Democratic congressman Alan Grayson is leading a bipartisan group of representatives concerned about "constant misleading information" from the intelligence community. They're holding a hearing Wednesday, at which critics of the National Security Agency's spying programs will speak. One of them is Glenn Greenwald, who will participate remotely from Brazil. I'm sure the NSA will want to listen in on that line.
Whether you're an activist in a small town or an insurrectionist who stormed Capitol Hill, America's police have a system for tracking you down, cobbled together from all the data we blithely agree to share with apps—and other mysterious sources besides. The journey from End User License Agreement to data brokers to lucrative licensing agreements… READ THE REST
The app put out by Tim Hortons turned out to be constantly recording movements, illegally collecting "vast amounts of location data" without users' knowledge or consent. "The app also used location data to infer where users lived, where they worked, and whether they were traveling," the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said. "It generated an… READ THE REST
ShotSpotter is a service that installs microphones around town and "spots" gunshots, but is frequently criticized for its reliability and price. One study found it offers "no reductions in serious violent crimes, yet … increases demands on police resources". The problems with it are both systematic (the mics confirm the biases that went into the… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Is there any bond deeper than the one between us and our pets? Of course, pet parents know an animal is a special member of the household, but sometimes, we wish there… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Summer is coming to an end, and you know what that means! The leaves are changing, the air is cooling off, and there's a lot more time to spend indoors playing… READ THE REST