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Your Life Insurance Company Wants to Keep Tabs on You Via Your Watch

A Canadian-owned life insurance company wants to track your health data and base your life insurance premiums on it:

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

There are lots of caveats to their actual approach given the highly regulated nature of the insurance industry, which may make this sort of situation sound ...

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Black Hat Badge Attack Reveals Attendees' PII

In a brief blog post full of informative screenshots, a Colorado security researcher known as NinjaStyle details how easily he was able to figure out how to pull personal information belonging to attendees of this year's Black Hat security conference. His snooping reveals that personally identifiable information for every attendee of the conference could be gathered in as little as six hours from an API used in collating marketing data via scans of attendee's conference badges. NinjaStyle found that he could pull his ...

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Things We Don't Do: Excessive Logging

It's no secret that we're firm believers in the idea that our users' data is theirs alone, and that it should be kept private. Part of our overall privacy maintenance strategy is simply to avoid doing a lot of the really gross and/or stupid things tech companies typically do in order to show you ads, or to track your behavior for their own "learnings," etc. Because these sorts of things aren't always immediately obvious, we think it's important to spell out explicitly what it is we aren't doing. To that end, I'll be publishing a series of posts tagged "Things We Don't Do." For this first installment, I'd like to talk about our logging policies. Most services store a reference to everything you do, even when they don't have a good reason to do so. We store as little info about you as possible.

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Venmo Just Wants to Help You Share Experiences, Man

It's quite entertaining to watch Venmo try to explain away the default behavior of their app, which broadcasts users' transaction info publicly. The unnamed PayPal spokesbot cited in that story claims the service was "designed for sharing experiences," which is a delightful wad of claptrap devised in order to spin the fact that they must want to publish this data about your finances in an attempt to attract new users.

Everything in Silicon Valley may "need" to be a disgusting "growth hack" in order ...

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