Privacy is Dead

Schools Are Now Paying Corporations to Spy on Teens’ Social Media Activity

Baby-sitters' club. (Photo: Getty)

Teens can be major dickheads, and we don’t envy the parents and teachers who are expected to wrangle them into becoming normal human beings.

But judging by a new trend chronicled in the New York Times, some school administrators are taking their responsibilities a little too far. Some school districts are now paying private contractors to monitor students’ activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like.  Read More

Patently Absurd

Creepy New Verizon Patent Would Let Set-Top Box Serve Condom Ads When It Hears You Having Sex

Soon, he'll be able to hear YOU. (Photo: Fonesea)

When last we checked in on creepy technologies that wholly encroach on your sense of personal privacy, Microsoft had registered a patent that would allow the Kinect to detect how many people are in a room and stop playback on a movie if it sensed more people than the copyright allowed. But a new patent filed by Verizon takes that concept a step further by allowing a set-top box to observe what’s going on in your house and serve you ads based on what it hears. Read More