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Google Turns Today's Biggest Privacy Issue Into Weird Playmobil Video

Google wants you to know exactly how it deals with U.S. government requests for user data. That’s good! But the company wants to explain it to you with stop-motion wooden toys, like you’re some kind of three year old. That’s . . . weird.


Should We Really Be Tracking Our Children Like Wildlife?

Many New Yorkers are still mourning the news that the body of Avonte Oquendo, a non-verbal autistic boy, was found on the banks of the East River. To meet — and partially assuage — the grief, US Senator Charles Schumer has an idea: let’s put tracking chips on autistic children.


It's Insanely Cheap For US Police To Track Mobile Phones

At this point, nobody’s surprised to hear that US authorities can track mobile phones. But what you might not realise is just how easy and how incredibly cheap it is.


People Are More Scared Of Hacking Than Tracking

According to a November survey of 1,000 voters, people are more creeped out by the possibility of a person or group ascertaining their personal information, than the idea that someone might be following their online movements and habits.


NSA Also Tracks American Mobile Phones

If you’re an American abroad, the NSA could find out where you are right now, if they wanted to. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency’s collecting five billion records a day on mobile phone locations around the world. Some of those are from “incidentally” domestic mobile phones.


Facebook Is Testing Software That Tracks Your Cursor's Every Move

When most people hear that Facebook upgrades are on the way, they’re probably not hoping for more tracking software. But according to a new Wall Street Journal report, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.


E-ZPass Is The Best Tracking Device That's Already In Your Car

E-ZPass is probably the best thing that’s ever happened to paying tolls. Those plastic funnels you toss coins into are a close second. But E-ZPass has a bonus feature. It can be used to track you everywhere you go.


Australian Liberal Candidate Wants To Shoot Suspects With Trackers From A Sniper Rifle

Read that headline again. Slowly. Surely nobody thinks that shooting criminal suspects with trackers from a sniper rifle in Australia is a good idea, right? Wrong: Meet Ray King, the Liberal Party candidate for McMahon who thinks it’s a great idea.


Brave New Garbage: London's Rubbish Bins Track You Using Your Smartphone

Remember the “smart” rubbish bins that popped up around London a few years ago? Placed throughout the city, the LCD-equipped cans broadcast info and ads (mainly ads) to passers-by. Now, the company that makes them is testing new functionality for the two-year-old devices, allowing them to track and analyse the signals from nearby smartphones. How come the worst part of the Minority Report future is the one we get first?


Resourceful Slacker Jams An Entire Airport Network To Get Off Work

As is becoming increasingly common, employers often use GPS devices on company cars to track their whereabouts during the workday. Which is great for security, sure, but significantly less great if you need a little you time for yourself (slackers). In order to combat this little hurdle, one New Jersey man named Gary Bojczak decided to take matters into his own hands this past August — and jammed Newark’s entire satellite-based tracking system in the process.