How to Automatically Back Up and Purge Your Gmail Every 30 Days

If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it's that keeping incriminating emails in your inbox is a terrible idea. Even if you aren't doing anything particularly bad, if someone gets into you email, everything you've ever said could be out in the open. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen by automatically… » 12/19/14 2:04am Friday 2:04am

Will Uber's Latest Scandal Finally Make People Worry About Big Data?

For years, people have warned about corporations collecting your personal data. But no matter how much people insist that Google knows too much about you, we're willing to sacrifice privacy for convenience. Could the latest revelations about Uber finally get people angry enough to do something about rampant data… » 11/20/14 4:41pm 11/20/14 4:41pm

All The Best Dragon Con Cosplayers Fighting For Online Privacy

During this weekend's Dragon Con, we at io9 have been collaborating with the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as fan communities on Project Secret Identity, a series of photos of cosplayers highlighting the importance of anonymity and privacy online. Now we can admire the costumes of these Internet freedom… » 9/01/14 12:00pm 9/01/14 12:00pm

​We're All In It Together: Cosplay With EFF Over Labor Day Weekend

Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, io9, and a coalition of fan groups over Labor Day weekend for Project Secret Identity, a cosplay photo campaign to raise awareness of how online anonymity and privacy are key to free expression. Visit ProjectSecretIdentity.org during Dragon Con (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1) to… » 8/29/14 6:40am 8/29/14 6:40am

​"Happy Foot" And "NoseySmurf" — The NSA's Programs All In One Chart

The Pulitzer Prize-winning news group ProPublica has compiled a list of all NSA programs revealed in the past year and plotted them on a chart based upon whether they are bulk or targeted, foreign or domestic. As is often the case with covert agencies, the codenames achieve the perfect balance of goofy and ominous. » 7/01/14 7:30am 7/01/14 7:30am

​​​​This 3D-Printed Dress Reveals More Skin As You Reveal More Data

Two NYU students have created a "wearable sculpture" that uses a mobile app to adjust the fabric's opacity based upon how much information you share about yourself — knowingly and unknowingly — on sites such as Google and Facebook. The more transparent you are, the more "transparent" you become. » 6/11/14 9:20am 6/11/14 9:20am

How Your Body's Unique Biosignatures Are Used for Surveillance

Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a person's ass. Here's what you need to know about how companies and… » 2/12/14 11:30am 2/12/14 11:30am

Man receives the creepiest letter ever from OfficeMax

It sounds like something out of a horror movie. Mike Seay, whose daughter died last year in a car accident, received a piece of junk mail from Office Max addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed In Car Crash." How did OfficeMax have this information? The more he investigated, the more the story became science fiction. » 1/22/14 5:37pm 1/22/14 5:37pm

10 Ways Big Data is Creating the Science Fiction Future

Sometimes, it already seems like the websites you visit know more about you than you know about yourself — but this is just the beginning. Every day you're helping to generate masses more data, which computers are getting better and better at crunching. How long will it be before the predictive power of these systems… » 1/19/12 10:05am 1/19/12 10:05am