EU merges giant biometrics database. What could possibly go wrong?

EU merges giant biometrics database. What could possibly go wrong?

CIR will aggregate both identity records (names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and other identification details) and biometrics (fingerprints and facial scans), and make its data available to all border and law enforcement authorities.

Data as a Property Right

Data as a Property Right

As we’ve seen, some of the largest tech companies can know more about us and our lives than our families and those closest to us. Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

As the shopping experience improves, the retailer expects to see higher sales.“We really like to think of this store as an artificial intelligence factory, a place where we are building these products, experiences, where we are testing and learning,” said Mike Hanrahan, CEO of Walmart’s Intelligent Retail Lab and co-founder of , purchased by Walmart three years ago.

Facebook Could Be Fined Up To 5 Billion Dollar Over Privacy Violations

Facebook Could Be Fined Up To 5 Billion Dollar Over Privacy Violations

“In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded a $ 3.0 billion accumulation related to the FTC’s consultations on our platform and user data practices,” said Facebook in its report.

Why ‘Anonymized Data’ Isn’t So Anonymous

Why ‘Anonymized Data’ Isn’t So Anonymous

The researchers gave this example from one of the two identified individuals: Many of the movies this person rated on Netflix were not rated by this person on IMDb. Deanonymizing the Netflix dataset revealed information that was not already public.

Facebook Could Face Up To $5 Billion Fine For Privacy Violations

Facebook Could Face Up To $5 Billion Fine For Privacy Violations

Facebook Could Face Up To $5 Billion Fine For Privacy Violations. Facebook expects to pay a fine of up to $5 billion in a settlement with federal regulators. So whatever the final figure, the company has the money to pay for the estimated fine.

No KYC Exchanges List

No KYC Exchanges List

This is a verified list of cryptocurrency bitcoin exchanges that have no KYC/AML and don’t need documents to trade. Exchanges that let you trade Bitcoin, Ethereum etc futures, perpetual markets and margin leverage with no ID verification and no KYC check.

Using laptop in public, you need a privacy screen protector

Using laptop in public, you need a privacy screen protector

The laptop privacy screen protector can play the role of anti-peeping, and use public protection in public to prevent others from peeping and leaking secrets. We can customize different sizes of privacy screen protector according to the customer's laptop model.

POLITICO

POLITICO

Privacy watchdogs also voice concerns about the 2014 appointment of Helen Dixon, an Irish civil servant with no prior experience in regulatory enforcement, to replace Billy Hawkes, the regulator who initially presided over the finding of Facebook’s over-sharing of data with researchers and developers of third-party apps.

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

Bloomberg makes clear that there haven’t been any reports of Amazon employees or contractors actually abusing this power and tracking down users at home.

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations, in what would be a record penalty by the agency against a technology company.

End the NSA's Invasive Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

End the NSA's Invasive Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

Under the CDR program, the NSA has collected information about millions of Americans’ phone calls. Ever since USA FREEDOM reformed the CDR program in 2015, the civil liberties community and members of Congress have repeatedly asked the NSA for information about how widespread the CDR program is, but the NSA has been unable or unwilling to provide that information.

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

And perhaps people should be concerned — all the major voice assistants, including those from Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung as well as Microsoft, employ humans who review the voice data collected from end users.

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

23 reasons not to reveal your DNA

They often also claim rights to your genetic data and sell access to their databases to big pharmaceutical and medtech companies. OK, so test results can also lead to important discoveries about your personal health, and can also be shared for non-profit biomedical research in the public interest.

China Prohibits ‘Deepfake’ AI Face Swapping Techniques

China Prohibits ‘Deepfake’ AI Face Swapping Techniques

The Chinese government’s revised Civil Code states that without subjects’ informed consent, no person can use deepfakes or other digital technologies to replace faces, except in exceptional circumstances stipulated by the law.

Huawei Could Rebuild Trust in Their Products Through Open Source

Huawei Could Rebuild Trust in Their Products Through Open Source

Open source code for Huawei equipment would allow nations, companies, and individuals alike to verify that the code is free of malware, and that it contains no obvious security problems.

Amazon's Alexa Team Can Access Users' Home Addresses

Amazon's Alexa Team Can Access Users' Home Addresses

An Inc. team auditing Alexa users’ commands has access to location data and can, in some cases, easily find a customer’s home address, according to five employees familiar with the program.

Facebook investors brace for an update from Zuckerberg on the company's planned pivot to privacy

Facebook investors brace for an update from Zuckerberg on the company's planned pivot to privacy

Zuckerberg said the company is working to integrate the messaging functions of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, and that he expects "Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network.".

Tesla’s Self-Driving Spies Cruise the Streets, Watching Daily Life in High-Definition 3D

Tesla’s Self-Driving Spies Cruise the Streets, Watching Daily Life in High-Definition 3D

A recent video released by Tesla on Twitter reveals the vast amount of visual data that is collected by its driverless cars, sparking a reaction from Vitalik Buterin who believes that in-person privacy is no longer a winnable fight.

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

The city initially won but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Appeals Court reversed the decision, said that chalking is a form of trespass that requires a warrant, similar to attaching a tracker to a car to monitor its real-time location, according to the court’s ruling.

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

Online security 101: How to protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram Microsoft loses control over Windows Tiles subdomain Failed student jailed for Silk Road, dark web drug profiteering US legislators have sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for details about Sensorvault, an internal Google database that keeps track of users' historical geo-location details.

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

“Where there are cameras, they often don’t work,” said Ms. Rueda, 61. But during a Times visit, 30 police officers were on duty to check the footage. The best way to fix the neighborhood’s crime problems is to fix the surveillance system, she said.

Cameras that guess your age and sex are coming to store shelves

Cameras that guess your age and sex are coming to store shelves

At the National Retail Federation trade show in New York earlier this year, a smart shelf on display by Mood Media tried to detect "happiness" or "fear" as people stood in front it — information a store could use to gauge reaction to a product on the shelf or an ad on a screen.

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

Virginia Court Throws Out License Plate Readers Data Collection

Smith is a victory for privacy rights advocates who argued that the police could track a person’s movements by compiling the times and exact locations of a car anytime its plate was captured by a license plate reader,” writes Tom Jackman in the Washington Post.

How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world

How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world

Privacy watchdogs also voice concerns about the 2014 appointment of Dixon, an Irish civil servant with no prior experience in regulatory enforcement, to replace Billy Hawkes, the regulator who initially presided over the finding of Facebook’s over-sharing of data with researchers and developers of third-party apps.

Double Edged Sword of Secure Traffic

Double Edged Sword of Secure Traffic

If this is a device issued by the organization or if a certificate is required to gain internet access, then the user effectively agrees to this level of supervision.

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance capabilities

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance capabilities

The Chinese government has been using a private company jointly owned by a U.S. investment firm and its Chinese counterpart to expand its surveillance and telecommunications capabilities using American technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.

California Assembly’s Privacy Committee Votes to Weaken Landmark Privacy Law

California Assembly’s Privacy Committee Votes to Weaken Landmark Privacy Law

The California State Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee today capitulated to industry complaints that our privacy is inconvenient for its bottom line. It voted to advance five bills opposed by privacy advocates that would undermine the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and put companies before consumers.

This colorful printed patch makes you pretty much invisible to AI

This colorful printed patch makes you pretty much invisible to AI

They could be used to fool self-driving cars into reading a stop sign as a lamppost, for example, or they could trick medical AI vision systems that are designed to identify diseases.

What you need to know before choosing a privacy filter

What you need to know before choosing a privacy filter

The privacy filter combines the expertise of multi-layer film, optical lens and micro-replication technology, and uses the principle of light penetration and reflection to design a peep-proof film that improves the clarity, durability and visual brightness of the screen.

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