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The Growing Threat Of Network-Based Steganography

The Growing Threat Of Network-Based Steganography | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
Hiding covert messages in plain sight is becoming an increasingly popular form of cyber attack. And security researchers are struggling to catch up.
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A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry

A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa’s repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa’s unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any ­industry that wants to check on the whereabouts of ordinary people.
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What social networks know about you.

What social networks know about you. | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

The infographic presents the categories of information that social networks can make available to other applications. You authorize these applications by, say, logging in to a Web site with your Twitter account, or by playing Farmville on Facebook. The applications, in turn, often give data about your activities back to the social network. These exchanges of information take place through what’s known as an application programming interface, or an A.P.I. Read more here. (To use the infographic, click to zoom in and see specific fields; click on the black bar to zoom back out.)

  
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Anonymously and securely proof the existence of any document using the Bitcoin blockchain

Anonymously and securely proof the existence of any document using the Bitcoin blockchain | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

Use our service to anonymously and securely store an online distributed proof of existence for any document. Your documents are NOT stored in our database or in the Bitcoin blockchain, so you don't have to worry about your data being accessed by others.

All we store is a cryptographic digest of the file, associated to the time in which you uploaded the document. In this way, you can later certify that said data existed at that time. This is the first online service allowing you to publicly prove that you have certain information without revealing the data or yourself, with a decentralized certification based on the Bitcoin network.

The key advantages are anonymity, privacy, and getting a decentralized proof which can't be removed by third parties or governments. Your document's existence is permanently validated by the blockchain even if this site is compromised or down, so you don't depend or need to trust any central authority. All previous timestamping solutions lack this independence.

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C.I.A. Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money

C.I.A. Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
The agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers, under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its phone record database, according to government officials.
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The dark side of data

The dark side of data | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
Data can be used for good, harnessed for the betterment of society, but it can also be abused. Find out about some hidden not-so-sunny uses of Big Data.
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NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained

NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
In the last five months, the NSA's surveillance practices have been revealed to be a massive international operation, staggering in scope. But how do all of the NSA's programmes fit together – and what does it mean for you?
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Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise

Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Our home computer console will be used to send and receive messages—like telegrams. We could check to see whether the local department store has the advertised sports shirt in stock in the desired color and size. We could ask when delivery would be guaranteed, if we ordered. The information would be up-to-the-minute and accurate. We could pay our bills and compute our taxes via the console. We would ask questions and receive answers from “information banks”—automated versions of today’s libraries. We would obtain up-to-the-minute listing of all television and radio programs … The computer could, itself, send a message to remind us of an impending anniversary and save us from the disastrous consequences of forgetfulness.


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Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance

Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

OAKLAND, Calif. — Federal grants of $7 million awarded to this city were meant largely to help thwart terror attacks at its bustling port. But instead, the money is going to a police initiative that will collect and analyze reams of surveillance data from around town — from gunshot-detection sensors in the barrios of East Oakland to license plate readers mounted on police cars patrolling the city’s upscale hills.

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This App Uses Your Inbox to Make a Scarily Detailed Map of Your Life

This App Uses Your Inbox to Make a Scarily Detailed Map of Your Life | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
The app, built by a group of researchers at MIT, visualizes your social life by peeking at your inbox.
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Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Stay Off Big Data’s Radar

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As it turns out, snooping federal agencies probably have nothing on private data collectors and aggregators. Their focus isn’t national security; it’s creating a profile of your likes, dislikes and behaviors to figure out ways to sell you stuff.

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Famous HeLa Cells Get Genetic Close-Up, and New Data-Sharing Rules

Famous HeLa Cells Get Genetic Close-Up, and New Data-Sharing Rules | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

The HeLa cell line is named after Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose aggressive cervical cancer killed her in 1951. Researchers used cells sampled from that tumor to create the HeLa cell line, the first and now by far the most commonly used in cell biology laboratories. Lacks herself was all but forgotten until science journalist Rebecca Skloot published a book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, that revealed how insensitively biomedical researchers have treated the family over the decades.

But scientists who want to use those data must now ask for permission from a committee that includes descendants of the woman whose cells were taken—without her consent—62 years ago.


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Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities

Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
Surprising results from a DNA researcher highlight the growing tension between the advancement of medical research and privacy concerns.
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Yet Another Way Your Phone Can Track You

Yet Another Way Your Phone Can Track You | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
Tiny hardware imperfections in smartphone and tablet accelerometers lead to unique “fingerprints” within the data they produce, researchers find.

The sensor that lets your phone know which way the screen is oriented also—thanks to minute manufacturing variations—emits a unique data “fingerprint” that could allow your phone to be tracked, even if all other privacy settings are locked down, researchers say.

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The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us

The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
Whether you agree with the activities of Anonymous or not -- there are many shades of gray around using DDoS attacks as a protest tactic -- the salient point is that democratic governments are now using their very tactics against them. The key difference, however, is that those involved in Anonymous can and have faced their day in court for those tactics ... while governments remain unchecked. And that power differential makes all the difference.
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NSA collects data 'revealing location of five billion mobile phones every day'

NSA collects data 'revealing location of five billion mobile phones every day' | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

Almost five billion records revealing the location of mobile phones around the world are collected by the US National Security Agency every day.

Data collected by the NSA provides the US with the ability to pinpoint hundreds of millions of phones and their users daily, it was reported.

Moreover, the records allow US intelligence agents to establish not just the movements of individuals but to monitor who else they communicate with.

The scale of the monitoring project was revealed by officials speaking to theWashington Post, combined with documents made public by Edward Snowden, who worked for the National Security Agency before he leaked the secret files.

“We are getting vast volumes,” an unnamed official told the newspaper, by tapping into cables that connect mobile networks.

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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks Worldwide With Malware: Report

NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks Worldwide With Malware: Report | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
The NSA hacked more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide, infecting them with malware, according to a top-secret slide leaked by Edward Snowden.
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How open data empowers citizens of poorer nations

How open data empowers citizens of poorer nations | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
From Ghana to India, citizens are using online open data to hold governments to account – with great success
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NSA Takes Huge Amounts of Data from Google and Yahoo

NSA Takes Huge Amounts of Data from Google and Yahoo | Data Privacy | Scoop.it
America’s spy agency has been tapping links between global data centers of the Internet giants.
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Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You're going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.

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Google will start using your picture to sell products to friends

Google will start using your picture to sell products to friends | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

Google users will soon find themselves unwittingly advertising products for the company, thanks to a massive change Google is making to its terms of service. First reported by the New York Times, he change categorizes a user's follows, comments, and +1s as "shared endorsements" for a product or service. These shared endorsements can be used to build ads across the platform, pulling in a user's profile name and photograph to help boost the ad's credibility.

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Big Data Is Neither An Atomic Bomb Nor A Holy Grail

Big Data Is Neither An Atomic Bomb Nor A Holy Grail | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

Albert-László Barabási, a physicist and well-known expert in network analysis, published last week an op-ed calling for his fellow scientists to spearhead “the ethical use of big data.” Barabási accuses the NSA of breaking “the traditional model governing the bond between science and society” and argues that big data is like other dual-use “breakthrough technologies” such as atomic energy and genetic engineering. “Powered by the right type of big data, data mining is a weapon,” he says. “It can be just as harmful, with long-term toxicity, as an atomic bomb.”

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Your Medical Records Are for Sale

Your Medical Records Are for Sale | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

From www.businessweek.com

 

Supposedly anonymous files give plenty of clues to patient identities

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Academics Agree MIT Should Have Done More for Aaron Swartz

Academics Agree MIT Should Have Done More for Aaron Swartz | Data Privacy | Scoop.it

"A failure to act ethically, and a failure to show compassion"

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