Category: Smart Phones

HP computers and data privacy and spying

I have an older HP desktop computer. I’ve long observed significant slow downs as various background tasks were underway and I had assumed it was just anti-virus software running in the background. But it was not – instead, the HP Support Assistance was frequently scanning the entire system, using 55% of the CPU and hogging the disk input/output, tremendously slowing down the system. I finally disabled the HP software as I had never seen any...

Private Prison Phone Company tracking location of all cell phone users, nationwide

They collect cell phone location data collected by all major cellular phone carriers, and then sell that location data to law enforcement agencies (no warrant needed). The data is used to conduct surveillance on potentially everyone in the U.S. who has a cellular phone. Source: Senator Wyden Demands Answers from Prison Phone Service Caught Sharing Cellphone Location Data | Electronic Frontier Foundation When the FCC mandated “wireless 911” technology so that phones would be required...

Verizon to give 4G cellular priority to public safety communications

Verizon’s public safety private core will be generally available on March 29. Public safety customers get preemption and mobile broadband priority service at no additional charge. Source: Verizon unveils public safety private core | About Verizon Phone users designated as “public safety” will receive priority and will pre-empt other users for data including smartphones, tablets, video surveillance, and mobile data applications.

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Verizon, AT&T said to deny sales of Huawei cell phones

Allegedly, both AT&T and Verizon have denied Huawei the opportunity to sell their Honor brand cell phones in their U.S. stores – ostensibly under orders of the U.S. government over security issues regarding China. It sounds, though, that it might actually be about Huawei not cooperating with the U.S. government to spy using Huawei technology vis a vis this item: The US government was apparently able to negotiate these agreements even with foreign entities by...

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The primary business of the Internet is surveillance

Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers “see pretty much everything including feedback, and yes, pick up and drop off coordinates.”When asked if staffers, ranging from core team members to customer service reps, abused this privilege, the...

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#Google allows caller ID #spoofing apps to be distributed in #Play Store

Caller ID spoofing enables someone to make it look like they are calling from a different phone number than their own. A smart phone app like this was allegedly used by the alleged “swatter” that resulted in the death of an innocent young father in Wichita, Kansas. The company that creates this app – Caller ID Faker – Android Apps on Google Play – says it is based in North Carolina. In the U.S. it...

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