Europe to No Good

Sorry, Euro-Dorks: Continent to Stay Google Glass-Free for a Few Years

Pfft, American. (Photo: Google)

Maybe you are a privacy fanatic. Maybe you think face computers are unforgivably dorky. Maybe you just really like crepes. Either way, you’ll be glad to know that Google Glass will not be available in Europe for years, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Europeans “have traditionally been more concerned about privacy and hesitant to adopt new, potentially disruptive personal technologies than Americans,” WSJ says. True, we Yanks are suckers for anything new, especially if it has a sleek and shiny ad campaign. Read More

Privacy is Dead

Fitness Apps Might Be Selling Info About How it Takes You 20 Minutes to Run That One, Sad Mile

Fact: the full benefits of this workout will not kick in until it is tweeted. (Photo: Getty)

Unless you’re one of those annoying people who loves working out and tweeting about it, chances are you find fitness apps to be annoying at best and shame-inducing at worst. And now, it’s been revealed that some fitness and health apps could be selling your bodily deets to insurance companies and advertisers, making them even more nefarious.

And here we thought companies produced free apps because they just love shaming us for our dietary choices. Nope, it turns out they’re out to make money, too. Read More

Privacy is Dead

Government Perfects Crowd-Scanning Facial Recognition Tech for Use by Your Local Cops

(Photo: Getty)

The federal government is perfecting software that will be able to pick suspects out of a crowd through facial recognition, and while we’re sure it’ll prove itself very useful for finding terrorists, it’s kind of horrifying all the same–especially since they might make it available for use by your neighborhood police.

The crowd-scanning project is called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System, the New York Times reports, and will be known as BOSS, because if there’s one thing our government loves more than chipping away at our privacy, it’s hyper-masculine acronyms. Read More

gift shop

New Museum’s Upcoming ‘Privacy Gift Shop’ Will Sell You All the Counter Surveillance Gear You Crave

Stylish anti-drone scarf. (Photo: New Museum)

With only 131 days left in the Christmas shopping season, time is ticking on what you’re going to get your favorite conspiracy theorist. Stop your worrying, because the New Museum Store’s forthcoming Privacy Gift Shop has all the “stealth wear” for the Drudge Report reader in every family.

Opening Aug. 28, clothing, gear and gadgets that hinder the surveillance of pesky devices like cell phones and drones will be available for purchase at the museum. The pop-up shop lasts until Sept. 22 and gifts will also be available for purchase online. Read More

Privacy Police

If You’re Having an Affair, Probably Avoid Gmail

Erik Schmidt in search of his "I care" face (Photo: Flickr)

In a move that will likely make no difference to politicians embroiled in as-yet-unreported sex scandals, Google has pretty much flat-out stated that it has a right to go through your email.

A motion filed on July 13 by Google’s attorneys “says Gmail users should assume that any electronic correspondence that’s passed through Google’s servers can be accessed and sued for an array of options, such as selling ads to customers,” RT reports. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Hope You Like Fireworks, ‘Cuz They’re All Over Your Instagram

(Photo: instagram.com/shanegboa)

Privacy watchdogs in three European countries have ordered Google to rewrite its privacy policy or else they’ll be forced to pursue legal sanctions. [The Guardian]

Astronomers have detected a mysterious intergalactic radio signals, and, “in just a few milliseconds, each of the signals released about as much energy as the sun emits in 300,000 years.” Mindblown.gif. [Discovery]

A new project struck up through a partnership with Facebook and Dartmouth will analyze veterans’ opt-in social media data to determine whether it’s possible to predict suicide risk through Facebook status updates. [Naked Security]

Millions of young people in Japan are holed up in their rooms after becoming withdrawn, or “Hikikomori,” and paralyzed by social anxiety. Why? [The BBC]

Zynga accidentally put the email address of a random stranger on their customer support page. This is what happened. [Kotaku]

The Future Will See You Now

‘Stop the Cyborgs’ Begins With Stopping Google Glass

They even got Jean-Luc!

Now that Google Glass has officially established itself as the newest buzzy gadget, a backlash is brewing, uniting the technophobic and privacy-obsessed to form an anti-cyborg movement.

A new site, called “Stop the Cyborgs,” wants to help organize those who want to “save humanity from the cyber collective.” They see Google Glass less like a cool way to livestream footage of yourself sky diving and more like the beginning of a violent Borg-like empire. Sorry, Sergey! Read More

New Drone City

The Lone Star State Has No Need for These Picture-Taking, Privacy-Invading Drones

No photos, please. (Photo: flickr.com/adactio

The drone invasion is practically upon us: The FAA is authorizing various police departments to fly unmanned aerial vehicles; Chris Anderson left Wired to focus on his drone hobbyist startup. But it seems some folks are none too keen on the idea of eyes in the sky surveying their yards, and you will probably not be too surprised to learn some of those opponents live in Texas.

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be drone-operating snoops. Read More