privacy

security

Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers

Using the 'Track THIS' tool opens up 100 tabs at a time that will make you seem like a hypebeast, a filthy rich person, a doomsday prepper, or an influencer.
Caroline Haskins
a day ago
security

Black Market T-Mobile Location Data Tied to Spot of a Triple Murder

In 2017, two bounty hunters and a fugitive died in a chaotic shoot-out. Shortly after their deaths, someone started tracking one of the bounty hunter's phones.
Joseph Cox
a day ago
tech-social-media

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users

Several employees were caught abusing the tool, which let them read users’ messages and passwords.
Joseph Cox
3 days ago
tech-social-media

Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies

Facebook’s Graph Search allowed anyone to search a wealth of public data on Facebook in very specific ways, such as searching content for keywords in a particular point in time.
Joseph Cox
6.10.19
CYBER

The Politician Fighting The Spyware Industry

Outgoing Dutch member of European Parliament Maritieje Schaake tells us why spyware is as dangerous as an AK-47, but regulated less.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
6.7.19
tech-features

The Eyes Are the Prize: Eye-Tracking Technology Is Advertising's Holy Grail

Bundled into VR headsets or AR glasses, eye tracking will enable companies to collect your intimate and unconscious responses to real-world cues.
Avi Bar-Zeev
5.28.19
tech-social-media

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

Multiple sources and emails also describe SnapLion, an internal tool used by various departments to access Snapchat user data.
Joseph Cox
5.23.19
tech-social-media

Trump's Social Media Bias Survey Is a Craven Data Collection Ploy

The survey is an elaborate way of getting people to subscribe to the White House's email list.
Matthew Gault
5.17.19
tech-power

Police Are Feeding Celebrity Photos into Facial Recognition Software to Solve Crimes

Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition systems with little to no rules, found a new study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology.
Sarah Emerson
5.16.19
amazon

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Violates Kids' Rights, Civil Rights Groups Say

Twenty-one groups and coalitions filed a complaint with the FTC alleging that Amazon breaks the law and violates kids’ privacy rights with the Echo Dot Kids Edition.
Caroline Haskins
5.9.19
Weed

Why Weed Stores Are Scanning Your ID And What To Do About It

Cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd told VICE there’s reason to be concerned about potential privacy breaches.
Manisha Krishnan
4.9.19
Late Capitalism

‘Privacy Is Becoming a Luxury’: What Data Leaks Are Like for the Poor

"I felt like my identity or whatever didn't matter to them."
Elizabeth Brico
3.14.19
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