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Old 2018-12-11, 22:39   #111
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https://phys.org/news/2018-12-smartp...essential.html

Your smartphone apps are tracking your every move. Well of course they are. You didn't think that "free" really meant free did you? The cost of free thins is usually far too high to be worth it IMO.
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Old 2018-12-15, 21:25   #112
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This may be the answer to the Fermi Paradox. The legal beagles won. Liability avoidance uber alles.
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Old 2018-12-15, 23:43   #113
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Facebook under scrutiny for yet another leak of user data

"You had a leak? You call what's goin' on around here a leak? Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat."

-- James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General (played by Wilford Brimley), in Absence of Malice (1981)

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Old 2018-12-21, 03:57   #114
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o DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal | Ars Technica

o ‘Zuckerberg Must Resign Now’: Outrage After Report Shows Facebook Let Partners Read Users’ Private Messages | Common Dreams

o Amazon and Facebook Reportedly Had a Secret Data-Sharing Agreement, and It Explains So Much | Gizmodo

Re. the middle article, Zuck stepping down won't cut it. Privacy-violating and unauthorized data sharing are simply too deeply embedded in the "DNA" (to use that awful bizspeak locution) of Facebook for the people running it to mend their ways. It is one of those companies whose execs simply cannot operate in non-crooked fashion, and needs to be killed via regulation and being-sued-out-of-existence as a result. A kind of Big Data analog of Big Finance's Goldman Sachs, if you will.

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Old 2018-12-21, 04:07   #115
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Outrage After Report Shows Facebook Let Partners Read Users’ Private Messages
There is no such thing as "private" on the Internet. And still many people don't believe it when they are told. They like to stick their head in the sand and pretend that "private" messages are really private. They don't seem to realise that the messages get put onto someone else's computer, and that "someone else" can do anything they want with them, regardless of how much they promise not to read/sell/mine/distribute them.

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Old 2018-12-21, 14:19   #116
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Neither will your link. It goes to the Common Dreams home page.

The Doctor has a remedy: Zuckerberg Must Resign Now

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Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook, wholeheartedly agreed, declaring, "I don't believe it is legitimate to enter into data-sharing partnerships where there is not prior informed consent from the user."

"No one should trust Facebook until they change their business model," McNamee concluded.
I think his conclusion can be shortened -- to its first five words.

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Old 2018-12-25, 22:25   #117
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How Google Tracks Your Personal Information | Medium

Part 1 of a 3-part series; link to part 2 at bottom of article.
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How Google Tracks Your Personal Information | Medium

Part 1 of a 3-part series; link to part 2 at bottom of article.
I stopped reading after I saw too many assumptions. I don't doubt that Google stores much information on people. That part I have no trouble with. But the article seem to assume that everyone uses a phone to access the Internet. And it also seems to assume no one uses a VPN. And that no one deletes cookies, or disables JS. It also makes the bold assumption that everyone reading the article even uses Google.
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Meng Wanzhou's arrest exposes China's world domination plot | NY Post

Hmmm ... of course there is a huge "pot, meet kettle aspect to this, *but* China has an asymmetric capability for hardware-implant hacks due to the US and Europe having offshored most of their microelectronics manufacture there. The 5G angle is also interesting.

Related: The Failure of the United States’ Chinese-Hacking Indictment Strategy - Lawfare

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* We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not.

* We also found that some apps routinely send Facebook data that is incredibly detailed and sometimes sensitive. Again, this concerns data of people who are either logged out of Facebook or who do not have a Facebook account.
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23andMe's Pharma Deals Have Been the Plan All Along | Wired

Of course the how-we-use-your-data stuff is all explained starting on page 222 of their privacy policy, surely you saw that when you signed up for the service, right?
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