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Measuring the “Filter Bubble”: How Google is influencing what you click

Posted by in Commentary, politics, Rights

Dax the duck 4 Dec 2018 DuckDuckGo Blog Over the years, there has been considerable discussion of Google’s “filter bubble” problem. Put simply, it’s the manipulation of your search results based on your personal data. In practice this means links are moved up or down or added to your Google search results, necessitating the filtering of other search results altogether. These editorialized results are informed by the personal information Google has on you (like your search, browsing, and purchase history), and puts you in a bubblebased on what Google’s algorithms think you’re most likely to click on. The…read more

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

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Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES, NATASHA SINGER, MICHAEL H. KELLER and AARON KROLIK The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark to a nearby Planned Parenthood, remaining there for more than an hour. Another represents a person who travels with the mayor of…read more

Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment

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From, the EFF News Update by Kevin Bankston In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by email service providers. Closely tracking arguments made by EFF in its amicus brief, the court found that email users have the same reasonable expectation of privacy in their stored email as they do in their phone calls and postal mail. EFF filed a similar amicus brief with the 6th Circuit…read more

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EFF Releases How-To Guide to Fight Government Spying

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Image via Wikipedia ‘Surveillance Self-Defense’ Gives Practical Advice on Protecting Your Private Data San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched its Surveillance Self-Defense project today — an online how-to guide for protecting your private data against government spying. You can find the project at ssd.eff.org. EFF created the Surveillance Self-Defense site to educate Americans about the law and technology of communications surveillance and computer searches and seizures, and to provide the information and tools necessary to keep their private data out of the government’s hands. The guide includes…read more

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