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App on millions of phones secretly logs key taps

An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video, Trevor Eckhart demonstrates how software from … Continue reading

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The jig is up. Apple is not telling the truth about geotracking

I’m sure by now you have heard about the iPhone geotracking file.  Well, despite feigning ignorance, it turns out that Apple’s agenda is to do just that.  They filed for a patent on tracking users by using data captured by the mobile … Continue reading

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MSFT Phone 7 Phantom

Users of phones running MSFT Phone 7 have been complaining of mysterious data use showing up on their monthly bills.  Some owners were seeing 30-50mb of data being sent by the phone each day at predictable intervals. MSFT has laid … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks not so damaging after all

U.S. government officials are now acknowledging that WikiLeaks has not been as damaging as they were originally saying, if at all. A congressional official briefed by the State Dept. said the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks – Cloaks, Daggers and Skullduggery revealed

The release of U.S. diplomatic correspondence by WikiLeaks casts a bright light on behind the scenes dialog going on between diplomats and the U.S. State Department. There will be many revelations over the next few months.  The Guardian does a … Continue reading

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MySpace phone home

blah blah blah.  More of the same. MySpace is providing partners with private information on its users for marketing and profiling purposes. Umm.  Is there a trend here?  Social media company trying to leverage its only asset (i.e. user info) … Continue reading

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Google Street View cars collects more than photos

It turns out that the Google Street View cars have been collecting more than photos of your home.  They had onboard systems that sniffed out unsecured WiFi networks, accessed them and collected whatever personal info they could on the owner. … Continue reading

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Every click you make …

If you think you are not being watched, think again.  A WSJ article from July 2010 reveals some of the nitty gritty details companies are using to track your on-line activities and resell your profile. And Facebook uses information users … Continue reading

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Facebook phone home

This seems to be a regular feature in this blog — applications transmitting personal user information without the user knowing about it.  The latest incursion to come to light involves Facebook. The WSJ is reporting that many popular apps on … Continue reading

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Watching the watchers through increasingly opaque glass

Interesting article in Slate about how corporate privacy is increasing while personal privacy is decreasing.  I won’t paraphrase the article, as you can read it via the link. A key point is that corporations and interest groups are using laws … Continue reading

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