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Multiple sources are reporting that Google services are once again available in China. They had been blocked in the lead up to the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests. Access to Google services within China returns | Reuters Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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In anticipation of possible protests in memory of the Tiananmen Square massacre 25 years ago, China has blocked access to Google search and Gmail. The censorship has been in place for a few days now, suggesting that this may be more than a short term action. China has long blocked access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and […]

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Earlier this month I talked about the ECJ ruling against Google on the “right to be forgotten.” Google has now set up a web form and process for making these requests. You need to provide your name, the URLs you want hidden, and an explanation of why the URL is “irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate”. […]

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Back in 2010 I blogged about Google’s legal troubles over capturing sensitive open Wi-Fi data with their Street View cars. In a nutshell, Google was accused of violating the federal Wiretap Act when it intercepted the data on open Wi-Fi networks it passed. The purpose was to capture just the MAC addresses of the base […]

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A Stranger Can Find Out Where You Are By Getting You To Open An Email – On The Media The ability to use remotely loaded images in HTML emails for tracking has been known for years, but perhaps not widely known. The On The Media: TLDR podcast just re-surfaced the issue in the above article, […]

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Google’s Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life | TechCrunch TechCrunch has a nice article on the location tracking of Android based devices. It is an “opt in” thing, but I suspect that most people are robo-approving all the questions they are asked when they are trying to get their new phones […]

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This is episode 14 of the Privacy Blog Podcast for November,2013. In this episode I talk about: How your phone might be tracked, even if it is off The hidden second operating system in your phone Advertising privacy settings in Android KitKat How Google is using your profile in caller ID and the lengths to […]

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Welcome to episode 13 of our podcast for September, 2013. In this episode I will talk about: A major security breach at Adobe How airplane mode can make your iPhone vulnerable to theft Russian plans to spy on visitors and athletes at the winter Olympics Whether you should move your cloud storage to the EU […]

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Welcome to the 12th episode of The Privacy Blog Podcast brought to you by Anonymizer. In September’s episode, I will talk about a court ruling against Google’s Wi-Fi snooping and the vulnerabilities in the new iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner. Then, I’ll provide some tips for securing the new iPhone/iOS 7 and discuss the results of […]

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An important decision just came down from the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals about whether Google can be sued for intercepting personal data from open WiFi networks. The intercepts happened as part of the Street View program. In addition to capturing pictures of their surroundings, the Street View vehicles also collect GPS information (to […]

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