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Cops Finally Limit License Plate Data Collection… Because of Hard Drive Space

The Oakland Police Department, like many local police forces, employs a license plate reader, collecting data on locals’ commutes, rituals, and private behavior. Until recently, all the data from the plate surveillance was stored for however long a computer could hold it. But in discrete fashion the police department… » 8/26/15 1:35pm Wednesday 1:35pm

Spotify Clarifies Exactly How it Will Use Your Information After Privacy Kerfuffle

Everybody (including this blog) freaked out a little bit yesterday when Spotify released a new privacy policy that asked permission to do everything from track your location to look at your photos. But Spotify is sorry. The company’s CEO just clarified that Spotify doesn’t want to spy on you. » 8/21/15 10:35am 8/21/15 10:35am

JFK Now Tracks Passengers' Cellphones to Predict Airport Wait Times

The worst part about air travel isn’t the cramped airplane cabins, the terrible food, or the awkward security pat-downs–it’s all the waiting and lining up you have to do at the airport. So New York’s JFK is now using a new cellphone tracking system to predict just how long you’ll be standing around. » 8/20/15 9:11am 8/20/15 9:11am

Another Day, Another Hack: What Security News Should You Care About?

Every day it seems like there’s a new breach, a password to reset, or vulnerability. The trouble with a lot of security news though is that lot of it is important, but then there are garbage stories like this, big on scare and lacking in information, that make you just want to tune out. Let’s break down what’s worth… » 8/10/15 6:03pm 8/10/15 6:03pm

These Glasses Block Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition software is cropping up everywhere, so it was only a matter of time before anti facial recognition tech started to catch up. Naturally, Japan is leading the way. That’s right: Japan’s National Institute of Informatics is now developing ‘privacy glasses’ that make human faces unreadable to machines. » 8/08/15 11:00am 8/08/15 11:00am

It’s Crazy How Much Cell Information Cops Think They Can Just Seize 

A federal appeals court just ruled that the government needs a warrant to obtain cell phone location records from your service provider. It’s the third ruling at this level on the matter, and the first that says a warrant is indeed necessary. Warrantless tracking of this kind is now more likely to be heard by the… » 8/05/15 6:20pm 8/05/15 6:20pm

What Windows 10's "Privacy Nightmare" Settings Actually Do

Windows 10 has some handy new features, but if you believe the rest of the internet, it also comes with features that eviscerate any semblance of privacy. But that view is a little overblown. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these settings actually do—and which ones are actually a privacy problem.… » 8/05/15 5:14pm 8/05/15 5:14pm

Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don’t like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board—in short,… » 8/04/15 1:20am 8/04/15 1:20am

The NSA Says It'll Destroy Some Phone Records It Collected Illegally 

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it’d already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage. » 7/27/15 3:50pm 7/27/15 3:50pm

Apple Might Start Showing People Ads Based on Their Bank Balances

Just when you thought Apple wasn’t integrated into your life enough, the company just won a patent for a system that targets ads based on how much money people have. This is the same Apple that’s promised not to monetize your data. As Tim Cook said last year: “You’re not our product.” Until you are, apparently. » 7/16/15 10:50am 7/16/15 10:50am

Google Accidentally Released Details of Right To Be Forgotten Requests

A year has passed since the EU ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten” online, and Google has been busy removing links when people ask it to. But now it’s accidentally revealed details about the requests—and it turns out the truth is less salacious than you may have hoped for. » 7/15/15 5:00am 7/15/15 5:00am