The internet might allow millions of people to work from home, sending vast amounts of data across vast expanses, but sometimes that isn’t fast enough. That’s why Amazon, in an effort to encourage companies with enormous databases to move over to its web services, known as AWS, is offering to quite literally come and pick up data using an eighteen-wheeler truck. … [Read more...] about Amazon Has Actual Data Truckers Now
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that back in 2015, Uber was forced by Apple to stop tagging the phone’s of people who deleted the ride-hailing app. But buried within the Times report was another tech chestnut: Uber had been buying email data — receipts and emails sent to people from Uber competitor Lyft — from Unroll.me, an email-unsubscribing service you’ve maybe used if you ever looked at your inbox, thought, This is too many damn Pottery Barn and Maple emails, and Googled a way to quickly bulk unsubscribe. … [Read more...] about Did You Ever Use Unroll.me to Unsubscribe From Emails? They Might Have Sold Your Data.
Everybody loves MoviePass, the delightful subscription service that allows you to see as many movies a month as you’d like for a cheap, flat rate! By the way: MoviePass has been tracking your moves before and after going to see said cost-efficient movies. MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said some, uh, interesting things during his keynote at the Entertainment Finance Forum earlier this month, Tech Crunch reports. “We get an enormous amount of information,” Lowe said. “We watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards.” … [Read more...] about Gee, MoviePass, What a Large Amount of User Data You’re Collecting
By now, you probably know what the deal with Cambridge Analytica is. The right-wing-billionaire-funded consulting firm gathered data on 50 million Facebook users by getting 270,000 users to grant them access. That’s because, for a long time, Facebook’s API let users grant permission to apps, which allowed the apps to browse Facebook in the same way the user would. … [Read more...] about The Innocuous Gray Box That Explains Facebook’s Data Mishegoss
The agency warned that other internet-connected devices — such as fitness trackers, smart watches, medical devices, and household smart devices — could also pose a security threat through their potential to collect and expose sensitive location data of any mobile device they are hooked up to. … [Read more...] about NSA warns of security threats from mobile location data