Category: digital securit

Facebook profits soar 63% despite Cambridge An…

Facebook profits soar 63% despite Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal:

Facebook profits soar 63% despite Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal

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Will Facebook’s New Research Initiative Make T…

Will Facebook’s New Research Initiative Make The Replication Crisis Worse?:

Will Facebook’s New Research Initiative Make The Replication Crisis Worse?

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Google patents facial recognition system based…

Google patents facial recognition system based on users’ social media data:

Google patents facial recognition system based on users’ social media data

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India’s new data protection law could create a…

India’s biometric database is a massive achievement and a dystopian nightmare.

Part of the problem is that India has no data protection laws. That is about to change with the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 that promises to give Indian citizens a fundamental right to privacy for the first time.

THIS SEEMS TO BE A PROXY TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT LARGE SCALE, MASS SURVEILLANCE.

In May, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued a document outlining a proposal for a new “social media analytical tool” that would give the government the ability to monitor a range of digital platforms — including Facebook and Twitter — before creating “a 360 degree view of the people who are creating buzz across various topics” and targeting those citizens with “personalized responses.”

“The weaponization of data is something that the BJP has cultivated expertise both inside and outside the central government,” Soundararajan said. “They know the power of data and have used it to win campaigns and target audiences.”

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What happens when you ask Alexa, Google and Si…

What happens when you ask Alexa, Google and Siri if they are spying on you:

What happens when you ask Alexa, Google and Siri if they are spying on you

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TSA says ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance snared zer…

TSA says ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance snared zero threats – The Boston Globe:

TSA says ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance snared zero threats – The Boston Globe

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Activist Publishes 11,000 Private DMs Between …

Activist Publishes 11,000 Private DMs Between Wikileaks and Its Supporters:

Activist Publishes 11,000 Private DMs Between Wikileaks and Its Supporters

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Anonymous random 16 character usernames on Red…

A while ago, I read this post and started following some of the advice. The point I want to focus on is using 16 character random usernames, because there are some drawbacks to this.

In some subreddits where political issues are discussed, people will be very quick to assume that you are pushing a political agenda, are a Russian agitator, right wing internet troll, etc. This is both annoying and goes against the idea of flying under the radar of other users.

Recently, Reddit has started to offer “username suggestions” when you sign up. Here are some examples:

  • SubstantialChef6

  • Emergency_Bookkeeper

  • NoStep8

  • PlayfulSherbert6

  • Affectionate_Unit

I’m starting to think that using these might be preferable to 16 random character usernames, because

  • they don’t raise suspicion

  • the readability doesn’t really matter if someone takes screenshots or records in a different way

  • they are also easily forgettable imo

What are your thoughts on this?

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Are Customer Loyalty Discount Programs Worth G…

Are Customer Loyalty Discount Programs Worth Giving Up Your Personal Data?:

Are Customer Loyalty Discount Programs Worth Giving Up Your Personal Data?

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23andMe Sold Access to Your DNA Library to Big…

23andMe Sold Access to Your DNA Library to Big Pharma, But You Can Opt Out:

23andMe Sold Access to Your DNA Library to Big Pharma, But You Can Opt Out

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