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Privacy Protections and Computer Vision: Helpful Or Alarming?

Computer privacy is changing every day, and with new computer vision technology that can observe us and understand us better, the New York Times poses the question of whether that is helpful technology or an invasion of privacy. Among many other ways it will become part of our future, this new computer vision may be part of law enforcement, national security, and military operations, as well as how doctors and nurses will rely on extra patient safety measures in the operating room.

Next On Cyber Command’s Agenda: Working With Private Sector

NPR’s All Things Considered has a new podcast and article detailing cyberwar as an important foreign policy issue, especially after the director of National Intelligence “identified the danger of cyber attacks on the United States as the single, the number one greatest security threat facing the country.”

Prankster Tweets as New York Governor Cuomo

After discovering the State of New York had set up a @NYGovernor Twitter account for the governor — who was instead using @NYGovCuomo — an alleged prankster decided to pose as the governor. The New York Times reports that within days, he had several hundred followers corresponding with the fake identity, all oblivious to the ruse.

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Private Communication? The iPhone, iPad Meet Skype Video

Available on both 3G and WiFi networks, new Skype 3.0 upgrades support making video calls on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and 4th-generation iPod touch. It also enables users to receive video calls on the iPad and the 3rd-generation iPod touch. But are you sure your privacy is protected on Skype?

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‘Online Impersonation’ Banned in California

A new California state law has gone into effect that makes online impersonation — when it seeks to harm someone — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. This Santa Cruz Sentinel article explains that Senate Bill 1411 allows district attorneys to prosecute if they think a crime has been committed.

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What Is a VPN?: Ask the Expert

This is the first “Ask the Expert” column in which Private WiFi CEO and computer security expert Kent Lawson responds to readers’ questions. This column will be an ongoing, monthly series, and this inaugural column discusses VPNs and their importance in staying protected online.

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Hacking Incorporated: The Target is Your Wireless Data

In the Wireless Age, hackers are becoming big time entrepreneurs, joining forces with others in multinational white collar organizations dedicated to cybercrime. Their target is your wireless data.

Data Leaks: Apple Sued Over App Privacy

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, alleging that the company does not do enough to enforce its privacy policy or restrict use of unique IDs, which is how advertisers track and identify individuals. This BBC News story suggests that one of the law firms may also sue Google as it feels that the Android applications leak personal data.

Attorney Crusades Against Spam Emails

An attorney who is “not your average Internet consumer” and sues companies he accuses of violating California’s anti-spam law is working to eradicate all forms of spam. Though this Associated Press article says such lawsuits are “mere rain drops in the ocean” as there are approximately 200 billion spam messages each day, accounting for 90% of all email.