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When Kids’ Toys Are Listening, the FTC is Watc…

When Kids’ Toys Are Listening, the FTC is Watching:

When Kids’ Toys Are Listening, the FTC is Watching

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For CanvasBlocker what is the best setting to …

There’s block readout API, block everything, block blacklisted websites, etc. What is the best option to use?

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how can i see what a windows update actually d…

today i came home from work and as i opened my laptop, which was asleep, i was greeted with “Working on updates. 100% complete. Please do not turn your computer off.” this is the 2nd time my computer has updated while being asleep, the first time was a bit earlier in 2018. after these updates i’m noticing drastic performance decrease

how can i see what the windows updates are actually updating?

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CanvasBlocker vs new Firefox fingerprint block…

I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on the relative strength of the CanvasBlocker addon vs the new privacy.resistFingerprinting configuration in Firefox?

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What browser should I use besides Tor for priv…

I know TOR is for people with ABSOLUTE privacy but what if you’re just a casual person who wants some privacy. What browser should I use?

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15 Ways You Can Stop Your Body From Ageing Qui…

15 Ways You Can Stop Your Body From Ageing Quickly:

15 Ways You Can Stop Your Body From Ageing Quickly

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Radaris has been shut down by class action law…

Radaris has been shut down by class action lawsuit:

Radaris has been shut down by class action lawsuit

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How can I reclaim my privacy on the work compu…

Hello. So, I recently started a new job in government. I’m provided a personal laptop, which I can take home. It’s way better than my private laptop, and I’d love to use it at home. However, according to my boss, the system admin keeps system logs, can access my browsing history, etc. It runs Windows 10. I have local admin privileges, so I can install program on the computer. I had this thought to put a VirtualBox on it and run Ubuntu for using it at my home wifi, connected to VPN. But I was wondering, could the system administrator access any private info from the virtual machine, given I’m at home using a VPN..? And could somebody trace my traffic towards this machine, given the VPN doesn’t keep logs..?

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[Rant] Impersonation laws vs terms and conditi…

So given that impersonating someone online is against the law and that it violates many big social media companies’ privacy policies/statements of rights & responsibilities, shouldn’t it also be against the law for said companies to send personal IMs to any friends or contacts for advertising purposes?

I’ve had friends telling me lately that they’ve been getting messages from friends on facebook recommending albums on itunes or whatever other product it may be, only the sender never actually wrote the messages. I’m sure there’s obviously a clause in Facebook’s terms and conditions that ‘allows’ them to do that, but just because you give someone ‘consent’ to do something doesn’t give them a green card to break the law… Like euthanasia is still against the law in most of the US, same as how someone below the age of consent giving an adult their permission to sleep with them doesn’t protect the adult from prison…

I know those are extreme examples, but I feel like the point still stands. If a company wants to send ad messages, they shouldn’t be allowed to hijack users’ accounts to make it seem like they’re recommending the product to a friend – whether ‘consent’ is given via a terms and conditions clause or not. If the issue with statutory rape is the kid is too young to make a responsible, independent and educated decision, i.e. informed consent, then how does burying a clause deep inside a novel of high-level legal terms no one but lawyers understand not violate legislation regarding informed consent either? Stuff like that should be outlined in a big red box with a tick box that allows you to opt-in or opt-out, because not wanting to give a corporation your consent to break the law should by no means constitute grounds for them to deny you service or a product.

Then consider the consumer reading the personal ad message. Personally, I’d be far more likely to consider buying something if a friend recommended it to me than if I saw it in an ad. So if a personal message is received, with no indication whatsoever that it was auto-generated and wasn’t written by the owner of the account, there’s bound to be people who mistakenly believe they’re receiving a genuine recommendation, then go buy something they otherwise would never have bought. That’s pretty much the definition of impersonating someone online to dupe someone else for personal gain – and that’s most definitely against the law.

I know that there’s prolly nothing that I can do about it, that these companies have the money and support to fend off charges like this in court, and that ranting never helps anything, but I needed to vent.

TLDR: Acquiring what is, at best, ill-informed consent shouldn’t give you the right to break the law. Even if the law is stupid. Because people HAVE been put away for this – and legislation that applies to some, but not all, is a staggeringly blatant affront to democracy, personal rights, and freedom as a whole.

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