Reports that $foo spies on people in one way or another are published quite regularly, but are often rapidly forgotten as well. Perhaps it’s not a bad idea to have a place where we can collect these reports.
I’ll start with this nice overview (but still quite in-depth) on corporate surveillance:
And the classics: Collection of wrongs caused by proprietary software and RMS’ collections on what’s bad about:
- Skype - in principle, it goes for Discord, Slack, Gitter, … as well.
- Intel (but let’s not forget AMD)
And last but not least: (RMS has to be RMS)
- Pay toilets
TODO: more info on governmental censorship, ranging from NSA-level stuff (TAO done, mass/dragnet surveillance TODO)
to Telecomix’ and CitizenLab’s relevations about use of commercial spying tools used in the middle-east to shut down protests (done) and to the police slowly getting more advanced surveillance capabilities.
TODO: at least 1 case of badness of a lot of proprietary stuff, from ‘secure’ social media/instant messaging stuff with proprietary servers to any DRM-entrenched device.
If you want to post methods of circumvention, another thread might be a good idea.
EDIT: censorship-related things are welcome as well.