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Google Reads All Emails Justifies Rightly

In internet on April 16, 2014 at 23:05

Google has admitted to reading  all the Email contents in , what it terms as to ‘to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customised

search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”

 

Google reads emails as part of its service

Google says the change in its policy allowing the company to trawl through emails will give “people even greater clarity”. Photo: AP

 

Privacy goes through the Window!

 

But it may be added that if you need personalized recommendations from the Service provider, I do not think there is any other option but to agree to what Google says.

Google is right.

One can not have the cake and eat it too

 

Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads.

The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation.

Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accused Google of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action.

Users of Google’s Gmail email service have accused the company of violating federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws by scanning their messages so it could compile secret profiles and target advertising. Google has argued that users implicitly consented to its activity, recognizing it as part of the email delivery process.

Google’s updated terms of service added a paragraph stating that “our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”

A Google representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Source .Huffington Post.

 

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Corporate Donations Political Parties About

In Business, India on January 30, 2014 at 10:53

Veerappa Moily, Petroleum Minister went on TV stating that whenever the Government tries to effect some changes in Petroleum pricing, the Ministers are being threatened.

BJP and Donations

BJP receives Donations from Companies

By whom?

Obviously by the Companies.

Corporate Donations

Corporate donate to Political Parties

No minister can be sure of his berth in the Cabinet if he dares to challenge the Business Lobby.

More cozy,better for you.

No wonder there is high pressure lobbying by the Cabinet Post aspiration.

As a matter of fact, the Business lobbies decide who should be given tickets even!

These companies have Liaison officers like Nira Radia who fix things.

Listen to Radia tapes in my site, you will know how the fixing is done for Minister ship and for even Media fixing.

We have a Law on paer that each party must declare the information of Donations.

But what is reported is only a small negligible portion of what is collected.

“Between 2009-11 period, the Congress party earned almost Rs 750 crore out of which Rs 500 crore were from selling party coupons.  While the party got Rs 111 .73 crore from donations, it earned Rs 44.11 crore from interest. Interestingly, the party got only 12 per cent of the donations that was above Rs 20,000 and about which the party must give the details of the donors. So the party has not declared how it got approximately Rs 600 crore…

Even the BJP has not been any different. The party earned Rs 425 crore during the 2009-11 period out of which Rs 300 crore was from voluntary donations. Approximately Rs 30 crore was as lifelong contribution fund and Rs 3 crore from interest.  The party got just 22 per cent of the money from donors who gave more than Rs 20,000.

Experts say that political parties fear that they are brought under the RTI, then they will have to share details bout their earnings. Between 2010 and 2011 the Congress received only Rs 20,000 or more from only 417 donors while 502 donations made to the BJP were above the Rs 20,000 mark. AIADMK, Shiromani Akali Dal and BSP got no single donations above Rs 20,00..

Ref.

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Your Eye Saves Passwords Myris Scan

In Gadgets, internet on January 21, 2014 at 11:43

I find it difficult to remember passwords for websites.

Even a simple password I forget.

Eye Scan

Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

The pass words my son , son-in-law make me swoon, so complicated.

So I save them in a folder.

Simple, you would think.

I create folders in such a fashion with such exotic names I find it difficult to locate them fast.

For people like me, A Gadget is on the way.

Myris Scanner would do it for me.

Story:

There are a number of password vaults on the market that aim to keep your passwords secure, locked behind one single master password that can let you into all your accounts and profiles. While this is a good way to keep your information safe, you could, potentially, still be caught out by a keylogger.

 

But what if your accounts could only be unlocked by using a physical part of your body? The iris of your eye is unique to you, and it’s by scanning your eye that the company EyeLock aims to keep your passwords secure. Its mouse-sized device, Myris, can perform a quick eye-scan to verify your identity before letting you in.

Connecting to your computer via USB, it scans your eye at a rate of 20 frames per second, looking at over 240 points on the iris to generate a 2048-bit signature unique to each user. To get into your accounts, which are linked via an application, you need to physically scan your eye — photos and videos will not work. And, although there’s a chance you can get a false match, it’s very slim — just one in 2.25 trillion. According to EyeLock, only DNA is more accurate.

This means that you could set highly complicated passwords for your internet banking, VPNs, email, shopping websites and social networks and not have to worry about remembering them.

“Usernames and passwords will soon be a thing of the past, and EyeLock’s introduction of Myris brings us one step closer,” said EyeLock chief marketing officer Anthony Antolino. “People are required to remember dozens of passwords in an effort to secure their data, while organisations and individuals are in a constant struggle to keep their digital, social and financial transactions safe from compromise, breach and theft. Until service providers take the step to eliminate usernames and passwords, Myris enables users to set passwords as complex as they’d like and forget them once linked to the device.”

Myris will be made available globally later this year, although a definite release date and pricing are yet to be announced.

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Data Stealing Market What They Share About You

In internet, lifestyle on December 27, 2013 at 10:05

When I posted an article about NSA spying and overhearing about 540 Millions Conversations a month, at the back of my mind was the thought, if this were true, there should be people/companies making money out of this.

Data Brokers.

Data Stealing

Yes, I found this out from Pando.-Link provided at the close of this post.

The people who over hear or steal our information, from land Lines, Cell phones, Internet, either by way of advertising solicitations, Tele-calling or simple phishing, they sell this information.

Even giants like Google and Facebook do sell, though they do not admit it in so many words.

Some companies who collect this information call themselves Data Brokers.

They sell this information.

The market? $150 billions.

In 2012, the data broker industry generated 150 billion in revenue that’s twice the size of the entire intelligence budget of the United States government—all generated by the effort to detail and sell information about our private lives.”
— Senator Jay Rockefeller IV

There is also an estimate that the market is $ 200 Billion.

There are 4000 companies which specialize in data broking or put it simply stealing your personal information, though it is illegal.

And for this amount what do they share?

They share your,

Financial History, bank records, bankruptcies,

Purchase pattern,

Your health details including drug addiction, illnesses,medicines taken,if you have been raped, those details,

Read a Sample list at http://www.medbase200.com/updating.html

For instance, if lists of rape victims aren’t your thing, MEDbase can sell dossiers on people suffering from anorexia, substance abuse, AIDS and HIV, Alzheimer’s Disease, Asperger Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bedwetting (Enuresis), Binge Eating Disorder, Depression, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Homelessness, Infertility, Syphilis…

..

MEBbase isn’t the only company exploiting these loopholes. By the industry’s own estimates, there are something like 4,000 for-profit intel companies operating in the United States. Many of them sell information that would normally be restricted under federal law. They offer all sorts of targeted dossier collections on every population segments of our society, from the affluent to the extremely vulnerable:

  • people with drug addictions
  • detailed personal info on police officers and other government employees
  • people with bad credit/bankruptcies
  • minorities who’ve used payday loan services
  • domestic violence shelter locations (normally these addresses would be shielded by law)
  • elderly gamblers..
  •  Source: http://pando.com/2013/12/22/a-peek-into-surveillance-valley/

 

Walmart Seeks Donation For Its Workers.

In Business on November 29, 2013 at 17:33

Walmart the giant chain seems to be in its last financial throes(!?) when it is revealed that it is seeking donations for its employees Thanksgiving Dinner!

Donate to Walmart

Walmart seeks donations.

An advocacy group called Organization United for Respect is chastising Walmart for setting out storage containers to collect donations for employees who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

The Web page and Facebook page of the group feature a photo of two storage containers underneath a sign that says, “Please donate food items here so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.”

The Web page also says, “Walmart is asking us to donate food to our coworkers. Why can’t Walmart pay us enough so we can feed our families?”

The Web page quotes someone named Jamaad Reed of Cincinnati, identified as a Walmart Associate, saying “If I made $25,000/yr, I wouldn’t have to rely on food stamps.”

The donation containers are displayed at a Walmart in Canton, Ohio, some sitting on tables in an employees-only area, others underneath tables, according to theCleveland Plain Dealer.

Walmart media representatives could not be reached Monday night, but company spokesperson Kory Lundberg told the Plain Dealer that the signs prove that employees care about one another.

“This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardship,” Lundberg said.

The signs at the Canton store were the idea of store employees, but Walmart also has company-wide programs, Lundberg said. The Associates in Critical Need Trust is paid for through contributions from Walmart employees and grants up to $1,500 to employees facing challenges such as homelessness or illness, the Plain Dealerreports.
Source:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/19/walmart-canton-collections/3636729/

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