85% of domestic violence shelters work with women who have been GPS-tracked by their abusers; 75% have clients who were attacked with hidden mobile surveillance apps; cops routinely steal and share nude selfies from the phones of women pulled over in traffic stops, and NSA spies used agency's massive, illegal surveillance apparatus to stalk women they were sexually attracted to, a practice that was dubbed "LOVEINT."
With this information in the background, FBI Director Comey’s insistence that Apple’s new iPhone encryption will undermine law enforcement becomes less farce, and more tragedy. As women’s shelters across the country have learned, privacy tools are not just for journalists, whistleblowers, spies, and criminals.
About 12 million people are victims of intimate partner violence each year. Privacy is about power, and undermining privacy serves the powerful at the cost of the powerless, even at home. For an unknown number of people, surveillance is not an exotic threat, a national story, a geopolitical game. For them, surveillance begins at home.
Surveillance Begins at Home [Sarah Jeong/Forbes]
The United States Internal Revenue Service says it purchased access to a marketing database that offers location data for millions of US cellphones, so the IRS can identify and track persons suspected of tax-related crimes.
In a letter to members of Congress, IBM says it will abandon the general-purpose facial recognition business, and that the company opposes the use of facial recognition for mass surveillance.
It’s game over for those holding out hope Zoom would do more for user privacy: the company’s CEO explicitly cited law enforcement as why it will not offer encrypted calling to free (i.e. undocumented) users. Yuan said free users won’t enjoy that level of privacy, which makes it impossible for third parties to decipher communications. […]
For all their amazing growth over the past 25 years, the most impressive thing about the monumental rise of Amazon might be the speed and sophistication of their lightning-fast delivery network. Sometimes it doesn’t even take 24 hours for the idea you ordered to be perched right on your front porch, ready for use. The […]
You could actually watch a Tyrannosaurus Rex walk down your street right now. And no, this isn’t the latest Jurassic Park sequel. Of course, it isn’t real either, just a Google recreation of some pretty realistic looking dinosaurs transplanted right into any environment around you courtesy of augmented reality. Yet it’s just another example of […]
A guy on the Apple discussion forum started a thread titled, “Why do your Charger Cables have the lifespan of a housefly?” That question is probably enough to elicit a whole bunch of head nods from virtually everyone reading this, whether you’re an iPhone user, an Android owner or have virtually any device that needs […]