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5 Ways To Hide From Common Surveillance Tech

We may not be in a total surveillance state yet, but thanks to the FBI’s insane new facial recognition system, a 1984-esque reality doesn’t seem quite so far away. Fortunately, scientists and designers alike are hard at work building counter surveillance solutions to ease (and hide) our worried minds.


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.


Space Detective Is Now A Job That Exists

Want to use some damning images from Google Earth to back up your case in a lawsuit? Right now it’s not quite that easy. Which is why a satellite imaging specialist and space lawyer (actual thing) have just formed what is about to become every NASA-loving kid’s dream job: the world’s very first space detective agency.


How To Defend Your Home Against The Prying Eyes Of UAVs

If you want protection from privacy intrusions by private UAV pilots, don’t go blasting the things out of the sky; that’s super illegal. Instead, try these simple means of dissuasion. You’ll definitely look like a bit of a loon, but that’s just the price of freedom. And/or paranoia.


That National Security Bill We All Hated? Yeah, It's The Law Now

Oh boy. Remember that piece of National Security legislation that we’ve been talking about recently? Yeah, those have just officially been passed into law.


Dreaming Of A Tor Button For Firefox

It’s no secret that everybody’s thinking about privacy and cyber security more since the world was pummelled with the unsettling, spy-novel truths of the Snowden revelations. Now, companies are starting to seize onto the zeitgeist by building more secure tools for the internet. And it sounds like Tor will be at the front of that line.


FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs The Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey, who is “very concerned” about the matter. He’s so concerned that the FBI’s had conversations with Apple and Google about how they’re marketing the devices. And Comey wants the world to know that he’s upset.


Cops Have No Right To Be Angry About The iPhone's New Encryption

Security professionals and joe-schmoes alike cheered Apple’s recent announcement that it would no longer be able to turn iPhone data over to cops. Finally, a guarantee that authorities couldn’t snoop around your text messages! But you know who didn’t cheer? Cops, of course.


The Cop That Blasted Apple's New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Ronald T. Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, about how Apple’s new encryption techniques would have led to the death of a victim in a case he oversaw. Turns out he was totally wrong. The newspaper just issued a correction.


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