Loss of Privacy

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This post originally appeared on medium.com, but it has been deleted because it violates their terms of service. I thought it was an informative post, but I don’t run medium.com nor have I read their terms of service.

Therefore, I went to the wayback machine, grabbed a copy and converted it into a pdf to preserve the post here as well.

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New terror laws allow Australian web to be monitored

Apple and Google encrypt phone data; law enforcement worried

Schools in Huntsville, Alabama monitor students online thanks to NSA

DuckDuckGo now blocked in China


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Anyone that has this on their phone or combined with Google Glass will be leaving those items in their car or not visiting the inside of my home.

Project Tango is an exploration into giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.

We hope you will take this journey with us. We believe it will be one worth traveling.

If you want to rob someone’s house or a business and need to know the layout, Tango is for you.

The NSA is overjoyed right now at all the ways it will be able to use Tango to spy on us. Thanks, Google.

Google is evolving past an advertising company. It is becoming a big data provider. It is one a course to map everything in the world from physical spaces to individuals’ personal preferences for food, clothing, etc.


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Thomas Gagnon, 32, of Beverly, Massachusetts was sent to jail for violating an active restraining order because Google+ automatically invited his ex-girlfriend to join his circles.

According to Gagnon, Google automatically sent the invitation without informing him or asking for his consent.

As the Salem News reported, Gagnon was arrested about 90 minutes after his ex-girlfriend notified police. The officers agreed the sent invitation constituted a violation of the restraining order, and while the district court judge acknowledged he wasn’t sure precisely how Google+ processes invitations, he set bail at $500.

While Gagnon argues he did not send the invitation, both he and his attorney, Neil Hourihan, are at a loss when it comes to explaining how the message was transmitted.

When asked about the situation by ABC News, Internet privacy expert and attorney Bradley Shear said it’s possible Gagnon is telling the truth. He cited a Google+ forum topic circa 2011 and 2012 that featured numerous customers complaining about the social network’s automatic invite feature.

“As soon as I add an email to a circle, Google seems to send an email automatically asking that person to join Google Plus,” wrote one user. “Is there any way of turning this off? I don’t want Google to send any email on my behalf without my permission. At least I would expect some sort of warning.”

“If he didn’t send it — if Google sent it without his permission and he was jailed for it — Google could be facing major liability,” Shear added.

While Google does allow for users to opt-out, the default is opt-in and users must take the extra step to let Google know that they don’t wish to participate.

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Last week, Google engineering director Attila Bodis revealed that Google is going to pair your Google+ picture and phone number.

This is the coolest part of the new Caller ID by Google feature my team worked on, and we’re finally announcing it for early 2014:

“Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google: http://goo.gl/g9P3Bp”

It’d be a good idea to change that picture to a cat now while you can. It’s an auto opt-in, so you need to actually go untick a box to change it.

If you want to know what other data Google has collected on you, your dashboard is a good place to start.

If you’re looking to change emails, reddit has done some research into that.

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