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You Might Abandon Your New Year’s Resolutions, But the Internet Never Will

After the past year’s wall-to-wall cavalcade of death and dreck, it’s not a surprise to see a lot of folks stepping into 2021 with what can best be described as “modest expectations” for the world writ large and their Capacity To Deal with whatever it throws their way. This is the year that we’ve seen […]

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You Might Abandon Your New Year’s Resolutions, But the Internet Never Will

After the past year’s wall-to-wall cavalcade of death and dreck, it’s not a surprise to see a lot of folks stepping into 2021 with what can best be described as “modest expectations” for the world writ large and their Capacity To Deal with whatever it throws their way. This is the year that we’ve seen […]

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If You Won’t Wear a Mask to Stop Coronavirus, How About Surveillance?

Facial recognition technology raises ethical dilemmas and privacy concerns. Is it okay that our phones, computers, and social media apps not only recognize us, but also collect and store data about our faces? These concerns grow as the tech becomes more accurate, and more government agencies, private businesses, and …Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Find Out Which Surveillance Methods Your Local Police Department Uses

Recent weeks have brought increased scrutiny to police departments’ policies and practices as well as a reckoning over police brutality, surveillance and lack of accountability. It’s worth knowing that, even if you live in a seemingly sleepy town, your local police department is likely engaging in some type of…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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They Were Watching: Homeland Security Reportedly Used Surveillance Aircraft to Monitor George Floyd Protests

Apparently, the government was watching. The New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used helicopters, airplanes, and drones in 15 cities to monitor demonstrations that protested the killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who died after a police officer knelt on his neck to…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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We Mapped Where Customs and Border Protection Drones Are Flying in the U.S. and Beyond

In 2011, Rodney Brossart, a cattle rancher from Lakota, North Dakota was accused of stealing six cows. The cows, he said, simply wandered on to his 3,000-acre farm, and by his estimation, they, therefore, belonged to him. When the cops came, he and his family were prepared. Armed with high power rifles, they engaged…Read more… […]

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Should I Worry About Mystery Boxes on My Town’s Utility Poles?

I don’t really pay much attention to my neighborhood’s utility poles—as long as they’re standing strong and not sparking, humming strangely, or anything like that, they do their thing and I do my thing. However, some Lifehacker readers are a bit more eagle-eyed than me.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Can a VPN Hide What I Do on the Internet From My Employer?

When it comes to privacy issues, the best advice is the simplest advice: Don’t mix work and play. That means no installing BitTorrent on your work laptop; no browsing for naughty things when connected to your company wifi (or VPN) and no forwarding company secrets (or inappropriate memes) using your work email. No,…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Fix Your Suddenly Crappy Google Nest Videos

Now that most of us are spending all day at home, we’re consuming a ton more data, and while Comcast’s tubes of internet haven’t burst yet, they’re definitely fuller than ever before. In an effort to get ahead of a potential disaster, some companies are taking measures to reduce the data burden of their…Read more… […]

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Use Ring’s New Control Center to Block Police Requests

It feels like plenty of people aren’t going to ditch their expensive video-camera doorbells no matter what Ring does—either because they paid good money for one and they’re stubborn, or they don’t want to spend even more time messing with screwdrivers and wires to install something else.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Tell if Your College is Using Facial Recognition to Monitor People on Campus

A growing number of college and universities have started using biometrics surveillance as a way to monitor students while they’re on campus. The problem is, not all of them are 100% upfront about that surveillance. This week digital rights organization Fight for the Future, published a scorched for close to 100…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Diagnose Your Devices’ Privacy Problems With This List From Mozilla

If you need a little help figuring out how to lock down your smart home devices (or those you’re considering purchasing), Mozilla is here to help. I recommend spending some time scanning through its “Privacy Not Included” list and bookmarking the pages for any devices you own. Not only does the site round up all […]

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Are You Morally Obligated to Tell House Guests About Your Smart Devices?

Should you ever tell someone that you’ve stashed a smart speaker, camera, or display in your home somewhere? If the person lives with you, absolutely. If you’re having some friends over, though, is this overkill? Do you have a responsibility to let people know, or are you making a mountain out of a (smart) molehill?Read […]

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Brits Are Pissed About Mercedes-Benz Tracking Down Customer Cars For Repossession: Report

British publication The Sun, a sometimes terrible and occasionally entertaining tabloid across the pond, is reporting that concerns are boiling among human rights groups, former government ministers, and some legal experts about Mercedes-Benz using vehicle location data to track down customers who default on their…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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