Privacy International Harvard researcher has investigated a piece of "marketing software" from Sears and K-Mart and discovered that it contains incredibly invasive, brutal -- and illegal! -- spyware:
Sears offers members $10, and a chance to win one of several sweepstakes as an extra incentive to join the program.
But in return, a small percentage of members must install extremely invasive software.
According to Googins, the product monitors not only all of the user's Web traffic, but also keeps track of secure sessions such as visits to bank sites, sniffs through email headers, and then sends that information to a ComScore.
(Thanks, Virtual Tours!)
(Image: Sears, Mónica, a Creative Commons Attribution-licensed photo from OmarOmar's Flickr stream)
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched About Face, a new national campaign to end governmental use of facial recognition technology for surveillance at all levels -- city, state and federal.
Back in 2017, EFF, ACLU and ACLU of Massachusetts sued the US government on behalf of 11 travelers whose devices had been subjected to warrantless, suspicionless searches by Customs and Border Protection at the US border.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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