In light of recent data indicating that privacy is the biggest concern among Internet users, the Electronic Frontier Foundation created an extension to stop third-party tracking online.
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The latest on your privacy, the NSA’s PRISM project, and how the tech companies want to protect it better.
In a day of fast moving news regarding the National Security Agency‘s domestic surveillance program,a new wire report reveals that a lawsuit brought by the privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation forced the U.S. to declassify some of the documents related to the spying program.
The NSA declassified three secret court opinions showing how it collected as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans with no ties to terrorism annually over three years, according to the Associated Press. A secret court assigned to monitor surveillance activities struck down the activities in 2011.
We’ve written about the technology behind Google glass before, but this teardown Scott Torborg and Star Simpson is the first glimpse of the small computer as independent electronic components. Their reaction? “It’s surprisingly simple.”
Not only was the duo able to safely disassemble Glass, they were also able to re-assemble Glass and make it functional.
Much of the disassembly ahead was specialized, and required a certain precision in dexterity to pull off. That said, if you’re careful and familiar with disassembling consumer products, Glass did not seem to present any major lurking hazards of inadvertent disassembly damage to components. As a testament to this, we were able to reassemble Glass after this teardown and it still operated perfectly, albeit with cosmetic damage.
Google, BlackBerry, Earthlink and Red Hat today petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on companies whose chief business is enforcing patents held by individuals. The move came one day after cloud host Rackspace announced that it was suing one such patent assertion entity, IP Nav, for violating a previous agreement that both companies would provide 30 days notice before suing over a group of contested patents.
Facebook’s move to allow marketers to import consumer lists obtained through data broker companies, announced today, met with substantial concern from privacy advocates.
Instagram rolled back proposed changes to parts of its terms of service that relate to advertising yesterday, but left in place changes to its privacy policies which attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation call troublesome.
Gmail users can now search by date range, message size and exact word match rather than keyword. For instance, users tired of turning up messages from 2007 in their search results can limit their searches to those less than a year old using “newer_than:1y.”
SocialTimes reported yesterday that the ACLU and EFF had sued to block enforcement of parts of Prop 35, now California law, that affect registered sex offenders’ use. The court has offered a temporary restraining order in the case, putting the provisions in question on hold until the court can make a decision on their constitutionality.
The ACLU of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit in California today to block enforcement of parts of Proposition 35, a California ballot measure designed to help prevent human sex trafficking.