Category Archives for Privacy

Evernote Makes Employee Reading of Messages Opt-in

Evernote has been through the wringer with its decision to add machine learning to its repertoire, effectively trying to pave the way to added services based on scanning the contents of users’ notes. Users were not happy, not least because … Continue reading

16. December 2016 by jeremy
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Turn off location in iOS, and Uber doesn’t work

(Update: Uber say they are looking into it.)  Buzzfeed says Privacy Advocates Want Uber To Stop Tracking Users After Rides End but Uber responds that “by offering the option of manually entering pick-up locations, the company is giving users a choice to … Continue reading

07. December 2016 by jeremy
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I’m An Airline, Fly Me

This an email from a bona fide airline:  Dear Sir/Madam, Please be informed that your transaction with [international carrier] has been confirmed. Due to fraud prevention procedure against Credit Card transaction, we would like to validate your recent transaction with … Continue reading

13. September 2016 by jeremy
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BBC: The Rise of Disappearables

The transcript of my BBC World Service piece on wearables. Reuters original story here.  Forget ‘wearables’, and even ‘hearables’, if you’ve ever heard of them. The next big thing in mobile devices: ‘disappearables’. Unless it really messes up, Apple is … Continue reading

10. May 2015 by jeremy
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The Facebook Experiment: Some Collated Views

A few pieces in the Facebook Experiment. I’m still mulling my view.  Paul Bernal: The Facebook Experiment: the ‘why’ questions…:  Perhaps Facebook will look a little bad for a little while – but the potential financial benefit from the new stream … Continue reading

02. July 2014 by jeremy
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True Video Lies

This is a longer version of a piece I recorded for the BBC World Service. The other day my wife lost her phone out shopping. We narrowed it down to either the supermarket or the taxi. So we took her … Continue reading

12. December 2011 by jeremy
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Carrier IQ’s Opt-Out Data Collection Patent

ZDNet writes here about an Carrier IQ patent that outlines keylogging and ability to target individual devices . Which is interesting. But Carrier IQ owns a dozen patents, including this one, which to me is much more interesting. This patent … Continue reading

04. December 2011 by jeremy
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Deconstructing Carrier IQ’s Press Release

I couldn’t find this press release on their website, and it’s a couple of weeks old, but I thought it worth deconstructing anyway. My comments in quotes. The rest is from the release. I don’t pretend to have got anything … Continue reading

01. December 2011 by jeremy
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Stuck on Stuxnet

By Jeremy Wagstaff (this is my weekly Loose Wire Service column for newspaper syndication) We’ve reached one of those moments that I like: When we’ll look back at the time before and wonder how we were so naive about everything. … Continue reading

04. October 2010 by jeremy
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Another Facebook Hole?

(Update: Facebook have confirmed the flaw—although it’s not as serious as it looks—and have fixed it. See comments.) The complexity of Facebook makes it likely there are holes in its privacy. But this one, if I’m right, seems to suggest … Continue reading

16. January 2009 by jeremy
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