happening. At least not yet. Google announced Friday that it would not be accepting apps that make use of facial recognition as a way of addressing privacy concerns. So that's it then, right? Are everyone's concerns settled? It's not that simple, Google.Read More
Germany's national railway is testing small surveillance drones to stop graffiti, because of course.
Germany is a country that takes its privacy very seriously. Google has had a number of problems with German privacy laws in the past, which is why it's surprising to see that the country's national rail system is considering using surveillance drones to stop people from vandalizing railway stations. When I say, "stop people," they'll just be gathering evidence as a preventative measure, not firing missiles at vandals or anything like that. At least not yet.Read More