Sep 182014

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.

 Posted by at 4:23 am on September 18, 2014
Aug 232014

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.

 Posted by at 9:54 am on August 23, 2014
Jun 292014

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.

 Posted by at 12:34 pm on June 29, 2014
Jun 112014

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.

 Posted by at 6:03 am on June 11, 2014
Jun 042014

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.”


 Posted by at 7:55 am on June 4, 2014