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Governments Using Smartphone Location Data to Enforce Social Distancing

Smartphone Location Tracking

Episode 1684

Countries are using cellphone location data to not only enforce mandatory social distancing but also to see who patients have been in contact with the virus, to find out how that patient was infected. Other countries are using facial recognition to punish those in defiance of the orders and gathering together.

So while technology can be used for the greater good, namely trying to stem the tide of the Coronavirus outbreak, it can also be used as a dreadful tool for the surveillance state.

China Proposes New IP Standard for Greater Control

China

Episode 1681

China has proposed that the internet adopt a new IP standard that would give governments greater control over its users. It has been met with support from Russia and Saudi Arabia, no surprise there. Leo says it also enables a government to use a new "shut up" feature that would enable them to lock out so-called "bad actors" or dissidents using the Internet to resist. But Leo says the only bad actors around are Governments seeking more control. 

New Apple Devices Announced, While Stores Closed

2020 MacBook Air

Episode 1680

This week, Apple announced the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. But while Apple has new devices for users to buy, all Apple Stores are closed, except in China. But Leo says that people really don't need to try the latest devices, they know what they're all about. The new MacBook Air is the first refresh of the laptop in a few years, and it's very thin and light. The new iPad Pro has a 50-80% speed increase with a faster processor. The camera has two lenses: wide and ultra-wide.

Intuit Buys Credit Karma

Intuit

Episode 1674

Intuit has bought credit reporting app Credit Karma for $7 Billion. Leo says that Intuit isn't really buying the app: they don't care. What they are buying is your personal credit data, which Intuit says is worth about $70 a head. Leo thinks that a person should be able to opt-out or at least get some value from their own personal data.