Opinion | Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State

Opinion | Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State

Then it launches 100 (yes, 100) tabs in your browser that are designed to make your browsing behavior look like one of its stereotypical profile types. For example, picking Influencer will launch dozens of tabs with Amazon searches for holistic remedies, pages for meditation apps and other online New Age goodies.

The New Wilderness (Idle Words)

The New Wilderness (Idle Words)

Writing in a similar vein in the Washington Post this March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for Congress to pass privacy laws modeled on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How I Became Untraceable on the Web.

How I Became Untraceable on the Web.

It’s pretty simple: If John selects France on his VPN service, all his data will first go through one of the servers of his VPN provider in France and then “reach” the website. It’s really great for privacy, but the user interface is horrible.

It's Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

It's Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

Frantz amassed a respectable stockpile of refurbished, donated, and used hardware: 41 desktops and laptops, 27 pieces of removable media (memory cards and flash drives), 11 hard disks, and six cellphones. Screenshot: Josh Frantz / Rapid7 Only two of the devices were erased properly, he said: a Dell laptop and a Hitachi hard drive.

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

Why We Can't Break Up With Big Tech

Why We Can't Break Up With Big Tech

Hill, a reporter and editor at Gizmodo, has tackled extreme tech experiments before, like living in a smart home and spending only Bitcoin for a week . Armed with that VPN and unmitigated determination, Hill put Alexa in a drawer and started her Amazon week .

So You Want to Take Back Your Privacy

So You Want to Take Back Your Privacy

For those who aren’t: a few years ago I got serious about my privacy and while moving away from proprietary software and services, I started moving towards using FOSS ones (VPNs being a large and trouble-infested corner of this realm).

Phone Swap: the dating show that swipes through your ex’s texts

Phone Swap: the dating show that swipes through your ex’s texts

Unlike Channel 4’s recent hit The Circle – in which contestants created their own potentially fake social media avatars, and questioned the nature of online connections – both the US and UK iterations of Phone Swap treat the content of peoples’ mobiles as an opportunity to gawp, flirt and jump to conclusions about everything from sexual preferences to drinking habits.

Mozilla is Adding an Ad Blocker to Firefox Focus 9.0

Mozilla is Adding an Ad Blocker to Firefox Focus 9.0

Firefox Focus is Mozilla's stripped-down light-weight mobile browser for Android and iOS that is designed to enhance a user's privacy by not saving passwords, blocking ad and content trackers, and offering a lean experience without any bells and whistles.

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Information captured by retailers, both online and in stores, often finds its way into the treasure troves of data brokers, allowing them to develop and sell incredibly detailed consumer dossiers that go far beyond demographics to include behavioral quirks, biases, religious beliefs, purchasing patterns, and a host of other personal details.

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

"It is crazy what people were willing to give me," said artist Risa Puno, who conducted the experiment, which she called "Please Enable Cookies," at a Brooklyn arts festival.

For Google, you're neither the consumer nor the product. You're a data point.

For Google, you're neither the consumer nor the product. You're a data point.

I bet it was a successful experiment for Google: by using the app, you’ve generated a lot of important information, helped them learn useful patterns and god knows what else.