Privacy Episodes

News about where technology and privacy meet, daily.
Crypto Meta Privacy Entertainment

Wed. 02/16 – Uber Pulls Back The Curtain On YOUR Ratings

Feb. 16, 2022

Forget how’s my driving, Uber lets you know how you’re riding. Meta workers are now formally known as Metamates. Is Paramount quietly doing better in the streaming wars than we thought? So much so, as to warrant a name chang…

Apple Android Privacy

Fri. 02/11 – A New CIA Bulk Surveillance Program?

Feb. 11, 2022

Allegations of a new, widespread bulk surveillance program being run on American citizens by the CIA. Apple is planning AirTag updates to curb their use for stalking people. The first Android 13 developer preview is out. And…


Mon. 11/01 – How Much Money Is Apple’s ATT Costing Snap, Facebook, Et Al?

Nov. 1, 2021

How Much Money Is Apple’s ATT Costing Snap, Facebook, Twitter and the like? $10B or more? The chip shortage is hitting Apple at the Worst Time. But new iOS devices might have crash detection built in. Why was Roblox down for…


Fri. 10/22 – Is Apple’s ATT Bite As Bad As People Feared After All?

Oct. 22, 2021

Snap’s earnings suggest Apple’s ATT bite is having an impact, and what might that mean for others like Facebook? Google lowers Play Store fees and piles pressure on Apple. Did law enforcement give REvil a taste of its own me…

Meta Privacy

Mon. 10/04 – Facebook Whistleblower On 60 Minutes

Oct. 4, 2021

The Facebook whistleblower reveals her identity on 60 Minutes. You can preorder the Apple Watch Series 7 this week. New MacBook Pros could still be coming “this month.” Apple is actually the biggest force in the gaming indus…


Tue. 09/07 – How Private IS ProtonMail?

Sept. 7, 2021

What does it mean if ProtonMail regularly discloses user data to certain authorities? How private is WhatsApp if Facebook has more than 1,000 contractors moderating your messages? Heck, how secure is Bluetooth? There’s a new…

Apple Privacy

Fri. 08/06 – The Apple Photo Scanning Controversy

Aug. 6, 2021

I try to explain this whole controversy about Apple scanning your photos. Yelp will list business’ vaccination policies. I guess I’m bullish on autonomous tractors. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.


Mon. 07/19 – NSO Group (Allegedly) Pwning Everyone

July 19, 2021

The NSO Group is back in the headlines, and it’s maybe, the worst allegations of hacking for hire yet. The US and NATO blame China for the Exchange Server hacks. Does iOS now split the market with Android, at least in the US…


Wed. 07/07 – Pentagon, RE: The JEDI Contract: Jkjkjkjkjk

July 7, 2021

The Pentagon wants a do-over for that JEDI contract. YC wants to do Tinder but for founder matchmaking. Amazon open sources its gaming engine. How about NFT’s but for the stock market? And if you think China is cracking down…

Privacy AI

Wed. 04/21 – GDPR But For AI?

April 21, 2021

The EU proposes a big new regulatory framework for AI. A ransomware gang threatens to release Apple product schematics unless they get paid off. Fallout from yesterday’s Apple event including what you can and cannot put on y…

Privacy Security

Wed. 04/14 – Now It’s the FBI Doing The (Legal?) Hacking

April 14, 2021

Wed. 04/14 – Now It’s the FBI Doing The (Legal?) Hacking The FBI hacked into some Exchange servers to prevent further hacking of Exchange servers. Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone mini and the notch are both going away after …

Google Privacy

Wed. 03/03 – Google (Sorta) Pivots To Privacy

March 3, 2021

Google says it’s getting out of the ad tracking game. Kinda. I’ll explain what’s really going on here. Headline wrapup from Microsoft’s Ignite conference includes AR excitement. Brave is launching a privacy search engine. An…

Privacy Regulation

Wed. 06/10 – Robocallers Face The Music

June 10, 2020

Another day, another flaw in Intel chips discovered. More analysis of Apple’s presumed move away from Intel chips for Macs. Is Just Eat Takeaway about to swallow up Grubhub? What happened to Zynn on the Play Store? And an in…


Thu. 06/04 – A Class-Action Lawsuit Around Incognito Mode

June 4, 2020

The whole land-grab in the Indian telecom market continues to blow my hair back. A class-action lawsuit around Incognito Mode. More hints at an Apple Prime subscription. CES refuses to give up the ghost, while Kitty Hawk see…

Privacy Regulation

Thu. 04/23 – Privacy Hypocrisy From France?

April 23, 2020

Custom Mac chips by 2021? Robot nurses already in hospitals? Bill Gurley into the sunset? Why some people are accusing France of digital privacy hypocrisy, and an interesting raise in the remote work space. Specifically: rem…