privacy

How The Hell Are These Popular Spying Apps Not Illegal?

Here are some sordid scenarios. Your ex-girlfriend can see every time you swipe right while using Tinder. Your former husband is secretly listening to and recording your late-night Skype sessions with your new boyfriend. Some random slippery-dick is jacking off to the naked photos in your private photo library. For millions of people, it’s not hypothetical.


Anonymised Credit Card Data Really Isn't Very Anonymous

Credit card companies often strip your details from their records and then share it with third parties, claiming that it’s anonymised. But a new study from MIT reveals that analysis of just four purchases made on your card can identify you with more than 90 per cent accuracy, even when your details are removed.


Canadian Spies Monitor Millions Of International File Downloads Daily

The leading surveillance agency in Canada monitors millions of downloads made across the internet, in what The Intercept calls “a dragnet search to identify extremists”.


Reading App Permissions Aloud Can Make You Realise How Scary They Are

Most people don’t bother reading the terms and conditions when they download apps. They’re boring! The downside of swiping and tapping without actually looking is that we often allow broad access without thinking, like downloading an app that wants to read all your text messages and not even knowing you did it. This video by Ivan Cash shows how unsettled people get when they realise exactly what they have been saying yes to on their phones.


US Authorities Are Spying On Millions Of Cars With Licence Plate Readers

We’ve known for a long time that US authorities have a lot of licence plate readers at their disposal, some of which they surely use for nefarious purposes. However, new details have emerged that show exactly how nefarious those purposes are. Does secretly spying on millions of Americans and seizing property sound nefarious enough to care?


How Your Connected Devices Could Get You Fired Or Ruin Your Credit

There’s probably something you do right now you wouldn’t really want everyone to know about. Maybe you’re letting a Fitbit gather dust while you eat Doritos and watch The Good Wife (understandable). Maybe you’re in the habit of driving around at 3am when you can’t sleep. Whatever you do, if you’re doing it while using “internet of things” devices, those private vices may not be so private.


Here Is EFF's Master Plan For Ending Global Mass Surveillance

We have a problem when it comes to stopping mass surveillance. The entity that’s conducting the most extreme and far-reaching surveillance against most of the world’s communications — the National Security Agency — is bound by United States law.


Universities Stalk Your Facebook To See How They Should Hit You Up For Money

On the scale of “irritating” to “soul-boiling” telemarketers, university alumni fundraisers aren’t the worst. The way that school alumni relations offices decide which former students to contact, however, is a liiittle creepy. Universities are scouring former students’ Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to figure out who to hit up for cash, and using targets’ interests to make pitches as manipulative and persuasive as possible.


Google Handed Stacks Of WikiLeaks Email Straight To The FBI In 2012

WikiLeaks is demanding explanations after it has come to light that Google gave the FBI emails and digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staff members when warrants were served in March 2012. It’s taken almost three years for Google to admit to WikiLeaks that it handed over the data to US authorities.