Apple Enforcing Privacy Requirements

Good news !  Apple is now requiring developers to remove software that sends location data to external parties without obtaining explicit consent from the consumer. https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/08/apple-location-apps-third-parties/ From the article: Thus far, we’ve seen several cases of Apple cracking down on these types of applications. The company informs developers via email that “upon re-evaluation,” their application […]

Is an AI calling you == Robocall?

Should realistic computer generated calls be regulated? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/a-google-program-can-pass-as-a-human-on-the-phone-should-it-be-required-to-tell-people-its-a-machine/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c92ecc54723c New AI based callers from google and others, are so good they can fool humans. If they are then able to do this (from the article): a scene from the TV show “The Office,” in which a scheming assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute, makes 50 […]

World password day

https://www.passwordday.org/ Did you miss world password day?  Me too. But it’s never too late to start protecting your own security and privacy.  This article mentions “layering up” which is just another name for two factor authentication, or multi factor authentication. Also, it’s a good time to start using a password manager. Google those terms, ask […]

What /who is your smart tv talking to?

https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2018/04/23/announcing-iot-inspector-a-tool-to-study-smart-home-iot-device-behavior/ From the article: Most single- or limited-purpose IoT devices are susceptible to this simple attack. We are currently designing and evaluating obfuscation techniques to protect activity inference from network metadata. Finding #3: Many IoT Devices Contact a Large and Diverse Set of Third Parties In many cases, consumers expect that their devices contact manufacturers’ […]

Your DNA, hr1313, and catching the Golden State Killer

one thing is clear when it comes to commercial genetic testing companies, Gruber said. People who use their products “don’t usually have a full understanding and appreciation for what type of information they’re giving those companies,” and they don’t understand that they’ve given up “any future control” over their information. “Be cautious and fully informed,” […]