Google Drops Tracking Ban

From ProPublica: When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names … Continue reading Google Drops Tracking Ban

This Is Scary

More and more people are becoming concerned that their smartphone microphones are being used for more than just calls. We recently investigated this phenomenon and discovered that it’s possible for apps to use voice data, detected via a device microphone, and display related content on your phone. Learn more at 9 Examples of How Smartphones Are Eavesdropping … Continue reading This Is Scary

What Privacy?

Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped … Continue reading What Privacy?

Google Photos Thoughts

Took a quick look at the new Google Photos platform. I didn't see any metadata options (tags, EXIF, licensing) or any options for limiting viewing of individual pictures. I've been with Flickr for almost 10 years and don't see a reason to change.