Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

Snowden’s signed declaration, filed on October 31, confirms that one of the documents he leaked, which the EFF relied heavily on for its case, is an authentic draft document written by the then-NSA inspector general in 2009, which exposed concerns about the legality of the Bush’s warrantless surveillance program — Stellar Wind — particularly the collection of bulk email records on Americans.

Want to pause your St. Paul trash collection? You may have to prove you’ll be away

Want to pause your St. Paul trash collection? You may have to prove you’ll be away

If you get denied for a service hold for not providing their required information, you can appeal to the city by contacting us at 651-266-6101 or garbage@ci.stpaul.mn.us — St Paul Public Works (@stpaulpublicw) “The haulers handle all service holds,” St. Paul Public Works said in a tweet.

A Red Alert to Humanity

A Red Alert to Humanity

It forms the foundation of our freedom,” Ann expressed their primary flaws. A sister company of Google, SideWalk labs currently working on building a smart city project.The Top cader,

With No Laws To Guide It, Here's How Orlando Is Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology

With No Laws To Guide It, Here's How Orlando Is Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology

The documents, obtained by BuzzFeed News via a Freedom of Information request, show that Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

As many feared, Google’s ambitious Sidewalk Toronto “smart city” project turns out to be a “surveillance city”

As many feared, Google’s ambitious Sidewalk Toronto “smart city” project turns out to be a “surveillance city”

The chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of both Google and Sidewalk Labs, Eric Schmidt, said the project was “all the things you could do if someone would just give us a city and put us in charge.” Alphabet insisted it needed “full autonomy from city regulations so it can build without constraint” and use Sidewalk Toronto as a testbed for new technologies that will monitor and measure urban activity on an unprecedented scale.

Smart Cities for Dumb Humans

Smart Cities for Dumb Humans

This is how Google makes money: It collects data on people, places, and patterns of activity, on which it then runs advanced algorithms designed by some of the smartest and most innovative coders and engineers in the world, to create targeted advertising or to optimize efficiencies in processes.

Privacy expert resigns from Google-backed smart city over surveillance concerns

Privacy expert resigns from Google-backed smart city over surveillance concerns

Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian resigned last week over concerns that the "treasure trove" of data collected in the $40m smart city project could identify individuals and leave them open to a cyber attack.

'City of surveillance': privacy expert quits Toronto's smart-city project

'City of surveillance': privacy expert quits Toronto's smart-city project

But, as big tech companies continue to struggle with protecting privacy, experts have highlighted the dangers of the new plan, and answers to their questions have not yet been adequately answered.

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, wrote in her resignation letter from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs, reports Global News. Cavoukian told Global News that she is pressing Waterfront Toronto to anonymize data.

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

According to the article, there were "more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious." In an email statement Tuesday, provided after Ars Technica declined Google/Waymo's request to talk off the record, the company's spokesperson Johnny Luu wrote: "As to the report itself, we disagree with The New Yorker's characterization of the events dubbed 'Prius vs Camry.'"

Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

In the design and deployment of Digital ID systems, we must advocate for the principles of data minimization, decentralization, consent, and limited access that reinforce our fundamental rights.

Five ways your privacy is compromised without you realising

Five ways your privacy is compromised without you realising

If you’re not already concerned about the police’s reach into your life, how do you feel about them reading your social media posts? In the same way, the trawling of our social media posts and photos just because we have an opinion about fracking or badgers should be cause for a lot of angry face emojis.

A thread written by @fs0c131y

A thread written by @fs0c131y

I will study the app HiAction another time but what you have to know is that this app is sending the data to hicloud[.]com, "the Huawei Cloud" 2. Decision app is getting this location and check with his internal databases.

Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Oakland Privacy in California, and Privacy Watch STL, based in St. Louis, Missouri, are part of a growing constellation of organizations seeking to scale back the largely unchecked surveillance powers of local police.

How to Stop ‘Smart Cities’ From Becoming ‘Surveillance Cities’

How to Stop ‘Smart Cities’ From Becoming ‘Surveillance Cities’

Ongoing oversight and accountability are provided by a public annual report with non-sensitive data about how the technology has been used, information about violations of the use policy, and an analysis of any negative impacts on people’s rights.

Here come connected vehicles and urban analytics: what do they mean for privacy?

Here come connected vehicles and urban analytics: what do they mean for privacy?

Geotab’s connected vehicle systems are effectively multiple sensors on wheels; as they move around, they are constantly gathering much of the data that cities need for urban analytics.

Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements?

Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements?

Since plans for LinkNYC were first unveiled, journalists, residents, and civil liberties experts have raised concerns that the internet kiosks might be storing sensitive data about its users and possibly tracking their movements.

San Francisco's out-of-control homelessness crisis could be combated by a new tracking tool

San Francisco's out-of-control homelessness crisis could be combated by a new tracking tool

Now, the city is launching a high-tech platform to identify every homeless resident and his or her level of need. The new system intends to track the health, housing, jail, and counseling history of every homeless person in the city.

You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds

You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds

The entertainment industry is waging a major legal campaign to turn ISPs into copyright cops authorized to kick broadband users offline—based on what’s often flimsy to nonexistent evidence of wrongdoing.

Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data

Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data

The Seventh Circuit just handed down a landmark opinion, ruling 3-0 that the Fourth Amendment protects energy-consumption data collected by smart meters.

Smart cities raise important questions about our privacy rights at home and on the streets where we live

Smart cities raise important questions about our privacy rights at home and on the streets where we live

At its best, these tools can offer citizens living environments that are more responsive to their needs, and allow them opportunities to engage directly and meaningfully with their governments and their communities.