Your cell phone provider is probably selling access to your real-time location, Fast Company reports. That’s the takeaway from a still-developing story that all started when a former police sheriff used a cellphone-locating service meant to track prisoners to find people who aren’t inmates—according to a chilling report in the New York Times. His alleged targets included a […]
Privacy and Transparency
A secretive scheme that proposes to (literally) codify credibility within a society that inherently lacks any is more likely to undermine public trust that instill it. Few would knowingly risk signing up for such a scheme; unfortunately, by 2020, no one living in the People’s Republic of China—foreign or Chinese—will have a choice.
The “terms and conditions” reckoning is coming, Bloomberg Business reports. New European Union privacy rules go into effect in May. They require among other things much less opaque end user agreements. This combined with the backlash against Facebook for the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica and some recent, specific actions by companies like Paypal […]
Mark Zuckerberg’s former personal pollster is out with new numbers showing that around 54 million Americans believe Facebook has a negative impact on society. They rank it slightly better than Marlboro cigarettes, but worse than McDonald’s fast food. Recode has the story: “In the U.S. obviously we’re very focused on election interference, and in the […]
In Fight the Future, the book, a character’s precise location at a precise moment in time can be discerned from a social media post. This happens fourteen years in the future, but it doesn’t have to. Lifehacker reports: By uploading a photo to Facebook, you’re sharing where and when you took the photo, what kind […]