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The new “Hello Barbie,” continues to make the news as privacy advocates are concerned about its features. Barbie connects to Wi-Fi and records children’s voice commands. Those commands are sent to an external server to improve voice command tech. the creepiness is in the fact that it’s getting to know children on a very personal level. The Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood view the new Barbie as the start of a new trend in marketing privacy children. Imagine your children playing with a Wi-Fi-connected doll that records their conversations–and then transmits them to a corporation […]

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Who will watch the spies?

Momentum is building to #RejectFear and stop theHarper Conservative’s reckless, vague and unnecessary ‘Secret Police’ bill before they can rush it into law. We’ve got a plan to stop this bill from passing without major changes and proper oversight – and it starts with making sure that people from all across Canada see a new video that shows just how high the stakes are. Source. Tweet

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Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It’s just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all. Transcript. Tweet

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a glut of companies are lurking in the shadows of the Internet, gathering your data to sell it to anyone who’s willing to pay the price. These so-called “data brokers” can easily follow your digital trail by using your browser cookies and other ingenious tracking methods. And it’s not just general statistics, demographics, or overall trends that they’re selling. Many data brokers sell dossiers on individuals, complete profiles that include your name and personal information, without your knowledge or consent. These dossiers can include sensitive information such as medical history, political and religious affiliations, and […]

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As a parent Adam Sheffield says he worries about his Xbox Kinect being capable of spying on his family in their home, “It recognizes him when he enters the room and says “Hi.” The question a lot of people have, what’s that data being used for?” Sheffield is a Cyber Security Program Manager and he says there is a good reason to be worried, “You should assume anything that can connect to internet – push info out, is a source of collection.” And this applies to more than just gaming devices – computers, TV’s, cellphones […]

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