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In two separate cases recently Uber has, or has talked about, abusing its information about their customer’s movements. First a Buzzed reporter Johana Bhuiyan was told that she was tracked on the way to a meeting by Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York. Next Emil Michael, SVP of business for Uber, talked at […]

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The Internet is on fire with outrage right now about the security warnings in the Facebook Messenger app. The furor is based on the viral spread of a post on the Huffington Post back in December of last year. The issue has come to the fore because Facebook is taking the messaging capability out of […]

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The Internet is buzzing with discussions about a new kind of tracking called Canvas Fingerprinting. In fact, the technique goes back to a paper by Mowery and Shacham back in 2012. Canvas Fingerprinting gets most of its information from the hardware and software used to render images on a given computer. When asked to render […]

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The city of Chicago is getting ready to deploy several monitoring stations on light poles along Michigan Avenue. In addition to collecting environmental information like sound volume, light intensity, and air quality, the devices will also count people by detecting wireless signals from passing mobile devices. The system is designed to only count devices without […]

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A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled that there is an expectation of privacy in cell tower location information, and therefor it is protected by the Fourth Amendment. This runs counter to other recent rulings that allow access to the information without a warrant under the Stored Communications Act. The recent ruling relies on precedent […]

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News just broke of a new feature in iOS 8 announced at Apple’s WWDC which was not covered in the big keynote. Advertisers and retail outlets have been using Wi-Fi to track mobile devices for some time. I talked about a network of Wi-Fi tracking trashcans last year in the podcast. This works because, by default, […]

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Apple Keeps Turning Bluetooth On When You Update Your iPhone Recent iOS updates have automatically re-enabled Bluetooth for many users who keep it turned off for battery conservation or privacy reasons. The increasing use of iBeacons and other Bluetooth based tracking systems make this a bigger privacy worry than before. Tracking via Bluetooth is now […]

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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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AT&T thinks that Austin, TX residents will sell their on-line privacy for less than $20 per month. AT&T is launching a service called U-verse with GigaPower, which will provide 300Mbps of bandwidth to the home initially, increasing to 1Gbps in 2014. The cost of the service is $99 per month, but they have a special […]

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