Business is a game of constant competition, but the widespread emergence of covert surveillance and tracking tools has expanded the playbook. Now, industrial espionage has a new dimension.
Just in time for Halloween, the Federal Trade Commission settled one of its creepiest cases yet against Aaron's, an Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer that helped its franchisees install software on its rental computers that secretly spied on its users.
Twitter scored a lot of points in Washington recently when it publicly came out in support of the government's Do Not Track policy recommendation for Web companies. But that doesn't mean the social networking and micro-blogging company can rest easy.
Researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley have discovered that many major websites are using advanced new tracking methods so stealthy that they are nearly impossible for most computers to detect—but no one is willing to own up to them, reports The Wal
When it comes to online tracking, does “no” really mean “no”? Not really, according to a Stanford researcher studying third-party tracking.
The past few weeks have been filled with reports of the iPhone’s secret location database and the ensuing outrage from consumers and government officials. Meanwhile, one group of tracking victims has been woefully overlooked: iPhone users having extramarital affairs.