Monthly Archive: December 2016

Since September, ProPublica has been encouraging Facebook users to …

Since September, ProPublica has been encouraging Facebook users to share the categories of interest that the site has assigned to them. Users showed us everything from “Pretending to Text in Awkward Situations” to “Breastfeeding in Public.” In total, we collected more than 52,000 unique attributes that Facebook has used to classify users.  […] To find out exactly what type of data Facebook buys from brokers, we downloaded a list of 29,000 categories that the site provides to ad buyers. Nearly 600 of the categories were described as being provided by third-party data brokers. (Most categories were described as being generated by...

(via)

(via) (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

(View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

[UK] Undercover surveillance officers trailed Yew and waited for …

[UK] Undercover surveillance officers trailed Yew and waited for him to unlock his phone to make a call – thereby disabling the encryption. One officer then rushed in to seize the phone from Yew’s hand – just as would happen in a criminal mugging. As his colleagues restrained the suspect, the officer continually “swiped” through the phone’s screens to prevent it from locking before they had downloaded its data. UK Police Circumventing Cellphone Encryption By ‘Mugging’ Suspects While Their Phones Are Unlocked | Techdirt (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)