Two weeks ago, Facebook began suspending the accounts of members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a drag and community service organization. Members who'd been active on Facebook under their stage names were locked out until they registered with their legal names.
For those members who wanted to keep their stage identities separate from the rest of their lives, at least online, Facebook's actions threatened to tear down a critical wall of privacy. After attempted discussions with Facebook, a whole lot of media (and social media) attention, and a Change.org campaign that's collected more than 36,300 signatures, on Wednesday Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox apologized to the group. Read MoreForget your passwordCan the fitness-tracking Apple Watch offer a healthy alternative to passwords?
Apple showed off its Apple Watch today and demonstrated how it's also a sophisticated fitness and health tracker that measures your heart rate, various activity levels, and syncs with your phone.
Apple, the company that once held your photos and emails and contacts, can now collect a whole other kind of additional private data that's even closer to your skin—heart rate, movement patterns, sleeping patterns, and more.
They also have a unique opportunity to use that very same information for security. But will they take it?
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The break-in that leaked private photos of celebrities over the weekend was the result of "a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions" on those accounts, Apple said in a statement yesterday.
A new three-part series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 forthcoming) from Dig Boston is looking at how IBM lured the city into trialling a new model of a "smarter city": One that watched and listened to its citizens, seeking out suspicious activity while tracking faces and clothing, tying together tweets and hundreds of cameras in a system the current administration ultimately found no "practical value" in.
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A new report from noted security researchers — first published in conjunction with German news program Tagesschau — states that the NSA's Xkeyscore program, which determines who is flagged for enhanced tracking and monitoring, targeted every visitor to a particular MIT server, visitors seeking information on the privacy-focused Tor Project, which is based in Cambridge, and those who simply searched for information on the privacy-enhanced TAILS operating system.