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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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United Airlines Is Expanding Its Creepy Biometric Screening Technology to More Airport Hubs

United Airlines announced this week that it’s investing in the growth of biometric screening technology in a bid to streamline passenger travel—even as big questions remain about how such technology impacts consumer privacy.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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China to Make RFID Chips Mandatory in Cars So the Government Can Track Citizens on the Road

The Chinese government, in its ongoing pursuit to create the dystopian police state dreamed up in many a science fiction tale, is reportedly readying a new vehicle identification system that will be capable of monitoring the movement of citizens.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Homeland Security Thinks DJI Is Using Its Drones to Spy on America

Various members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, are famous for buying into crazy conspiracy theories. Now, the Los Angeles office of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has come up with a whopper of its own. These guys think China is spying on unsuspecting…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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After Philando Castile’s Death, Investigators Tried to Secretly Get Access to Diamond Reynolds’ Facebook and Phone Records

On July 7th, 2016, just one day after Diamond Reynolds streamed video of a police officer shooting and killing her boyfriend, Philando Castile, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began working to obtain records from Reynolds’s phone. The BCA, which was in charge of investigating Castile’s death, submitted a…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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