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Canada’s Web Users Grin and Bear Loss of Online Privacy – eMarketer

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Canadas-Web-Users-Grin-Bear-Loss-of-Online-Privacy/1010233

They’re not so willing when it comes to giving up privacy to retailers

Most internet users in Canada assume conducting virtually any activity online—from participating on social media to sending an email to making a purchase—will result in a loss of privacy. But it doesn’t deter them from their digital habits.

In the aftermath of public revelations that the US National Security Agency has been monitoring normal online activities for many US residents, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) commissioned Ipsos Reid to query web users in Canada about their assumptions about privacy online. And the July 2013 survey found a strong tendency among respondents to assume little such privacy existed.

Women were more likely than men to agree that they lost their privacy when they went online, as were older internet users compared to younger ones. And respondents in Quebec were significantly less likely than those in any other province to believe they lost their privacy when they went online.

Overall, 55% of internet users reported being OK with that tradeoff—and the percentages were higher among those who were heavy users of social media, as well as among those who generally agreed that government monitoring of email was generally acceptable. But that doesn’t mean they were equally happy to lose their privacy to advertisers or merchants. While 59% of respondents thought it was acceptable to trade privacy for security, just 20% said they would exchange privacy for retail purposes.

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Friday, September 20th, 2013 news No Comments

Glenn Greenwald’s Article On NSA Snooping Actually Snooped On Everyone Who Clicked

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/glenn-greenwald-snooped-on-everyone-2013-8

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An article by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald on XKEYSCORE actually gathered the browsing habits of everyone who clicked and wasn’t protected (by private, encrypted, and/or proxy browsing), reports Bob Cesca of the Daily Banter.

Using a free web application called Ghostery — which tells the user about embedded trackers —  Cesca found that The Guardian embedded 27 tracking bugs inside Greenwald’s article.

The bugs track browsing metadata, a lot like what Greenwald exposed on June 6 with his article on the National Security Agency and Verizon.

Ostensibly, private companies track browsing metadata on the web in order to help advertise and market products to users online.

(Though Nokia showed last year that there’s a thin, spooky line between advertising and surveillance — something alumni of Israel’s Unit 8200 also know all too well.)

Which begs the question: Why is it OK for private companies to snoop in the name of capitalism, but not for the government to do so in the name of security?

 


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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Researchers Hack Verizon Device, Turn It Into Mobile Spy Station For Less Than $300

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/IBdeqnUmvOQ/researchers-hack-verizon-device-2013-7

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two security experts said they have figured out how to spy on Verizon Wireless mobile phone customers by hacking into devices the U.S. carrier sells to boost wireless signals indoors.

The finding, which the experts demonstrated to Reuters and will further detail at two hacking conferences this summer, comes at a time of intense global debate about electronic privacy, after top-secret U.S. surveillance programs were leaked by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, last month.

“This is not about how the NSA would attack ordinary people. This is about how ordinary people would attack ordinary people,” said Tom Ritter, a senior consultant with the security firm iSEC Partners.


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Monday, July 15th, 2013 news No Comments

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