iSpy: Yet Another Reason To Keep Your Mobile Messaging Tasteful

As if there wasn't already enough concern over losing your phone and giving a stranger complete access to your personal life, a team of researchers have developed a program called iSpy that can read what's being typed on a smartphone's screen from up to sixty meters away. So you may not even see the person who's… » 11/05/11 5:00pm 11/05/11 5:00pm

Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Is Tracking Every Windows Phone Even if You…

Microsoft is tracking your Windows Phone, and there's nothing you can do about it. A lawsuit filed in Seattle is claiming that Windows Phone's camera app tracks your location and sends it to Microsoft, even if you opt out. We contacted Microsoft and they refused to comment. » 9/01/11 4:53pm 9/01/11 4:53pm

Butt Kits, Drone Planes and Sneaky Light Switches Are All It Takes To…

Being a highly trained, super-secret secret agent is a super-hard secret to keep. Best-case scenario: no one ever finds out how awesome you really are because you're so concerned with maintaining a Joe Normal public persona. Worst-case scenario: you blow your cover and are forced to spend the rest of your days as a… » 7/28/11 3:59pm 7/28/11 3:59pm

iSpy: Apple Will Fix the iPhone Location Problem

Surprise! Apple's broken their silence on the iPhone location tracking controversy with an amazingly self-contradictory Q&A press release. Most notable: they say the massive data cache goes too far, and will be fixed in an impending software update. » 4/27/11 8:57am 4/27/11 8:57am

Watch Steve Jobs Talk About How Serious Apple Takes Location Privacy

In this video spliced together by AllThingsD, you'll see Steve Jobs and Andy Rubin talk about location privacy and their platform's philosophy on privacy. It's very interesting to look back on these interviews given what has happened given the iSpy conspiracy. » 4/26/11 9:40pm 4/26/11 9:40pm

How the Police Get Your Phone Records

Every time I receive a call, my cell carrier takes note of the incoming telephone number, the time, date and duration of the conversation, and—because the call is sent through a network of cell towers—my location. As it turns out, I'm also carrying the right kind of smart phone, which means my device itself jots down… » 4/26/11 4:00pm 4/26/11 4:00pm

The Wi-Fi Location Data Google Collects From Your Phone? It's Tagged…

The WSJ's headline—"Apple, Google Collect User Data"—borders on art, but the real point of note from the piece as it attempts to corral and make sense of the sprawling issue of cellphone location data is that when Google collects data about nearby Wi-Fi hotspots from your phone, that data is apparently tagged with "a… » 4/22/11 10:07am 4/22/11 10:07am

Congress and FCC Also Wanna Know Why Your iPhone's Secretly Tracking…

There was a minor media frenzy over Apple secretly tracking your iPhone 4 today, so naturally the government wants in on the action. The FCC and representatives from both houses of Congress have said they'll look into the matter. » 4/20/11 6:58pm 4/20/11 6:58pm

Infiniti's Around View Camera System, When Looking Out Your Window Just …

Infiniti's unreleased 2008 EX35 has lots of fun new features like self-healing paint and automatic folding rear seats. It even has something called the Around View camera system. It basically works just like those backup cameras that started showing up a few years ago, but now you can see to the right, left and… » 9/17/07 3:40pm 9/17/07 3:40pm