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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, December 20, 2013

"Your laptop: Is someone watching without your knowing?" excerpts this article. In part:

Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI's Operational Technology Division in Quantico, said in a recent story in The Washington Post that the FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer's camera - without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording - for several years. Now research from Johns Hopkins University provides the first public confirmation that it's possible to do just that, and demonstrates how.

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I don’t fear my that my laptop is giving away nearly as much personal information as my cell phone. My laptop sits on my desk, even if the camera is “watching” me right now, it would only learn that I am remarkably handsome and rely heavily on spell-check. My cell phone is a different story altogether. It is chiefly an NSA tracking device, which happens to play Candy Crush and continuously sends out my current location to my cell phone provider, my email provider, the owners of the apps I have downloaded, and who knows who else; about every 30 seconds. If you use G mail on your phone you can go to the settings menu and see a map of how well Larry Page has been tracking you for the past 90 days. Merry Christmas and a have Brave New World.

Posted by: Martin M. del Mazo | Dec 26, 2013 12:11:33 PM

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