Citing a worry over “cyber vulnerabilities,” the U.S. Army this week ordered that all drones built by China-based DJI, the world’s biggest drone maker, be immediately removed from Army service. The order comes following a classified study of the issue completed in May by the Army Research Laboratory, and the simultaneous release of a Navy memorandum titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”
He says NASA and the Department of Energy have already stopped using DJI products. When Egan looked into why, he says they weren’t allowed to use the drones “because they are Chinese.”
Some interesting data in the Statistics section on the U.S. Courts website. Neat to view different states and their wiretap costs, quantities and type (narcotics, homocide, gambling)
I’m disappointed to see no one has created an app on Data.Gov with the above data. I couldn’t find anything from the US Courts on data.gov (i.e. bankruptcy). Who has free cycles!?
Check out some of the US Visa questions (Don’t ask….I’m marrying a Ukrainian bride)….does anyone answer Yes to these?
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AboutTheData.com just publicly launched this week. It’s brought to you by Acxiom, one of the web’s advertising heavy hitters. After verifying your identity the site allows you to view all of the marketing data they’ve collected about you (demographics, family, loans, auto/home, employment, education etc). They’re also very nice —- they let you update the information in case it’s not accurate! I found my dox to be lacking — not surprising as I don’t believe I’m any of Acxiom’s target demographics.
More from NYTimes here
That’s great, so AT&T isn’t getting enough revenue from our cellular subscription fees — they also have found new ways to generate revenue by undermining our privacy. Of course it’s not just AT&T, but all big (and smart?) companies.
It sounds like AT&T is now selling cell tower/node registration information to third parties. Kevin Mitnick was tracked using cell tower triangulation. This same concept can be bundled as a service and sold to retailers i.e. What time of day/week are the most 25-35year old males in a 1 mile vicinity of our storefront? Maybe we’ll have a scantily clad woman stand on the street to lure these men into the store.
For example, we might provide reports to retailers about the number of wireless devices in or near their store locations by time of day and day of week, together with the device users’ collective information like ages and gender.
The second program sounds like using location data coupled with advertisements. If your cell phone is frequently showing up near airports or hotels you’ll get travel focused ad’s.
Provisions regarding use of eBay’s mobile applications. To cover the growing popularity and use of eBay’s mobile applications and to provide for possible new ways we may display the terms and conditions applicable to them in the future, we added references to these applications throughout.
Updates relating to eBay’s contacts with members. We updated provisions of the User Agreement to provide further clarity regarding the purposes for and circumstances under which eBay or its service providers may contact members using autodialed or prerecorded voice message calls and/or text messages and the circumstances under which eBay may share members’ contact information with members of the eBay corporate family or other parties.
Updates to the Buyer Protection provision. We updated the provision to reflect our ability to remove funds from a seller’s PayPal account in a currency other than the currency of the transaction at issue where the seller does not have sufficient funds available in the transaction currency.
All in all, eBay and its corporate family (PayPal, StumbleUpon, StubHub) have fair policies. You wouldn’t expect a large company with as many users to get away with substandard user protections for long.