Tag: Privacy

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

PALO ALTO, Calif. — It has been almost two decades since Google started to dominate internet search the way Microsoft dominated software for personal computers a generation earlier. Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market […]

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He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

Timothy Carpenter won’t be remembered for the circumstances that landed him in prison, but for the Supreme Court case that bears his name. Carpenter v. United States, which set a new benchmark for privacy in the digital age, requires the police to obtain a warrant before obtaining cellphone location history from a phone company. Privacy […]

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Here Are Images of Drivers Hacked From a U.S. Border Protection Contractor

Image: Motherboard. This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that hackers compromised traveler images and license plate photos from one of the agency’s contractors. In a statement, the agency said that “none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet.” But Motherboard found and downloaded thousands of driver and […]

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Prosecutors Are Shaping Privacy Law, and Your Privacy Isn’t Their Priority

On most weekdays in the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, prosecutors will ask the magistrate judge on duty to issue lots of sealed orders authorizing them to use all sorts of investigative technologies or requiring technology companies to keep tech-based searches secret. But that typically won’t happen when I’m the judge on duty. When it’s my […]

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Facebook’s New App Will Pay You To Give Up Some Of Your Privacy

Earlier this year, it was discovered that Facebook was running an app that paid users to collect data on them. This generated a lot of controversy because Facebook had used their Apple certificate, which was meant to only distribute apps internally, to distribute it to the public. This resulted in Apple temporarily revoking Facebook’s access. […]

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You Care More About Your Privacy Than You Think

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. I hear this all the time: “This all sounds pretty troubling, but how much do we really, truly care about our privacy? After all, we don’t seem willing to stop using our phones or Facebook or Google.” This idea is popular enough […]

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Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose […]

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iOS 13 Will Let You Know Which Apps Are Tracking You, And Where It Has Been Tracking You

Apple has always prided itself in being a privacy-focused company, and throughout the years, the company has made changes to its iOS platform which tries to keep its users’ privacy intact while also keeping them informed of what’s going on. For example, there will be an icon in your status bar that shows when an […]

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Americans Deserve Strong Privacy Laws

In the past year, Congress has been happy to drag tech C.E.O.s into hearings and question them about how they vacuum up and exploit personal information about their users. But so far those hearings haven’t amounted to much more than talk. Lawmakers have yet to do their job and rewrite the law to ensure that […]

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A New Way to Solve a Murder, Part 2: The Future of Genetic Privacy

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The police identified a suspect in a double murder after combing through DNA profiles on a website designed to connect family members. We look at what his trial will tell us about the future of genetic […]

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Outside the U.S., It’s All About WhatsApp

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Adam Satariano, a technology correspondent based in London, discussed the tech he’s using. You reported from the United States before moving to London. How has your tech setup changed?  I moved to London three years ago, and the biggest […]

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Here’s how to view, download, and delete your personal information online

Social media networks know a lot about you. In fact, that’s their primary job. They want to collect information about you and use that to sell advertisements that you can’t resist. In return for your data, these companies give you a chance to interact with other users and share your life no matter how interesting […]

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Apple seeks AR glasses patent for hiding secret documents at work

Apple’s on-stage revelations of new augmented reality initiatives have largely focused on ARKit software, but the company has also been working on mixed reality hardware, as patents and reliable reports have amply established. While some of the patent documents are just nuts-and-bolts pieces, others have been eye-catching and unusual, including a newly filed application (via […]

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Hands-on with Find My: Track Apple devices, people, and probably Tags

Many years after Apple added both GPS and location services to iPhones, I’m still a little uneasy about having family and friends track my whereabouts, and repulsed that strangers might gain access to my current or historic location data. It’s not that I have anything to hide — my existence is regrettably quite sedentary — […]

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