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This doesn't bode well for any legislation that would curb abuses by marketing firms. If Feds bypass 4th amendment using adtech, regulating that industry could trigger "going dark" claims like w/ e2e encryption.

Update: Avast has shut down the subsidiary company that was capturing and selling customer data due to all the backlash. One down, a few thousand to go.

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Don't dismiss compulsory student tracking via a phone app just because it's limited to athletes. These measures always start with a small powerless group, then use that "success" to justify expanding to others.

Your browsing data is so valuable that even an AV company that's supposed to protect you from software that capture and sells your data, itself captures and sells your data.

It's happening. People are becoming aware of the implications of services around them and are voting with their feet.

Apple canceled the project to encrypt iCloud backups two years ago due to pressure from the FBI because it "would deny them the most effective means for gaining evidence against iPhone-using suspects"

Update: Kashmir Hill's piece in the NYTimes today describes a US startup that's providing law enforcement the exact kind of facial recognition tech I was warning about in China. China's present surveillance state is becoming our future.

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Many Android phone vendors subsidize their cost w/ malware/spyware/adware just like many laptop vendors, but Android lets vendors make it impossible to remove.

In this case, free Android phones the US govt. handed out to the poor contained Chinese malware.

The NSA ran into a similar problem. It's hard for people to avoid the temptation to abuse their power for personal benefit.

For services like this, the best approach is not to collect the data in the first place, or else only give users keys to it.

Overheard someone at the Target return counter returning a gift because they thought it was creepy that it listened to them. There's hope.

This is exactly the kind of problem we are trying to solve with the Librem 5 on multiple fronts, hardware and software.

Important read. Unless more people push harder for from the companies that collect and sell our data and the govts that buy it, the rest of the world will follow in China's footsteps--the tech (and largely, the will) is already here.

"These owners can choose to share some, all, or none of their footage with police; police do not need a warrant in order to request camera footage from residents....when camera owners are "uncooperative or unavailable," officers are instructed to contact Ring and request that the captured video be preserved."

Many tech companies tout and security features that coincidentally also increase their own control and your dependence on them.

In this case, the feature protects user location data from competitors but not from Apple:

This opt-in clause is the critical reform we need. As in California, tech companies will lobby to remove it.

"Companies further would have to obtain a person’s permission to collect and share their sensitive data."

Et tu, DMV?

"The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard."

I mentioned the other day that health care data is one area where people who "have nothing to hide" still care about .

Personal finances is the other area and it looks like Google's going there too.

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This article about Google's project to store and analyze millions of Americans' health care data confirms my suspicions about the Fitbit acquisition.

Many people who don't care about mass data collection because "I've got nothing to hide" change their tune when it's health care data.

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