Archive augusti 2018

The House That Spied on Me

In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

I soon discovered that the only thing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep is to subsequently get a report from my bed telling me I got a low score and “missed my sleep goal.”

’People You May Know:’ A Controversial Facebook Feature’s 10-Year History

In May 2008, Facebook announced what initially seemed like a fun, whimsical addition to its platform: People You May Know.

“We built this feature with the intention of helping you connect to more of your friends, especially ones you might not have known were on Facebook,” said the post.

In an investigation last year, we detailed the ways People You May Know, or PYMK, as it’s referred to internally, can prove detrimental to Facebook users. It mines information users don’t have control over to make connections they may not want it to make.

Kashmir Hill’s posts

Kashmir Hill is a senior reporter for the Special Projects Desk, which produces investigative work across all of Gizmodo Media Group’s web sites. She writes about privacy and technology.


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Three Reasons Why the ”Nothing to Hide” Argument is Flawed

1) Privacy isn’t about hiding information; privacy is about protecting information, and surely you have information that you’d like to protect.

2) Privacy is a fundamental right and you don’t need to prove the necessity of fundamental rights to anyone.

3) Lack of privacy creates significant harms that everyone wants to avoid.

Sextortion Scam: What to Do If You Get the Latest Phishing Spam Demanding Bitcoin?

You may have arrived at this post because you received an email from a purported hacker who is demanding payment or else they will send compromising information—such as pictures sexual in nature—to all your friends and family. You’re searching for what to do in this frightening situation.

The looming deluge of connected dildos is a security nightmare

Just because the teledildonics patent has expired, sex tech companies shouldn’t rush to bring connectivity to their products.

Long-distance lovers, rejoice! And despair. The recent expiration of a teledildonics patent means more sex toys will be able to connect remotely. But don’t go rushing in – security standards leave much to be desired, despite collecting the most sensitive of data.

Kraftig ökning av antalet anlagda skolbränder

Antalet anlagda skolbränder i Sverige har ökat med 47 procent på två år, och är det högsta sedan 2008. Det visar en ny kartläggning av Brandskyddsföreningen, som nu uppmanar landets riksdags- och kommunpolitiker att agera för att vända utvecklingen.

– Sifforna är oroväckande, det är bara en tidsfråga innan det sker en dödsbrand. Tyvärr verkar det här i allt större utsträckning betraktas som normalt. Om vi hade över 400 fall av anlagda bränder på svenska arbetsplatser skulle man genast ha tagit tag i problemet och börjat utreda vad det berodde på, säger Anders Bergqvist, generalsekreterare på Brandskyddsföreningen.