More fun on the privacy front : Fitbit!

A nosy boss snooping on your off-the-clock peccadilloes may be the least of your worries. Fitness trackers can upload a nearly complete record of where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to …

If you want some privacy in the modern world, join us here in the Transbaikal away from civilization and off the grid. We’ll leave the light on for ya.

Source: Do fitness trackers pose a privacy risk?

IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax

The no-bid contract was issued last week, as the company continued facing fallout from its massive security breach.

According to our Data Security Consultant, MrMild, this is NOT a joke. Soon, I expect that the Feds will hire Arthur Andersen LLP to do auditing for the IRS.

Source: IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax – POLITICO

Equifax data breach

You don’t need me to tell you about the recent scandal at Equifax, one of the Big Three credit bureaus. Their servers were hacked and the intruders got away with the personal data of nearly 150 million Americans — including full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers and credit card credentials.

How do I plan to get back at the idiots at Equifax? By going into competition with them. Starting next week, I’m selling my PII (Personally identifiable information) on the dark web for only $1.

Equifax: watch out!

You thought you were getting screwed by Time Warner Cable . . . and you were right

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Time Warner Cable, accusing the company of lying to both its customers and the FCC. The suit alleges that TWC “Systematically And Knowingly Failed To Deliver The Reliable And Fast Internet Access It Promised To Subscribers Across The State”

Source: Time Warner Cable sued in New York for rampant fraud, lying to the FCC – ExtremeTech

Border Agents Interrogate Muslim Americans, Ask for Social Media Accounts and Passwords

Customs and Border Protection agents have been invasively questioning Muslim-Americans at U.S. border crossings about their political and religious beliefs, asking for their social media information, and demanding passwords to open mobile phones, according to a set of complaints filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Source: The Intercept

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence via DuckDuckGo for Android

Factory workers have already been replaced by robots; truck and taxi drivers will be replaced by self-driving vehicles; and YOU’RE NEXT!

How and Why to Delete Your Yahoo Account

So Yahoo! helped the gummint trawl through Yahoo! emails. And, presumably, not just the emails of Yahoo! users but all the emails you sent to friends with Yahoo! accounts and all the addresses (like that forward to Yahoo! accounts.

Of course, those of us who care about privacy are all bent out of shape.

But don’t forget that the original FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) was introduced in the Senate by Ted Kennedy, passed by a Democratic congress, and signed into law by Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Source: How and Why to Delete Your Yahoo Account

Uber Knows When Your iPhone Battery Is Dying And You’re Getting Desperate

But they promise not to use the power for evil.

… [Keith Chen, Uber’s head of economic research] revealed that Uber knows when the battery on your phone is low — it keeps tabs on your battery so the app knows when to switch into low-power mode — and that it knows you’re willing to pay more for a ride when your battery is running out. . . . “[W]e absolutely don’t use that to kind of, like, push you a higher surge price, but it’s an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior,” said Chen.

Source: Uber Knows When Your iPhone Battery Is Dying And You’re Getting Desperate

FBI Quietly Admits to Multi-Year APT Attack, Sensitive Data Stolen

If the FBI can’t prevent government computers from getting hacked, what is that they do?

We know that they don’t protect YOU from getting hacked, they don’t help you get your data back, and they don’t prosecute hackers.

Perhaps, after you’ve been compromised, they borrow your hard drive and plant their own trojan on it.

Bill Gates on “Meeting Students Where They Are”

Bill Gates writes about two historically Black colleges which take low-income students and students with poor grades. These two schools, Johnson C. Smith University and Delaware State University, give their students the support and remediation that they need in order to succeed in college.

But here’s what struck me:

Both institutions collect and analyze huge amounts of data to track students throughout their college careers. If a student taking a psychology quiz gets a failing grade, it triggers an email or phone call from a counselor to find out what went wrong and how to get that student back on track.

Gates was impressed that both schools are using data analytics to improve the quality of the education that they provide. The other thing he liked is that both schools are innovative.

So we learn what catches Bill Gates’ attention: innovation coupled with rigorous data analysis.

Source: Meeting Students Where They Are | Bill Gates | LinkedIn