Passing the Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent

Passing the Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent

With surveillance hawk Jeff Sessions about to head up Trump’s DOJ, privacy advocates push for a long-overdue bill to lock in digital privacy protections. The post Passing the Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent appeared first on WIRED.

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Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix

Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix

Digging through slot machine source code helped a St. Petersburg-based syndicate make off with millions. The post Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix appeared first on WIRED.

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Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time

A new generation of workplace technology is allowing white-collar jobs to be tracked, tweaked and managed in ways that were difficult even a few years ago. Employers of all types — old-line manufacturers, nonprofits, universities, digital start-ups and retailers — are using an increasingly wide range of tools to monitor workers’ efforts, help them focus, cheer them on and just make sure they show up on time. Source: Data-Crunching Is…

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Personal data being shared on huge scale.

Personal and financial data is being traded on a “huge scale” – and sometimes illegally – according to an investigation by Which? Undercover researchers from the consumer group contacted 14 companies that sell data. They managed to access personal information about half a million people over the age of 50, including details about their salary and pensions. In some cases the data was on sale for as little as 4p…

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They call it fun, but the digital giants are turning workers into robots

If you hear the term “people analytics”, worry. Some systems are straightforwardly intrusive: Worksnaps, for example, is an application that can take repeated screenshots of workers’ computers, count their mouse-clicks and take webcam images. Others are more passive-aggressive: BetterWorks uses a Facebook-like application that depends on employees publicly posting their supposed workplace goals, and regularly issuing “cheers” and “nudges” to their colleagues. “In the office of the future,” says the…

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London university tells students their emails may be monitored

One of the UK’s most prestigious universities has warned students and staff that their emails may be retained and monitored as part of the government’s Prevent programme to stop radicalisation on campuses. Campaigners have raised concern after King’s College London (KCL) introduced a warning on its email login page stating that by using the system students and staff were consenting to their emails being “monitored and recorded”. A spokesperson for…

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Most doctors ignore one of the most potent ways to improve health

Leveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health and encourage new healthy habits and behaviors than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians. In a new perspective article, behavioral economists suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineering social engagements that promote health and to test their acceptability and effectiveness.

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Technology communication: Worries through information?

In democratic societies, it is considered an obligation of researchers and politicians to inform the public about modern technologies and their potential risks. Researchers recently found that information about technologies and their risks may have undesired side effects. It may also cause worries where they do not seem appropriate.

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Live long and … Facebook?

Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer — when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties.

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Cybersecurity needed for autos, too

Most white-hat hackers believe hackers will exploit cyber vulnerabilities to remotely access connected vehicles. One objective by security experts is to identify key vehicle cybersecurity challenges and find solutions that will reduce the risk of cyber-attacks.

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‘Lurking malice’ in cloud hosting services, study finds

A study of 20 major cloud hosting services has found that as many as 10 percent of the repositories hosted by them had been compromised — with several hundred of the “buckets” actively providing malware. Such bad content could be challenging to find, however, because it can be rapidly assembled from stored components that individually may not appear to be malicious.

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Telecom networks could back up GPS time signals, say experts

Experts involved in the operation of US civilian and military time standards have worked with two companies to identify a practical GPS backup possibility: commercial fiber-optic telecommunications networks.

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