Recent concerns about privacy have centered on domestic spying by government agencies.
Clemency for Edward Snowden and FBI surveillance of Americans in the ‘70s have both been in the news this week. And Sunday brought the return of Jill Kelley, the infamous air force base yenta who was the catalyst for the downfall of CIA director, Gen. David Petraeus.
Well, I was in the domestic spying business for 10 years as a gossip columnist, and let me tell you: it’s not the government you need to worry about.
It’s your friends, family and neighbors who know everything about you. And they’re the ones who sell you out.
With only 131 days left in the Christmas shopping season, time is ticking on what you’re going to get your favorite conspiracy theorist. Stop your worrying, because the New Museum’s forthcoming Privacy Gift Shop has all the “stealth wear” for the Drudge Report reader in every family.
Opening Aug. 28, clothing, gear and gadgets that hinder the surveillance of pesky devices like cell phones and drones will be available for purchase at the museum. The pop-up shop lasts until Sept. 22 and gifts will also be available for purchase online.
In a move that will likely make no difference to politicians embroiled in as-yet-unreported sex scandals, Google has pretty much flat-out stated that it has a right to go through your email.
A motion filed on July 13 by Google’s attorneys “says Gmail users should assume that any electronic correspondence that’s passed through Google’s servers can be accessed and sued for an array of options, such as selling ads to customers,” RT reports.
The moral of This Beautiful Life (Harper Collins, 240 pages, $24.99) is the same as that of The Odyssey: If you have a good life in Ithaca, think twice before leaving it behind. Also, watch out for the sirens. Plug your ears with wax, cover your eyes, break your laptop, do whatever it takes Read More
The ad-tech companies creating better systems to track user behavior online are flush with cash from venture capital firms, especially in New York.
“It’s a huge market and it’s growing,” says Chris Fralic, a managing partner at First Round Capital, told the Wall Street Journal. First Round is the biggest backers of this Read More
Savvy prosecutors are now scouring Facebook to glean clues about potential jurors.
A DA in Texas armed his prosecutors with iPads last year, and proposed trading the jury free wi-fi access in exchange for a quick “friending” to dig up more info, reports the Wall Street Journal.
In Oregon, meanwhile, a DA tends Read More
Rachel Sterne’s major qualifications for her new job as New York City’s digital chief seem to be her social media savvy.
But apparently the attention her Facebook page received after her new gig was announced was either too much for Sterne, or didn’t jibe with her position as a public official, because she greatly Read More
Apple’s obsessive control over the apps that can be sold through its online store has come back to bite them.
Apple, Pandora and Dictionary.com were sued in federal court Monday for allegedly helping advertisers create secret profiles of iPhone users without their consent.
According to Wired’s Ryan Singel, “The tracking is possible because Read More
The government’s announcement that they may create a Do Not Track registry for the web, similar to the offline Do Not Call system, has sent the digital advertising industry scrambling to clean its image.
But not everyone agrees that web tracking is an unqualified evil. This morning prominent New York VC Fred Wilson wrote Read More