Path got caught red-handed uploading users’ address books to its servers and had to apologize . But the relatively obscure journaling app is not alone. In fact, Path was crucified for a practice that has become an unspoken industry standard.
Update: Click here for a great infographic and helpful video added to the end of this post Google has a search engine devoted just to you. It’s true. For example, here’s mine . And Google changed how it works just a few weeks ago (on 1-12-2012). It’s based on tracking your identity on the web.
Article Excerpt Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off. These phones don't keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.
At the end of last year, we told you about a new project by YouTube called the “ YouTube Slam “. The project pits two videos against one another in a “hot or not” style competition. The site lets you watch two videos and decide which one is better, or in the case of comedy, funnier.
New technologies are radically advancing our freedoms but they are also enabling unparalleled invasions of privacy. Your cell phone helps you keep in touch with friends and families but it also makes it easier for security agencies to track your location. Your Web searches about sensitive medical information might seem a secret between you and your search engine, but companies like Google are creating a treasure trove of personal information by logging your online activities, and making it potentially available to any party wielding enough cash or a subpoena. And the next time you try to board a plane, watch out—you might be turned away after being mistakenly placed on a government watch list, or be forced to open your email in the security line.