Will Mandatory Rear-View Cameras Usher In A New Surveillance State?

In the next few years, every single car sold in America will have to come equipped with a rear-view camera. This is partially due to the power of the Very Small Dog lobby and the fact that we, as a nation, are sick of buying new R/C cars and Big Wheels. It also opens up unprecedented surveillance possibilities. » 4/23/14 1:20pm 4/23/14 1:20pm

Avoid Typing Your PIN at the Pump to Reduce Your Chances of Fraud

We've discussed when to use credit versus debit when shopping, and usually at the gas pump, credit is your best option if you're not paying cash. If you have to use debit though, Consumer Reports suggests processing it like credit—as in, don't type your PIN—to reduce your odds of getting your card stolen. » 12/26/13 10:07am 12/26/13 10:07am

Why DRM in Cars Is Going to Drive Everyone Mad

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Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce… » 11/14/13 10:51am 11/14/13 10:51am

NSA surveillance scandal: Major legal site shuts down over spying

A legal website used by attorneys to privately discuss case law is shutting down after 10 years because the owner no longer feels the site's users are protected from government spying. After federal threats led to the closure of several secure email providers, the publisher of Groklaw closed her own operation last… » 6/23/13 4:03pm 6/23/13 4:03pm

How Automated License Plate Readers Threaten Our Privacy

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Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers” or ALPR, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or… » 5/07/13 9:47am 5/07/13 9:47am

Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next…

It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and,… » 12/07/12 2:45pm 12/07/12 2:45pm

Idiot Steals Gas from Cop Car, Posts Picture on Facebook, Goes Directly…

This is Michael Baker. Michael is 20 years old, lives in Kentucky, and likes The Bucket List on Facebook. I know these things because Michael has not activated his Facebook privacy settings, which is something that's recommended in most cases but absolutely essential if you're going to post pictures of yourself… » 4/19/12 9:30am 4/19/12 9:30am

Where To Look For A GPS Bug On Your Car If You Think You're Being…

Hopefully most of us will go throughout life without being tracked by a GPS bug, but if you're worried that someone may be following your whereabouts with technology there are common places you can look to find the device. Security and investigations expert Brandon Gregg offers up a few suggestions to help you… » 3/15/12 2:15pm 3/15/12 2:15pm