The Washington Post: Apple promises privacy, but iPhone apps share your data with trackers, ad companies and research firms

It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

Mine has been alarmingly busy. Even though the screen is off and I’m snoring, apps are beaming out lots of information about me to companies I’ve never heard of. Your iPhone probably is doing the same — and Apple could be doing more to stop it.

On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with.

And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.

Source: Apple promises privacy, but iPhone apps share your data with trackers, ad companies and research firms – The Washington Post

The Washington Post: I don’t recognize America anymore. I have a way out.

American hasn’t changed… you have, so why don’t take off your Marxist shaded glasses, and STFU?

This spring, I received a much-sought visa from Britain that allows me to apply for settlement in that nation after a total of three years of working and living there — as I have been doing off and on in recent years. Receiving it was an occasion for both celebration and sober reflection.

It represents an option to exit a United States I now barely recognize…

Source: I don’t recognize America anymore. I have a way out. – The Washington Post

Columbia Journalism Review: Report reveals new details about DOJ’s seizing of AP phone records

And you can be assured democrats won’t care one bit. Attacks on a free press are only bad when it hurts democrats.

Now I’m not saying republicans are any better, but they were never supposed to be the defenders of free speech. That was supposed to be democrats.

In 2013, the Justice Department launched a brazen attack on press freedom, issuing sweeping subpoenas for the phone records of the Associated Press and several of its reporters and editors as part of a leak investigation. At the time, the subpoenas were widely seen as a massive intrusion into newsgathering operations. Last month, we learned that they told only part of the story.

A new report obtained by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Freedom of the Press Foundation (where the authors work) under the Freedom of Information Act shows that the DOJ’s actions against the AP were broader than previously known, and that the DOJ considered subpoenaing the phone records of other news organizations, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ABC News. Moreover, they reveal how narrowly the DOJ interprets the Media Guidelines, the agency’s internal rules for obtaining reporters’ data.

Source: Report reveals new details about DOJ’s seizing of AP phone records – Columbia Journalism Review