Related News: Yik Yak Trend Concerns Some University Students

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WAKA published an article titled Yik Yak Trend Concerns Some University Students.

Troy University students are flooding the free smartphone app Yik Yak. It uses location features to show comments near by. And people can post, like and share comments anonymously.

Students are writing things ranging from what’s being served in the dining halls to hurtful comments calling out students. The majority of the posts use profanity. University police say they are aware of it.

Source: WAKA

Related News: Stanford researchers discover ‘alarming’ method for phone tracking, fingerprinting through sensor flaws

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. SFGate published an article titled Stanford researchers discover ‘alarming’ method for phone tracking, fingerprinting through sensor flaws.

It turns out every accelerometer is predictably imperfect, and slight differences in the readings can be used to produce a fingerprint (see below for a further explanation). Marketers could use the ID the same way they use cookies — the small files that download from websites to desktops — to  identify a particular user, monitor their online actions and target ads accordingly.

It’s a novel approach that raises a new set of privacy concerns: Users couldn’t delete the ID like browser cookies, couldn’t mask it by adjusting app privacy preferences — and wouldn’t even know their device had been tagged.

Source: SFGate