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A comprehensive guide to corporate online surveillance in everyday life

Cracked Labs' massive report on online surveillance by corporations dissects all the different ways in which our digital lives are tracked, from the ad-beacons that follow us around the web to the apps that track our physical locations as we move around the world. (more…)
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Post, News, Eu, Surveillance, Adblocking, Gdpr, Surveillance Capitalism, Re-identification, GAFA, De-identification

Hundreds of Creepy Mobile Games Can Use Your Mic to Track What You Watch on TV

A New York Times report out Friday identifies more than 250 mobile games in Android’s Play Store that use always-on audio recognition software to track users’ TV- and ad-viewing behavior. Experts cited in the report also say the software’s developer, a startup called Alphonso, does not clearly describe how the games,…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York Times, Consumer Tech, Alphonso, Surveillance Capitalism

Surveillance advocate Eric Schmidt is stepping down as head of Google parent company Alphabet

Eric Schmidt, the ex-Sun CEO who came onboard at Google to be the "adult supervision" for the founders and who has repeatedly declared privacy dead and dismissed people who worried about surveillance business-models as unrealistic nutcases, is stepping down as head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. (more…)
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Eric Schmidt, Surveillance Capitalism

"Blatantly unlawful": companies use Facebook targeting to ensure older workers don't see help-wanted ads

A Propublica investigation (ed: I am an annual donor to Propublica and urge you to support their work) found dozens of companies who placed help wanted ads on Facebook that used ad-targeting to exclude older workers, a practice that an employment law specialist called "blatantly unlawful."
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Labor, Discrimination, Class War, Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff, Ice-floes-r-us

(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product

If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a constantly listening presence in your home that by design listens to every word you say, and which is very likely to suffer at least one catastrophic breach that allows hackers (possibly low-level dum-dums like the ransomware creeps who took whole hospitals hostage this year, then asked for a mere $300 to give them back because they were such penny-ante gri...
Tags: Gadgets, Echo, Post, News, Siri, Voice Assistant, Google Amazon Apple, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism, Smart Speakers, Grinchwatch, Unless You Have Dementia, Zuboff

New All-Seeing Billboard Uses Hidden Cameras to Show Ads Based on Age, Emotions

London’s famous Piccadilly Circus new video display called Piccadilly Lights. According to its maker, the enormous screen (which is almost the size of two professional basketball courts) can detect the vehicles, ages, and even emotions of people nearby, and respond by playing…Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Biometrics, Face Recognition, Object Recognition, Surveillance Capitalism, Capitalism U Wild, Consumer Surveillance, Piccadilly Lights According

Algorithms try to channel us into repeating our lives

Molly Sauter (previously) describes in gorgeous, evocative terms how the algorithms in our life try to funnel us into acting the way we always have, or, failing that, like everyone else does. (more…)
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Big Data, Molly Sauter, Surveillance Capitalism, Algorithmic Cruelty, Prediction Misfires

In a leaked "weaponized information" catalog, Indian cyberarms dealer offers blackest-ever SEO

In 2014, an Indian company called Aglaya brought a 20-page brochure to ISS World (AKA the Wiretappers' Ball -- the annual trade fair where governments shop for surveillance technology): the brochure laid out the company's offerings, which ranged from mobile malware for Ios and Android to a unique "Weaponized Information" selection that combined denial-of-service with disinformation to "discredit a target" online. (more…)
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Corruption, News, Christ What An Asshole, India, Seo, Infosec, Opsec, Astroturf, Cyberwar, Lawful Interception, Surveillance Capitalism, Aglaya

Class action suit: smart sex toys spy on their owners and transmit their masturbation habits

An anonymous woman has filed a class action suit against Standard Innovation, a company that makes We-Vibe "smart" sex toys that record exactly how their owners masturbate and transmit detailed dossiers, along with personally identifying information, back to the company. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Privacy, Law, Big Data, Sex, Surveillance, Iot, Surveillance Capitalism, Teledildonics

How surveillance capitalism tracks you without cookies

Princeton computer science researchers Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan (previously) have just published a new paper, Online tracking: A 1-million-site measurement and analysis, which documents the state of online tracking beyond mere cookies -- sneaky and often illegal techniques used to "fingerprint" your browsers and devices as you move from site to site, tracking you even when you explicitly demand not to be track and take countermeasures to prevent this. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Cookies, Princeton, Ad Blockers, Arvind Narayanan, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism

The privacy wars have been a disaster and they're about to get a LOT worse

In my latest Locus column, The Privacy Wars Are About to Get A Whole Lot Worse, I describe the history of the privacy wars to date, and the way that the fiction of "notice and consent" has provided cover for a reckless, deadly form of viral surveillance capitalism. (more…)
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Privacy, Iot, Reasonable Agreement, Class Action, Eschatology, Eulas, Champerty, Surveillance Capitalism

For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out, now that's coming to LED bulbs

In 1924, representatives of the world's leading lightbulb manufacturers formed Phoebus, a cartel that fixed the average life of an incandescent bulb at 1,000 hours, ensuring that people would have to regularly buy bulbs and keep the manufacturers in business. (more…)
Tags: Security, Household, Gadgets, Post, Corruption, News, War On General Purpose Computers, Infosec, Dmca, Iot, Apollo, 1201, CFAA, Fiat Lux, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism

Pokemon Go privacy rules are terrible (just like all your other apps)

Pokemon Go wants access to your Google account (and thus your email and Google Docs) and its privacy policy is a Kafka-esque nightmare document that lets them collect every single imaginable piece of private information about your life and share it with pretty much anyone they want to, forever. (more…)
Tags: Google, Mobile, Post, Games, News, Privacy, Pokemon, Google Docs, Vr, Ar, Kafka, Reasonable Agreement, Eulas, Surveillance Capitalism

Rebate for IoT thermostat requires that you give permission to your utility to read "all data"

Aaron writes, "While filling out this seemingly great rebate for $100 for a recently purchased wifi-enabled thermostat, I happened to read the Terms and Conditions, which includes the fact that I must unwittingly agree to share all my thermostat data with my electric and gas companies (It was odd that they asked for my thermostat's MAC address). Because I have an ecobee3, this includes information on how often I'm in my bedroom, or when I'm home or out!" (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Utilities, Privacy, Mac, Iot, Reasonable Agreement, Aaron, Eulas, Surveillance Capitalism, Internet Of Shit

Peak indifference: privacy as a public health issue

My latest Locus column, "Peak Indifference", draws a comparison between the history of the "debate" about the harms of smoking (a debate manufactured by disinformation merchants with a stake in the controversy) and the current debate about the harms of surveillance and data-collection, whose proponents say "privacy is dead," while meaning, "I would be richer if your privacy were dead." (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Public Health, Surveillance Capitalism

Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism

Maciej Cegłowski (previously) keynoted the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics conference with a characteristically brilliant speech about the "moral economy of tech" -- that is, the way that treating social problems like software problems allows techies to absolve themselves of the moral consequences of their actions and the harms that result. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Web Theory, Surveillance, Drones, Uspoli, Maciej Cegłowski, Decarbonizing The Surveillance Economy, Surveillance Capitalism

Your cable operator is spying on you and selling the data from your set-top box

As the fight over the FCC's Unlock the Box plan heats up, the cable and satellite TV companies have pulled out all the stops in a bid to force you to continue spending more than $200/year to rent an insecure, power-hungry, badly designed set-top box, rather than introducing competition by letting you buy your cable-box on the open market. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, Corruption, Fcc, Privacy, Telcoms, Advertising, Surveillance, Surveillance Capitalism

A taxonomy of unethical technology design patterns

Tristan Harris, formerly Google's Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher, delves into the way that technology design can "hijack your attention," by introducing casino-like intermittent reward; by framing a subset of possible actions as a comprehensive-seeming menu; by deliberately introducing a sense that you might miss out; by forcing you to move though a clickbaity newsfeed to access your friends' updates; by paraphrasing one request ("where can we go for a quiet chat") as another ("which n...
Tags: Google, Post, Design, Behavioral Economics, Bestiary, Surveillance Capitalism

The price of stealing an identity is crashing, with no bottom in sight

The sharp increase in known, unpatched vulnerabilities in the tools we use to access the Internet has caused the price of exploits is falling through the floor. (more…)
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Crime, Privacy, Surveillance, Infosec, Surveillance Capitalism, Supply And Demand

McAfee shovelware emits tracking beacons

Researchers at Duo Labs bought a "stack" of OEM laptops and audited the preinstalled shovelware they came with, looking specifically at the security implications of the default settings. (more…)
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Privacy, Surveillance, McAfee, Sleaze, Surveillance Capitalism, Duo Labs