Eikonal Blog

2011.04.21

Geotracking and surveillance

And everyone else (and his dog) is on the game, too …

Androids, too …

iPhone doing surveilance, on whose behalf?

Old and unrelated (or, is it?):

  • The Snitch in Your Pocket (Law enforcement is tracking Americans’ cell phones in real time—without the benefit of a warrant), by Michael Isikoff (NEWSWEEK; Feb 19, 2010.02.19; from the magazine issue dated 2010.03.01): http://www.newsweek.com/id/233916

Related: Geolocation – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/geolocation/

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2010.11.23

X-Ray Vans on US streets

It is time for tin-foil hats … and (tin-foil) whole-body uniforms.


Related here: “Surveillance, wiretapping, tracking, etc.” – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/surveilance-wiretapping-etc/.

2010.11.01

Privacy and digital liberties

Organizations and sites

Blogs


Related pages here: Privacy articles – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/privacy/ | Personal computer security – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/personal-computer-security/ | Online privacy tools – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/online-privacy-tools/ | Unending stream of Facebook privacy news – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/unending-stream-of-facebook-privacy-news/ | TSA folies – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/tsa-folies/

2010.09.27

Surveillance, wiretapping, tracking, etc.

There are (at least) 4 types of big brothers:

  • Type I: (True Big Brother) Governments and their services. They track population in order to prevent, detect, undercut and punish political dissent, frequently under pretense of enforcing various laws. They have full latitude to amend existing or generate the new laws (DMCA, ACTA, …) in order to legislate-out undesirable behaviors. Due to instrumentation of governments by certain well organized holders of the money (industry: e.g. RIAA, MPAA, etc), they frequently act as a suppressors of behaviors, groups and individuals that these branches of industry consider undesirable.
  • Type II: (Small Big Brother) Commercial industry. There are two main motivations here: 1) suppression of threats to their current business model, and 2) acquisition of consumer data with intent to somehow monetarize collected information (e.g. by cross-pollination with other databases, targeted advertising, profiling the households, etc).
  • Type III: (Wannabe Big Brother) Non-legal entities that look for (mainly) monetary gain by use of users data. This include various criminal groups, unaligned individuals, etc.
  • Type IV: (Not-really Big Brother) family members, stalkers, etc

Surveillance by Type I Big Brothers

USA:


Surveillance by Type II Big Brothers

DNA registry for whole population

Misc

2010.05.22

Facebook leaks users IDs to advertisers

Filed under: FaceBook, privacy — Tags: , — sandokan65 @ 00:53

“Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole” (WSJ.com, 2010.05.21) – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704513104575256701215465596.html


    Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers’ names and other personal details, despite promises they don’t share such information without consent.

    … Most social networks haven’t bothered to obscure user names or ID numbers from their Web addresses, said Craig Wills, a professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who has studied the issue.

    The sites may have been breaching their own privacy policies as well as industry standards, which say sites shouldn’t share and … See Moreadvertisers shouldn’t collect personally identifiable information without users’ permission. Those policies have been put forward by advertising and Internet companies in arguments against the need for government regulation. …

    … For most social-networking sites, the data identified the profile being viewed but not necessarily the person who clicked on the ad or link. But Facebook went further than other sites, in some cases signaling which user name or ID was clicking on the ad as well as the user name or ID of the page being viewed. By seeing what ads a user clicked on, an advertiser could tell something about a user’s interests. …

    …”If you are looking at your profile page and you click on an ad, you are telling that advertiser who you are,”…

2010.05.19

Facebook mulls U-turn on privacy

Filed under: FaceBook, privacy — Tags: , — sandokan65 @ 12:54

“Facebook mulls U-turn on privacy” (BBC News, 2010.05.19) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10125260.stm

2010.05.15

Temptest in a teapot

Filed under: FaceBook, privacy — Tags: , — sandokan65 @ 20:33

2010.02.03

Threats of cloud computing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — sandokan65 @ 12:28

The Edge (edge.org) has an article by Charles Leadbeater (“CLOUD CULTURE: THE PROMISE AND THE THREAT” – http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/leadbeater10/leadbeater10_index.html) on the dangers of the budding “cloud culture”.

The second replicators (memes) are getting organized better and better.


Related here:

2010.01.14

Facebook Privacy

Filed under: privacy — Tags: , — sandokan65 @ 14:02

Content of this article is replaced by the newer one “Facebook privacy? What Facebook privacy?” at https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/facebook-privacy-what-facebook-privacy/.

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