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Hotel towels and robes with RFID tags are catching light-fingered guests, illustrating how widespread — and potentially invasive — the technology could become. Linen Technology Tracking designed the waterproof tags to survive hundreds of washes when sewn into towels, robes, and sheets. Besides catching souvenir-swiping tourists, the tags also help hotels keep track of inventory. Smart Towels Catch Greedy Hotel Guests Smart Towels Catch Greedy Hotel Guests
Privacy: What Does Microsoft Know About You? 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.
Privacy and Security Fanatic: Creepy RFID Tracking Coming Soon to Human Embryos | Network World Privacy and Security Fanatic: Creepy RFID Tracking Coming Soon to Human Embryos | Network World 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.
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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. Google Scribe Predicts What You're Going to Type Google Scribe Predicts What You're Going to Type
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. Trending on the Topix Network 12 min ago | ComputerWorld Roadmap to solving security and privacy concerns in RFID systems

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Legal Blog Watch 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.
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. County gives jerseys with tracking microchips to preschoolers
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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. U.S. schools: grooming students for a surveillance state
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." Even without cookies, a browser leaves a trail of crumbs Even without cookies, a browser leaves a trail of crumbs
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. Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Don't Let Schools Chip Your Kids Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Don't Let Schools Chip Your Kids
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. Lawsuit: Disney, others spy on kids with zombie cookies
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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. 24 Hour Fitness gyms using fingerprints to identify members - latimes.com
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Infographic of the Day: How Your Favorite Websites Spy on You | Co.Design 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:
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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. Researcher warns of risks from rogue iPhone apps | InSecurity Complex
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