LinkedIn released a new product today called Intro. They call it “doing the impossible,” but some might call it “hijacking email.” Why do we say this? Consider the following:
Intro reconfigures your iOS device (e.g., iPhone, iPad) so that all of your emails go through LinkedIn’s servers. You read that right. Once you install the Intro app, all of your emails, both sent and received, are transmitted via LinkedIn’s servers. LinkedIn is forcing all your IMAP [incoming] and SMTP [outgoing] data through their own servers and then analyzing and scraping your emails for data pertaining to…whatever they feel like.
Keep reading the article; it gets worse! It lists the problems this would cause for personal and business emails. The email tech gurus at Notre Dame took this seriously enough to send an alert. If you use Exchange/Outlook, you probably aren’t affected. If you use another email client and install the Intro app, you may regret it.
Here’s a link to Linkedin’s announcement of the app. I’m not sure I believe their “update” at the end, either. I wonder how quickly they will scrap this idea, or conversely, how many people will fall for it?
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…
From the hoocoodanode department, we have these items.
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.
If you’re anywhere near Washington, D.C., Join the Largest Privacy Protest Ever This Weekend
US Representative John Conyers Jr., Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and actor Maggie Gyllenhaal join a chorus of prominent voices calling for an end to mass suspicionless surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) in a new short video released by the StopWatching.us coalition.
I recently discovered the Stop Watching Us organization, and I’m really pleased to see some grass roots protest bubbling up about our out-of-control security state. Watch the Stop Watching Us video below:
But E.F. Beall points to an article in Salon that claims the Libertarians are trying to co-opt the rally for their own purposes.
To make amends for releasing all of the materials about the NSA programs, Edward Snowden has offered to help fix the Affordable Care website! (h/t nonquixote) This is satire, but…
Finally, I just this week discovered techdirt, a very interesting website. I particularly liked this assessment of the U.S.’s hypocrisy-as-policy.
Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore have an astoundingly good article for Foreign Affairs called The End of Hypocrisy which makes a point so obvious, so clear and so almost certainly right that almost everyone has ignored it until now.
From the Foreign Affairs article:
The[ir] danger lies not in the new information that [Manning and Snowden] reveal but in the documented confirmation they provide of what the United States is actually doing and why. When these deeds turn out to clash with the government’s public rhetoric, as they so often do, it becomes harder for U.S. allies to overlook Washington’s covert behavior and easier for U.S. adversaries to justify their own.