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Sep 13 09:38

‘Catastrophic’: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet ‘Link Tax’ and ‘Upload Filter’

The European Parliment has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking.

The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 – 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states.

Critics of the directive have been laser-focused on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which they have dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter.”

Sep 13 09:29

Google Responds To Leaked Video As Damning History Of Bias Haunts Company; Parscale Calls For Investigation

In a late Wednesday statement, Google spokeswoman Riva Sciuto said "For 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings" (just not over email - like conservative former employee James Damore, who is currently suing Google for discrimination after he was fired for criticizing the company's diversity policies).

"Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products," Google's statement continues. "To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint."

Except several examples suggest otherwise...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Goo" in Google.... is that sticky/sweet collection of algorithms which prevent conservative thoughts from ever being heard on the site, by suppressing them.

Please abandon this search engine, and use one of the others featured on the left hand side of today's headlines at WRH.

Your info is getting sold/shared/manipulated.

Is this really what you want in a search engine?!? I would bet, almost universally, that the short answer is, "HELL, NO!!'

Sep 13 08:45

California city blocks deployment of cancer causing 5G infrastructure

The California city of Mill Valley is one of the first to successfully block deployment of any and all 5G infrastructure after the city council voted unanimously against the flawed technology which can cause serious health effects to humans and animals including cancer.

Sep 12 17:15

YouTube Bans Media Supporting Syria's Liberating Struggle

Ahead of what may be the mother of all battles to liberate US-supported terrorists in Syria’s Idlib province, YouTube banned Damascus state-run and other pro-government channels – including the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), channels belonging to the country’s presidency and Defense Ministry, each closure accompanied by one of these shameful statements saying:

“This account has been terminated due to a legal complaint,” or

“This account has been terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service.”

A message on SANA’s takedown said:

“This page isn’t available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.”

Sep 12 15:13

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

Remember when you decided to buy, rather than rent, that movie online? We have some bad news for you – you didn't.

Biologist Anders Gonçalves da Silva was surprised this week to find three movies he had purchased through iTunes simply disappeared one day from his library. So he contacted Apple to find out what had happened.

And Apple told him it no longer had the license rights for those movies so they had been removed. To which he of course responded: Ah, but I didn't rent them, I actually bought them through your "buy" option.

At which point da Silva learnt a valuable lesson about the realities of digital purchases and modern licensing rules: While he had bought the movies, what he had actually paid for was the ability to download the movie to his hard drive.

Sep 12 15:12

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

The internet has already taken to calling Apple's flashy flagship device the "iPhone Excess," sparing would-be wags the need to call out the device's one-grand plus pricing.

Sep 12 11:52

Utah County signs off on plan to lure a major data center — like Facebook? — to Eagle Mountain through tax breaks

In what is currently 500 acres of open fields, Eagle Mountain City leaders envision a sprawling data center that jump-starts development on Utah County’s west side.

And that vision could soon be a reality, after members of the Utah County Commission voted Tuesday to approve roughly $150 million in property tax incentives to lure an as-yet-unnamed company — that sounds an awful lot like Facebook — to the southern end of Pony Express Parkway.

“Ideology aside, all the politics aside, our council decided that this was what was best for our community,” said Ifo Pili, Eagle Mountain’s city administrator.

Sep 12 10:49

Hackers Stole $50 Million in Cryptocurrency Using 'Poison' Google Ads

For years, hackers have robbed Bitcoin investors, emptying their cryptocurrency wallets without fear of being caught thanks to the relative anonymity of the blockchain. Now, Cisco (CSCO, -0.60%) has exposed the thieves behind a string of particularly flagrant attacks.

A Ukrainian hacker group dubbed Coinhoarder has stolen more than $50 million in cryptocurrency from users of Blockchain.info, one of the most popular providers of digital currency wallets, according to a report published Wednesday by Cisco’s Talos cybersecurity team.

The report explains how thieves preyed upon their victims using a “very simple” yet treacherous technique: Buying Google ads on popular search keywords related to cryptocurrency “to poison user search results” and snatch the contents of crypto wallets. This meant people Googling terms like “blockchain” or “bitcoin wallet,” saw links to malicious websites masquerading as legitimate domains for Blockchain.info wallets.

Sep 12 09:47

End of internet memes? EU approves controversial copyright law that 'could kill off the web's user-generated content' such as reaction GIFs, quotes from online articles and music remixes

The European Parliament has approved a controversial copyright law that threatens to 'destroy the internet as we know it', according to digital rights groups.

The rule intends to update copyright for the internet age, and hands more power to news and record companies against Internet giants like Google and Facebook.

But it also allows companies to make sweeping blocks of user-generated content, such as internet memes or reaction GIFs that use copyrighted material.

The tough approach could spell the end for internet memes, which typically lay text over copyrighted photos or video from television programmes, films, music videos and more.

Sep 12 09:45

Google faces legal action after it was revealed it really DOES record your every movement even when you tell it not to

Google is facing fresh legal action over claims it recorded users' locations, even after they had switched off its optional 'Location History' setting on their device.

The company is under investigation by Arizona's attorney general, who is looking into whether the search firm deceived its users.

Google could face huge fines – up to $10,000 (£7,770) per violation – if the claims are confirmed by a team of lawyers assembled by the state of Arizona.

This could lead to unprecedented penalties in the United States, potentially prompting similar moves elsewhere in the world.

Sep 12 08:39

Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Emails Found on Anthony Weiner’s Laptop

Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that it has sued the Department of Justice for all of the emails found by the FBI on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop just days before the 2016 presidential election. Weiner is married to top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, and the lawsuit comes after DOJ “did not act” on two FOIA requests for the documents.

The government watchdog organization released a statement which reads, in part:

In October 2016 The Washington Post reported that the FBI obtained a warrant to search the emails found on a computer used by Weiner that may contain evidence relevant to the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Sep 11 15:04

Security experts urge Tesla owners to use two-factor authentication after researchers show a Model S key fob can be hacked in just TWO SECONDS

In a new study, researchers from KU Leuven University in Belgium, describe a technique where they cloned a signal from a Model S key fob in fewer than two seconds.

This would allow a savvy hacker to open the car door and simply drive away.

Sep 11 15:00

Apple removes anti-malware apps that harvested browser data

Apps from a well-known cyber-security firm were taken down from the Mac app store by Apple after they were found to export users' browser histories.

Several anti-malware apps made by Trend Micro have since been updated by the cyber-security company.

However, Trend Micro strongly denied allegations that the apps had been "stealing user data" and sending it to a server in China.

Sep 11 11:28

GOOGLE WAS "WORKING TO GET HILLARY CLINTON ELECTED" WITH "SILENT DONATION" ACCORDING TO LEAKED INTERNAL EMAIL

Tucker Carlson just blew the cover off the 2016 election influence charade, after he read an internal email on Monday night's show from a senior Google employee who admitted to using company resources to make a "silent donation" to a liberal group that was creating ads and donating funds to bus Latinos to voting stations during the 2016 election in key swing states, in an effort to help Hillary Clinton win.

The email was sent by the former head of Google's multicultural marketing department, Eliana Mario, on November 9, 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable.

Sep 11 11:26

ARE NEW YORK’S FREE LINKNYC INTERNET KIOSKS TRACKING YOUR MOVEMENTS?

Since plans for LinkNYC were first unveiled, journalists, residents, and civil liberties experts have raised concerns that the internet kiosks might be storing sensitive data about its users and possibly tracking their movements. For the last two years, the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a small but vocal group of activists — including ReThink LinkNYC, a grassroots anti-surveillance group, and the anonymous Stop LinkNYC coalition — have highlighted the kiosk’s potential to track locations, collect personal information, and fuel mass surveillance.

Now an undergraduate researcher has discovered indications in LinkNYC code — accidentally made public on the internet — that LinkNYC may be actively planning to track users’ locations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Minority Report", writ large; it is sometimes terrifying how quickly science fiction becomes science fact.

Sep 11 11:21

BOSTON'S VISION-ZERO EXPOSED: LOWERING THE SPEED LIMIT INCREASES SPEEDING TICKET REVENUE BY 47%

All across the country, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is hard at work convincing cities to lower their speed limits from 30 MPH to 25 MPH.

The national effort to lower speed limits in cities is known as "Vision-Zero."

To date, the NHTSA, NSC and the IIHS have convinced more than thirty cities to lower their speed limits.

Last month the IIHS published a controversial report titled "Lowering the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph in Boston: effects on vehicle speeds." (To learn more about Boston's Vision-Zero program, click here.)

Why is it controversial?

The Newspaper, recently interviewed the National Motorists Association who pointed how the IIHS cherry-picked data to convince the public that lowering speed limit 5 MPH saves lives.

Sep 11 11:16

CIA-BACKED FIRM TOUTED SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEILLANCE OF STUDENTS TO SELL SERVICES TO EVANSTON POLICE

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of middle and high school students by its suburban Chicago police customers in an effort to sell their services to Evanston police.

Geofeedia provides law enforcement with tools to monitor social media use by mapping location and other data. It has received funding from the investment arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel.

The company became infamous after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published a report in 2016 on the use of their products by police to monitor demonstrations against police violence.

Geofeedia’s courting of the Evanston Police Department (EPD) goes back to 2013, and as emails show, the company developed a relationship with police at a time when the sale of surveillance technology to law enforcement became ubiquitous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this revelation.

Everything you send, post, tweet is already recorded by every alphabet soup agency this country has to offer, and is swept up in a vacuum of surveillance.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, but understands I would like to believe I am the least of these agencies' worries. :-)

Sep 11 10:26

Some of the Mac App Store's biggest security apps found spying on users' browsing habits

A number of security apps for the Apple Mac, offered via Apple's curated Mac App Store, have been taken down after it was found that they were spying on users' web browsing habits.

Apps by the name of Dr Unarchiver, Dr Cleaner, Adware Medic, Adware Doctor and App Uninstall have all be removed - with the finger of blame for some of them being pointed at security giant Trend Micro. The apps were some of the most popular apps available in the Mac App Store, too, with Adware Doctor also available as a paid-for version for $4.99.

All the apps work in much the same way: first, they trick the user into giving them MacOS home directory access with virus scanning and clear cache options. Once granted, the apps abuse these access privileges to gather browser-history data from Chrome, Firefox and Safari and covertly send them back to a server in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Mac users, these revelations must be more than a little scary!!

Sep 11 09:38

New York City’s WiFi Hotspots Confirmed As Surveillance and Tracking Devices

By Kevin Samson

Back in early 2016 I wrote about a plan for New York City to turn 7,500 payphones into WiFi hotspots. The program was called LinkNYC and indeed has begun its rollout with more than 1,500 now online.

At the time, I raised some of the health concerns surrounding the implementation of a grid that would enhance the public’s exposure to electromagnetic radiation (without their consent of course). However, I also cautioned about issues of privacy and the potential for pervasive surveillance through these structures.

Unfortunately, a new report by The Intercept is confirming privacy invasion as it appears that these devices are being used to track the movements of passersby...

Sep 11 08:09

Google ‘planned to aid Syria regime defectors,’ leaked Clinton emails show

An online tool created by search giant Google was launched to help Syrian rebels bring down the Syrian regime, in partnership with Qatari-based broadcaster Al Jazeera, leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s server show.

Sep 11 06:09

Fake News, Fake Money - aantonop


In this talk, Andreas examines the sensationalist debate over "fake news," the rising tide of faith-based nation states declaring bitcoin as "fake money," and alternative mechanisms we can build to fill the void left by retired fact-checking departments & central bank authorities.

Sep 10 10:18

New DARPA Brain Chip Gives Military Pilots Control Over Drone Swarms

By Nicholas West

DARPA, at the behest of the Pentagon, has been at the forefront of nearly all military mind control programs and continues to invest tens of millions of taxpayer funds into moving this technology forward. They have looked at various methods, via remote brain wave stimulation as well as the more direct microchip implant (Neural Engineering System Design in their parlance) in order to create the much-touted “super soldier” of the future...

Sep 10 09:48

‘Killer Robots’ film warns of perils of automation

Automation is killing us, warns filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin in his new documentary “The Truth About Killer Robots,” which premieres Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is also the first ever to be narrated by a robot — a possible sign of what’s to come in the motion picture industry.

“When I started making the movie, the idea of robots killing people was very trendy, people were talking about the theoretical possibilities,” Pozdorovkin told AFP.

Most cautionary tales about automation have considered “what robots will be able to do in the future,” he said.

Sep 10 09:45

China Tightens Internet Controls

the Chinese government has rolled out a new platform called ‘Piyao’, hosted by the country's Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission and state-run media outlet Xinhua.

It’s aim? To take out rumors and fake news disseminated online and control what Beijing considers disinformation.

Sep 10 09:43

Bitcoin rival Ether leads $640bn cryptocurrency SLUMP amid trading suspension

Bitcoin lost 2.1 percent and its biggest rival Ether slumped 8.9 percent while the market capitalisation of digital assets tracked by CoinMarketCap.com shrank to $197bn (£152.36bn) - down about $640bn (£494.99bn) from its January peak.

Sep 10 05:53

Artificial intelligence poses a greater challenge to the world than terrorism, top scientist warns

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, a physicist at the University of Surrey, warned that progress in artificial intelligence is 'happening too fast' and is not being regulated well enough.

He said that AI will make Britain increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks and lead to greater inequality as thousands are rendered unemployed.

Sep 10 05:52

Apple bans the Infowars app from its store for 'objectionable content' following a crackdown on conspiracy theorist host Alex Jones which saw him kicked from Twitter, Facebook and Spotify

Apple has banned the controversial Infowars app from its App Store following similar crackdowns on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Spotify.

The company said the app, which belongs to popular US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, violated its rules against 'objectionable content'.

Sep 08 12:02

Privacy Concerns of “Mission Creep” with New Airport Facial Recognition Programs

By Nicholas West

It’s a trend that is quickly becoming accepted reality – biometric identification at U.S. airports. So far, it has been marketed mainly as an elective measure for preferred travelers who wish to expedite clearance, or for inbound international travelers. Now, however, it is being sprung upon the general traveling public in new locations, raising concerns from privacy activists like the ACLU about “mission creep.”

Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. is the latest to implement facial recognition for boarding. Some people apparently were caught off guard by the new technology, but generally seem to have become desensitized to additional security measures in the United States...

Sep 08 10:25

US MILITARY PREPARING FOR "OPTIONS" IN SYRIA

Events are moving rapidly in Syria as Russian jets pound insurgent positions in Idlib Province and as the Syrian Army readies an imminent ground invasion which Damascus has described as coming in a "phased" approach.

The White House responded to Syria and its allies initiating the bombing campaign by saying the US would respond “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used, and a day ago claimed there's “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian forces, claiming to have intelligence of such activities.

And now America's top general has confirmed the Pentagon is drawing up military options to attack Syria and is in close discussion with the White House over the plans. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Saturday during a trip to India, according to Reuters:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last bit, about YouTube's shutting down all Syrian government channels as of today's date, is a very distressing sign that things are about to go from bad to worse, and very, very rapidly here.

Sep 08 09:52

Facial recognition touted as ‘user friendly’ system for airports

As facial recognition technology use generates intense scrutiny, a new system unveiled at Washington's Dulles airport is being touted as a "user friendly" way to help ease congestion for air travelers.

Sep 08 09:30

United States Facebook Users Change Their “Relationship” With Social Media

A large part of the population has taken the initiative to revamp their relationship with Facebook and other social media platforms. Whether they are concerned about privacy simply seeking a more peaceful life, Americans are becoming less interested in the dynamics of the social media scene.

Sep 08 09:27

California Net Neutrality Bill: ‘Gold Standard’ for the Nation

California passed a landmark net neutrality bill, which now awaits Gov. Brown’s signature. ISPs are going all out for him to veto the law, but activists are keeping up the pressure

Sep 08 09:26

Why the Whole World Should Be Up in Arms About the EU’s Looming Internet Catastrophe

There’s only one Internet and we all live on it. Europeans rose up to kill ACTA, the last brutal assault on Internet freedom, helping Americans fight our own government’s short-sighted foolishness; now the rest of the world can return the favor to our friends in the EU.

Sep 08 09:14

BRIEF EXPLANATION & EXPOSE ON THE WAY THE INTERNET GOT STARTED & THE REASON FOR FACEBOOK & GOOGLE & THEIR CENSORSHIP OF CONSERVATIVES!

This is as clear an explanation as you’ll ever get for why things are happening the way they are happening – it’s what really happened!

Sep 07 19:10

Ways To Protect Your Family From In-house EMF & Microwave Radiation

By Catherine J. Frompovich

As more and more research indicates the harms of microwave radiation in all its genres, it’s becoming apparent consumers will need to learn how to protect their bodies and environments, especially at home where many “smart” devices operate using microwaves...

Sep 07 18:51

UW grad creates Block Facebook Chrome extension

A University of Waterloo grad has created a Google Chrome extension that keeps your information out of Facebook’s hands.

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Facebook uses cookies, called tracking pixels, to spy on the movements on a computer to dictate advertising and promoted elements on the website, even when not logged in or using Facebook.

The 1,400 URLs can be manually blocked, but it takes a lot of effort even for someone without intimate knowledge of the back-end of Google Chrome. That’s why Haq decided to make the extension that can be used by all.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/block-facebook/gebclbfnlcebc...

Sep 07 10:02

Paul Joseph Watson: 20 SJWs Working At Twitter And Facebook Get to Decide What's 'Free Speech'

Paul Joseph Watson spoke out against Big Tech's censorship of Alex Jones and Infowars on Friday and said he's going to keep up the fight and "ride it until the wheels fall off."

Sep 07 08:25

Fully autonomous ‘mobile intelligent entities’ coming to the battlefields of the future

A killer robot by any other name is far more palatable to the general public. That may be part of the logic behind the Army Research Laboratory Chief Scientist Alexander Kott’s decision to refer to thinking and moving machines on the battlefield as “mobile intelligent entities.” Kott pitched the term, along with the new ARL concept of fully autonomous maneuver, at the 2nd Annual Defense News Conference yesterday, in an panel on artificial intelligence that kept circling back to underlying questions of great power competition.

“Fully autonomous maneuver is an ambitious, heretical terminology,” Kott said. “Fully autonomous is more than just mobility, it’s about decision making.”

Sep 07 08:11

FEMA and FCC to take over all U.S. cell phones and airwaves Sept. 20 in nationwide “test”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be taking over all cell phones and airwaves in the United Staes on September 20 to “test” the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Sep 07 07:59

Social Media Lawyer: 'Gov'ts Saying Online Society Needs to Come Down to Earth'

The Five Eyes group has issued a memo stating that encryption was vital to the digital economy and government information. The group threatened to pursue technological, legislative and other measures to achieve lawful access to the information.

Sep 07 05:51

NYPD gave IBM access to thousands of public surveillance images that helped firm develop software that can search for people by SKIN COLOR, report claims

From 2012 to 2016, the New York City Police Department supplied IBM with thousands of surveillance images of unaware New Yorkers for the development of software that could help track down people ‘of interest,’ a shocking report claims.

IBM’s technology was designed to match stills of individuals with specific physical characteristics, including clothing color, age, gender, hair color, and even skin tone, according to The Intercept.

Sep 07 04:41

British Airways to compensate customers after 15-day data breach exposes hundreds of thousands

British Airways customers are having to cancel their credit cards after the the airline suffered a 15-day data breach, compromising some 380,000 card payments.

The total number of payments could reach up to 400,000. BA confirmed that “criminal activity” had compromised customers' names, addresses, credit card numbers, security codes and expiry dates - more than enough data to conduct fraud.

Sep 06 23:33

Voters in Mid-Term Elections Report Watching Their Ballots Mysteriously Switch to Other Candidate

A rather shocking, but not surprising report this week out of Georgia reveals the unsettling state of America’s election and voting system. Voters in Georgia are now reporting that after they confirm their votes, they watch on the screen as their ballots mysteriously switch to the opposite candidate.

Sep 06 23:27

REPORT: 90% of GOOGLE Employee Contributions Went To Dems…

The findings were astounding, but not at all surprising to those of us who have been paying attention to this issue: "Since 2004, Alphabet employees have contributed a little over 90% of their political dollars to Democratic candidates and causes," GovPredict discovered.

Sep 06 11:20

Remote Weapons Come of Age

By Mathew Maavak

During a military-related event on Aug 4, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro came close to being assassinated by a pair of drones. While Maduro escaped unscathed, the attack managed to injure seven soldiers. Various media outlets noted that this was the first known drone assassination attempt on a president. This development was, however, long in the offing.

The type of drone used in the Venezuelan attack was reportedly a DJI M600 model that can be ordered online...

Sep 06 10:10

DOJ to announce charges against North Koreans for Sony hack, Wannacry attack

The Justice Department is planning to announce charges Thursday against North Korean nationals who U.S. authorities have accused of being behind the massive hack of Sony in 2014 and the Wannacry ransomware attack lack year, sources told ABC News.

In 2014, hackers attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment, releasing a trove of emails and stealing personal data from company executives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The SONY incident, like the DNC, was not a hack but an internal leak.

Sep 06 09:33

Tech Giants Testify to Congress as ‘Five Eyes’ Demands Access to Encrypted Data

The Five Eyes, an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, issued a memo last week urging tech companies to institute a “backdoor” into users’ encrypted information to allow governments to access such data.

"Many of the same means of encryption that are being used to protect personal, commercial and government information are also being used by criminals, including child sex offenders, terrorists and organized crime groups to frustrate investigations and avoid detection and prosecution," the Five Eyes said in a recent statement, which was issued by Australia's Department of Home Affairs.

Sep 06 09:10

The ultimate guide to finding and killing spyware and stalkerware on your smartphone

When a government agency, country, or cybercriminals decide to try and peek into our digital lives, there are generally ways to prevent them from doing so. Virtual private networks (VPNs), end-to-end encryption and using browsers that do not track user activity are all common methods.

Sometimes, however, surveillance is more difficult to detect -- and closer to home.

This guide will run through what spyware is, what the warning signs of infection are, and how to can remove such pestilence from your mobile devices.

Sep 06 09:06

44 PERCENT OF AMERICANS 18-27 HAVE DELETED THE FACEBOOK APP THIS YEAR, POLL FINDS

Many Americans have responded to Facebook’s ongoing privacy and disinformation controversies by reducing their usage of the social media platform. Others have responded by deleting the Facebook app entirely, a new study insists.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Facebook users ages 18 and older have adjusted their privacy settings in the wake of revelations that Facebook repeatedly failed to protect consumer data as it was shared and abused by a myriad of Facebook partners, including political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

The study also notes that around 42 percent of Facebook users have chosen to take a break from the social platform of several weeks or more, with a quarter of users choosing to delete the Facebook app from their phones entirely in the last year.

Sep 06 09:04

AMAZON IS FAR MORE DANGEROUS AND POWERFUL THAN YOU WANT TO ADMIT

The sneaky thing about Amazon’s increased dominance in so many key aspects of our lives is that much of the perniciousness is hidden. No one’s going to tell you about all the retailers who have gotten pressured or destroyed via its tactics while you’re happily clicking “add to cart” and smiling about 2-day free shipping. In this sense, it can be best compared to the evils of factory farming. Most people just simply have no idea about the immense damage going on behind the scenes as they indulge in incredible convenience and what looks like a good deal.

Today’s post should be seen as an update to last year’s article referenced above. In the months that have followed, I’ve been consistently frustrated by the lack of interest when it comes to the dangers presented by Amazon and its richest man in the world ($165 billion as of last count) CEO Jeff Bezos. The following Twitter exchange is a good example of what I mean:

Sep 06 08:50

IBM USED NYPD SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE TO DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY THAT LETS POLICE SEARCH BY SKIN COLOR

After testing out these bodily search features with the NYPD, IBM released some of these capabilities in a 2013 product release. Later versions of IBM’s software retained and expanded these bodily search capabilities. (IBM did not respond to a question about the current availability of its video analytics programs.)

Sep 06 07:21

Google snubbed a Senate hearing on internet meddling

WASHINGTON — Senators from both major parties tore into Google Wednesday for declining to send its top executive to a hearing on foreign internet campaigns to influence U.S. voters, an omission that one Republican senator called an “outrage.”

Sep 05 18:35

Nearly 25 percent of young adults in America have deleted the Facebook app in the past year following Cambridge Analytica scandal, study finds

A new Pew Research study surveyed users to measure their activity on the site over the past 12 months.

They found that a large portion of the population has taken an extended break from Facebook, while 26 percent have deleted the app entirely.

For the study, researchers polled 4,594 US adults between May 29th and June 11th.

Of those respondents, 54 percent said they'd changed their privacy settings, while 42 percent had taken a break from the site.

Overall, 74 percent of those respondents had taken at least one of those actions over the last 12 months.

Sep 05 10:39

Consumers Unknowingly Putting Their Digital Identities at Risk, Says New Survey

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of people have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information.

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