Court Case Challenging Police Use of Facial Recognition Begins

Court Case Challenging Police Use of Facial Recognition Begins

This case is the first major challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) by police, with pursuer Ed Bridges, a former Lib Dem councillor, saying that poor regulation of the technology breaches human rights.

Private data (including rates) of 49M Instagram influencers leaked

Private data (including rates) of 49M Instagram influencers leaked

Last night, TechCrunch reported that a massive database containing info of over 49 million Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts found in the open. As per the report, the data contained influencers’ Instagram handles, bios, verification status, location, email, and phone number.

Police should have cyber 'key' to unlock encrypted messages, senior officer says

Police should have cyber 'key' to unlock encrypted messages, senior officer says

Chief Constable Simon Bailey told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IISCA) yesterday he wanted tech giants to build a back door into apps, which he said were making it “so much harder” to catch paedophiles.

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven EU countries

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven EU countries

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Tuesday that US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto, which it bought last year, kept lists of key pro- or anti-pesticides figures in at least seven EU countries.

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions

Not using one could be a violation of existing privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Defense attorneys involved in the SEALs’ war crimes cases have said that 13 lawyers and paralegals on their team also received emails with a similar tracking device, according to court documents filed by the defense attorneys.

Facebook data reportedly helps companies guess your credit score

Facebook data reportedly helps companies guess your credit score

Some advertisers are able to use Facebook-provided data to target ads based on a user's credit score. The tool in question is called "Actionable Insights,", which Facebook uses to share data about its users' mobile devices with telecom companies.

Jeremy was fired for refusing fingerprinting at work. His case led to an 'extraordinary' unfair dismissal ruling

Jeremy was fired for refusing fingerprinting at work. His case led to an 'extraordinary' unfair dismissal ruling

When Queensland sawmill worker Jeremy Lee refused to give his fingerprints to his employer as part of a new work sign-in, he wasn't just thinking about his privacy.

Even more secret Telegrams

Even more secret Telegrams

Only worth noticing that Telegram API requests, both (un)blocking and user status resolving, are network calls and do not tend to work quickly, especially if you are using proxies or VPN. And since Telegram is a messenger (ignoring some crazy stuff), we can neglect error correction limiting possible transmitting data to simple text messages.

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed

The scraping effort comes two years after Instagram admitted a security bug in its developer API allowed hackers to obtain the email addresses and phone numbers of six million Instagram accounts.

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

The percentage of users that are not comfortable with this data collection is likely to be significantly higher than 51% considering it’s much more invasive than compiling a list of interests and involves sharing aggregated real-time snapshots of their movements with third-parties.

Opinion | Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

Opinion | Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

It’s alarmingly easy to imagine carmakers’ charging fees to independent repair shops that need access to vehicle data to service a vehicle purchased for tens of thousands of dollars. But without access to car data, they’re working blindfolded, unable to see the diagnostic information they need.

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

A unified chorus of civil rights organizations, AI experts, customers, Amazon employees, academics, impacted communities, and members of Congress has warned about the dangers of government face surveillance and the company’s product, Rekognition.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform

Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform

More than 4,500 individuals at federal and local law enforcement agencies currently have access to a facial recognition database hosted by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, including at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Here's What To Do Because You Can't Trust Hotels With Your Personal Data

Here's What To Do Because You Can't Trust Hotels With Your Personal Data

Then, last month, a report by the cybersecurity software company Symantec revealed that a majority of hotels inadvertently leak guests' personal data to third parties when they send out confirmation emails.

DHS warns of 'strong concerns' that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

DHS warns of 'strong concerns' that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

Washington (CNN) — Chinese-made drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday obtained by CNN.

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

According to the source, the underlying value of granting such gratis access to Actionable Insights in these cases isn’t simply to help better service cell customers with weak signals, but also to ensure that telecoms and phone makers keep buying more and more carefully targeted Facebook ads.

How (and Why) to Change Your DNS Server

How (and Why) to Change Your DNS Server

Here's the thing: The servers that route your internet requests don't understand domain names like . It turns out that my ISP-supplied router, which brings me internet, TV, and phone service, does not permit me to change the DNS settings.

GOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity

GOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity

on Monday announced he will introduce legislation that would block internet companies from tracking users' activity online by creating a so-called Do Not Track list.

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.

Google Ads Introduces Three New Bidding Strategies

Google Ads Introduces Three New Bidding Strategies

Google has introduced three new bidding strategies for Google Ads advertisers that offer more flexibility than Smart Bidding. Advertisers will be able to set conversion goals at the campaign level. So Google Ads is introducing seasonality adjustments.

Google is using Your Gmail Account to Track Your Purchases

Google is using Your Gmail Account to Track Your Purchases

Like the Reddit user, I do not use Google Pay. Purchases Page The general consensus was that Gmail was analyzing incoming emails for purchase receipts and then extracting that information.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Governments in the G7 and around the world need to resist this seemingly benign request from their law enforcement establishments, and resolve instead to make sure that their citizens have the best tool to protect them: strong encryption, from end to end, deployed widely, to defend the society against its attackers.

Alex Rodriguez Has No Legal Right To Privacy While Toilet Texting in Front of a Clear Window in NYC

Alex Rodriguez Has No Legal Right To Privacy While Toilet Texting in Front of a Clear Window in NYC

Former professional baseball player and admitted steroid cheat, Alex Rodriguez, recently got caught literally with his pants down while sitting on the toilet in the New York City apartment he shares with fiance Jennifer Lopez.

Popping the Filter Bubble: My Interview with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg [The Knowledge Project Ep. #58]

Popping the Filter Bubble: My Interview with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg [The Knowledge Project Ep. #58]

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg talks data privacy, protecting yourself online and shares his favorite mental models for clearer thinking. So that’s the model I think would be good, is giving people more choice.

Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’

Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’

Probably 75 percent of my reporting is done by phone and email, and when I am writing I print out drafts and notes. I constantly scan social media — Twitter, mostly — for news, and in breaking news situations I sometimes find sources to quote there.

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

Gmail tracks all your purchases, it is difficult to delete them and impossible to stop

Gmail tracks all your purchases, it is difficult to delete them and impossible to stop

Google uses its email service Gmail to track purchases that customers of the company made, even on third-party websites like Amazon. Google uses its email service Gmail to track purchases that customers of the company made, even on third-party websites like Amazon.

'WhatsApp will never be safe': Telegram boss attacks Facebook-owned messaging app

'WhatsApp will never be safe': Telegram boss attacks Facebook-owned messaging app

A huge security flaw with WhatsApp that compromised the privacy of 1.5 billion users this week will not be the last and may not even be the worst incident of its kind, the founder of rival messaging app Telegram has warned.

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs Besides handing out device information, vulnerable routers also leak whether their default administrative passwords have been changed.

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