They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

Times Opinion was able to identify individuals from a trove of leaked smartphone location data.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Facebook Said to Consider Suing Apple Over App Store Practices

The social network has discussed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, as tensions grow between the companies over how each treats consumer data.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #apple-music, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #instant-messaging, #labeling-and-labels-product, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #software, #spotify, #web-browsers, #whatsapp-inc

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Parler and the Far Right’s Ever-Evolving Digital Ecosystem

The Biden administration needs a game plan to deal with what will be a rolling and escalating threat from platform migration.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #terrorism, #twitter, #united-states

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Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

The disclosure comes amid growing legislative scrutiny of how the government uses commercially available location records.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #mobile-applications, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #search-and-seizure, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyden-ron

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Consumer Groups Target Amazon Prime’s Cancellation Process

A Norwegian group filed a complaint with regulators, saying Amazon had deliberately made it difficult to end memberships to its Prime service. Groups in Europe and the U.S. back the effort.

#amazon-com-inc, #consumer-protection, #customer-relations, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #europe, #norway, #public-citizen, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

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Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world’s hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies and privacy concerns.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #moxie-marlinspike, #parler-llc, #privacy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whatsapp-inc

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Eviction Records May Haunt Tenants After the Covid-19 Pandemic Ends

Americans who default on their rent may find it hard to escape lasting effects on their financial future.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-scores, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #evictions, #income-inequality, #landlords, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Apple and Facebook’s Fight Over Your Data Privacy

Facebook and Apple’s fighting over data privacy rights doesn’t help consumers much, until it does.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #social-media

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Facebook’s Tone-Deaf Attack on Apple

The company declared in newspaper ads that it was “standing up to Apple.” It’s a desperate ploy that’s unlikely to work.

#apple-inc, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #epic-games, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Takes the Gloves Off in Feud With Apple

The social network said it opposed changes that Apple was making to the tracking of apps and would provide information for an antitrust complaint against the iPhone maker.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #small-business, #social-media, #software, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Big Fines and Strict Rules Unveiled Against ‘Big Tech’ in Europe

European Union and British authorities released draft laws to halt the spread of harmful content and improve competition.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #fines-penalties, #hate-speech, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #twitter

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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The Trustbusters Come for Facebook. Finally.

The government decides to try to enforce antitrust laws.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #justice-department, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

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C.D.C. Call for Data on Vaccine Recipients Raises Alarm Over Privacy

The Trump administration is requiring states to submit personal data — including names, birth dates and addresses — of Covid-19 vaccine recipients.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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We Should Be Able to Use Apps Without Fear of Government Surveillance

We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #poetry-and-poets, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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The Hot New Covid Tech Is Wearable and Constantly Tracks You

Sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance.

#athletics-and-sports, #bluetooth-wireless-technology, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #national-football-league, #privacy, #sensors, #wearable-computing, #workplace-environment

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The Human Experience Will Not Be Quantified

Why do we keep mistaking data for knowledge?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #iraq-war-2003-11, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology

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Friday Night Bytes: Can Analytics Revolutionize High School Football?

George Mahoney is an efficiency expert by trade and by nature. He’s also among the analytics-minded coaches trying to bring data to one of the last holdouts in American sports — high school football.

#coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #football, #interscholastic-athletics, #mahoney-george-analyst, #mangiero-dino, #mater-dei-prep-school

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To Trump, ‘the Polls That Matter’ Point to Victory. The Rest Are ‘Fake.’

President Trump’s blinkered view of 2020 polling has created something of an alternate universe, even as his campaign struggles to find the voters he needs in the data it has.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #kushner-jared, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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How to Take On the Tech Barons

Something has to be done about the technology sector. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-communications-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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The Problems with Prop 24 and California’s Internet Privacy Law

An update to California’s groundbreaking privacy law falls short.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #attorneys-general, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #electronic-frontier-foundation, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #referendums, #steyer-james-p

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U.S. to Accuse Google of Protecting Illegal Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place

A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #online-advertising, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #timpone-brian

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12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #search-engines, #social-media, #software

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How the New York Times Best-Seller Lists Come Together

The weekly book lists are determined by sales numbers. But a touch of Salt-N-Pepa or Axl Rose livens up the process.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #new-york-times

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How Big Tech Could Influence the Election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.

#absentee-voting, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #giridharadas-anand, #paid-time-off, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘The Social Dilemma’ Review: Unplug and Run

This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #orlowski-jeff, #privacy, #social-media, #the-social-dilemma-movie

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Democrats Belatedly Launch Operation to Share Information on Voters

Democrats have been far behind Republicans on compiling and sharing information that can be used by campaigns, state parties and super PACs.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #democratic-national-committee, #emilys-list, #perez-thomas-e, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa

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The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?

#addiction-psychology, #artificial-intelligence, #brain, #chang-edward-f, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #gallant-jack-l, #halpern-casey-h, #implants, #kirsch-robert-f, #paralysis, #privacy, #sensors, #touch-sense, #voice-recognition-systems, #yuste-rafael

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The Mind Readers

Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?

#brain, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #musk-elon, #paralysis, #voice-recognition-systems

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #smith-bradford-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps. Here’s how.

#advertising-and-marketing, #android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #fyde-inc, #google-inc, #ios-operating-system, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #sensors, #social-media, #software, #tiktok-bytedance

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Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It

Smartphone location data, often used by marketers, has been useful for studying the spread of the coronavirus. But the information raises troubling privacy questions.

#content-type-service, #cuebiq-inc, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #smartphones

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With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

Buying one of the largest and most influential social networks in the country could change the perception of the tech giant.

#cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #smartphones, #social-media, #software, #youtube-com

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The Last Days of the Tech Emperors?

Congress was once filled with “Atari Democrats.” This week’s hearings showed their transformation into trust busters.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #vestager-margrethe

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Hotels Are Promoting the Nostalgia of the Family Road Trip

Their campaigns have moved from focusing on cleanliness to appeals to people who want “to get out of the house.”

#accor-sa, #coronavirus-reopenings, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #kimpton-hotelrestaurant-group, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

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The Doctor Behind the Disputed Covid Data

Dr. Sapan Desai, who supplied the data for two prominent and later retracted studies, is said to have a history of cutting corners and misrepresenting information in pursuit of his ambitions.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #chloroquine-drug, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #desai-sapan, #falsification-of-data, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #surgisphere

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Don’t Ban TikTok. Make an Example of It.

There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Be Wary of TikTok, Just Don’t Ban It

There’s good reason to remain skeptical about the Chinese-owned company, but for now it’s one of the best social media platforms.

#china, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #musical-ly-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance

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Just Collect Less Data, Period.

Every company wants the biggest data stockpile possible. We need unilateral data disarmament.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy

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Counting the Infected

How The Times got access to a federal database of 1.5 million coronavirus cases — and what it revealed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #disease-rates, #race-and-ethnicity

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Virus-Tracing Apps Are Rife With Problems. Governments Are Rushing to Fix Them.

As countries race to deploy coronavirus-tracking software, researchers are reporting privacy and security risks that could affect millions of people and undermine trust in public health efforts.

#amnesty-international, #computer-security, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #norway, #privacy, #qatar, #smittestopp-mobile-app, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #medicine-and-health, #research, #search-engines, #smartphones, #social-media, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Amazon Set to Face Antitrust Charges in European Union

The European Commission plans to bring charges that Amazon abused its dominance in e-commerce.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conflicts-of-interest, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #vestager-margrethe

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Two Huge Covid-19 Studies Are Retracted After Scientists Sound Alarms

The reports, published in two leading journals, were retracted after authors could not verify an enormous database of medical records.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #desai-sapan, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #electronic-health-records, #hospitals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #lancet-the-journal, #mehra-mandeep, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #your-feed-science

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Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

The complaint said Google tracked and collected users’ browsing history even if they took steps to maintain their privacy.

#boies-schillerflexner, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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