Car tracking device. Disney RFID bracelet. RFID to speed up queues. Printer HD. The FBI Can’t Find Many of Its GPS Trackers. App to spy on your weight. Smart Pills tracking. NY court upholds GPS tracker on worker's car. Nestle plant GPS tracker on choc bars. School RFID tracking. Privacy: What Does Microsoft Know About You? In-Depth What Does Microsoft Know About You?
We take a look at all the various sources of data Microsoft collects from customers, how it stores and uses that data, and how its use of it stacks up against Google and other competitors. Just about every software vendor or Web service collects information about its users. Some do it with more subtlety than others, but the fact is that there's hardly an application or Web site that doesn't gather some sort of intelligence about you every time you use it. Microsoft, of course, is no exception. Actually, a more appropriate question might be: What kind of information about you can Microsoft see?
What Microsoft Knows Microsoft starts collecting information on you and your system within minutes of you starting up a brand-new system. The flow begins when you first start your system, log on to Windows and go through the WAT validation process. Make the choice to use Microsoft Online Services, and the transfer of data to Redmond continues. Privacy and Security Fanatic: Creepy RFID Tracking Coming Soon to Human Embryos. Some radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses seem cool, while others seem downright creepy.
We've previously seen that RFID can be used to track people from the cradle to the grave, but now there are plans to start tracking at pre-birth when babies are only embryos. Spanish researchers from the Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology at Barcelona University are perfecting a system to individually tag and track mouse embryos with silicon barcodes. RFID tags to improve traceability of reproductive material in mice seems fine, but the researchers do not intend to stop there. The press release stated, "Researchers recently received authorization from the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia to begin testing the system with human oocytes and embryos from several fertility clinics in Spain.
" As the Tech and Law blog asked, "Are the barcodes going to be removed after birth? RFID technology will only continue to increase. EU Surveillance Studies Disclosed By Pirate Party. Google Scribe Predicts What You're Going to Type. Google has a Google Labs project available called Google Scribe.
Google Scribe provides text autocompletion as you type. It provides related word or phrase suggestions, using information you’ve already typed into a document. "In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use," says Google. Google Scribe will show suggestions as you type by default, but that can be changed to "on demand" or my selecting an "on tab" option in the toolbar. Functionality can be toggled on and off with a keyboard shortcut. Users can choose if they want suggestions to be sorted by alphabetical order, "Google Scribe Score", which is based on popularity, relevance, etc., relevance, or expected typing savings.
There is a Google Scribe bookmarklet that lets you use the tool on any web page. Google Scribe Predicts What You’re Going to Type. Roadmap to solving security and privacy concerns in RFID systems. 12 min ago | ChinaTechNews.com Alibaba Throws Money At Internet Privacy Hu Xiaoming, Alibaba's vice president for small- and micro-financial group and chief risk officer, announced in Beijing that the company will invest CNY40 million to establish a security fund.
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Legal Blog Watch. « 'It’s Only a Dream Until You Write It Down, and Then It Becomes a Goal' | Main | Thursday's Three Burning Legal Questions » Schools Use Technology to Track Exact Whereabouts of Buses and Each Child Back in my day, we had to walk to school barefoot, in the snow -- uphill both ways.
That made our feet cold. Then the kids started riding on those newfangled "buses," which seemed like a good thing until parents realized there was a 45-minute period when they did not know the exact whereabouts of their children. Now even that problem has been solved, thanks to GPS technology and identification cards that are now issued to all elementary school bus riders in places like Palos Heights, Ill.
The Chicago Tribune reports (via Consumerist) that in Palos Heights, school officials have assigned ID tags to 400 students in preschool through 5th grade. The combination of the students' ID cards and the buses' GPS system allows: County gives jerseys with tracking microchips to preschoolers. On the first day of preschool in Richmond, students received crayons, writing paper and tracking microchips embedded into jersey tops.
As reported by KTVU, preschoolers in Contra Costa county have been outfitted with these monitoring devices, which transmits a signal to sensors installed throughout their buildings. momentimedia/Flickr Officials told the news station that the devices would help administrators secure the child's whereabouts at all times. Parents will also digitally sign the child in and out of school, thereby eliminating the need for attendance records filed by hand.
“Now, when we feed the children lunch, we just have to push a button and it’s done,” said teacher Simone Beauford. Tracking microchips have become popular in recent years as the technology of choice for pet owners, prison guards and cattle wranglers. In 2007, California became one of the first states to ban forced implantation of microchips under a person's skin. A few weeks later, Brittan ended the program. U.S. schools: grooming students for a surveillance state. Schools are increasingly invading student privacy both in school and outside of school.
Are schools grooming youth to passively accept a surveillance state where they have no expectation of privacy anywhere? A PogoWasRight.org commentary. The increasing use of student surveillance and intrusion of school districts into students’ extra-curricular conduct should alarm us all. Whether it is a district surveilling students in their bedrooms via webcam, conducting random drug or locker searches, strip-searching students, lowering the standard for searching students to “reasonable suspicion” from “probable cause,” disciplining students for conduct outside of school hours, searching their cellphones and text messages, or allegedly forcing them to undergo pregnancy testing, student privacy is under increasing threat.
The other day I mentioned a Connecticut school district that wanted to require students to carry an ID card with an RFID chip so that they could track their location. Even without cookies, a browser leaves a trail of crumbs. Those with no technical knowledge generally believe that they are anonymous when simply browsing the Web.
Those who know more might recognize that IP addresses can be used to do some rough targeting, while browser cookies can be used to track someone across sessions and across IP addresses. But what if your browser itself—even with cookies off and IP addresses out of the picture—was leaving a digital fingerprint at every site you visit? That possibility lies behind a new experiment from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, something called "Panopticlick. " (Insert your favorite Bentham/Foucault joke here.)
Panopticlick measures the unique characteristics of your particular browsing setup, logs them, and then tells you just how unique that signature is. So far, my own browser fingerprint is totally unique. Browsers provide all sorts of details to websites that request them. Websites can also access data on time zone, screen size, color depth, and more. Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Don't Let Schools Chip Your Kids. On Tuesday, preschoolers in Richmond, California showed up for school and were handed jerseys embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.
RFID tags are tiny computer chips that are frequently used to track everything from cattle to commercial products moving through warehouses. Now the school district is apparently hoping to use these chips to replace manual attendance records, track the children’s movements at school and during field trips, and collect other data like whether the child has eaten or not. While school officials and parents may have been sold on these tags as a "cost-saving measure," we are concerned that the real price of insecure RFID technology is the privacy and safety of small children. RFID has been billed as a "proven technology," but what’s actually been proven time and again (PDF) since the ACLU first looked at this issue in 2005 is just how insecure RFID chips can be: • What security measures are in place on the RFID chips?
Lawsuit: Disney, others spy on kids with zombie cookies. Disney, Ustream, SodaHead, Warner Bros., and a number of other websites are spying on kids' Internet use, according to a lawsuit filed recently by a group of parents and their children.
The suit accuses ad widget company Clearspring Technologies of enabling these sites to track kids all over the Internet, and not just on Clearspring partner sites, leaving them in violation of numerous federal and California state privacy laws. According to the complaint, each of the Clearspring affiliates independently and knowingly authorized the company to track users, even on non-Clearspring affiliated sites.
A Flash-based tracking cookie was allegedly installed by the affiliate sites without users' knowledge, and would recreate itself by digging into the Flash storage bin for the same user information if deleted. Essentially, users who were trying to remain privacy-conscious by regularly deleting their cookies were not able to rid themselves of the cookies deposited by Clearspring. Tour / Flowtown. This post was written by Jenny Urbano, our Social Media Manager. Here at Demandforce, we love seeing and celebrating your ideas!
And more than that, we love to hear from YOU. We want to bridge the gap between us and you, so that’s why we’re offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a trip to San Francisco, sightsee in this amazing city, visit Demandforce headquarters and share your ideas with us! 6 winners, and a guest of their choice will be flown out to San Francisco, California on March 12-14th, 2014, where they will stay in Union Square, spend a day at Demandforce, have dinner with the team, and explore the lovely City by the Bay! For contest rules, and how to enter, please visit our post in the Generation Demandforce Community here. Good luck! 24 Hour Fitness gyms using fingerprints to identify members - latimes.com. With gym memberships down across the fitness industry, the giant 24 Hour Fitness chain is taking a new cost-cutting approach to identifying its gym members — fingerprints.
The 428-gym chain, which issued more than 1 million plastic membership cards and key ring IDs last year, is converting to a system that identifies members by scanning the individual ridges on fingertips. The San Ramon, Calif., company is characterizing the move as a green initiative, but Wally Boyko, publisher of the National Fitness Trade Journal, says it's a new way for gyms to cut costs — and fraud — in a tough economy. "Nothing has been done like this before, but it's a very different time right now for the industry, and what you're seeing is membership drop off, people not renewing or even canceling their contracts," Boyko said. "This system will save money on plastic. " Not that Boyko is comfortable with the idea.
"Me personally, I wouldn't use it. "No more cards, no more plastic," De La Rosa said.
Infographic of the Day: How Your Favorite Websites Spy on You. We all know, vaguely, that the websites we visit are tracking us with cookies and whatnot, silently scraping data on how and where we surf. But when you see the facts all laid out for you, it's gobsmacking. The Wall Street Journal just published the results of an investigation they did into tracking habits at the Web's top 50 websites, and summed up the results in this superb infographic. Basically, the top half shows the Web's top 50 websites; the bottom half shows the tracking companies whose software can be found on those sites. When you click on one, it shows you the myriad linkages between them.
Here, for example, are all of the tracking sites used by Dictionary.Reference.com: And here are all of the sites where Google has embedded its own tracking software: You can even click on each company, and look at a detailed profile of exactly what their privacy policies are, concerning user data: Now, you might think that all of the data is pretty anodyne. Still, is that a bad thing? Big Data is a big opportunity—but are you ready? Researcher warns of risks from rogue iPhone apps.
Lax security screening at Apple's App Store and a design flaw are putting iPhone users at risk of downloading malicious applications that could steal data and spy on them, a Swiss researcher warns. Apple's iPhone app review process is inadequate to stop malicious apps from getting distributed to millions of users, according to Nicolas Seriot, a software engineer and scientific collaborator at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences (HEIG-VD). Once they are downloaded, iPhone apps have unfettered access to a wide range of privacy-invasive information about the user's device, location, activities, interests, and friends, he said in an interview Tuesday.
In a talk scheduled for Wednesday at the Black Hat DC security conference, Seriot will explain how an innocent-looking app could be designed to harvest personal data and send it to a remote server without the user knowing it. The rogue app could be hidden within an innocent-looking app, such as a game. The threat is not theoretical. Retrievable iPhone numbers mean potential privacy issues. I admit, sometimes I forget the iPhone is a phone. When a couple voicemails didn’t show up recently, I thought nothing of it until a friend asked me if I’d gotten his message—people just don’t call me that often. But a phone it is, as some users are reportedly being reminded when they get phone calls from the publishers of a free app they’ve downloaded from the App Store. The application in question, mogoRoad, is a real-time traffic monitoring application available in Switzerland. Several commenters on the store say they’ve received phone calls from the company behind the application after they downloaded the free version, inviting them to shell out money for the full version.
As invasive and despicable as that sounds, it raises another question: how did the company get ahold of the contact information for those users? Seeing as there are few things I hate as much as unsolicited phone calls—well, maybe unexpected nuts in cookies—I'd call this is a serious privacy concern. Black Hat: Most browsers can be made to give up personal data - Computerworld. Tire pressure monitor systems could reveal driver location.
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