Privacy vs. technology: The pros and cons

Video game console spies on you in the living room

NBC News reports: Microsoft’s next-gen video game console Xbox One has kicked up more privacy concerns. The Xbox Kinect, which is sold with the Xbox One, can gather information from your living room while it is on. Microsoft’s corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said recently that the Xbox One could give advertisers “a huge trove of data about what’s going on in the living room.”

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Google Glass smashes public privacy ideals

Los Angeles Times reports: Digital goggles easily record friends and strangers without their knowledge. As Google Glass becomes the latest must-have gadget, its makers downplay privacy threats.

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Snapchat recovers unopened ‘snaps’ for law enforcement 

Mashable reports: In case of a search warrant, two Snapchat employees can manually retrieve unopened ‘snaps,’ for inspection by law enforcement agencies. Snapchat administrators insist opened ‘snaps’ are deleted off of the app’s servers after they are seen by recipients.

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PRISM allows NSA, FBI direct access to chats, emails and more

The Washington Post reports: Twitter may be the only “safe” social media platform. The National Security Agency and the FBI can tap directly into servers at Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple to access content according to a document obtained this summer by the Washington Post.

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RFID chips track students at schools

Salon magazine reports: In Texas, a federal judge ruled a school can expel or transfer a student for refusing to wear school IDs embedded with RFID chips, which monitor students’ movements from when they arrive at school until when they leave.

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Classroom technology jeopardizes students’ personal privacy

Seattle Times editorial columnist blogs: Schools must take responsibility to protect personal data collected with increased classroom technology.

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Social media polarizes our privacy concerns

NBC News reports: As social media becomes a more common use worldwide, the general public’s fear or care that they are being watched or tracked has gone way down.

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Is it possible for privacy and technology to co-exist?

New York Times reports: Although technological advances have had an adverse effect on privacy around the world, people don’t always notice when the technology is actually enhancing their privacy.

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The Guardian says: Here are some tips to protect your personal information and make your Internet surfing safer.

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Reputation says: Here are the Top 5 social media privacy concerns.

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-Links compiled by Jacob Bryant and Anna Gronewold

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