Category: Privacy & Tech

Burger King’s Creepy Hijack Ad Backfires Hilariously

By now you’ve probably heard about the Burger King TV commercial, in which a young employee says, “Ok, Google, what is the Whopper burger?” His sentence triggered Google-enabled devices to pull up the Wikipedia entry for the Whopper sandwich, which the Burger King marketing director had conveniently just edited to reflect more commercialized text…and then it all went wrong.

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5 Ways You Are Being Spied On That You Probably Haven’t Thought About

A host of companies and your own government are already spying on you, and have been for some time — but we continue to shrug it off. Maybe that’s because we simply don’t know about all the ways we’re being catalogued. Maybe we already know, somewhere in our heads, but we’ve gotten so used to the convenience that we have decided it’s a worthy trade. Either way, here are five ways you probably haven’t thought of yet.

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You Are Under Surveillance: Wikileaks Exposes the CIA

It turns out that complete government cyber surveillance isn’t a science fiction movie plot after all. Now it’s a verifiable fact, and people like former CIA agent Bill Binney are somewhere between screaming “I told you so!” and feeling the weight of this horrifying reality sink down deep onto their shoulders. YOU, Mr. and Ms. American, are under surveillance — even in your home.

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WikiLeaks Explosion Rocks CIA

After the Snowden affair, even ordinary Americans began to feel a bit hinky about the U.S. government’s ability to know what they watch, say, write and do. Still, most people simply tried to joke about it and laugh it off. But after yesterday’s announcement by WikiLeaks that it plans to begin a “new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency,” Americans may no longer find this a laughing matter.

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