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Comment Seen the same (Score 1) 301

A few years back when my boy was 4 or so, he experienced his first commercial. He had been watching YouTube on computers and Kodi for his first few years, so no commercials. Then we got a tablet and he watched YouTube through the app, which gave him his first commercial. "I don't want this", he tells me. Sorry guy, you just gotta wait.

His little sister would just keep clicking videos until she got one without a pre-roll or the commercial was vaguely interesting. She often assumed she just clicked on the wrong video when she clicked a picture of some cartoon and it gave her a commercial.

Comment Technical Controls (Score 4, Insightful) 95

If police can do it, so can "the bad guys". Why aren't there better technical barriers in place to prevent this sort of thing? If this snooping is illegal, that's a great first step, but why are these devices even able to work? Are the mobile carriers working with law enforcement to enable these devices, or just indifferent to it?

When it came to light that law enforcement was abusing their power by indiscriminately snooping on internet traffic, we started to see more websites use encryption (birth of Let's Encrypt). When it came to light that law enforcement was abusing their power regarding accessing information stored on a phone, we started to see widespread use of device encryption (Android and iOS now encrypt by default). Is StringRay abuse the precursor to the next iteration of mobile security?

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