Further proof that the End-Of-The-World-Is-Near: Microsoft Corporation's (NasdaqGS: MSFT) LinkedIn just released a new update for the Company's already slightly-suspicious mobile app that permits Bluetooth connectivity (for location tracking) to fellow LinkedIn members. Reportedly, the feature does not require the app to be running... What could possibly go wrong?
News of an interesting privacy related lawsuit, via Fortune writer Jeff John Roberts, is now swirling around personal electronics manufacturer Bose Corporation. Apparently, collecting data (and a viloation of the so-called Wire Tap Act (Codified in 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2522)) - through a companion app to the company's best-in-class noise canceling headphones, and the misuse thereof, is the gist... Stay Tuned. Hat Tip
"The complaint accuses Boston-based Bose of violating the WireTap Act and a variety of state privacy laws, adding that a person's audio history can include a window into a person's life and views. "Indeed, one’s personal audio selections – including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices – provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity," says the complaint, noting a person's audio history may contain files like LGBT podcasts or Muslim call-to-prayer recordings." - via Fortune writer Jeff John Roberts
Is Google Inc. aka Alphabet Inc (NasdaqGS: GOOG) complicit in the enormous numbers of fake links (of which, redirect users to false and/or fraudulent sites) in Google Maps? Of course they are, as, by definition, they own it. What's worse, the company possesses the in-built capability to police those links to protect it's users, but does not - in reality - do so.
Reportedly, there is a method to identify users through the utilization of ad blocking browser plugins and applications. Not particularly surprising, given the already intrusive nature of advertising in general...
via Vice's Motherboard writer Jason Koebler, comes this bad-news-for-advertisers screed detailing the work of Princeton and Stanford researchers to corral said ad-miscreants... The research team has crafted a computer-vision-based ad-blocker, that is reportedly 100% efficient in it's intended purpose. Phenomenal.
* Mother of All Ad Blockers