privacy

FreedomPop “Snowden Phone” is the ultimate anonymous smartphone

The "Snowden Phone", or it's more formal name of Privacy Phone, is just one in the latest series of security and privacy conscious smartphones announced of late. Through a combination of encryption, VPN, and cryptocurrency, FreedomPop's Privacy Phone is advertised as the perfect mobile device for those who mind their mobile footprints, including whistleblowers and perhaps even ne'er do wells.

Facebook scans messages, uses info for targeted advertising, suit alleges

Facebook has been sued in a California court by two users, claiming the popular social media platform reads private messages for targeted advertising. The suit alleges that Facebook scans private messages, then uses the info gained to serve up ads that highlight interests. Such actions would violate the Electronics Communications Privacy Act and some California privacy and unfair competition laws, the suit argues.

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.
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