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Loyalty Cards are used to spy on  your purchases, and not just with the vendor

The story of how that Sudafed ad got to me begins at Walgreens. As I bought tissues and Afrin, I keyed in my phone number so I could get loyalty points. Source: Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone’s Mic – WSJ Stores use your loyalty card to identify you and all of your purchases. Your purchase transactions are then sold to other marketing companies. This data, in turn, can and...

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Governments set to regulate and issue their own cryptocurrencies

Why the Bitcoin bubble may explode when it pops: One reason for regulating blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, also known as digital tokens, is the growing concern that the virtual money they represent could be used for nefarious activities, such as money laundering. Cryptocurrencies could also be a threat to the current financial system because they have at times encouraged unbridled speculation and unsecured borrowing by consumers looking for a piece of the crypot action. Source: Governments eye...

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Google scans your Google Docs?

Apparently so. Users of Google Docs found themselves blocked from accessing their own documents with Google telling them they were blocked for “violating terms of service” with Google. People had critical documents needed for meetings, university assignments and more – blocked. By later in the day, Google has fixed the problem but their explanation indicates Google Docs does scan all of our documents. It is unclear what Google does with the scanning of our document...

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Workaround: Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader app no longer available for PC, Mac #BarnesAndNoble

I discovered after a Mac OS X update that my very old Nook e-reader app for Mac OS X no longer works – and that Nook discontinued the app for PC and Mac desktops in 2013. Barnes and Noble says we should use their cloud-based/web-based app from a browser (presumably this means we must have an Internet connection in order to read?) Problem 1 – Barnesandnoble.com Inaccessible Unfortunately, an attempt to access the Barnes and...

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AccuWeather app continues spying on user’s location #privacy

New tests reveal that while one privacy-invading feature was removed in an app update, the app still shares precise geolocation coordinates with advertisers. Source: Despite privacy outrage, AccuWeather still shares precise location data with ad firms | ZDNet This is done without the user’s consent. Accuweather says it uses one’s location data to provide local weather forecasts but it appears the primary purpose is to optimize ad revenue. A side effect is that a dossier...

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