Privacy

11:15am

Tue August 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Citing Privacy Worries, Tech And Legal Site Groklaw Shuts Down

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 6:38 am

The website Groklaw, which for 10 years demystified complex issues involving technology and the law, is shutting down. Editor Pamela Jones writes that she can't run the site without email, and that since emails' privacy can't be guaranteed, she can no longer do the site's work.

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2:48pm

Sat August 17, 2013
All Tech Considered

Cracking The Code: Just How Does Encrypted Email Work?

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 3:47 pm

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If the past few months have taught us anything, it's that everything we do online leaves a digital trail. While it may seem like there's not much we can do about it, there are some tech companies that are working to obscure that trail a little bit, with a process known as encryption.

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5:08am

Fri August 16, 2013

4:00pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Business

Gmail Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy, Google Says In Filing

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:13 pm

People who use Gmail and other free email systems have no reasonable expectation of privacy, according to papers filed in a U.S. district court by lawyers for Google. The filing was made in June, when Google moved to dismiss a case accusing it of breaking federal and state laws by scanning users' emails to help target its advertising campaigns.

In making its case, Google compared sending an email to other types of communications where privacy cannot be expected:

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10:58am

Mon August 12, 2013
Business

London Puts Stop To Sidewalk Bins That Track Cellphones

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 11:37 am

A promotional image from Renew shows one of its recycling/advertising kiosks in London. City officials asked the company to stop recording data about the phones of passing pedestrians.
Renew

The city of London has ordered a company to cease tracking the cellphones of pedestrians who pass its recycling bins, which also double as kiosks showing video advertisements. The bins logged data about any Wi-Fi-enabled device that passed within range.

The company, called Renew, recently added the tracking technology to about a dozen of the 100 bins it had installed before London hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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