Karl Bode

DRM

These Fridges Won't Dispense Filtered Water Unless You Pay Extra for 'Official' Filters With RFID Chips

Arbitrary, unnecessary technical obstacles designed entirely to rip you off are the new normal.
Karl Bode
5 days ago
voting

Ignoring Security Experts, Washington State Eyes Voting by Smartphone

Security experts still widely agree that online voting can’t be adequately secured or transparently audited. Yet the siren song of 'easier voting' appears irresistible.
Karl Bode
1.22.20
Right to Repair

Sonos Makes It Clear: You No Longer Own The Things You Buy

Modern 'smart' hardware now comes with hidden expiration dates that encourage waste, piss off consumers, and put the entire internet at risk.
Karl Bode
Matthew Gault
1.22.20
privacy

Lawmakers Say Financial Giant Envestnet Has Been Selling User Data Without Telling Them

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says the FTC needs to do more to stop corporations from selling your private data, then burying notifications in fine print.
Karl Bode
1.17.20
privacy

What Are Third-Party Internet Cookies, and Why Is Google Killing Them?

Killing the cookie might be a good first step in finally respecting consumer privacy. But when it comes to fixing what ails the modern internet, it’s a drop in the bucket.
Karl Bode
1.16.20
privacy

Verizon Launches 'Private' Search Engine After Years of Violating Its Customers' Privacy

Verizon spied on consumers for decades—then lobbied fiercely to prevent the government from doing anything about it. Now it wants you to trust it with your web searches.
Karl Bode
1.15.20
privacy

Companies Use 'Dark Patterns' to Mislead Users About Privacy Law, Study Shows

A shiny new privacy law is only worth something if lawmakers and regulators are willing to actually enforce it.
Karl Bode
1.13.20
Hacking

SIM-Swapping Indictments Pile Up as Congress Begs the FCC to Do More

Victims and lawmakers say wireless carriers and the Trump FCC aren’t doing enough to protect consumers from the threat of SIM hijacking.
Karl Bode
1.10.20
Cable

The Cable TV Industry Finally Starts Listening to Angry Cord Cutters

Verizon’s new internet and TV offerings are a step in the right direction, but likely won’t be enough to appease angry cord cutters who moved on to streaming long ago.
Karl Bode
1.10.20
Internet

New York Has a Plan to Fix Broadband by Introducing Actual Competition

The massive new network would be open access, forcing multiple new ISPs to compete for your broadband dollar.
Karl Bode
1.9.20
Internet

Ajit Pai Still Thinks Killing Net Neutrality Was a Brilliant Idea

The FCC boss insisted at CES that ignoring the public and killing net neutrality fixed America’s broadband problems. It didn’t.
Karl Bode
1.8.20
privacy

Why a Steak in California Comes With a Privacy Notice

Under California’s new privacy law, even brick and mortar companies have to make it clear you can opt out of having your personal data sold.
Karl Bode
1.7.20
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