Privacy

Big Tech in Big Trouble with New EU GDPR Laws

America prides itself on being innovative, industrious, and independent—all commendable attributes. Until, as with any polarity, they swing too far in the other direction. This appears to be the case when it comes to being slow on the uptake in regulating consumer privacy and data protection on the internet. Today’s commercial practices have grown over

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Microchip Security: The New Biometric That Will Make You See The Future

Who doesn’t love a biometric security measure? Whether it’s a thumbprint on your iPhone or facial recognition software, having your technology and personal devices quickly and conveniently authorize you in a split second is pretty darn cool. Not only does it make moving through your day just a little bit easier, it also has that

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Why Your Privacy Is Now The Sacrificial Lamb Of The Modern World

Americans have a strange and complicated relationship with privacy. While they love nothing more than “flexing” on social media—toes in the sand, vacations, nice dinners, proud family moments, half-nude selfies—they are also quick to complain when outside entities become too intrusive on their personal space. They love to “see and be seen,”  just as long

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Searching For Privacy: Is Google Its Own Worst Enemy?

On October 26, Google announced it would give more data security control back to its users, as they will now be able to review and delete their recent Search activity, as well as allowing them to learn more about Google Search works with their own data. In the coming weeks, these options will be available from

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What Happens When Drones Suddenly Challenge Security?

Not too long ago, devices powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) were considered a futuristic novelty—but these days, not so much. Our dear friend Alexa now comfortably resides in well over 30 million American homes, and we may soon see drones delivering groceries and other goods straight to our front doors. But this particular development has

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Hacking Your DNA: What You Need To Know About The Testing Dilemma

The fact that we can now unlock centuries of family health history and heritage through DNA testing is nothing short of a miracle. Who would have thought 100 years ago, much less 50 years ago, that we would be able to map diseases, solve crimes, or identify Fido’s unique combination of breeds through one simple

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Is Your Smart Device Spying on You?

Who are “they” anyway? This perennial question has been asked for decades—and now that we have reached the 21st century, the question has taken on new meaning. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and mainstream consumer access, the new question is not if someone is listening, but who is listening and what are they

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This Is How California’s Privacy Law Has Left The GDPR In The Dust

When the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became law on May 25, 2018, it set an impressive precedent for data privacy and digital rights—but it also sent shockwaves throughout the tech industry. Consequently, some web services such as Klout, which measures one’s social media influence, had to shut down, while other companies

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The Truth About Government Surveillance Will Make You Sick

Shut the door, close the blinds, pull the covers over your head—it doesn’t really matter—because you’re never completely protected from the digital eyes around you. If this assertion sound outlandish or downright impossible, just consider the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it has changed the ongoing state of our privacy. As you sit in

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What Will Be Tor’s Destiny In The Fight For Digital Freedom?

Because the internet is possibly one of the greatest inventions in human history, it is also an ideal medium for discussing our rights as citizens. As a resource, it has become a phenomenal learning and communication tool— but it has also become a virtual playground for cybercrime, data theft, and government surveillance. Under the auspices

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