After you’ve signed up, most online services keep your information indefinitely, and make it nearly impossible for you to remove it. And it’s more common than you think for services to require you to call them to delete you off their database. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you found that kind of stuff out before you sign up?
With so much of our private information online, and with more and more of our personal devices connected to the net, the likelihood of our being hacked increases on an almost daily basis. And with that in mind, this infographic hits us with a big truth stick. You need to know just how hackable your life really is.
Google Street View does not think very highly of Ariel Castro, and why should they? Castro kidnapped three women and kept them as prisoners at 2207 Seymour Avenue, Cleveland for over 10 years.
The Graph Search feature on Facebook was made available to the masses on 8 July 2013. The feature is a search tool that enables the user to search for information on the popular social networking site.
The use of drones are increasing worldwide, decreasing our level of privacy. But Adam Harvey has a wearable solution that could make you go undetected by unmanned aircrafts.
Google Glass is a potentially revolutionary technology that could fundamentally shift the way that humans interact with their environment, and dramatically improve productivity. But the product also requires the user, and anyone who comes into contact with the user, to be prepared to have the boundaries of their privacy stripped away. Google Glass will in […]
In a recent study, researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University detailed how Facebook erodes users’ privacy. Researchers found that during the first four years, users steadily limited what personal data was visible to strangers within their school network. Yet through changes Facebook introduced to its platform in 2009 and 2010, the social network actually succeeded in reversing […]
Do no evil, right? Internet giant, Google has agreed to pay a $7 million fine for the collection of personal data without authorisation for their Street View service. Google has also agreed to destroy emails, passwords and web histories in a settlement with 38 states in the USA. The data was collected from wireless networks […]
Thanks to Mark Creeperberg and Facebook, you can now find your friends who are in the same area as you, even if their Facebook app is closed. Which is obviously a red flag for privacy. Facebook already allows you to “check in”, logging the places you’ve visited in a viewable GPS map format. According to […]
A school in Texas, in the United Sates, of America, has been given the right to force its students to wear locator chips when they are on school property.
Facebook is about to start testing its new gifting platform that will allow it another go at a possible revenue stream, but there’s a small problem: exposing information like home addresses, birth dates and other aspects could pose security and privacy risks.
According to a recent report, social media sites, including Facebook, monitor users’ chats and scan for criminal activity. The invasive measures are intended to “ensure the safety of public” and authorities are notified if any suspicious activity is detected.
Facebook may in the future be doing for your banking what it’s done for your online privacy in general. Who doesn’t want to be able to pay their bills while at the same time looking at photos of their friends at that braai that got a little out of hand?
You know that thing where you post a comment on Facebook and immediately regret your decision? Well, Facebook sure does. Which is why they’re rolling out a comment-editing functionality over the next few days. Rest easy, people whose grammar falls apart whenever they get excited.
In a slightly surprising move, given the extent to which Google and Facebook have been compliant in handing data over to government enquiry, Twitter filed a motion (PDF) yesterday to block a subpoena that would force the company to turn over the data of one of its users, an arrested Occupy Wall Street protestor.
The internet’s under attack again! This time by a United Nations treaty aimed at online regulation. Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, warned strongly against the suggested measures: “Do not give that up easily. You will regret it. You will hate it, because all that freedom, all that flexibility, you’ll find it shipped away.”
WikiLeaks is doing stuff that doesn’t involve Julian Assange’s career as a television personality – in this case leaking a cache of over 5 million internal emails from Stratfor, a “global intelligence” company. They reveal secret intelligence services provided to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, among others.
See, it turns out that Google doesn’t actually know everything about your online browsing habits. But boy, they’d sure like to! Which is why they’re rolling out two services that records users’ online activities in full, in return for Amazon gift cards or – in the sightly more intense version – hard cash.
Whoops. Looks like somewhere between Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, Google forgot their ‘don’t be evil’ rule and turned into the creepy uncle of the internet. Well, the other creepy uncle of the internet. It now follows users’ activities across YouTube, Gmail, Google Plus and Google Search, among others. Everybody, clear your history.
The world’s largest search engine is busy rolling out technology that can track your face. Facebook has been doing this for a while, so this sounds like Google playing catch-up, but there is a neat difference: unlike on Facebook, Google+ users get to opt-in to the facial recognition feature, instead of being automatically dragged into it.
How do you like them apples? Thanks to a technical glitch, never before seen photos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have leaked online. His longtime girlfriend, his dog, and Barack Obama also feature in them. A Facebook user reportedly exploited a security loophole and accessed them.
The Carrier IQ software, installed on most modern Android, Blackberry and Nokia phones, is supposed to record some of the things phones do so manufacturers can do quality control. Except it’s also been logging everybody’s text messages, web searches, and phone calls. Which is pretty bad.
A county north of Houston has set the trend in American drone policing by taking delivery of a set of squat, remote-controlled helicopters called ShadowHawks. These can be weaponized to fire Tasers or beanbags at people – although the manufacturer, Van Guard Industries, claims that they’re strong enough to carry a shotgun. Which is comforting.
Hello, internet people. Google Takeout has been launched for you – a “data liberation platform” that lets users export their data from a number of Google products. It’s an importance service! If all your information is on Google without a backup, then you don’t have much control over it. Click through and learn things.
Social Intelligence, a company approved a week ago by the Federal Trade Commission, is one that uses deep-search tools to do background checks on other companies’ potential employees. These guys could find your MySpace account, they’re that thorough. And if your deep-search profile doesn’t look good, you don’t get hired.
Google Wallet and Google Offers launched yesterday, both of which sound supremely cool – PayPal’s grumblings (and lawsuits) about commercial espionage notwithstanding. Google Wallet lets users swipe their phones in lieu of credit cards, even allowing subscription to a new prepaid Google debit card; Google Offers looks to work like a virtual loyalty card.
Surprise! Security firm Symantec yesterday reported that a hole in the Facebook security system allowed third-parties like advertisers access to user accounts and private data – and that this hole has been in place for the past four years, since Facebook first started offering apps to its users.
The European Union is attempting to establish the “right to be forgotten online,” as a legislative response to embarrassing old data – risque photographs, stupid statuses – that refuse to disappear. The proposed bit of legislation would enforce higher privacy settings and offer greater user control.