Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone

There’s a lot of talk about the invasive practices of FaceBook right now, but somehow Google has skated by largely unfazed by the public outcry against privacy violations and the snowballing impact of too much personal information being out there with ambiguous consent from the parties being snooped on. Through the lens of privacy activism, … Continue reading “Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone”

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  • Jan 26, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

How much privacy should children have from their own parents?

Back in August last year, Danica Sergison gave good advice here on Privacy News Online about how to help children think critically about privacy. That’s crucial, since the world they will inhabit as adults will be pervasively digital, which means that privacy choices will be key issues for all of their lives. The blog post … Continue reading “How much privacy should children have from their own parents?”

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  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps

It will hardly be news to readers of this site that mobile apps are tracking us on a massive scale. And yet a story in the New York Times last month about how apps are routinely monitoring users and their geographical position seems to have shocked many. Indeed, Los Angeles prosecutors were moved by the … Continue reading “People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps”

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  • Dec 8, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, News, Online Activity, Tutorials,

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

I looked for a nice wallet for my husband’s birthday but then decided to buy it later. An hour later, I’m showing him something on a blog and that same wallet is in the adverts. My husband smiled at me. He got the hint! Dang it! That advert ruined my surprise. If you’re also annoyed … Continue reading “Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them”

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  • Nov 13, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Welcome to the brave new world of workplace surveillance

Here on Privacy News Online, we write a lot about government surveillance and its impact on privacy. Sadly, constant spying has been normalized to such an extent that workplace surveillance is a thriving new business sector that startups and established companies are rushing to serve. For example, InterGuard promises “complete end-user auditing and control”, and … Continue reading “Welcome to the brave new world of workplace surveillance”

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  • Sep 19, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Bitcoin, Governments, News, Privacy,

Me, my data and I: Decode and the future of the personal data economy

It’s no secret that personal data has become the key commodity of the online business world. The Internet giants – Facebook, Google, etc. – all provide their services “free”, but make money from the detailed profiles they create of our activity as we use social networks and move around the Web. Since we don’t have … Continue reading “Me, my data and I: Decode and the future of the personal data economy”

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Untangling the other dark web – of pervasive, inescapable, corporate surveillance

Visitors to this site are well aware of how our every move is tracked as we move around the Internet. We know that companies are building minutely-detailed profiles of us, stored on huge databases, and that the information held there not only changes the ads we see, and the prices that companies offer us when … Continue reading “Untangling the other dark web – of pervasive, inescapable, corporate surveillance”

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  • Nov 24, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Researchers show that your smartphone’s camera fingerprint allows anyone to track videos and pictures back to you

Your smartphone has a unique camera fingerprint that can be used to match a photo or video with its recording device. A new app created by security researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg and Politecnico Milano, CamFinger, allows users to learn more about camera fingerprinting by uploading a set of pictures to find out their own camera fingerprint. … Continue reading “Researchers show that your smartphone’s camera fingerprint allows anyone to track videos and pictures back to you”

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Google is now tracking your private, personally identifiable information from all sources possible (ie; Gmail, Chrome, DoubleClick) by default

Since this summer, new users are now being tracked to Google’s fullest potential unless they opt-out. Google has bought many tech companies over the last few decades. One such purpose, in 2007, of DoubleClick, prompted many concerns. Google, which had the promising slogan “Do no evil,” back then, promised that they would not combine Google’s … Continue reading “Google is now tracking your private, personally identifiable information from all sources possible (ie; Gmail, Chrome, DoubleClick) by default”

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Five Years of Cookie Law: Politicians’ good intentions and incompetence create security, privacy nightmare

Five years with the “cookie law”, taking effect in 2011, shows how politicians’ good intentions – when coupled with incompetence – can create a security and privacy nightmare. It was supposed to give users choice, privacy, and security. Its effect, over and above causing developer facedesks and headaches, has been the exact opposite. In 2009, … Continue reading “Five Years of Cookie Law: Politicians’ good intentions and incompetence create security, privacy nightmare”

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