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Piracy and Privacy

May 19, 2011 5:39 pm jmadell 0
ArsTechnica reports that the California legislature is currently considering an anti-piracy bill that threatens to undermine privacy in a big way. Proposed by Senator Padilla, SB 550 would prohibit a person who manufactures optical discs for commercial purposes from making, possessing, or adapting any optical disc mold for the purpose of applying a forged, false, or deceptive identification mark or identifying code (under existing California law, every person who manufactures an optical disc for commercial purposes to permanently mark the manufactured optical disc with an identification mark or a unique identifying code).…
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NY case underscores Wi-Fi privacy dangers

April 25, 2011 7:46 pm KStrandburg 0
Available at: In Buffalo, a 25-year-old guy logged in to his neighbor house’s Wi-Fi connection and downloaded child pornography through the wireless signal. Firstly, the FBI agents suspected the homeowners. They denied and agents tapped away at the homeowner’s desktop computer, eventually taking it with them, along with his and his wife’s iPads and iPhones.…
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iPhone Location Tracing Controversy

April 25, 2011 9:06 am KStrandburg 0
Controversy over revelations regarding iPhone and iPad location tracking has been growing quickly. As the New York Times reports, the German, French, and Italian governments have either started or will soon start investigations into whether the tracking violates those countries’ respective privacy laws.…
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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.…