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Third party tracking ‘still legal,’ according to FCC

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Third party tracking ‘still legal,’ according to FCC

Third-party web tracking is still legal, a new ruling has found. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed a petitionby Consumer Watchdog that would forbid Internet companies from tracking consumers. According to the FCC, the petition was inconsistent with its rules on Internet bias. The petition was part of an ongoing movement to protect consumers who don’t want to be tracked by third-party web trackers, and aimed to provide consumers with a “Do Not Track” setting in theirWEB BROWSERS. Some companies are already committed to honoring “Do Not Track” requests sent in by consumers. But others, like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn rely on third-party tracking to store data on consumers for data analytics, advertising networks and social networking platforms. For example, you click on a cat video, and soon yourFACEBOOK PAGE will be advertising cat products to you. How does third-party tracking work? It all begins with an innocent “cookie,” a small bit of data loaded onto aWEB BROWSER. Every time a user opens a new web page, a cookie is sent back to the browser to monitor any previous activity. For the most part, cookies are safe: they can’t contain viruses and help store data. But, […]

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5 great everyday life tracking apps for Android and iOS that let you get around the daily grind

One of the many, many things one can use their smartphone for is tracking their life. Not in the sense of suspicious-looking people in costumes monitoring you every move, but simply keeping a journal with rich visualisations of the data you jotted down. If you aren’t into the habit of using this type of application, you will learn just how easy and fulfilling it is to use a dedicated app for keeping track of your time and monetary expenses, logging receipts, managing invoices and getting payment notifications, or getting an idea just how bad your smartphone usage habit have gotten, and finally …

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Australian authorities begins tracking every call you make and every text you send

Australia begins mass data retention under new law

Starting today, every phone call you make, every text message you send and every email you write will compulsorily be tracked by the Australian government agencies under a new metadata retention scheme. The Australian government’s new data retention laws which comes into effect from today will mandate the ISPs and telecom providers to keep large amount of your telecommunications metadata for two years.
In black and white this means that if you are a citizen of Australia with a mobile phone and an Internet connection, your every digital activity will be compulsorily recorded by authorities.
The new metadata retention law has allegedly been implemented to protect the country against organized terrorist and criminals. However from a Australian citizen’s standpoint it seems that the government will have access to every digital activity done by them. This new scheme vastly expands the retention of personal data, which has triggered a debate among Australians as it is a major invasion of privacy.

What data will be collected

Up until now, though data was collected, the data retention by mobile phone and Internet providers was inconsistent due to government policies. As of date data about who called or texted whom was generally stored by major companies for billing purposes only. Now, with the implementation of new metadata retention policy, such and much more data will be collected and stored for a mandatory period of 2 years.

What Phone Data is Retained?

  • Who you called
  • Who you texted
  • Missed numbers
  • Time and Date of calls and SMS
  • Duration of calls
  • Your Location at the time of call or SMS
  • Device data

What Internet Data is Retained?

  • Your IP address
  • Location and geographical data
  • The volume of your uploads and downloads
  • Time and duration of your web connections
  • Your email data including emailed Date, Time and Attachment data volumes (If you use an Australian email service)
  • While not mandatory, some internet providers may record the IP address of the sites you visit, mainly your Internet history
To assuage the feelings of privacy loves, Australian government has come out with a detailed FAQemphasizing that the type of data collected is only Metadata, and not the content of calls and messages. Opponents point out that, considered in entirety, such metadata gives accurate picture of a user’s digital life violating his/her privacy.
Edward Snowden: Beginning today, if you are Australian, everything you do online is being tracked...
A post on iiNet says that“If you have the metadata, you have the content.”

The bill was introduced to the Australian parliament when current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was communications minister. He said then it was “critical” for security agencies and law enforcement, citing investigations into domestic terrorism.”No responsible government can sit by while those who protect us lose access to vital information, particularly in the current high threat environment,” he said, in a joint statement with Attorney-General George Brandis.

How can a Australian escape this metadata retention scheme

If you are an Australian citizen and value your privacy very much you can try few of the workarounds we have given below.
  • Instead of using the cellular network, use free apps to make calls or send text messages. For e.g.,
  • TextSecure for encrypted text messaging, RedPhone for encrypted phone calls and Signal for both encrypted messaging and phone calls.
  • Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that help hide your Internet traffic by encrypting the connection. Kindly check our article on the top VPN providers.
  • Use non-Australian email, video, and social media platforms, such as Gmail, Hotmail,Facebook and Skype, as these are exempted from some of the data retention requirements. (Note: Government will be able to see that you use these services, but they won’t know whom you’re talking to)
  • Use Public Wi-Fi hotspots. The public hotspots are not included in the data retention scheme however it can be risky to use public WiFi hotspots.

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ACLU pushesACLU pushes for state law restricting cellphone tracking by CMPD, other agencies

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads  RALEIGH The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina on Thursday called for new laws that would stop CMPD and other police departments from secretly tracking cellphones without a search warrant. About 20 people, including lawmakers, gathered in the North Carolina Legislative Building to hear speeches urging the General Assembly to put restrictions on high-tech surveillance critics contend violate privacy rights. “We’ve got to stand up for this,” said Thom Goolsby, a Wilmington defense attorney and former Republican state senator. “We’ve got to stop it now. If not, it gets worse and worse.” The push follows an Observer investigation last year that revealed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department investigators use a device called a StingRay that mimics a cellphone tower. It provides serial numbers, location and other information about nearby phones, laptop computers and tablets that connect to cellular networks. Privacy groups and some legal experts say the equipment violates the Constitution’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. The technology gathers cellphone data from criminal suspects and innocent bystanders in a given area. ACLU attorney Nathan Freed Wessler said revelations about CMPD surveillance exposes the need for law enforcement to seek a search warrant before deploying the […]

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Cops Must Swear Silence to Access Vehicle Tracking System

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It’s a well known fact that police divisions around the nation are sending computerized permit plate bookworms to fabricate gigantic databases to recognize the area of vehicles. Yet one organization behind this Orwellian following framework is dead set to stay out of the news. Read More….

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EFF Test Privacy Badger, New Tool to Stop Creepy Online Tracking

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Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a new extension for Firefox and Chrome called Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them. Privacy Badger is EFF’s answer to intrusive and objectionable practices in the online advertising industry, and many advertisers’ outright refusal to meaningfully honor Do Not Track requests. This week, Mozilla published research showing that privacy is the single most important thing that users want from their web browsers. Privacy Badger is part of EFF’s growing campaign to deliver that privacy by giving you the technical …continue reading

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SecureAlert acquires GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd.

Ashley Bennett Top Priority Sector:  law_enforcement_first_responders SecureAlert, a Sandy, Utah based creator of digital monitoring solutions, has acquired GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. Read More….

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CBP to buy satellite airtime from Outerlink to run its GPS tracking missions

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