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Kashmir Hill
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To employee or not to employee.
Several years ago, Boston lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan was visiting family and friends in San Francisco.
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If you've seen Black Mirror, you know this story doesn't have a happy ending. 
Five years ago, a start-up called Intellitar garnered massive media attention by promising its users "virtual eternity."
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I will check it out. Thanks, +Kee Hinckley 
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Sometimes you have to do shady things to expose shady things. These privacy activists hack into surveillance technology trade shows by creating fake companies and posing as insiders. 
One privacy group is flipping the script on international snooping, turning secrecy against itself.
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Bait for privacy geeks. 
It's the year 2076, sixty years after everyone's secrets spilled out into the open, and no one wants to own a smartphone or commit anything to collective digital memory.
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I actually had to send Hertz this question while reporting out this story: "If you don't plan to use the cameras you put in your cars, why did you put them in your cars?" 
This week I got an angry email from a friend who had just rented a car from Hertz: "Did you know Hertz is putting cameras in rental cars!? This is bullsh*t."
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They must have money to burn. They can send a little of it my way...
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Security history lesson. 
Passwords suck as a security measure. But the processes that let you recover your password if you forget it can be even worse.
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+Charles Haynes Because more than one person needs access to the account. But maybe we can come up with some convention to alter the answers. I'd worry about her forgetting that though.
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I do think I could start writing Black Mirror episodes. 
First, insurance companies gave us black boxes to put in our cars so they could track our driving, in exchange for discounts when we refrain from speeding. Now, they're coming for our bodies. The New York Times reports that John Hancock will be the first life insurance company that will offer discounts to Americans who agree to wear an activity tracker: People who sign up will receive a free Fitbit monitor, which can be set to automatically u...
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That utopia (Credit to do anything) episode was very eerie!
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Hacktivists or total creepers? 
Earlier this month, in the middle of the night, a pair of Minnesota parents heard strange music coming from their baby's room.
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This is so, so great on the evolution of the surveillance state. The Gene Hackman lead is brilliant. http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2015_Spring_Vaidhyanathan.php 
Unlike Bentham’s Panopticon, the Cryptopticon is not supposed to be intrusive or obvious. Its scale, its ubiquity, even its very existence, are supposed to go unnoticed.
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C'mon Apple. Copper and selenium intake tracking, but not periods? 
With Apple's 'all-inclusive' health data app, you can track sleep, calories, workouts, number of times fallen, and even copper intake. But you still can't track your period.
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This is so cool. Apple's computers now vs. 30 years ago. 
The new MacBooks are very pretty. But Apple's line-up wasn't always so tasteful.
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So if someone calls you for a telephone survey, you might want to ask if they already know 170 things about you. 
There's a good chance you have a score on your computer or smartphone that says how big a fan you are of pot. It was calculated by a company you’ve never heard of, packaged up in a cookie designated for you, and placed on your device as you browsed the Internet; it determined what kind of online ads you saw if pot legalization was a voting issue in your state last November.
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    Senior editor, 2014 - present
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    Senior online editor, 2010 - 2014
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