The hidden trackers in your phone, explained
Jul08

The hidden trackers in your phone, explained

In the earlier days of the coronavirus pandemic, an animated map from a company called Tectonix went viral. It showed spring breakers leaving a Florida beach to return to their homes across the US, as a series of tiny orange dots congregating on a beach in early March scattered across the country over the following two weeks. “It becomes clear just how massive the potential impact of just one single beach gathering can have in...

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Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites
Jun25

Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites

It’s been a year since Facebook deleted the page for Natural News for violating the company’s rules about spam. This was a big deal for Natural News, a conspiracy site that had attracted about nearly 3 million followers on its Facebook page. Then in May, Facebook took further action by banning the Natural News domain, so that any link to the site would be blocked, along with some pages that frequently shared its content. Still,...

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How to make sure Google automatically deletes your data on a regular basis
Jun24

How to make sure Google automatically deletes your data on a regular basis

Google is making it easier to delete the data it collects about you — though you might still have to do a little work to enable the feature. The company announced on Wednesday that auto-delete will be the default setting for user account activity settings. That said, this “default” setting only applies to new accounts or existing accounts that now turn on data retention after having it disabled. And the default auto-delete time still...

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Apple is finally making it easy to hide from trackers
Jun22

Apple is finally making it easy to hide from trackers

Apple is cracking down on what it allows other companies to know about you. The company announced on Monday that iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur will feature a host of improved privacy features that will give users better control over their data and knowledge over what apps and websites know about them. This is great for users who don’t like the idea of, say, a period tracker app sending their data to a company they’ve never heard of. It’s...

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How protesters are turning the tables on police surveillance
Jun12

How protesters are turning the tables on police surveillance

The way the Buffalo Police Department tells it, 75-year-old Martin Gugino “was injured when he tripped and fell” during a June 4 protest. This statement was quickly contradicted when footage from a nearby journalist’s phone showed that Gugino fell after two police officers pushed him. The man’s head hit the ground with a sickening crack and blood poured out of his ear. Most of the officers then walked on by him. The video swiftly went...

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