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Apple deletes over 250 data-mining apps from App Store

Once again, the tech giant has deleted apps from its App Store over security concerns. This time the culprit is Chinese advertiser Youmi, which used third-party apps developed with its software to mine user data.

By October 19, 2015


App users opening the gates to data mining: McAfee

As Privacy Awareness Week kicks off, new research shows that many Android users are giving apps access to their personal information – whether they know it or not.

By May 4, 2014


Data mining for the masses: Google merges Trends, Insights

Merged product features new, easier-to-use interface that Google says will offer insights into what the world's searching for.

By September 27, 2012


Missile tracking cameras: The NBA's Moneyball data mine

Tiny little cameras, first used by the military, are following every move of every player on the court. But what if this principle were used in other professions too?

By June 21, 2012


'Godmother' of cannabis meets her tech-happy children at SF pot summit

The inaugural New West Summit -- devoted to the marriage of pot, tech, business and media -- serves as the site for a kind of passing of the torch. Or should we say a passing of the pipe?

By November 22, 2015


Data mining's adult challenges

The tools to analyze disparate data sets are getting better and cheaper. But the practice will increasingly bump against the boundaries of privacy comfort zones.

By February 22, 2012


Panel: Government data-mining programs lack oversight

Government information collection and sharing programs are too secretive, security and privacy experts tell the House Homeland Security Committee.

By December 3, 2008


Government report: Data mining doesn't work well

Using data mining to try to detect terrorists is "neither feasible as an objective nor desirable as a goal of technology development efforts," new report finds.

By October 7, 2008


Data-mine Elvis: Yahoo opens music interface

The Internet giant has opened a programming interface that lets other Web sites use the data stored within its Yahoo Music service.

By August 5, 2008


NSA shifts to e-mail, Web, data-mining dragnet

Recent reports say the National Security Agency is more focused on surveillance of e-mail, Web browsing, and search terms than ever before.

By March 11, 2008