Visit ArabTopics.com

Once again: If you carry a sensor of any kind, you must assume it to be active and collecting data, you can’t trust pinky promises

spy-picture-id688128206

Global: As Quartz revealed, Google has been tracking your location since the start of 2017. At this point, the story should not be about why Google did this, but why, with all the experience at hand, anybody expected otherwise. Privacy is your own responsibility today.

When Quartz broke the story that Google is tracking and collecting data about your location even with “location services” turned off, it was kind of a big story last week. But the big problem here isn’t that Google was collecting data hidden somewhere deep inside their Terms of Service, even if you had thought you had turned it off. The problem is that people are carrying around a device they know is fully capable of collecting a lot of data — location, orientation, speed, recorded audio, whatever the camera sees — and expect it to never do that.

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

The attitude that you are carrying around an active connected sensor, and are in full control of everything it does — this expectation is naïve, at best. It’s certainly the way the things should be in an ideal world. But we cannot expect the world to be rainbows and unicorns.

The Snowden documents, more than anything, showed the brutal truth of today: if a type of data collection is technically possible, then it is taking place right now. That’s all that matters. If it is technically doable. Not whether you have given permission, because of course you haven’t, and never would, so various constructs are made to circumvent asking for your permission.

So, once again:

If you carry a sensor, an electronic sensor of any kind, then you must assume it to be active at all times. In particular, you can never trust someone’s promise that it won’t be.

If you’re carrying around a phone, you’re carrying around a ton of sensors. You must assume them all to be active at all times. This particularly includes the microphone — to illustrate, your Android phone’s microphone doesn’t turn on only after you say “Ok, Google”, for if it did, how did it hear you saying “Ok, Google”?

The only way to hold a private conversation today is to leave all electronic devices behind — all electronic devices — and go for a walk outside of your home. When you’re online, a VPN is a good start to protect your privacy, but no replacement for good information hygiene overall.

If it’s technically possible to collect the data, it is already happening.

Your privacy remains your own responsibility.

(This is a post from Falkvinge on Liberty, obtained via RSS at this feed.)

Source: 
Rick Falkvinge

Dear friends of this aggregator

  • Yes, I intentionally removed Newsbud from the aggregator on Mar 22.
  • Newsbud did not block the aggregator, although their editor blocked me on twitter after a comment I made to her
  • As far as I know, the only site that blocks this aggregator is Global Research. I have no idea why!!
  • Please stop recommending Newsbud and Global Research to be added to the aggregator.

Support this site

News Sources

Source Items
Grayzone Project 12
Pass Blue 57
Dilyana Gaytandzhieva 14
John Pilger 410
The Real News 367
Scrutinised Minds 27
Need To Know News 1688
FEE 3251
Marine Le Pen 231
Francois Asselineau 25
Opassande 53
HAX on 5July 220
Henrik Alexandersson 545
Mohamed Omar 242
Professors Blog 10
Arg Blatte Talar 37
Angry Foreigner 17
Fritte Fritzson 11
Teologiska rummet 32
Filosofiska rummet 71
Vetenskapsradion Historia 117
Snedtänkt (Kalle Lind) 177
Les Crises 1884
Richard Falk 116
Ian Sinclair 80
SpinWatch 50
Counter Currents 6333
Kafila 359
Gail Malone 33
Transnational Foundation 221
Rick Falkvinge 93
The Duran 6562
Vanessa Beeley 93
Nina Kouprianova 9
MintPress 4811
Paul Craig Roberts 1157
News Junkie Post 44
Nomi Prins 24
Kurt Nimmo 191
Strategic Culture 3477
Sir Ken Robinson 16
Stephan Kinsella 66
Liberty Blitzkrieg 796
Sami Bedouin 61
Consortium News 2152
21 Century Wire 2916
Burning Blogger 281
Stephen Gowans 67
David D. Friedman 128
Anarchist Standard 16
The BRICS Post 1465
Tom Dispatch 410
Levant Report 17
The Saker 3437
The Barnes Review 472
John Friend 366
Psyche Truth 146
Jonathan Cook 135
New Eastern Outlook 3113
School Sucks Project 1736
Giza Death Star 1565
Andrew Gavin Marshall 15
Red Ice Radio 567
GMWatch 1804
Robert Faurisson 148
Espionage History Archive 34
Jay's Analysis 743
Le 4ème singe 87
Jacob Cohen 197
Agora Vox 10794
Cercle Des Volontaires 417
Panamza 1647
Fairewinds 103
Project Censored 721
Spy Culture 370
Conspiracy Archive 66
Crystal Clark 11
Timothy Kelly 490
PINAC 1482
The Conscious Resistance 547
Independent Science News 66
The Anti Media 5577
Positive News 820
Brandon Martinez 30
Steven Chovanec 61
Lionel 259
The Mind renewed 211
Natural Society 2467
Yanis Varoufakis 814
Tragedy & Hope 122
Dr. Tim Ball 65
Web of Debt 125
Porkins Policy Review 347
Conspiracy Watch 174
Eva Bartlett 563
Libyan War Truth 280
DeadLine Live 1905
Kevin Ryan 61
BSNEWS 1966
Aaron Franz 187
Traces of Reality 166
Revelations Radio News 121
Dr. Bruce Levine 111
Peter B Collins 1339
Faux Capitalism 205
Dissident Voice 9548
Climate Audit 220
Donna Laframboise 356
Judith Curry 1052
Geneva Business Insider 40
Media Monarchy 1991
Syria Report 70
Human Rights Investigation 90
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) 1685
Down With Tyranny 10128
Laura Wells Solutions 27
Video Rebel's Blog 411
Revisionist Review 485
Aletho News 17857
ضد العولمة 27
Penny for your thoughts 2659
Northerntruthseeker 2045
كساريات 37
Color Revolutions and Geopolitics 27
Stop Nato 4617
AntiWar.com Blog 2690
AntiWar.com Original Content 6116
Corbett Report 2087
Stop Imperialism 491
Land Destroyer 1107
Webster Tarpley Website 940

Compiled Feeds

Public Lists

Title Visibility
Funny Public