[HacktionLab] Smartphone privacy & domestic violence

UuOoBb borzoj at aktivix.org
Sat Sep 20 20:16:05 UTC 2014

the best response that comes to mind to non-techie reading this is:
it's a fucking stupid comment to make


Big Brother is watching. Watch back! http://www.londoneyes.org
On 20/09/14 20:31, bou wrote:
> The best advice that comes to mind to a non-techie victim of this kind
> is to ditch devices and get new ones. Or just ditch them.
> Yes, security  can be expensive.
> b.
> On 18/09/14 00:08, penguin wrote:
>> Reflecting on my previous message (below, because top posting rules),
>> would any people on this list be up for a project to develop some
>> practical guidance for organisations (and their clients) that work
>> with people who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse?
>> In my head, such guidance would be a marriage of three things ...
>> 1. A good tech understanding of the risks of this type of
>> cyberstalking,, and how to mitigate those risks.
>> 2. Being able to convey point 1 in, as far as is possible, a
>> non-techie way.
>> 3. Ensuring that both points 1 & 2 do not in any way come over as
>> victim blaming.
>> I can do a lot on points 2&3 (but would welcome others getting
>> involved as well). I'm far less confident on my abilities on point 1 -
>> which is a requirement to developing point 2.
>> Anybody interested in such a project?
>> Cheers
>> G
>> On 17/09/14 22:46, penguin wrote:
>>> Thought this was an interesting & new (to me) reason why online
>>> privacy is so important, and why people need to know how to
>>> control their privacy.
>>> Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims
>> http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/09/15/346149979/smartphones-are-used-to-stalk-control-domestic-abuse-victims
>>>  Extracts ...
>>> You could call it Little Brother, though it's really more like
>>> husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their
>>> partners — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital
>>> tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective.
>>> We found a trend: 85 percent of the shelters we surveyed say
>>> they're working directly with victims whose abusers tracked them
>>> using GPS. Seventy-five percent say they're working with victims
>>> whose abusers eavesdropped on their conversation remotely — using
>>> hidden mobile apps. And nearly half the shelters we surveyed have a
>>> policy against using Facebook on premises, because they are
>>> concerned a stalker can pinpoint location.
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