privacy

01 Sep 2020

Are The ‘Virtual Burning Man’ Apps Private And Secure? An Analysis

The online Burning Man is now underway, after the event decided way back in April that they would not hold an in-person gathering at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. But it’s not really an online Burning Man — it’s actually eight different online Burning Mans, all built by different

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01 Sep 2020

Shady New Facebook ‘Terms of Service’ Update Has Users Suspicious

Everyone on Facebook got a vague and poorly explained Terms of Service update notice, and nobody trusts it. At about 5 pm PT Monday, Facebook users across the United States received a notice that Facebook was making some manner of change where they could “remove or restrict access to your

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05 Oct 2020

The November 2020 BAS Voter Guide

Primarily researched and written by Stephen Torres with help from Stuart Schuffman. We stand at the precipice of one of the most polarizing federal elections that has ever occurred in this country. Each day brings another dash of chaos, and yet here we are, once again sifting through another labyrinthine

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31 Jul 2019

Oakland’s Facial Recognition Ban Sets Stage for Similar Laws Nationwide

The city of Oakland took their ban on use of facial recognition software a step further Tuesday with another unanimous vote in city council. The ordinance barring municipal use of the software will be voted on once more in September and is expected to pass without objection, making Oakland the

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26 Jul 2019

Which Popular Gadgets Have The Riskiest Security Flaws

Our Tech Column was made possible by the fine folks at Mozilla Firefox.  The nonprofit Mozilla Foundation believes the Internet must always remain a global public resource that is open and accessible to all.  And that’s why we love Firefox as our browser, and you should too. The dirty little secret

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25 Sep 2018

Ask a Tenant Attorney: Can My Landlord Install Surveillance Cameras?

Ask a Tenant Attorney is your chance to learn how to survive as a tenant in San Francisco. Each month Tenant’s Rights Attorney Daniel Wayne addresses a different issue for residential tenants. This month: your landlord’s right to put up surveillance cameras. For more information about Daniel and his firm,

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10 May 2018

WTF Are These New Tinder ‘Terms of Use’?

Anyone trying to swipe on Tinder now gets immediately accosted with a new ‘Updated Terms of Use and Privacy Policy’ that you have to agree to or else you can’t get any action. Tinder assumes you’re so hookup-hungry you’ll click ‘Agree’ on anything. But what are you agreeing to here?

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27 Apr 2018

Zuck’s Testimony and Facebook’s Recent Actions Don’t Show a Company that’s Serious about User Privacy

the company has been saying sorry for 14 years for undermining user privacy. Apart from some hilariously bad questions by our elected representatives that betrayed their lack of knowledge of how Facebook works, the hearings were revealing in how Zuckerberg thinks Facebook should be regulated

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01 Mar 2018

What The Fresh Hell Is This Facebook Face Recognition?

Facebook showed you a vaguebooking post this week entitled “Introducing Face Recognition for More Features.” Facebook, which these days is 90% wannabe viral videos that you can’t scroll past fast enough, announced in a post that showed up once (and only once!) on your timeline earlier this week that “We’re

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