While platforms like Amazon have cornered markets through long-term investment strategies and developing itself as a utility, a central cog in the systems of e-commerce and retail, this doesn’t beget issues of public trust and the increasing complexity from running these multiple lines.
Efforts to enact new data privacy regulations in Washington state failed this week as legislators and tech titans Amazon and Microsoft failed to reach a compromise before the deadline. State Sen. Reuven Carlyle sponsored the bill and vowed to revive the effort to enact new privacy regulations in 2020.
This allowed the creation of meek bridge relays on large clouds such as Google App Engine, Amazon CloudFront/EC2 and Microsoft Azure, hiding the actual target hostname behind domains such as , or various static asset CDNs. Domain fronting was nothing short of revolutionary for Tor users in high-risk countries.
Before this year there was only one jurisdiction that required businesses to accept cash: Massachusetts, which passed a law nearly 40 years ago.“The potential societal cost of a cashless economy I think outweighs the potential benefits for businesses,” said Ritchie Torres, a New York City councilman for the South Bronx who introduced the bill.
U.S. Department of Defense officials have decided this week that the only two cloud vendors able to meet their requirements for a huge, winner-take-all project are Amazon and Microsoft. Google dropped out of the JEDI bidding last year, acknowledging it couldn't meet the requirements (and citing its AI principles, as well).
According to a Bloomberg report , Amazon employs thousands of workers to transcribe recordings of Alexa users for the purpose of improving the voice assistant's recognition algorithm. You can review a number of things here, including our voice history, skill permissions, and other data settings.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod speakers According to Apple's security policy, voice recordings lack personally identifiable information and are linked to a random ID number, which is reset every time Siri is switched off.
An investigation by Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon has a global team that transcribes and annonates Alexa recordings from around to world to "eliminate gaps in Alexa's understanding of human speech" and allow the assistant to serve up better responses to your queries.
Amazon’s review process for speech data begins when Alexa pulls a random, small sampling of customer voice recordings and sends the audio files to the far-flung employees and contractors, according to a person familiar with the program’s design.
In the case of Livongo, the company whose voice skill lets users check their blood sugar reading, Alexa is mostly a way to transmit the information.
Though At The Pool shut down in 2014, UpGuard wrote that, “this should offer little consolation to the app’s end users whose names, passwords, email addresses, Facebook IDs and other details were openly exposed for an unknown period of time.”.
The data was uploaded by third-party Facebook app developers: Mexican media company Cultura Colectiva and an app called At the Pool. Sign up for our Recode Daily newsletter to get the top tech and business news stories delivered to your inbox.
In one instance, Mexico City-based digital platform Cultura Colectiva, openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, including identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names.
It's in Big Tech's DNA to spy on us, and the proliferation of IoT / smart home gadgets along with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are only going accelerate the problem.
Murphy's signature makes New Jersey the second state in the US to ban cashless stores, after Massachusetts banned them in 1978. Much like Philadelphia's new law, New Jersey's law makes an exception for parking garages and car rental companies, where a credit card is required upfront for incidentals.
Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU have already raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color.
The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.
Klobuchar said she didn’t want to inhibit innovation, and she suggested that the rule might only apply to “larger platforms, not startups.” In Europe last year, regulators proposed a tax on any company making money from advertising or selling user data within a country, regardless of whether they have a brick-and-mortar presence.
“To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.” The proposal notes that major companies have tightened their grip on the digital market through mergers, but regulators have largely let those deals pass.
with 144 posters participating Share this story This week, Philadelphia's mayor signed a bill that would ban cashless retail stores, according to The Morning Call . The move makes Philadelphia the first major city to require that brick-and-mortar retail stores accept cash.
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Two of the top companies developing facial recognition software are in Washington state, where a bill that would regulate the technology is working its way through the legislature. A few weeks before, Smith outlined his concerns about facial recognition technology and the need for regulation during a speech in Washington D.C.
BuzzFeed News has learned that the US House Oversight and Reform Committee is considering holding a hearing on facial recognition, which has been widely implemented across the country despite growing concerns about the technology’s potential privacy and civil rights implications.
A 2017 Eero report with anonymized data collected from “hundreds of thousands” of its routers shows a glimpse into what information can be gleaned: Charts showing times of day users are most active (Sunday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.), and a list of the top 40 devices connected to Eero networks (topped by the iPhone, iPad, and Sonos speakers).
Amazon and Google have been accused of making a grab for data generated by smart home Internet of Things devices - even from devices that have not been produced by the two internet giants.
As Amazon.com Inc. and Google work to place their smart speakers at the center of the internet-connected home, both technology giants are expanding the amount of data they gather about customers who use their voice software to control other gadgets.