“YOUR APPS ARE WATCHING YOU” – WSJ Investigates


IPhone and Android Apps Breach Privacy – WSJ.com:

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That’s a good article! dated 12/18/10.  Not too surprising but it does reveal the quagmire of confusion, lack of total transparency, & mega-greedy commercialism where nothing is sacred.  

Also linked from the same page:

The Journal’s Cellphone Testing Methodolgy”:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704034804576025951767626460.html

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Some of the reader comments:

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Now I know why there seems to be a new agreement to consent to every few weeks before I can get to the app store on my iphone. (YES!  I have wondered about that, too!  It always unnerves me! /bg)  I’m just another idiot that consents without reading, as 99% of the users do. I’m glad someone is raising awareness on this topic. I will be more careful of which apps I use and download as the biggest offenders get outed by articles like this one.

I smell a website. Badapps.com or something similar that details the personal info transmitted by each app. Get on it, you techies!  

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(YES!  Great idea!  I would love to know myself!  I never use games apps, & I never turn on “location.”  Mostly I use Safari & Mail apps, various notes apps, & photo storage apps.  Most of my homescreens are full of websites that I save. /bg)

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Mobile phone microphones can be activated remotely. The government can listen to everything you say, even when the cell phone is turned off. This “roving bug” feature has been used by law enforcement agencies and intelligence services to listen in on nearby conversation.

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(I have always heard of that.  I guess I should quit talking to myself so much, lol./bg)

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More good links in this comment…

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How many times I have tell you, this is real, illegal bull*** that companies do to ptotect their so-called corporate status, when the customer is the one, who make of a company what is it, is there where no customers, how a company can function, no way, no how, simple as that, but aside of that, there is the shadow that controls the media, in any way you could imagine, a global brain wash if you would called, here is the article in detail: 

On top of this, we are being tracked down, like dogs with a leash, so, what about the basic principles in which this country was founded?

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Example of what I am talking about: 

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So who want to control us all? that is the real question. 

Privacy is history, as I said in previous articles, there is no privacy, our personal information is being sold and distributed like inside of a Walmart Store. 

Global “Secret” conference to “rape your privacy rights” literally: 

On top of this, our Justice seems to notice what is the problem, but I bet a million bucks no-one ever has heard of this, and it’s real (please read the whole letter below link): 

So if we come back to the main topic of this conversation, if you like to know the truth about what this corporate companies do and how they reveal you personal info here is the links (all leaked information): 

Microsoft: 

Paypal: 

Myspace: 

Facebook:   (his post was cut short right there, at the WSJ site./bg)

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The government maybe the sponsor of these data grabbers as a part of the big brother is watching program. 

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Indeed.  Lol.  People always want to run to the feds re these types of revelations, yet the one is in bed with the other.  /bg

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A stalker is an anonymous follower and tab-keeper of another person or persons. Illegal and creepy.

The defense these stalkers use seems to be: We don’t know the victim’s name so we are not doing anything wrong.

IMO Flawed and creepy.

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Stalkers.  Good term.  I didn’t think of that! /bg

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I’ve been warning people from the very beginning. I have developed these technologies for web and wireless and was amazed by the potential for abuse. I guess knowing is bad business. I also know what will happen next…

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Yeah but you didn’t bother to share what that “next” is… /bg

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Numerous papers on de-anonymizing have shown that it is quite easy to uniquely identify you using just a few scraps of “harmless” data (e.g. age, sex, zip code, income).

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Ho hum!  The surveillance & profiling society continues to grow by leaps & bounds!

Re top photo collage:

–“Big Eye of Apps” pic is from the WSJ article.

–“Spy vs Spy” came to mind (as a perfect depiction of what the article describes) because my brother used to read Mad Magazine when we were kids. :)

/bg

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