PokemonGo had incorrect info about what it said it was accessing; testing shows they never had access to “private” info in your Google account – specifically it didn’t allow access to gmail or Google Docs. More info here:

UPDATE: TheVerge wrote about this as well: “broad access technically allowed Niantic to access your email and even your location, though the company was quick to issue a statement claiming that the game collects only "basic” info like user ID and email address. “Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon Go or Niantic,” the company said, vowing to fix the issue quickly. It appears that’s now happened, so you can breathe a little easier as you start your quest to collect them all.“
In Germany, You Can No Longer Keep Nude Photos of Your Ex

(Michelle Arrouas, TIME Magazine, May 23, 2014)

When you split with your partner, you have the right to demand that all intimate images they have of you be deleted, a German court ruled this week. The court found that one person’s right of privacy was more important than another person’s ownership rights to intimate photos taken during the relationship. Ex-partners must delete all intimate or nude photos if one of the partners asks for it, a German court ruled Tuesday.

The case had been brought by a woman in central Germany who demanded that her partner, a photographer, delete all intimate photos of her after the couple split. During the course of the relationship, the photographer had made several erotic videos and taken many naked pics of the woman with her consent. A higher court in Koblenz decided that she had the right to demand the material be deleted, because her personal rights were more important than his ownership rights to the material, TheLocal reported. However, the court rejected the woman’s demand that her ex delete all photos taken of her, as it said that clothed pics had “little, if any capacity” to compromise her privacy.

I really love Paris. It took me years to get my head around it but now I’ve found all these little pockets. It’s also a city that I’ve been on my own in quite a lot, but here you can be a woman on your own, walking around, eating alone, and not feel threatened. I love that about a city. I love that here I feel incredibly private and protected. There are privacy laws. Which doesn’t stop photographers always, but it does at least give you a legal right to say, ‘Don’t follow me.’

Now, there’s a reason why privacy is so craved universally and instinctively.

It isn’t just a reflexive movement like breathing air or drinking water. The reason is that when we’re in a state where we can be monitored, where we can be watched, our behavior changes dramatically. The range of behavioral options that we consider when we think we’re being watched severely reduce. This is just a fact of human nature that has been recognized in social science and in literature and in religion and in virtually every field of discipline. There are dozens of psychological studies that prove that when somebody knows that they might be watched, the behavior they engage in is vastly more conformist and compliant. Human shame is a very powerful motivator, as is the desire to avoid it, and that’s the reason why people, when they’re in a state of being watched, make decisions not that are the byproduct of their own agency but that are about the expectations that others have of them or the mandates of societal orthodoxy…

…[A] society in which people can be monitored at all times is a society that breeds conformity and obedience and submission, which is why every tyrant, the most overt to the most subtle, craves that system. Conversely, even more importantly, it is a realm of privacy, the ability to go somewhere where we can think and reason and interact and speak without the judgmental eyes of others being cast upon us, in which creativity and exploration and dissent exclusively reside, and that is the reason why, when we allow a society to exist in which we’re subject to constant monitoring, we allow the essence of human freedom to be severely crippled.
—  Glenn Greenwald, Why Privacy Matters. TEDGlobal 2014.

Supreme Court rules warrantless search of cellphones unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9–0 vote Wednesday that police officers must obtain a warrant before searching an arrested suspect’s cellphone in most cases. 

The court did not say whether its decision extends to other digital data devices such as tablets.

In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said that the right of police to search suspects they arrest without a warrant does not cover — in most circumstances — data stored in cellphones. However, there could be some emergency situations in which a warrantless search of a device is permitted, the court added. 

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Oh hey look white cops are on a killing spree, but we don’t have a race issue. 
Oh hey look innocent children and adults are getting murdered at schools and shopping malls, but we don’t have a gun problem.
Oh hey look the CIA is lying to their own government, but our government is stable. 
Oh hey look facebook is changing their policy starting the 1st day of 2015 to make EVERY SINGLE THING YOU HAVE CONNECTED, SHARED, CLICKED, AND COMMENTED visible to your government, but we don’t have a privacy problem. 
Oh hey look all your rights are being taken away, but as long as that selfie gets 100+ likes on Instagram, nothing else matters…
Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches - Washington Times

UNANIMOUS DECISION - Updates privacy laws:

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.
Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental.

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“To Chekhov, the private represents what is honest and sincere, whereas the public often involves deception of both others and ourselves. I am sure he would have found that our modern preoccupation with revealing our inner selves via online services and social networks, and the merging of the public and private realms though constant online availability, has led to the loss of something valuable and particularly human.”

As we move further into the internet age, are we losing a distinction between our public and private selves? Christopher Kuner addresses this question through the works of the 19th century Russian writer, Anton Chekhov.

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Even before the new design on Facebook, I, like many sensible people out there, always found myself wondering if people kept anything to themselves anymore. It seems to me that EVERYTHING people did was posted before the moment even ended. No longer we people living for the moment, they were living for the status update. 

Your period is late? Post it. In labor? Post it. Kid took it’s first dump on it’s own? Post it. As a matter of fact, take a picture while at it. Everyone wants to see little Jimmy all smiles on the bowl with his empty colon. It appears that the more accessible social networks are available to us, the more they are utilized for the stupidest things. 

Zuckerberg (along with all his minions at Facebook headquarters) is constantly looking for additional ways to take advantage of oversharers and push those that don’t share enough over to the dark side. He is trying so hard, he is borderline going against our inherited privacy rights as Americans. For what you ask? To make money of course. His new design is cool and all, but blood type? You want to know about my blood type Mr. Zuckerberg? I think not. To be honest, I don’t even know it. 

The Economist comes with it again. Click the pic and read up.

No, Turning On Your Phone Is Not Consenting to Being Tracked by Police
A Maryland appellate court upheld a historic decision that the warrantless use of cell-site simulators, or Stingrays, violates the Fourth Amendment.

Just because it’s easier in 2016 for law enforcement to track our location and learn intimate details about our lives, it doesn’t mean those details are somehow less worthy of Constitutional protection,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz. “Get a warrant.”


Protesters stage a rally against the government policy in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Thousands of South Koreans marched in the capital on Saturday to protest what they say are setbacks in personal freedoms and labor rights under conservative President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)             

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in the capital on Saturday to protest what they say are setbacks in personal freedoms and labor rights under conservative President Park Geun-hye.

About 14,000 people took part in the rally, which began at a square in front of City Hall, said an official from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, who didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.

Brandishing flags and carrying banners with messages including “Park Geun-hye step down” and “Stop regressive changes to labor laws,” the demonstrators brought a diverse set of grievances against Park, including her business-friendly labor policies and endorsement of an anti-terrorism bill that opposition lawmakers say would threaten personal privacy if passed into law.

The marchers were planning to walk toward an area near a hospital where a 70-year-old protester remains in a coma after being injured during a large anti-government rally in Seoul on Nov. 14, when dozens were hurt in clashes with police.

Park’s government has clamped down on labor and civic groups resisting her drive to make labor markets more flexible and arrested several labor union officials involved in organizing some protests that spiraled into violence last year.