NYLimited wrote:In a blog post, Ben Lincoln recently reported that his Motorola Droid X2 was sending sensitive information to Motorola -- and it was doing so unencrypted.
When monitoring traffic on his phone, Lincoln noticed frequent connections to a domain owned by Motorola, passing basic check-in data every nine minutes, including hardware data, application information, phone call statistics, and more.
He also found that Motorola gathers e-mail addresses and passwords for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa and Photobucket, along with a wide range of user activity on those services. Similar data is collected for everything from Exchange ActiveSync to RSS feeds.
"I can think of many ways that Motorola, unethical employees of Motorola, or unauthorized third parties could misuse this enormous treasure trove of information," Lincoln writes. "But the biggest question on my mind is this: now that it is known that Motorola is collecting this data, can it be subpoenaed in criminal or civil cases against owners of Motorola phones?"
tytung wrote:In short, what I want to say is that we should always fill in our passwords into the official apps made by the corresponding online service providers, not the third-party apps, even if the apps are developed by the phone manufacturers.
For example, we should only fill in the Facebook password into the official Facebook app.
At the request of law enforcement officials, postal workers record information from the outside of letters and parcels before they are delivered. (Actually opening the mail requires a warrant.) The information is sent to whatever law enforcement agency asked for it. Tens of thousands of pieces of mail each year undergo this scrutiny.
For mail cover requests, law enforcement agencies simply submit a letter to the Postal Service, which can grant or deny a request without judicial review. Law enforcement officials say the Postal Service rarely denies a request. In other government surveillance program, such as wiretaps, a federal judge must sign off on the requests. The mail cover surveillance requests are granted for about 30 days, and can be extended for up to 120 days.
People who live in a particular geographic area might appear to be very interested in movies, thanks to collective information that shows wireless devices from that area are often located in the vicinity of movie theaters. We might create a “movies” characteristic for that area, and deliver movie ads to the people who live there.
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