This has been a terrible 2018 for Facebook so far, from numerous revelations about its shady privacy practices and high-profile political spats to admissions it helped enable genocide. With 13 days left in the year, it’s still getting worse. Much worse. According to a bombshell report in the New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook’s behind-the-scenes efforts to give select corporate partners access to user data have been far more expansive than previously reported, including allowing certain third-party companies access to user contact lists and access to users’ private messages. Yes, that’s right, Facebook gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read users’ messages, and other tech giants including Microsoft, Amazon, and Sony access to data on users’ friends, according to hundreds of internal documents obtained by the paper and interviews with dozens of “former employees of Facebook and its corporate partners.” The … [Read more...] about Facebook Caps Off 2018 With Yet Another Massive Privacy Scandal
1Virginia Creeper Unlike the passion flower, the Virginia creeper is usually grown for its foliage instead of its flowers. The Virginia creeper's leaves will change from a dark green to a deep red color in the fall. Virginia creeper can be mistaken for poison ivy, but instead of three leaves, it has five [source: Klingaman]. Another distinguishing characteristic of the plant is its bluish-black berries. These berries are poisonous to humans, but are very attractive to birds [source: Buncombe County Cooperative Extension]. Virginia creeper also can grow on a lot of different surfaces because it clings to surfaces with adhesive extensions. "It's very aggressive; as it grows, it clings onto everything," says Keven Graham, ASLA, principal and landscape architect of Planning Resources in Illinois. Virginia creeper is a good choice for hiding an unsightly fence or climbing up a vertical wall as a barrier. Whether growing Virginia creeper on a fence or large-flowered clematis on a lattice … [Read more...] about 10 Creeping Vines that Provide Privacy
Hotel/motel privacy policies and the laws surrounding them have come under scrutiny after several recent high-profile incidents. Bruno Levesque/IP3/Getty Images You might think that a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your hotel or motel room doorknob guarantees that you'll be left alone. But since a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas reportedly hung such a sign on his door for three days in October 2017 before opening fire on a music festival and killing 58 people, some hospitality chains are altering their practices. At hotels in the Hilton chain, for example, if a "Do Not Disturb" sign is on a door for 24 hours, the hotel's security or duty manager is notified, in order to check on the guest. "Guest privacy and welfare are a top priority at Hilton," a company spokesperson explains in an email. "We regularly review and update our policies and procedures to align with the latest industry standards. We have long had Do Not Disturb procedures in … [Read more...] about Does Checking In Mean You Check Your Privacy at the Door?
Shoppers scan the Amazon Go app on their mobile devices as they enter the Amazon Go store on Jan. 22, 2018, in Seattle. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images On Dec. 5, 2016, Amazon uploaded a video to YouTube unveiling the company's vision of a new type of grocery store called Amazon Go. Shoppers would hold up a smartphone to a scanner before walking in. Once inside, they could wander around and pick up whichever items they wanted to purchase. Cameras and other sensors would detect each item the shoppers picked up. They'd even note when someone replaced an item on a shelf. To complete the transaction, the shopper would just have to walk out the door. An automated system would then charge their purchases to their Amazon accounts. There'd be no cashiers, no lines and no more scanning. All just grab and go. After more than a year of tests, which included solving some tricky problems, Amazon officially opened the first of these grocery stores to the public. The company has been quiet about … [Read more...] about Know Before You Amazon Go That Your Privacy Will Be Low
Start the Countdown Dorm rooms are close quarters. James Woodson/Digital Vision/Thinkstock A college education is more than what you learn in the lecture halls. Sometimes, the greatest lessons are learned elsewhere on campus -- like, say, in your dorm room. Sharing a space that may be smaller than your bedroom at home with another person (or several people) is a crash course in human relations and social psychology. Your tiny room becomes a lab where your social skills are put to a variety of surprisingly difficult tests. For many dorm dwellers, one of the biggest challenges is the lack of privacy. Between shared closets, showers and laundry facilities, you may feel like your entire life is on display. Even best friends sometimes recoil from intimacy overload. But communal living doesn't have to mean waking to find your roommate's buddies sleeping on your floor. How can you carve out personal time and space and set up ground rules to make living in the dorm's cramped … [Read more...] about 10 Privacy Tips for Dorm Living