Shady Data Brokers Are Selling Online Dating Profiles by the Millions

Shady Data Brokers Are Selling Online Dating Profiles by the Millions

Anyone can purchase a batch of profiles from a data broker and immediately have access to the names, contact information, identifying traits, and photos of millions of real individuals. In May 2017, Moll and Tactical Tech purchased one million dating profiles from the data broker website USDate, for around $153.

Schneier on Security

We project that about 60% of the searches for individuals of European-descent will result in a third cousin or closer match, which can allow their identification using demographic identifiers. We demonstrate that the technique can also identify research participants of a public sequencing project.

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

"Law enforcement authorities habitually push for greater access to private data and information to help them do their job and will likely call to increase The Capability to include less serious crimes and public nuisances," Mr Greenwich said.

Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

As the researchers go on to show in their paper, it is now possible to take DNA from a supposedly anonymous dataset, find matches in public genetic databases, and then work out the identity of the individual by building a family tree.

DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk

DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk

“Take home message: Your DNA can identify you whether you took or not a DTC test,” Yaniv Erlich, the lead author of the study, said on Twitter.

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

Already, 60 percent of Americans of Northern European descent — the primary group using the genetic-genealogy sites — can be identified through such databases whether or not they’ve joined one themselves, according to a new study.

Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relative’s DNA

Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relative’s DNA

GEDmatch, the database investigators used in the Golden State Killer case and subsequent others, does not offer DNA tests itself. To find out exactly how easy it is for genealogists and law enforcement to find genetic matches, Erlich and his team first analyzed MyHeritage’s 1.28 million–person DNA database.

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

As Amazon rightly notes, this shows the critical importance of choosing appropriate confidence levels when deploying facial recognition systems – something that is rarely discussed.