How Your Privacy Will Be Invaded in 2012
BY RYAN TATE
In 2011, we watched as tech villains found creative new ways to violate our privacy. They misappropriated our social networking profiles, stalked us through our phones, and plucked secrets from our wifi networks. To help you better prepare for 2012’s inevitable privacy attacks, we enumerate below the most worrisome threats you should monitor in the coming year.
The Facebook Phone: You already feel really safe and secure with how Facebook handles your privacy, right? Definitely, no question, absolutely why am I even asking it’s insane to even ask, right? Because the company feels it has earned enough trust from users to ask them to carry around a device everywhere they go that has a satellite location tracker, sound and video sensors, and ] the names and contact information of their loved ones and who they call and when and how often. In other words, Facebook is planning to come out with phones, by way of a special Facebook phone operating system that hardware manufacturers would install. If you’re worried, don’t be: The OS will be based on one written by the noted privacy heroes at Google. Excellent, right?
It could take until 2013, but media reports indicate there’s a very good chance the Facebook phones will be out in 2012.