The Future of Wearables: “Smart” Underwear Studies Your Sweat

Soft Cloud Tech – Emerging ‘wearable’ technologies that are being tested in clinical settings may one day become commonplace in consumer markets. Earlier this year, we looked at ‘ingestible’ sensors embedded in pharmaceuticals, which can make physiological measurements from inside the body, or notify patients when they forget to take their pills. This type of …

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Stingray: “The Biggest Threat to Cell Phone Privacy”

The ‘surveillance industry’ Soft Cloud Tech – In the past decade there has been a boom in the domestic ‘security industry,’ a proliferation of military-grade weapons and surveillance equipment to local police departments in an effort to prosecute the ‘War on Terror’ at home. The “Stingray” is a military eavesdropping device manufactured by Florida-based Harris Corporation; the device’s generic …

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iDNA: Why Apple (and Google) Want Your Genetic Information

Soft Cloud Tech – Apple is turning smartphones into powerful tools for medical surveillance. Using the HealthKit platform, patients can send readings from home medical monitors to their health-care provider, and receive personalized advice from the Watson Health Cloud in return. With ResearchKit, scientists are building software for conducting large medical studies, collecting data from smartphone sensors and surveys ‘pushed’ to users’ phones. Now, after …

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Linguistic Analysis of Twitter Posts Can Predict Heart Disease

Soft Cloud Tech – When you connect your social media accounts to the first version of the Sherbit beta, you’ll be able to see a few data points describing your online activity, like a graph of ‘Likes’ on your status updates over time, or a map of your geo-tagged Instagram photos. With even this limited …

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Facebook Partners With Shadowy ‘Data Brokers’ To Farm Your Information

“It’s not a bug, it’s a feature” Soft Cloud Tech – Last month, researchers with the Belgian Privacy Commission conducted a comprehensive analysis of Facebook’s new Data Use Policy and Terms of Service and concluded that the company is in violation of European law: it has authorized itself to continuously collect users’ location information, sell users’ photos for advertising purposes, and track both …

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How Does Verizon’s “Supercookie” Work?

Soft Cloud Tech – Last year, it was discovered that Verizon and AT&T had been quietly altering their customers’ web traffic to include a permanent, undeletable ‘supercookie’ allowing advertisers to assemble detailed profiles of users’ browsing habits. Amid immense public pressure, AT&T dropped the program altogether—and this month, Verizon finally released a mechanism for ‘opting out.’ But what …

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How Google ‘Tricks’ Users Into Sharing Location Data

UPDATE: Google has corrected this behavior as of Android OS 5.0 (“Lollipop”). Soft Cloud Tech – Every time you turn on ‘Location’ services on an Android phone, you’re shown a ‘Location consent’ prompt, like this one: GPS is a ‘passive’ system – a GPS receiver figures out your geographic coordinates by finding a signal from at least three GPS satellites in …

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