e.Woke #26: The Internet of Things, Bots, & Survival

Welcome to e.Woke #26!

This week, we highlight what algorithms Facebook is keeping secret, how your FitBit may be ratting you out, and how some privacy practices to protect survivors of domestic violence.

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How Facebook Outs Sex Workers

Facebook’s “People You May Know” feature is making recommendations that have the potential to ruin lives of sex workers, domestic violence survivors, and political activists. The algorithm is based off of data that Facebook won’t reveal – and they swear it has nothing to do with your phone’s location services. Facebook’s solution? Change your friend request settings. (via Gizmodo)

US Intelligence Unit Accused Of Illegally Spying On Americans’ Financial Records

The government is most likely judging you for how much you order from GrubHub and take Lyfts. It was recently revealed the NSA has illegally used intelligence from a branch of the Treasury Department, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, to gather information on US civilians. (via Buzzfeed)

Commit a crime? Your FitBit, key fob or pacemaker could snitch on you

Criminal justice is intertwined with the internet of things: internet-connected, data-collecting smart devices. Besides FitBits, you might want to think critically about your fitness trackers, digital home assistants, thermostats, TVs, and even pill bottles! (via Washington Post)

Can you trust that “Sign in to iTunes Store” dialog on your iPhone?

Because of recent “phishy” activity, people want Apple to provide more options to approve new apps or updates! Hackers have been able to use nearly identical fake “Log in” pop-ups in various apps to steal passwords. (via Hot For Security)

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