Apple will no longer provide decryption service to authorities, even with a search warrant, in their new iOS 8 devices. This is a sound business move – the overhead to do that in present models has to be high, and it is not like that is a profit center for the company – and not to mention how increasingly unpopular that service turns out to be with consumers as we all move forward.
Only on the internet would anyone think it would make sense to see how many friends you can share a secret with but without it being associated with you. That seems to be the essence of the app called Secret, and as the linked article says, apparently this doesn’t actually guarantee anonymity. The old-tech way of keeping a secret might still be the best way – don’t open your yap in the first place.
In a surprise talk at DEFCON, John McAfee pitches the importance of privacy in a free society:
“We cannot have intrusions into our lives and still have freedom, and freedom is all I have and it’s all you have if you think about it.”
He also launched a new site for venting about privacy issues.
A high level tour of how advertising works in the modern age, including the leverage of data mining and profiling tools at companies like Facebook.
A 2012 experiment run through Facebook showed that moods expressed via social networks influence the emotions of others. Probably that result is not a huge surprise, but it is described as the first study of its kind to confirm it, and (more to the point in a privacy forum) they did this study by manipulating the digital feeds of over 600,000 users without their knowledge or consent.
The data sought by the Feds is about US citizens but held in Ireland by a US company. Which laws prevail for invading the privacy? That is the key question brought in this suit by Microsoft, which was served with a search warrant which was crafted to look like it had properties of a subpoena (so the data location would be less relevant to the governance.) Quoting the linked article
One of the key unresolved issues that the case raises is the lack of clarity on what constitutes a search and a seizure and where they take place in the digital world — where data can be sent by a user in Paris, stored in Dublin and then retrieved by a company in Redmond, Wash.
Microsoft is pushing back, not the least of which out of fear that once people see the feds have access to all content in a US firm, no matter where it operates in the world, then people will move their mail and other business to non-US companies.
What’s a stolen credit card number worth and how does it get marketed? That’s answered by Brian Krebs in this nice overview of the digital black market. Krebs always seems to do a great job rolling up information about some topic, and this article is no exception.
With a spectacular screed about net neutrality, and an invitation for viewers to comment directly to the FCC, John Oliver may have caused FCC site crash.
“The guy who used to run the cable industry’s lobbying arm is now running the agency tasked with regulating it,” Oliver said. “That is the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo … With the fact that they are practically overseeing their own oversight, it is hardly surprising that cable companies are basically monopolies now. A federal study found that 96 percent of the population had access to two or fewer cable broadband providers. It’s almost at if they’ve agreed to stay out of each other’s way like drug cartels.”