Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

I regularly get mail from various shady companies that obviously crawl Play for developer contact addresses in order to spam them with “lucrative business proposals”. Automatically crawling Google Play for contact addresses of fairly obscure apps and spamming their developers is actually child’s play.

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple has placed a billboard, which reads, “We’re in the business of staying out of yours.” The billboard has been placed right next to new headquarter of Sidewalk Labs in Toronto.

/e/ pre-installed Grade A smartphones

/e/ pre-installed Grade A smartphones

And we’d love to hear which model you would buy if interested, so we can plan accordingly. You can register by clicking on the button located underneath your smartphone of choice, and leave your contact details so we can come back to you when these phones will be available.

Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

“We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and and a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them,” Adobe said in the email.

Privacy 2019 Part Two: Band-aids for Bullet Holes

Privacy 2019 Part Two: Band-aids for Bullet Holes

Now let me be clear, Google is still the giant, scary privacy monster right now, but if they implement all of the things announced, they will be closer to Apple than Facebook in terms of user privacy.

Engineers Develop Ingenious Method to Defeat AI Surveillance... With a Color Printout

Engineers Develop Ingenious Method to Defeat AI Surveillance... With a Color Printout

Suffice it to say, we were quite pleased when we learned that engineers from the University of KU Leuven (Belgium) developed a way – specifically, an adversarial attack – to effectively disrupt object detection AI powered by the YOLOv2 algorithm.

Better Apps through Better Privacy

Better Apps through Better Privacy

And again, there will be times when you do need to collect a lot of data for a particular feature, but in those cases, you want to make sure you adjust those privacy techniques to create a great experience for your users.

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Israel said that the risk of false positives increases when predictive models use data of “questionable fidelity” such as social media posts.

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

A former traffic court judge currently in the running for a seat on the Philadelphia City Council was caught hitting a parked Tesla Model 3 and subsequently leaving the scene without reporting the incident.

Sharesome Launches #FindThePornstar Facial Recognition Tool

Sharesome Launches #FindThePornstar Facial Recognition Tool

By their own description, the Sharesome team just decided to pop off work one day in order to come up with a “simple solution for all porn fans out there.” Simple — like hackable?

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Facebook says it will use end-to-end encryption for its private messaging – certainly good news for people living in countries with repressive governments that spy on their citizens.

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Consider two kinds of platforms owned by Facebook, the company – the town square version, e.g. Facebook, the original social network for broadcasting widely, and the living room version, e.g. a messaging subsidiary, such as WhatsApp, which narrowcasts to a select audience.

Why personal agency matters more than personal data

Why personal agency matters more than personal data

(Because they are advised by different lawyers, equipped by different third parties, and generally confused anyway.) Getting sites to agree to our own personal terms and policies is not a stretch, because that’s exactly what we have in the way we deal with each other in the physical world.

Uproar Over Facebook 2FA Privacy Violation

Uproar Over Facebook 2FA Privacy Violation

Connor Jones says it’s not for the first time we’ve heard complaints like these: [Facebook] encourages its users to set up 2FA account protection which requires a phone number.

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Now, internet-based companies like Google and Facebook have added an entirely new wrinkle to this business model: Instead of charging for their products, they give them away in exchange for vacuuming up our personal data and monetizing it in various ways.

Security and Privacy

Security and Privacy

Some good ones are: If you’re particularly paranoid, use one that encrypts the passwords locally on your computer, as opposed to storing them in plain-text at the server. If you truly want a VPN, use a provider you’re sure you trust, and you should probably pay for it.

Maqp/tfc: Tinfoil Chat

Maqp/tfc: Tinfoil Chat

Transmitter Program encrypts and signs plaintext data and relays the ciphertexts from Source Computer to her Networked Computer through a serial interface and a hardware data diode.

Happy Data Privacy Day: City Planning Now Mines Everyone’s Data All the Time

Happy Data Privacy Day: City Planning Now Mines Everyone’s Data All the Time

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is the go-to story for Data Privacy Day with its new “user-friendly” tool called Replica, which allows city planners see “how, when, and where people travel in urban areas.” The Intercept’s explainer details a troubling use of consumer data.

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

“While privacy regulation seeks to make tech companies betters stewards of the data they collect and their practices more transparent, in the end, it is a deception to think that users will have more “privacy.”” For one thing, large tech companies have grown huge privacy compliance organizations to meet their new regulatory obligations.

What happens to identity and privacy when every biometric can be faked?

What happens to identity and privacy when every biometric can be faked?

Alongside traditional approaches like passwords and hardware tokens, biometrics are increasingly employed to authenticate people, notably with smartphones, many of which now come with fingerprint sensors and facial recognition built in as standard.

End of the Free World

End of the Free World

He heralded a “zero marginal cost society.” Under the new regime, the price of every incremental good and service, from search to software, from news to energy, will plunge toward “free” as every device and entity in the world is subsumed in an Internet of Things, where exponential network effects yield a new economy of leisure and abundance.

3D-printed heads let hackers – and cops – unlock your phone

3D-printed heads let hackers – and cops – unlock your phone

Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster commissioned a 3D printed model of his own head to test the face unlocking systems on a range of phones — four Android models and an iPhone X.

Facebook Still Doesn't Understand What Privacy Means

Facebook Still Doesn't Understand What Privacy Means

Midway through his missive, Zuckerberg offers a defense of his internal emails regarding the idea of quite literally selling access to user data: “we decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted.

NYC Politician Wants to Ban Cashless Restaurants

NYC Politician Wants to Ban Cashless Restaurants

Torres tells Grub Street he is optimistic New York’s progressive city council will pass his legislation, but he expects local businesses will “mobilize to oppose the bill.” For anyone who sees the impending fight through an apathetic lens, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and critic, and former Eater NY editor, Melissa McCart made a salient point in her report on the topic earlier this year: “[I]n an era when an increasing number of restaurants no longer accept legal tender, it’s useful to think about who this system benefits most: the businesses and banks, at the expense of consumers.” Do businesses and banks really need more power?

Microsoft's Android launcher now tracks your digital health

Microsoft's Android launcher now tracks your digital health

As The Verge notes, the Microsoft Launcher runs on devices running Android 4.2 and later. This gives people with older devices a major digital health option without having to buy new hardware.

Facebook can now tell who you live with based on your pictures and captions

Facebook can now tell who you live with based on your pictures and captions

Then, it would assess information from comments on the photos, captions, or tags (#family, #mom, #kids)–anything that indicates whether someone is a husband, daughter, cousin, etc.–to predict what your family/household actually looks like.

Your Smartphone’s Location Data Is Worth Big Money to Wall Street

Your Smartphone’s Location Data Is Worth Big Money to Wall Street

They circled Tesla’s 370 acres in Fremont, Calif., on an online map, creating a digital corral to isolate smartphone location signals that emanated from within it. Thasos, which leases databases of trillions of geographic coordinates collected by smartphone apps, set its computers to find the pings created at Tesla’s factory, then shared the...

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

The Freedom House report said that Beijing was taking steps to "propagate its model abroad" with large-scale trainings of foreign officials, providing censorship and surveillance technology, and pressuring international companies to comply with Chinese standards even when operating outside the country.

Why “Cyber” is Red-Hot (and why it’s a Burning Civil Liberties Issue) - BC Civil Liberties Association

Why “Cyber” is Red-Hot (and why it’s a Burning Civil Liberties Issue) - BC Civil Liberties Association

Cyber security is increasingly a national security matter; think: cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure or military equipment (like power grids and satellites). Many countries are responding to these threats, including Canada, which has a new National Cyber Security Strategy.

How to increase the value of your anonymized data? – Generate Vision – Medium

How to increase the value of your anonymized data? – Generate Vision – Medium

From figure 3 we can see that faces images processed by conventional anonymization methods not only produce bad segmentation boundaries, but also make the segmentation model to infer completely new object classes that were never present in the original image, like cats or bottles.

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