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Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Google updated its privacy policy this summer, letting Google combine personal info from Gmail and other tools with DoubleClick browsing data to target ads   —  When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company's …
Oct 21, 2016, 11:45 AMIn context
ProPublica:
For 250 popular items tracked over several weeks, Amazon ranked its own and affiliated products higher about 75% of the time, even when cheaper options existed   —  Amazon bills itself as “Earth's most customer-centric company.”  Yet its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.
Sep 20, 2016, 3:45 PMIn context
ProPublica:
Crime prediction software, increasingly used to guide sentencing in US, found to be biased against black defendants in study of 7K cases   —  There's software used across the country to predict future criminals.  And it's biased against blacks.  —  ON A SPRING AFTERNOON IN 2014 …
May 23, 2016, 11:40 AMIn context
ProPublica:
FAQs on encryption: how terrorists use messaging apps, what big tech is doing, and what the government is proposing   —  Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption  —  As politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California …
Dec 20, 2015, 10:45 PMIn context
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Vizio is selling your viewing data, collected via its smart TVs with tracking on by default, and possibly connected to your IP   —  Own a Vizio Smart TV?  It's Watching You  —  TV makers are constantly crowing about the tricks their smart TVs can do.  But one of the most popular brands …
Nov 15, 2015, 10:25 AMIn context
ProPublica:
Verizon merges its cellphone tracking supercookies with AOL's ad network, will be able to match users' online habits with personal details   —  Verizon's Zombie Cookie Gets New Life  —  Verizon is giving a new mission to its controversial hidden identifier that tracks users of mobile devices.
Oct 6, 2015, 11:55 PMIn context
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email   —  A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor.  Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.
Sep 14, 2015, 9:35 AMIn context
ProPublica:
Aug 15, 2015, 1:35 PMIn context
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Gnu Privacy Guard encryption software used by Snowden is maintained by one man, Werner Koch, in need of donations   —  The World's Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke  —  The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden …
Feb 5, 2015, 3:55 PMIn context
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
AT&T says it's no longer inserting phone-tracking IDs in web traffic, which was only a test, but may still sell the resulting data   —  AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs  —  AT&T says it has stopped its controversial practice of adding a hidden, undeletable tracking number to its mobile customers' Internet activity.
Nov 14, 2014, 3:35 PMIn context

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