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Apple Wants To Share Your Location With Others 248

Posted by kdawson
from the leaving-more-than-virtual-tracks dept.
Farhood sends in this snip from the LA Times: "In an updated version of its privacy policy, the company added a paragraph noting that once users agree, Apple and unspecified 'partners and licensees' may collect and store user location data. When users attempt to download apps or media from the iTunes store, they are prompted to agree to the new terms and conditions. Until they agree, they cannot download anything through the store. The company says the data is anonymous and does not personally identify users. Analysts have shown, however, that large, specific data sets can be used to identify people based on behavior patterns." Mashable and The Consumerist have picked up on this collection and sharing of "precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device."
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+ - Apple wants to share your location with others-> 1

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Farhood
Farhood writes "From the LA Times:

In an updated version of its privacy policy, the company added a paragraph noting that once users agree, Apple and unspecified "partners and licensees" may collect and store user location data.

When users attempt to download apps or media from the iTunes store, they are prompted to agree to the new terms and conditions. Until they agree, they cannot download anything through the store.

The company says the data is anonymous and does not personally identify users. Analysts have shown, however, that large, specific data sets can be used to identify people based on behavior patterns.

Mashable (http://mashable.com/2010/06/21/apple-stores-iphone-location/) and The Consumerist (http://consumerist.com/2010/06/privacy-change-apple-knows-your-phone-is-and-is-telling-people.html) have picked up on this as well."

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Comment: Re:What questions? (Score 1) 590

by Farhood (#30115684) Attached to: Public School Teachers Selling Lesson Plans Online

The world needs more Open Source curricula.

I've been saying such shit for years. I'm a young college professor, and I can actually relate to my students' needs: they want engaging, relevant, and digitally-available lectures, but my superiors want to form a task-force before giving me the resources to create open material.

They've even expressed the notion that my not wanting to sell my lectures is weird

Comment: Re:Tor can be blocked as well. (Score 1) 374

by Farhood (#29492461) Attached to: Iranian Government Cuts Off Internet Access Again

You just described every country in the world. Of coarse larger, more metropolitan cities will statistically contain greater numbers of educated folk, and yes, a larger city will have greater allowances with social boundaries and acceptance, so yea, they'll seem more liberal.

Disclosure: I was born in Iran, and live in the States. (and am probably now being "watched" after this post)

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+ - First Augmented Reality iPhone App available now.->

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Farhood writes "The first "real" iPhone AR app has gone live in the iTunes App Store. It's specifically for Parisians. But it's arrived earlier than expected--weeks before Apple said it would be allowed. It's arrived in the App Store by stealth, snuck in as an added-feature in an update to an existing app--Metro Paris Subway. It's unofficial because technically Apple's is not opening the doors to full AR until it releases the new 3.1 code for the iPhone, which is widely expected in September. Of course we're not sure if Apple will let it remain in the App Store, as the company's officially told other AR developers that it won't approve full AR apps until iPhone 3.1 officially arrives, and even the Metro app isn't perhaps as ideal as it could be--the metatags seem a little jittery at times, not necessarily panning with the rotating iPhone as well as they could."
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The Courts

Professor Gets 4 Years in Prison for Sharing Drone Plans With Students 354

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
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Hugh Pickens writes "Retired University of Tennessee Professor Dr. John Reece Roth has been sentenced to four years in prison after he allowed a Chinese graduate student to see sensitive information on Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. In 2004, the company Roth helped found, Atmospheric Glow Technologies, won a US Air Force contract to develop a plasma actuator that could help reduce drag on the wings of drones, such as the ones the military uses. Under the contract, for which Roth was reportedly paid $6,000, he was prohibited from sharing sensitive data with foreign nationals. Despite warnings from his university's Export Control Officer, in 2006, Roth took a laptop containing sensitive plans with him on a lecture tour in China and also allowed graduate students Xin Dai of China and Sirous Nourgostar of Iran to work on the project. 'The illegal export of restricted military data represents a serious threat to national security,' says David Kris of the US Department of Justice. 'We know that foreign governments are actively seeking this information for their own military development. Today's sentence should serve as a warning to anyone who knowingly discloses restricted military data in violation of our laws.' During his trial, Roth testified that he was unaware that hiring the graduate students was a violation of his contract. 'This whole thing has not helped me, it has not helped the university,' said Roth. 'And it has probably not helped this country, either.'"

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