privacy

iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want To Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behaviour, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And, this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that’s been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper’s not so anonymous.


Report: Whisper Tracks Users Even When They Ask It Not To

You should know by now that purportedly anonymous apps aren’t really anonymous. But now, The Guardian reports that Whisper, the secret-telling app and so-called “safest place on the internet,” actually tracks its users to a frightening degree of detail. Even if you opt out of location services, The Guardian says, Whisper will apparently find you.


This Is Why You Should Care About Privacy

You should care about digital privacy. You really should. If you’re still not convinced though, you should watch this video, in which Glenn Greenwald talks passionately about why it’s so important.


Even A Golden Key Can Be Stolen: Inside Apple's Encryption Decision

Since Apple first announced three weeks ago that it was expanding the scope of what types of data would be encrypted on devices running iOS 8, law enforcement has been ablaze with indignation. When Google followed suit and announced that Android L would also come with encryption on by default, it only added fuel to the fire.


The Malware Of The Future May Actually Help Us -- For A Little While

Malware is everywhere you turn right now, but that does at least mean we’re conscious of it. But the malicious software of the future might have a new trick up its sleeve: playing friendly for a long time before it goes rogue and messes things up once we’re comfortable with its presence.


You Are Not Who Your Browser History Says You Are

I’m a 26-year-old from Montreal, a 27-year-old in Vegas, and a retiree with a penchant for photography. Mostly I’m unemployed. I’m a gamer, a fashionista, an occasional beer drinker and a dog owner. I graduated from a community college, I like to travel, and I wear glasses. Also, I might be Jewish.


Even If You Don't Use Social Networks, They Still Know Stuff About You

We all have friends who smugly boast of their lack involvement in social media — and their heightened privacy as a result. But new research reveals they may have more to worry about than they thought.


Twitter Is Suing For The Right To Show How Many Fed Requests It Gets

In the past, companies like Facebook and Microsoft have released so-called transparency reports about the government surveillance requests they have received — but, per government restrictions, the numbers have been relatively vague. Today, Twitter just filed a lawsuit to lift the restrictions on what they’re allowed to disclose. In other words, actual transparency.


US Justice Department: It Was OK For A Federal Agent To Impersonate This Woman On Facebook

An overlooked US Justice Department court filing explains that a federal agent had the right to commandeer a woman’s identity, set up a fake Facebook account using her details and even post provocative photographs of her found on a seized phone. Buzzfeed reports that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent stole the identity of Sondra Arquiett, who then went by the name Sondra Prince, back in 2010.


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