Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that a warrant is required for cell phone location tracking since someone’s cell phone location data is included as part of a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
ConsciousLifeNews It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: Vodafone recently published a transparency report, indicating the means and methods through which governments are spying through telecom networks. Google is actually one of the companies that have been used by spy agencies in their data mining efforts. In particular, the movement of information between datacenters can be the chink in…
FTC tells developer of Brightest Flashlight app to stop being a naughty boy and to cease selling user geolocation data, but it doesn’t issue a fine or ask for the app to be removed from Google Play.
The ubiquity of mobile devices has prompted government agencies to piggyback on corporate efforts to collect our information all in the name of marketing, says security expert Bruce Schneier. Depending on which study you reference, smartphone penetration in the US reportedly ranges from 62 percent to 71 percent, according to analytics firms like comScore and NPD. Regardless of the actual figures, one thing is for sure: smartphones, tablets and wearable devices like smartwatches and smart glasses are gaining ground among consumers. The convenient fact is that these devices offer an unprecedented level of connectedness among users, that we are plugged…
FreedomPop is set to announce its “privacy phone,” a Samsung Galaxy S2 modified to offer 128-bit encryption for both voice communication and text messages.
The Blackphone, which places “privacy and control directly in the hands of its users”, has been officially announced at MWC 2014 and is now available for pre-order at $629.
Facebook Engineering has released a new open source encryption library, Conceal, for Android which is designed to encrypt data quickly without using too much system memory or processor power.
Chainfire, the developer behind apps like SuperSU and Mobile ODIN, addresses one specific privacy concern with his latest app – Wi-Fi-based location tracking. Dubbed Pri-Fy, Chainfire’s app protects you from entities that monitor your device’s MAC address.
Are you worried that Google is using your data in potentially nefarious ways? Or is it privacy a concept we all need to leave behind, a relic of a slower, less connected world? Even if you don’t give your data to Google, what options do you have if you want to live a modern digital lifestyle?
Silent Circle and Geeksphone have announced a new joint venture to build an Android smartphone which places “privacy and control directly in the hands of its users.” The device is called the Blackphone and it will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24th.