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iPhone and iPad Store Location Data of Everywhere You Go

April 20, 2011 12:20 pm JScott 0
Researchers Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered a file on the iPhone and 3G-enabled iPads that contain the “latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp.”  This file is also copied to the owner’s computer when synced.  …
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DOJ Pitches GPS Surveillance Case to Supreme Court

April 18, 2011 2:52 pm KStrandburg 3 On Friday, the Solicitor General filed a certiorari petition with the Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split on whether a warrant is required for GPS surveillance. The case, United States v. Jones, involves the government’s use of GPS tracking technology to monitor a person’s movements on public roads for an extended period of time.…
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Do-Not-Track Bill

April 13, 2011 8:56 am KStrandburg 0
Article Link:,0,3461978,full.story Link to Bill:{2C530FAF-6F85-4236-BB30-293D33F815E5} Continuing the groundswell of support for Do-Not-Track across the nation, California State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) introduced legislation that would force Internet companies doing business in California to allow consumers to opt out of online monitoring.…
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RandTXT – Chatroulette’s new cousin

April 11, 2011 3:08 am jmadell 0
Not long ago, denizens of the web were thrown into a frenzy by Chatroulette, an innovative website that randomly paired visitors with webcams for impromptu video chats. Hot off the HackerNews presses, meet RandTXT – Chatroulette for text messages. RandTXT allows anyone with a cell phone to anonymously send a text message to a randomly selected person and receive an anonymous reply from that person.…
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Stalkers Exploit Cellphone GPS – The Wall Street Journal (August 3, 2010)

April 4, 2011 2:31 pm KStrandburg 0
Available at:; Stalkers Exploit Cellphone GPS – Mobile Location Tracking – In August of 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported that global-positioning-system (GPS) technology offered by cellular carriers is being used by stalkers. Although the technology is intended to rescue lost drivers, locate kidnap victims and enable other noble endeavors, it has had the unintended consequence of allowing stalkers to more easily track their victims.…
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Fools in April

April 1, 2011 2:42 pm jmadell 0
Surely most of you have seen Google’s “new” feature, Gmail Motion. If not, check out the video below: Gmail Motion The April Fools’ posting has become a bit of a tradition at Google. My personal favorite is Google Gulp. There’s a lot of fun to be had here for sure.…
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Google Book Search and Privacy

March 28, 2011 4:10 pm KStrandburg 0
Google Book Search allows anyone to search a massive library of books that Google has scanned. A few years ago, the Authors Guild sued Google to stop the project and various settlement agreements have subsequently been proposed. Judge Denny Chin recently rejected the latest settlement agreement.…
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Cellphone Tracking in China: Tool to Ease Traffic Congestion or to Chill Political Dissidents?

March 21, 2011 3:51 pm KStrandburg 0
The Chinese Government has announced plans to track 1.7 million cellphone users in Beijing through location technology, in order to help city authorities better manage traffic (see However, this raises concerns that the government may abuse this technology for surveillance purposes, infringing a variety of human rights.…
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Online Privacy NY Times Saturday Editorial

March 20, 2011 2:42 pm HNissenbaum 0
The New York Times March 18, 2011 A New Internet Privacy Law? Considering how much information we entrust to the Internet every day, it is hard to believe there is no general law to protect people’s privacy online. Companies harvest data about people as they surf the Net, assemble it into detailed profiles and sell it to advertisers or others without ever asking permission.…