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Privacy is Dead

Privacy is Dead

People Trust Social Media Less Than Any Other Form of Communication

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No matter how much Facebook messes with our emotions and pressures us to give up our data to their advertisers, they’ve hardly done anything serious enough to drive us away. Most people trump it up to apathy — we don’t care how much we’re violated if we get to use the service for free. But a new study poses another possible answer.

Last week, Pew Research Center released a report on privacy in the “post-Snowden era” and how Americans see government surveillance, social media sites and advertisers. Unsurprisingly, 91 percent of everyone surveyed believe “consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies.” Read More

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Tim Cook Defends Apple’s Security in Wake of iCloud Hacks

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Earlier this month, a number of nude photos were leaked stolen from the various celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaving many questioning whether Apple products are really as secure as they thought. Though he doesn’t explicitly reference the hacking scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the company’s website on Wednesday to publish an open letter affirming Apple’s commitment to users’ privacy, as well as detailing new security measures. Read More

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Say Cheese: The FBI’s Facial Recognition System Is Now Fully Operational

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Remember that Big Brother-esque facial recognition software the FBI has been developing for a few years? It’s finally ready to go.

The FBI announced yesterday that its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is now fully operational, the Verge reports. Among other features detailed here, NGI features the oft-fear-inducing Interstate Photo System (IPS), which stores millions of citizens’ photographs, and is designed to help law enforcement pair names and faces associated with criminal activity. Read More

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Mysterious Website Shows Your Facebook Privacy Settings Aren’t So Airtight After All

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My Facebook has been semi-private for quite a while, but just last week, I locked it up as tightly as possible. I figured I had made all my personal information totally inaccessible to outsiders — but a scary new website proved I was completely wrong.

With my new privacy settings, people who aren’t my friends see a nearly empty profile, consisting of only a profile picture, a cover photo, where I work and my friends list (only because I couldn’t figure out how to hide it). No one — as far as I knew — was able to see any photos, check-ins or any of those embarrassing “likes” from years ago. Nothing. Read More

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Uncover LinkedIn Users’ Contact Info With This Free Plugin

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In case you needed a reason to delete your LinkedIn account, there’s now a browser plugin that will allow anyone with an Internet connection to find your email address through the corporate social network.

Called Sell Hack, it “allows you to ‘hack into’ LinkedIn’s system and reveal the contact info of any person you like,” Yahoo reports. It’s compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Read More

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I Spy: iPhones With Pre‐Loaded Surveillance Software Now Available in U.S.

Coming to a Snapchat inbox near you. (Photo: mspy.com)

If you’re scared your partner is cheating on you, you love snooping through their phone, and you are completely shameless, have we got news for you.

A surveillance company that recently set up shop in New York City is now offering phones with their spying software pre‐loaded. And they’re cool phones, too. The company is offering an iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nexus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 fully equipped with mSpy for about $200 more than the device’s regular cost.

Just buy one online, present it to your trusting lover for their next birthday, and go crazy. Or rather, remain crazy, because to do this you’d have to be nuts. Read More

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Celeb Spotter App Lets Users Tip Off the Paparazzi

Just your everyday run-of-the-mill celeb. (Photo: Celeb Spotter)

The relationship between celebrities and the papparazzi is murky. Stars love to complain about the marauding photogs, but we have a sneaking suspicion that, as the great Jay-Z once said, half the time they’re calling the paparazzi on themselves.

Well, there’s a new app in town (isn’t there always?) that’s making it even easier for celebrities and the paparazzi to find each other. Called Celeb Spotter, it’s being launched in mid-March for photographers and celeb journalists. Later, it’ll also be open to the general public and celebrities’ PR teams to tip off the paps to their clients’ whereabouts. Read More

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NSA Developing Code-Breaking Computer that Can See All Your Private Facebook Messages Anyway

These German protesters probably wouldn't be crazy about an NSA quantum computer. (Getty)

Don’t waste your energy fretting over the Snapchat leak, because the National Security Agency is trying to develop a groundbreaking new computer that probably already knows you’re making sparrow face in the mirror right now.

A January 2 Washington Post report announced the NSA is working to build a never-before-seen “cryptologically useful quantum computer” Read More