“Clicking “like” can say a lot about you.”
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– “Facebook may know you better than your friends and family, study finds”
“Clicking “like” on Facebook on pages for Wikipedia, hugs and R&B doesn’t seem like you’re giving away profound information that provides a window into your soul. How much can such benign stuff say about you anyway?
University of Cambridge and Stanford University researchers found that taking stock of an individual’s Facebook likes creates a strikingly-accurate personality assessment — even more accurate than an assessment done by friends and family. Their findings appear in a new study published Monday [January 12, 2015] by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” by Elahe Izadi, The Washington Post.
– “Smile! Facebook May Soon be Filming You”
“Facebook has just been granted a series of patents in the US which, if put into effect, would enable the company to use the camera on your computer, tablet or smartphone to monitor and record your facial expressions while you’re on the site,” quoting By Sonia Hickey, Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
– “What Happens to Your Body When You Use the Internet”
* The internet has enabled connections across the globe to be easier and cheaper, but at a psychological and physical cost that may increase your stress and anxiety
* Large software companies, such as Google and Apple, enjoy greater profits the longer you stay on your devices and so engineer programs to offer positive feedback, encouraging your engagement and even dependence
* Recent research identified physical symptoms associated with separation from your digital devices that may be driven by rising levels of cortisol and anxiety; consider using EFT to reduce your anxiety levels and your dependence
By Dr. Mercola.
– “DHS Is Starting to Scan Americans’ Faces Before They Get on International Flights”
“In June of last year, without congressional authorization, and without consulting the public, the Department of Homeland Security started scanning the faces of Americans leaving the country, too.
You may have heard about new JetBlue or Delta programs that let passengers board their flights by submitting to a face recognition scan. Few realize, however, that these systems are actually the first phase of DHS’s “Biometric Exit” program.”
“While these systems differ in details, they have two things in common. First, they are laying the groundwork for a much broader, mandatory deployment of Biometric Exit across the country. Second, they scan the faces of everyone—including American citizens.
Treating U.S. citizens like foreign nationals contradicts years of congressional mandates. DHS has never consulted the American public about whether Americans should be subject to face recognition. That’s because Congress has never given Homeland Security permission to do it in the first place,” by Harrison Rudolph,Slate.com.
– “Google ends Gmail snooping, has all the personalized data needed for ads”
“Google has unexpectedly announced that it will no longer read Gmail users’ messages to gain an advertising edge. And it appears the internet giant’s sudden change of heart may have been motivated by plans to better serve their most important clients.
Google is referring people to its paid business email model, titled ‘G Suite,’ as a reference point for how Gmail will provide ads to its users from now on,” by RT, Russian Times.
– “Deportation Is Going High-Tech Under Trump”
“The process began with Obama, but the new administration is using technology designed for tracking down terrorists to surveil immigrants more than ever before,” by Alvaro M. Bedoya, The Atlantic.
– “WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Could Hack Your Router”
“Your Wi-Fi router, sitting in the corner of your home accumulating dust and unpatched security flaws, provides an attractive target for hackers. Including, according to a new WikiLeaks release, the CIA.
On Thursday [June 15, 2017], WikiLeaks published a detailed a set of descriptions and documentation for the CIA’s router-hacking toolkit. It’s the latest drip in the months-long trickle of secret CIA files it’s called Vault7, and it hints at how the agency leverages vulnerabilities in common routers sold by companies including D-Link and Linksys,” by Andy Greenberg, WIRED.com.