privacy

US police revealed to have spent millions to buy cell phone records from carriers

Here is yet another case pointing to the government's overarching police power and how far, or how much, it is willing to go to gather intelligence about its citizens. US Senator Edward Markey has disclosed that, based on figures coming from major US carriers themselves, law enforcers have spent more than $26 million last year to buy information from these telecommunications companies.

Android 4.4 phone app displays numbers harvested from Google services

The latest version of Android has introduced quite a number of features, some of which we've already covered in our Android 4.4 tag portal. Others are still continually being discovered or officially revealed, like the improvements to the built-in photo editor in the Gallery app. Now Google is coming out with another new feature that enhances the default dialer app's caller ID to go beyond your usual contact list.

NSA taps into Google and Yahoo cables outside the US

If recent revelations about the US governments spying activities still has sent shivers down your spine, this latest bit just might do it. At least it did for some Google employees. It seems highly probable that the NSA has been utilizing its broad overseas reach to tap into Google's and Yahoo's lines to intercept data being exchanged not only between Americans but with other nations' citizens as well.

Stanford study shows accelerometers can be silently tracked

People these days are afraid, even to the point of paranoia, with all the news, and sometimes misinformation, going on about snooping and violations of privacy. It seems that we will have more to worry about now that researchers from Stanford have discovered that even your smartphone's most basic components can be used to identify and track you down without your knowledge.

CyanogenMod Privacy Guard updated and merged with CM10.2

Google introduced a feature called 'AppOps' along with Android 4.3 and as such, it looks like CyanogenMod has something similar. In terms of Cyanogen, the feature is called Privacy Guard and while this is not yet available for all users, that appears as if that will soon be changing. In short, Cyanogen has updated Privacy Guard and also announced the new features have been merged into the early CM10.2 builds.
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