Kashmir Hill went 6 weeks without the big 5 tech giants (Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple). It seems you basically have to become a level 5 vegan especially if you also avoid anything hosted/using their cloud services (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCloud).
Comparing Signal-protocol-using messengers
There’re still privacy differences when you compare messenger apps all using the Signal protocol:
In this article, I’m going to compare WhatsApp, Signal, and Allo from a privacy perspective.
While all three apps use the same secure-messaging protocol, they differ on exactly what information is encrypted, what metadata is collected, and what, precisely, is stored in the cloud — and therefore available, in theory at least, to government snoops and wily hackers.
In the end, I’m going to advocate you use Signal whenever you can — which actually may not end up being as often as you would like.
AMP and Ads
Of course AMP was introduced to optimize the delivery of ads. ?
Maciej Cegłowski on Website Obesity
Maciej Cegłowski has a great and funny talk about The Website Obesity Crisis. ?
Google Smart Reply
“Smart Reply” … Google making your conversations more dynamic and fun by taking you out of the loop little by little.
Hello, Is That You?
It looks like Google has been recording your voice searches (German). There have been rumors all along and it was assumed this was going on. They have the actual voice recordings and their transcripts and also generate a “finger print” of your voice to be able to verify it.
If you extrapolate from that they can by now
- transcribe speech almost instantaneously,
- have (over time) enough data to recognize your voice among others and
- are also able to speak in your voice stitching together chopped-up samples of your speech.
Google Has Most of My Email Because It Has All of Yours
Benjamin Mako Hill has followed up on an interesting thought: in a world where many people use Gmail, just how many of your daily emails also land on Google’s servers even if you aren’t using their services? … For him it turns out more than 50%. o.O
Congratulations for Being Evil
Emails Without an Email Address
If you have Google+ account you can place mails in other people’s Gmail inboxes without knowing their email address.
As with any privacy threatening measure Google’s newest feat is opt-out. Yay!
ADN: Google Buys Boston Dynamics