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Guarantees for Online Anonymity?

Guarantees for Online Anonymity?

Anonymity on the Internet is possible only up to a certain degree. Therefore, it is possible that others may see who is visiting an online advice site on sexual abuse, or who frequently looks up information about a certain disease, for example. Seeing that this kind of private information can be linked to their identity, [...]

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Your Privacy Online: Health Information at Serious Risk of Abuse

Your Privacy Online: Health Information at Serious Risk of Abuse

There is a significant risk to your privacy whenever you visit a health-related web page. An analysis of over 80,000 such web pages shows that nine out of ten visits result in personal health information being leaked to third parties, including online advertisers and data brokers.   This puts users are risk for two significant [...]

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Privacy? Huge Identity Theft Risks

Privacy? Huge Identity Theft Risks

In this week’s issue of the journal Science, MIT researchers report that just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users.   When the researchers [...]

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Accuracy of Mobile Phone Population Mapping Demonstrated

Accuracy of Mobile Phone Population Mapping Demonstrated

A study by an international team, including the University of Southampton, has shown population maps based on anonymous mobile phone call record data can be as accurate as those based on censuses.   Their findings show maps made using mobile records are detailed, reliable and flexible enough to help inform infrastructure and emergency planners; particularly [...]

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How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You Are Going

How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You Are Going

In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on their premiums. What these drivers may not know is that they could be revealing where they are driving, a privacy boundary that many would not consent [...]

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Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

A new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail vehicles before it’s too late and service trains only when they need it — all thanks to a cloud-supported, wireless network of sensors.   A train running on damaged wheels could easily be heading for serious trouble. This is [...]

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There is a war going on in my internet!

Somehow late in the game I have suddenly realized in the background of my life there was a war going on in my Internet and still is most likely, and without much fuss or noise it took place and I suspect is still going on. It is one of these new dimensions of war, it happens [...]

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The FBI? Secretive? What’s new…

The FBI? Secretive? What’s new…

So, what exactly is a “national security letter?” You might be curious to know that it’s a tool which allows investigators to seek financial, phone, and internet data without a judge’s approval.   You also might be wondering exactly what kind of information the letters allow the government to get? Well, that’s a secret. The [...]

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WikiLeaks’ Assange Flees to Ecuadorian Embassy

WikiLeaks’ Assange Flees to Ecuadorian Embassy

With just nine days left before he is set to be extradited to Sweden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has applied for political asylum with Ecuador, according to a news report. We’ve touched on Assange in a previous article, but as a quick review, he’s the brains behind the continued release of high-level, private government communication [...]

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Is Stealthmode a Good Strategy?

Is Stealthmode a Good Strategy?

To stay in stealth mode, or not to stay in stealth mode? That is the question many have been asking recently in the startup community. While many successful startup artists have backed discussing their businesses or ideas in front of as many people who will listen, there are also many advantages to keeping your startup [...]

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