Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

While stating that they “completely agree that the global digital divide should be closed” the digital rights campaigners question “whether this is the right way to do it.”
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined criticism of Facebook’s Internet.org project, saying it runs “a real risk” of turning the few websites that Zuck & Co. select, “including, of course, Facebook itself”, into a “ghetto” for poor internet users – instead of being a stepping stone to the full WWW.
Read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/19/eff_says_internetorg_not_neutral_not_secure_not_the_internet/
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$10 gadget that looks like a harmless phone charger lets you spy on your coworkers

Now, it looks like anyone can spy on others in the vicinity with a new gadget that is cheap, relatively easy to build, and looks just like a normal cell phone charger!
Keylogger For PC
The number of tools that nefarious hackers have at their disposal these days is positively frightening. Attacks seem to be growing more complex and more dangerous by the day, and we constantly see new stories emerge that cause us to rethink our own security practices.
Read more: http://bgr.com/2015/05/18/keylogger-for-pc-microsoft-keyboard-diy/
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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

Facebook is in a unique position and can easily connect the browsing habits of its users to their real identity, their interactions on social networks and sensitive data such as medical information, preferences religious, sexual and political …
Free content ad network could face EC court proceedings
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conferenceBelgium’s privacy watchdog has pilloried Facebook for its tracking of users and non-users, saying it is in breach of EU law.
The Commission de Protection de la Vie Privée (CPVP) said it was staggered by the fashion in which Facebook tramples users’ rights and tracks them across the web whether they want it or not.  The Belgian data cops claimed:
Facebook violates European and Belgian legislation on privacy. It is in a unique position and can easily connect the browsing habits of its users to their real identity, their interactions on social networks and sensitive data such as medical information, preferences religious, sexual and political …
Read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/15/dont_trust_facebook_snap_on_protection_now_warns_belgian_data_privacy_watchdog/
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The NSA suffers another blow as House votes to end bulk phone data collection

Passed with overwhelming approval, the bipartisan bill would prohibit the N.S.A. from mass-collecting phone metadata!
washington dc capitol by thisisbossi via Flickr
In a decision that is sure to make privacy advocates extremely happy, the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to put an end to the National Security Agency’s bulk phone data collection program, The New York Times reports.
Passed with overwhelming approval, the bipartisan bill would prohibit the N.S.A. from mass-collecting phone metadata, which contains information on phone calls made by Americans…
Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/house-votes-ends-nsa-phone-collection-program/
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The majority of U.K. Internet users are perfectly happy giving away their personal information

Just because so many Internet users are happy to give away their personal information, doesn’t mean that they don’t want to feel secure when browsing the Web!
The Internet Hinders Our Ability to Concentrate, Say Experts
Given today’s climate when it comes to privacy and access to your personal information, you’d think that not many people would be happy to give away their personal information. However, according to a survey conducted by Ofcom, the communications regulator in the United Kingdom, the exact opposite is true, reports The Guardian.
Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/uk-internet-users-give-personal-information
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Legislate on drone use, balancing privacy and safety

The concerns drones raise go beyond expectations of privacy in public places. It is about the right to go about your daily business free from spying by your own government!
Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times
FOR decades, local law enforcement has used aviation for specific and limited purposes, such as search and rescue, high-speed chases and traffic control. Helicopters require costly equipment and fuel and risk loss of life, so law enforcement has used them sparingly.
But drones are a game-changer for airborne surveillance. As these technologies rapidly evolve and their ability expands to peer into every corner of society from tens of thousands of feet in the air, drones give governments unprecedented capabilities to engage in mass surveillance. They are relatively cheap and can be deployed in automated fleets. Drones are certain to be used under less urgent circumstances than other aircraft.
Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/legislate-on-drone-use-balancing-privacy-and-safety/
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10 of the best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs

These distros help ensure you don’t leave a digital footprint as you go about navigating the web!
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Linux distributions can be separated into various categories based on use case and the intended target group. Server, education, games and multimedia are some of the most popular categories of Linux distros.
For security conscious users, however, there’s a growing niche of distros aimed at protecting your privacy. These distros help ensure you don’t leave a digital footprint as you go about navigating the web.
Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/security-software/10-of-the-best-linux-distros-for-privacy-fiends-and-security-buffs-1292902
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Google tipped to give Android users finer privacy controls

Insider sources are claiming that the search giant is just about ready to give users more fine-grained control over what an app can and cannot access, strengthening the platform’s privacy controls.
Google tipped to give Android users finer privacy controls
Google I/O 2015 is shaping up to be one interesting conference, at least based on rumors and “accidental” leaks. We already have a redacted mention of Android M, a new hands-free “Voice Access” experience, and what may be a new wearable. Now Google is rumored to give Android users a new gift too, probably in the next Android version. Insider sources are claiming that the search giant is just about ready to give users more fine-grained control over what an app can and cannot access, strengthening the platform’s privacy controls.
Read more: http://www.slashgear.com/google-tipped-to-give-android-users-finer-privacy-controls-08382617/
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The philosophy of privacy: why surveillance reduces us to objects

Here’s a simple fact about life as we live it now: the objects we carry let us know more about the world than ever, faster than ever. But they also let the world know more about us.
A Berlin poster campaigns to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of US and UK government surveillance
Here’s a simple fact about life as we live it now: the objects we carry let us know more about the world than ever, faster than ever. But they also let the world know more about us. Knowledge has become transparent. We look out the window of the internet even as the internet looks back in.
Partly for this reason, writers like Jeremy Rifkin have been saying that information privacy is a worn-out idea. On this view, the “internet of things” exposes the value of privacy for what it is: an idiosyncrasy of the industrial age. So no wonder, the thought goes, we are willing to trade it away – not only for security, but for the increased freedom that comes with convenience.
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/07/surveillance-privacy-philosophy-data-internet-things
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Hard Rock Hotel loses customer data in seven-month hack

Personal details, including cardholders’ names, card numbers and three-digit CVV security codes were all stolen!

Attack at Las Vegas resort exposes names, credit card numbers and CVV codes.
Las Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel has lost guests’ credit and debit card details to hackers in an attack spanning seven months.
The data breach, which ran from 3 September 2014 to 3 April 2015, affected most of the resort’s retail and service locations, including shops, restaurants and cafés on the property.
Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/hacking/24543/hard-rock-hotel-loses-customer-data-in-seven-month-hack
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