Google is the Internet

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash My reading this past week-end ”Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us | News | The Guardian”. Some staggering facts. Google also handles billions of searches and YouTube plays daily, and has a billion active Gmail users, meaning it had access to most of the world’s... Continue Reading →

Don’t Trust Facebook I Said

Another day, another bad news coming from Facebook: "Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years". Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal company servers. They sell your... Continue Reading →

Please, Stop Doing This

Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash Good Sunday read from the NewYork Times: "Why I Put My Dog’s Photo on Social Media, but Not My Son’s". In short, stop posting photos of your young child on Facebook or more generally on the web. If you can't read the article for some reasons, take the time to look at... Continue Reading →

My Life. My Phone. My Privacy. Apple.

Great ad from Apple today. Non tech people will get it. I always thought that Apple could play the privacy card a lot more while promoting their products, their services. Their business model is partly built on maintaining privacy. Many people don't believe that. I do. https://youtu.be/A_6uV9A12ok

On Facial Recognition Training

Excellent article from NBC News: "Facial recognition's 'dirty little secret': Millions of online photos scraped without consent". People’s faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them Let's say you have a Flickr account with hundreds of photos of your family, your friends, and... Continue Reading →

Quitting Facebook To Build Bokeh

Here is an interesting project, Bokeh, a photo sharing social network. I already like the name. Think of it has an Instagram with no ads. Why now? Because a guy decided that he had enough of Facebook for pretty much the same reasons that I had too. Same goes for Instagram. So he wants to... Continue Reading →

Health Data and Trust

Apple is investing a lot in health, from the Apple Watch, to iOS Health app and health data sharing with many health providers in the US. In this article from NPR "Storing Health Records On Your Phone: Can Apple Live Up To Its Privacy Values?", Apple's Tim Cook on health data and privacy: People will... Continue Reading →

On Nest Secure Hidden Microphone

So you buy a new product, let's say a security system for your new house like this one: Nest Secure. Brand new technology, internet connected product. You feel good, you feel secure. Then, suddenly, you learn that your product had a hidden microphone that is enabled with a new software update, from Google, the parent... Continue Reading →

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