* The credit reporting firm said Thursday it detected a data breach in July that affects 143 million consumers.
* On Friday, Equifax added an opt-out clause to its terms of use, but it still requires arbitration instead of litigation to settle disputes for those who do not opt out.
* Consumer advocates are lashing out at Equifax for requiring arbitration.
Equifax has come under fire for attempting to bind consumers to mandatory arbitration when signing up for the monitoring service — called TrustedID Premier — thereby forcing them to give up their right to join a class-action case.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Sep 11th 2017 (9:44am)
Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers' online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers' usage information for advertising purposes.

Translation: So now your ISP wants to make more money by watching what you do in the privacy of your own home and sharing with others.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Mar 23rd 2017 (9:05pm)
Consumers have bought more than 11 million internet-connected Vizio televisions since 2010. But according to a complaint filed by the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General, consumers didn't know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them. The lawsuit challenges the company's tracking practices and offers insights into how established consumer protection principles apply to smart technology.
By: dave
Tuesday, Feb 7th 2017 (6:54am) | Thanks: digg
Though Google is not alone, many other online services follow you about and sell to you in one way or another, they are certainly the largest. Dumping your cookies occasionally and checking options may help.
Here are several tips to see what Mamma Google knows about your browsing habits.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, May 11th 2016 (3:20am)
The FBI and NSA are supposed to get a court order before snooping on your phone calls, emails, or other records. They can even get the order retroactively, if need be.
Sadly, .03% (three hundredths of one percent) of all such requests are denied. Thanks for the rubber stamp, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, May 10th 2016 (12:01am)
YUP | 1 2084
In the year 2084, society is slowly being crushed into conformity by an all-powerful computer. But one man is surprisingly impervious to the malevolent machine's relentless conditioning. How is this possible? Perhaps, in this dystopian future, Ignorance really is Strength.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Mar 22nd 2016 (2:54am) | Thanks: Presurfer
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated its protocol to no longer allow passengers to opt out of being electronically scanned at through Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines at checkpoints. Before the change, people could choose a physical screening.
By: dave
Monday, Dec 28th 2015 (4:26am)
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Intelexit is an activist group whose mission is to get spies to quit their jobs; they've recently installed billboards around spy complexes in the US and UK.

They upped their game last Friday, flying drones over the Dagger Complex near Frankfurt, which houses the European Cryptologic Center and 1,100 employees employees who work on programs like Xkeyscore, which indexes communications intercepted from fiber taps, phone companies, and other sources.

The drones dropped fliers on the complex urging the workers to quit their jobs.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Oct 6th 2015 (12:01am) | Thanks: boingboing
Here are all the ways the government can use your phone to watch you.
By: spam_vigilante
Saturday, Sep 12th 2015 (12:03am)
Section 215 of USAPATRIOT expired this morning at midnight without renewal. Of course, it's just a matter of time before something replaces it, but at least it'll be a little more inconvenient for them going forward.

*not to me, dammit. knock that off.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 1st 2015 (12:01am)
Today the 'log joins a multitude of other websites in an effort to illustrate our displeasure with USAPATRIOT by redirecting all congressional traffic to a collection of nakey protester photos.
By: dave
Friday, May 29th 2015 (4:05am)
John Oliver is really in top form. This week's ep makes the true horror and immediacy of our surveillance state wholly relatable to the common man by taking a trip to visit Edward Snowden in Russia and talking about Hot Pockets and everyone's dicks.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 7th 2015 (12:00am)
Better set it on fire if it is. Big Brother is actively listening to, recording, identifying, and disseminating everything you say within earshot of it. They haven't said as much, but it can probably see you as well.
By: dave
Tuesday, Feb 10th 2015 (12:01am)
San Franciscans react with astonishment as they read aloud the app permissions on their smartphones.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Feb 4th 2015 (3:56am)
Log into whatever google account you use with your mobile device and go here. Google knows where you go, when you go, and has been keeping track for a long, long time.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 18th 2014 (12:02am) | Thanks: Rich Cream
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A man and his two children were ordered to deplane until he deleted his Tweet.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Jul 25th 2014 (1:24am)
APS (one of our local power concerns) is apparently hanging surveillance cameras now. Here's an interesting read on the discovery, investigation, protest, and removal of one such camera.
By: dave
Thursday, Mar 6th 2014 (12:00am) | Thanks: reddit
Pictures you've e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could leak information that can threaten your safety or that of your children.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Aug 14th 2013 (7:19am)
Stopped by Spanish language tech journalists at an airport, the Apple co-founder says that after the NSA revelations, he questions his own government and wonders whether it's behaving like a king.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 17th 2013 (6:45am) | Thanks: reddit
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

The current list of online stoolies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.
By: dave
Friday, Jun 7th 2013 (6:04am) | Thanks: mefi
Read through the epic reviews of this toy product.
By: spam_vigilante
Sunday, Jan 20th 2013 (6:38am) | Thanks: Karen
Those naked-image backscatter scanners in the airports? OUTTA HERE.
By: dave
Friday, Jan 18th 2013 (7:11am)
A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.
By: dave
Monday, Jul 2nd 2012 (12:00am)
Don't want to dick around with all that security stuff, the patdowns and the backscatter scanners and all that? Just grease a palm or two and you can stroll right through.They're not even trying to pretend this is about security any more.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 19th 2012 (5:10am)
An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users.
By: dave
Thursday, Dec 1st 2011 (12:01am)

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