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Vibrator Maker To Pay Millions Over Claims It Secretly Tracked Use : The Two-Way : NPR - 0 views

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    The makers of the We-Vibe, a line of vibrators that can be paired with an app for remote-controlled use, have reached a $3.75 million class action settlement with users following allegations that the company was collecting data on when and how the sex toy was used. Standard Innovations, the Canadian manufacturer of the We-Vibe, does not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement finalized Monday.
Ian Forrester

Bose headphones have been spying on customers, lawsuit claims - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    At least that's the claim of a proposed class-action lawsuit filed late Tuesday in Illinois that accuses the high-end audio equipment maker of spying on its users and selling information about their listening habits without permission.
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Amazon Echos activated by TV comment - BBC News - 0 views

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    An on-air comment by a US TV presenter activated Amazon Echo gadgets in viewers' homes across San Diego.
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Admiral to price car insurance based on Facebook posts | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Insurer's algorithm analyses social media usage to identify safe drivers in unprecedented use of customer data"
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Facebook blocks Admiral's car insurance discount plan - BBC News - 0 views

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    Facebook has blocked plans by an insurer to view young drivers' profiles to help set car insurance premiums.
Ian Forrester

98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain. Maybe your mother's birthday is coming up, and Facebook's showing ads for her local florist. Or maybe you just made a joke aloud about wanting a Jeep, and Instagram's promoting Chrysler dealerships. Whatever the subject, you've seen ads like this. You've wondered - maybe worried - how they found their way to you.
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Privacy Scandal Haunts Pokemon Go's CEO - 0 views

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    Within two weeks of its release last month, Pokemon Go, the augmented reality gaming sensation, surpassed, by one estimate, Twitter, Facebook, and Netflix in its day-to-day popularity on Android phones. Over on Apple devices, the game was downloaded more times in its first week than any app that came before it.
Ian Forrester

Connected Toys Are Raising Complicated New Privacy Questions - 0 views

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    "Toys and other devices are collecting loads of data from children. What could go wrong?"
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Dropbox's Infinite feature needs deeper access to your computer - 0 views

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    "Dropbox is "proposing to copy the keys to your house, move in and live with you.""
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Scientists Are Just as Confused About the Ethics of Big-Data Research as You | WIRED - 0 views

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    "When a rogue researcher last week released 70,000 OkCupid profiles, complete with usernames and sexual preferences, people were pissed. When Facebook researchers manipulated stories appearing in Newsfeeds for a mood contagion study in 2014, people were really pissed. OkCupid filed a copyright claim to take down the dataset; the journal that published Facebook's study issued an "expression of concern." Outrage has a way of shaping ethical boundaries. We learn from mistakes."
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Are your devices always listening to you? Psychtech podcast - 0 views

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    Episode 55: This week we discuss why some people believe that their devices are always watching or listening to them. Oh, and whether or not it's true. Companies are finding more creative ways to target ads and content and consumers are consenting every day. But what are they consenting to?
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Europe Finally Agrees Tough New Data Protection Rules | TechCrunch - 0 views

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    "Late yesterday European institutions finally agreed the text of new data protection rules (GDPR), more than three years after new regulation was proposed. The 28 Member States of the European Union will have two years to transpose the provisions of the GDPR into their national laws, with the regulation set to come into force from 2018."
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Critical IoT Reading List - Thingclash - 0 views

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    Critical and insightful reading list about IOT
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'10-second' theoretical hack could jog Fitbits into malware-spreading mode * The Register - 0 views

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    "A vulnerability in FitBit fitness trackers first reported to the vendor in March could still be exploited by the person you sit next to on a park bench while catching your breath."
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When Big Data becomes Big Brother - BBC News - 0 views

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    "We live in the social mobile era, where we all collect and share vast amounts of data about ourselves and others. "
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BBC - iWonder - When did the state start to spy on us? - 0 views

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    "The extraordinary growth of state surveillance of the UK population has been fuelled by political and technological developments in recent decades. But in the name of national security, the state has been eavesdropping on us for far longer than that."
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Datacoup - Reclaim your personal data - 1 views

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    "Datacoup makes it easy to connect data from the apps and services you already use. From your online social data to your offline spending data - you can seamlessly connect with a click of button. "
Ian Forrester

Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "FACEBOOK. Instagram. Google. Twitter. All services we rely on - and all services we believe we don't have to pay for. Not with cash, anyway. But ad-financed Internet platforms aren't free, and the price they extract in terms of privacy and control is getting only costlier. A recent Pew Research Center poll shows that 93 percent of the public believes that "being in control of who can get information about them is important," and yet the amount of information we generate online has exploded and we seldom know where it all goes."
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