In a landmark decision for digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that warrantless searches of cell phones are not permitted by the Fourth Amendment. The Court looked at two cases to see if the warrantless searches of the defendants’ cell phones were reasonable and allowed under the Fourth Amendment. The Court ruled that they were not reasonable, but allowed for exemptions in emergency situations, such as preventing a terrorist act.
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A San Francisco media artist named Harris David Harris has created a fake public WiFi network that looked very much like the free one that Google offers to its employees who take private shuttles to and from work in Silicon Valley. His “d0ntb33vil” project — which mimics Google’s motto — also serves as his MFA thesis project in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz.
Instead of getting Internet access, Google employees saw an image of the sidewalk in front of them.
Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8, has made it much harder for marketers to track your cell phone, and thus harder to track you.
While this is undoubtedly a good move for those concerned with protecting their privacy, others have raised concerns that Apple may be doing this to push their own tracking technology, iBeacon.
People want benefits of technology without sacrificing privacy. Check out a study by EMC that reveals three privacy paradoxes, each with powerful implications for consumers, businesses, and technology providers.
How safe is your WiFi?
That’s the question posed in a great infographic that examines the growth of WiFi hotspots, where to find them, and how to use them while protecting yourself from various forms of identity theft.
AT&T has warned customers of a security breach in which three contracted workers accessed personally identifiable information like customer names and Social Security numbers.
If you are accessing corporate or sensitive data on your mobile phone, you should use a VPN like PRIVATE WiFi to protect your communications. But some people are not taking steps to protect that data, according to a new survey. The most disturbing findings? 15% of employees say they feel “minimal to no” responsibility to protect corporate data stored on their mobile devices. And 10% do not have any password, PIN, or other security measures in place to protect their mobile devices they use for work purposes.
“Never do anything you wouldn’t want to share with everyone on public WiFi,” warns CNN’s Laurie Segall in an eye-opening look at online stalking, geotracking, and the risks of surfing online without a VPN in a wireless hotspot.
If you are lucky enough to be at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, chances are you will have access to the public WiFi networks set up just for the event. At least half of the 12 World Cup stadiums will have public WiFi available, with over 2,300 access points.
This includes inside the stadiums as well as the areas close by, such as parks, public transit stations, and squares. So that means that not only will those inside the stadium have access to public WiFi, but many thousands of other soccer fans outside as well.
Unfortunately, the World Cup (and its public WiFi) is attracting more than just soccer fans.
Nearly two years ago we reported that Facebook was planning to launch a new feature that would help users locate their friends “In Real Life.” And now “Nearby Friend” is a reality, allowing mobile users to see which of their contacts is in their current vicinity. This tool is optional, and you can also set it for specific groups of friends.
Before turning it on, let’s take a deeper look into the privacy repercussions of using the feature.
They track our movements, monitor our health, and record where we’ve been and what we’ve seen. They’re wearable computing devices – one of the hottest trends in tech today. According to a 2013 Nielsen survey, 15% of U.S. consumers already own and use some form of wearables – everything from smart watches and fitness bands to glasses that record video.
So before you don that wearable tech, read on and consider how your data could be exploited.
One way to think about your mobile phone is that it’s basically a tracking device. The new thing in the app world is something called “contextual apps.” Contextual apps are mobile apps that can figure out where we are or what we are looking at and then present us with all kinds of information about that spot. Does that sound dangerous? Keep reading to learn more.