Running Naked through the Internet category archive
Digital Security Theatre 0
Bruce Schneir thinks that the efforts to ban TikTok, which seems to be the new “in” thing in the West, miss the point. A snippet:
If we want to address the real problem, we need to enact serious privacy laws, not security theater, to stop our data from being collected, analyzed, and sold—by anyone. Such laws would protect us in the long term, and not just from the app of the week. They would also prevent data breaches and ransomware attacks from spilling our data out into the digital underworld, including hacker message boards and chat servers, hostile state actors, and outside hacker groups. And, most importantly, they would be compatible with our bedrock values of free speech and commerce, which Congress’s current strategies are not.
The entire article is worth a read.
No Place To Hide from the Dragnet 0
The EFF reports on a California court’s decision to disallow evidence from a “geofence” warrant.* The report also discusses Google’s procedure for responding to such warrants and notes that this is one of several rulings questioning such warrants.
Here’s one bit from the article; follow the link to read the rest.
Those courts held the warrants were overbroad because police can’t establish probable cause to believe all Google users in an area are somehow linked to the crime under investigation.
Me, I keep “location services” turned off on my phone unless I have a positive need, which is almost never, because I know how to read a map. Remember maps?
*Briefly, a geofence warrant is issued to the corporate surveillance state–all those companies that track the location of our phones or other devices so they can “improve your online experience”–to find out who was in the vicinity of a crime. The police then go through the list to pick out and pursue possible suspects.
No Place To Hide 0
Some good news from Bruce Schneir.
Personally, I keep the GPS (Google calls it “location services” turned off on my Android devices unless I have a positive need for it, which is almost never. That means trackers can know my general location, sure, but they don’t know whether I’m in the drug store or the hardware store.
No Place To Hide 0
Big Brother is here, but he’s not who persons expected him to be.
No Place To Hide 0
The EFF looks at the roundly debunked movie, 2000 Mules, and points out that, in addition to its outright lies and–er–dubious conclusions, the film highlights the invasive nature of our private enterprise surveillance society. Here’s a bit from the EFF’s article; follow the link for much more.
Putting aside the logical flaws of TTV’s (True the Vote, the organization behind the movie–ed.) voter fraud claims, the very fact that they were able to buy this much personal location data on hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, over a span of many months leading to election day, is appalling. But this is the data broker business model working as intended: by vacuuming up geolocation data from thousands of smartphone apps, data brokers package and sell huge quantities of highly revealing location data to anyone willing to buy it. And TTV is hardly the only customer: the U.S. military, federal agencies, and federal law enforcement are all customers to geolocation data brokers. Recently, one data broker was even found selling the location data of people seeking reproductive healthcare, which soon could provide states with draconian anti-abortion legislation new digital evidence to identify and prosecute people who seek or provide abortion.
And the irony! Even as persons were fretting about the “surveillance state,” those same persons failed to notice that private enterprise was assembling a corporate surveillance monster beyond anything George Orwell ever imagined. Heck, they turned a blind eye to it even as they happily agreed to those unread internet “terms of service” agreements that made it possible.
A Tune for the Times 0
Mangy comments at the Youtube page:
Kevin McCarthy said Trump was responsible for the January 6th insurrection, then he said Trump was in no way responsible for the insurrection, then he said there was no insurrection, then he said he was misquoted when he actually said Trump was responsible for a mid-course correction, then he said Donald was responsible for a major erection. Later, Kevin claimed he said none of those things, but he loved Trump like a brother and would even love him like Stormy Daniels if it meant he’d be Speaker of the House some day.
Kevin clearly is an opportunistic eel with no guiding principles or moral compass. Mangy thought Kevin needed a song to sing, since making statements that are self-contradictory is a bad look for him. By singing about his relationship with Trump, Kevin will engage a wider audience and prepare for a time when he is dumped from the U.S. House of Representatives and hoping for a big break on the has-been-celebrity version of America’s Got Limited Talent.
Suffer the Children 0
No Place To Hide, Your Life for Sale Dept. 0
This is a must-listen if you use the internet (Oh! You’re here already!). If you can’t listen to it now, bookmark it and come back, or watch it at Chron.com.
Via Chron.com, which has more.
I normally configure my browsers to “delete all cookies” on exit and, if the setting is available, “reject third party cookies. And I won’t use Google Chrome on a bet.
And, on those rare times I visit the Zuckerborg, I do so only in a private window.
“Air Tag, You’re It!” Silent Stalkers Dept. 0
Bruce Schneier reports:
A Berlin-based company has developed an AirTag clone that bypasses Apple’s anti-stalker security systems. Source code for these AirTag clones is available online.
He goes on to opine that Apple doesn’t seem to have thought this whole Air Tag through.
Follow the link for more.
The Great Roll-Back 0
The Las Vegas Sun editorial board considers a speech at a recent right-wing gathering and concludes:
This is a snapshot of where the new American right wants to lead the country — back to a world characterized by sexism, racism and anti-Semitism.
Follow the link for their reasoning.
“Whatever You Say May Be Used against You . . . .” 0
One more time, “social” media isn’t and the internet is a public place.
And no one’s watching the watchers, not even the persons paid to watch the watchers.
The Answer Is “No” 0
The question is, “Can you keep it secret?”
Frances Coleman points out that, at least as regards “social” media, your privacy is indeed in jeopardy.
The Disinformation Superhighway,
It’s All about the Algorithm Dept.
David Neiwert explains. A snippet:
A recent study demonstrates that YouTube’s recommendations—which send users to videos the algorithm believes the viewer will like—are in fact promoting videos that violates (sic) the company’s content policies, including hate speech and disinformation. In many cases, the platform is recommending content that has little or no relation to the video that was watched previously. And the company has made clear it has no intention of changing things.
Follow the link for the full story.
The Courage of Their Conniptions 0
January 6 Capitol rioters are deleting their “social” media posts.
And it’s not working. Here’s a bit from the AP report.
Erasing digital content isn’t as easy as deleting content from phones, removing social media posts or shutting down accounts. Investigators have been able to retrieve the digital content by requesting it from social media companies, even after accounts are shut down.
Posts made on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms are recoverable for a certain period of time, and authorities routinely ask those companies to preserve the records until they get court orders to view the posts, said Adam Scott Wandt, a public policy professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who trains law enforcement on cyber-based investigations.
Authorities also have other avenues for investigating whether someone has tried to delete evidence.
Note the use of the phrase, “delete evidence.”