LG Smart TVs reportedly log user viewing habits regardless of privacy settings

These “Smart TV’s” report every time you change the channel.
Is this what you signed up for?

LG’s Smart TVs have reportedly been logging details of owner viewing habits even after users disable data collection in the settings menu. The alarming discovery was made by one user, who found that even after he turned off an option that enables “collection of watching info,” the Smart TV still phoned home to a non-functional URL with specifics on channels he’d been watching and even filenames of movies stored on an attached USB drive. “I decided to do some traffic analysis to see what was being sent,” he writes. “It turns out that viewing information appears to be being sent regardless of whether this option is set to on or off.”
Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/19/5123900/lg-tvs-logging-viewing-habits-regardless-of-privacy-settings
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Google agrees to pay states $17 million in browser privacy settlement

Google to pay $17 million for circumventing the Privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser.

Google has entered into a $17 million settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia after the company was found to circumvent privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser. Between 2011 and 2012, Google secretly stored web tracking cookies in Safari, overriding Apple’s default settings that forbid third-party cookies from being installed. “By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but also their trust,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/18/5119054/google-agrees-to-pay-states-17-million-in-privacy-settlement
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Reform ECPA: Tell the Government to Get a Warrant

The Government should NOT be able to read our electronic communications without a warrant.  Sign this petition if you agree!

Americans are deeply concerned about NSA surveillance. But the NSA’s not the only problem. An outdated law says the IRS and hundreds of other agencies can read our communications without a warrant.
Read more: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reform-ecpa-tell-government-get-warrant/nq258dxk
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NSA Transparency Hurts Americans’ Privacy, Feds Say With Straight Face

Feds say letting us know they are spying on us would violate our Privacy.
Are you kidding me?

Adding limited public accountability to the NSA’s vast electronic spying programs would actually harm the privacy of Americans, Obama administration officials told a Senate hearing today.
Read more: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/nsa-transparency-effect/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Fpolitics+%28Wired%3A+%28Section%29+Politics%29
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Sony pulls a ‘Big Brother’ on the PSN network

Sony reveals they can monitor and record all your PSN activity should they feel like doing so, including all voice and text messaging!
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In an update on the PSN usage terms, Sony has revealed that they can “record any and all of your PSN activity”, which includes voice and text communications, among other things.
Read more: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-pulls-big-brother-psn-network/63384.html
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Google ordered to hand over Street View data or face massive daily fines

Do these fines really have any effect on Google’s data collecting policies?

Following a complaint from the Brazilian Institute of Computer Policy and Rights, a judge has ordered Google to hand over private data collected through its Street View program or face fines of $50,000 USD a day, that could rise to a maximum of $500,000 daily.
Read more: http://www.neowin.net/news/google-ordered-to-hand-over-street-view-data-or-face-massive-daily-fines
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22 Examples Of NSA Surveillance Creating Chilling Effects

This is the kind of stuff that isn’t supposed to happen
in America!

In the EFF’s lawsuit against the NSA over domestic surveillance, the organization has filed 22 first hand examples of organizations which have directly experienced the chilling effects of the surveillance program, which the EFF reasonably argues shows how the program violates the Constitutional right to freely associate. There are numerous examples of public interest groups discovering that members or community members have curtailed communication, declined membership or used other ways of cutting off contact, as they now fear the threat of potential “guilt by association.” Once again, this is the kind of stuff that isn’t supposed to happen in America, and it’s another reason why the surveillance efforts are so pernicious.
Read more: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131108/10430625184/22-examples-nsa-surveillance-creating-chilling-effects.shtml
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How To Protect Your Privacy on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Important information!
Steps you can take to protect yourself when using public Wi-Fi hotspots.

So you’re at your favorite coffee shop and have hopped on to the free WiFi with your tablet to check your social networks, read the latest news, and maybe take a quick peek at your bank balance while you’re enjoying your latte. We’re so used to having Internet access whenever and wherever we need it that we don’t often stop to consider whether logging into a public network is safe.
Read more: http://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-protect-your-privacy-on-public-wifi-networks/#ixzz2k3fxlGsu
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