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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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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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