Tag Archives: Privacy

Google (also) knows what you said last summer

After, Google knows what you did last summer, this summer, we will give you a little hint to discover (and it migh be creepy) all the things you said to your androïd phone or to your Google search (sometimes just by hitting the wrong button or by saying “OK Google”).

Yes, Googles likes to keep everything and also to share it with you (in case you would like to remeber all those stuff). You just have to go to My Activity on Google (https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity) to have te complete list of things you said to your phone (search this, call Bob, launch this application) and all the things that were heard by your microphone at the same time.

Privacy? At least now you know (a bit more about the cost of using free tools).

By the way, some hackers are using this function to hack your phone by including sounds in YouTube videos that will trigger the voice recognition function without being perceived as a command by a human. If you found something stange in the list, you’ll know.

You’ve been notified!

OK Google, close this page!

Google knows what you did last summer!

Maybe did you forgot what you were doing last week? Even if you do, you probably don’t know exactly what you where doing last summer.

(Un)fortunately, your friend Google can help you. You may already know it (or not) but Google keep track of all you movements (if you use their services and clicked “Yes” when they ask for your permission). If you have activated Google now or Google map using your Google account, George Orwell’s 1984 and his Big Brother seems to be an optimistic view of the actual reallity. But, as nothing is always black or white, especially in risk management, this invasion in your privacy might help you remember where you were last summer. Google does not advertise it so much but you can see all your history of location (if you have allowed them to do so) on the location history map on https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/.

You can use it to relive your hollidays using Streetview , find where you were at a specifi date and time, check the number of kilometers you drove on a specific day.

Of course you can imagine the amount of information you can gather if this system start to keep track also of all the network nearby, the blutotth devices visible at a specific time, the NFC payment you or the sound heard by your phone (yes, remember Google Now wait for you “OK Google” and is thus listening continuously when it run).

Get alarmed or don’t, at least, now, you know it.

Screenshot Google Location History

Comment savoir quelles sont les miettes que vous laissez en surfant? CookieViz!

La Commission Nationale (Française) de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), qui est connue pour être très soucieuse du respect des droits à la vie privée, a développé et publié sous licence GNU une application “qui identifie en temps réel les cookies qui transmettent des informations vous concernant à d’autres sites

L’application nommée CookieViz est téléchargeable sur Sourceforge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/cookieviz/). Un système d’installation automatique sous Windows est disponible (des problèmes d’incompatibilité de version de librairie sont possible sous Windows 8) et il semble que l’on puisse aussi l’installer sous Mac OSX et Linux (Je n’ai pas vérifié). Le code source est disponible et toute personne qui désirerait l’améliorer est la bienvenue.