Amazon Considers Adding ‘Surveillance as a Service’ to Delivery Drones Because Maybe Every Product Should Monitor Us

Amazon Considers Adding ‘Surveillance as a Service’ to Delivery Drones Because Maybe Every Product Should Monitor Us

A patent, filed in June 2015 and approved earlier this month, describes technology that would allow a delivery drone to “perform surveillance action at a property of an authorized party” by making a “geo-fence” of the property and then “imag[ing] the property to generate surveillance images,” after or during which, the image data that is not within that geo-fence would apparently be obscured.

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon’s delivery drones are not yet dropping off packages, but the company is already envisioning how else that might be used — including by offering “surveillance as a service.” Amazon was recently granted a patent that outlines how its UAVs could keep an eye on customers’ property between deliveries while supposedly maintaining their privacy.

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%, according to the business analytics firm Mixpanel.

Law Forcing Users To Login To Watch Porn Delayed Fearing 'Blackmail And Surveillance'

Law Forcing Users To Login To Watch Porn Delayed Fearing 'Blackmail And Surveillance'

The government claims the new regulations are "backed by 88% of U.K. parents with children aged 7-17," but given that "more than half of Britons watch online pornography" this could be a case of being careful what you wish for.

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market — virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

Oregon governor signs bill requiring ‘reasonable security’ for online gadgets

Oregon governor signs bill requiring ‘reasonable security’ for online gadgets

Kate Brown signed a bill Thursday requiring tech companies to install “reasonable security features” on connected devices and appliances to prevent hackers from gaining access to steal information or manipulate the devices.

The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure

The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure

The revelations that NSA hackers and Border Patrol data-trackers had played themselves came on the heels of potentially worse news for wired Americans: An Israeli coding firm also admitted last month that its spyware was being deployed by hackers to attack WhatsApp users and gain access to their phones.

Only 2% of Amazon shareholders vote against giving facial recognition to government

Only 2% of Amazon shareholders vote against giving facial recognition to government

Amazon shareholders voted almost unanimously to reject a proposal to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies, and even a study of its effects garnered little support, effectively green-lighting Big Brother.

Right to erasure: How to make a right to erasure request

Right to erasure: How to make a right to erasure request

It’s your right to ask an organisation to delete the personal data they hold on you. Organisations generally have one calendar month to respond to your right to be forgotten request.

Thai immigration about ready to scan all faces

Thai immigration about ready to scan all faces

The facial and fingerprinting system “will be used to verify the identity of individuals entering or departing the country via land, sea and air,” the government’s publicity office announced today. It said work to replace existing systems with the new devices was 70 percent complete.

Google promises app developers more ad monetization options

Google promises app developers more ad monetization options

Google today announced that app developers will soon be able to bid on a target return on ad spend (tROAS).

How To Get Away With Murder — The Facebook Way

How To Get Away With Murder — The Facebook Way

When Facebook announced its robust first-quarter results for 2019, it also disclosed the company is setting aside $3 billion in anticipation of a fine for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s 2011 privacy consent decree.

Smoking, depression apps sell your data to Google and Facebook, study finds

Smoking, depression apps sell your data to Google and Facebook, study finds

For example, Torous said, mental health apps developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs clearly say that user data isn’t transmitted elsewhere. “Certainly if you’re sharing a lot of information about your mental health, and the app is not actually helping you, why put yourself at risk?” Torous said.

Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law, Expanding Government Control of Internet

Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law, Expanding Government Control of Internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a new measure that aims to expand government control over the Internet. Critics have warned that the new law, signed by Putin on May 1 and published on the Kremlin website, will lead to censorship over wide parts of the Internet.

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. Last month, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for years, said to have dated as far back as 2012.

Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

Facebook accidentally scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users

"Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time," a Facebook spokesperson said an a statement to Mashable.

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

The city says specific examples are forthcoming As the first plan of its kind in the United States, the New York law established a model, and other local governments have launched similar programs in the time since.

From China to the U.S., sensor surveillance gets real

From China to the U.S., sensor surveillance gets real

1) One article details how law enforcement in the U.S. has been making use of a trove of location data assembled by Google, called Sensorvault, that helps find both suspects and witnesses to crime.

Razer issues fix for well-known Intel ME firmware vulnerability

Razer issues fix for well-known Intel ME firmware vulnerability

"All current Razer laptops are shipped in Intel Manufacturing Mode, and have full R/W on the SPI flash. “To address this issue, Razer laptops will ship from the factory with an update to remove these vulnerabilities.

Former Facebook exec: 'Zuckerberg is sitting on more data about what people want to do online than anyone else in the world'

Former Facebook exec: 'Zuckerberg is sitting on more data about what people want to do online than anyone else in the world'

He cited the acquisitions of private messaging WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, and photo-sharing service Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, as examples of bets "that people think are insane but turn out to be prophetic because he knows the direction the world is going," Stamos said.

Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions: Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?

Microsoft Edge lets Facebook run Flash code behind users' backs

Microsoft Edge lets Facebook run Flash code behind users' backs

Ivan Fratric, the Google Project Zero security researcher who found the this whitelist, described the security flaws he found as follows: - An XSS vulnerability on any of the domains would allow bypassing click2play policy [and running malicious Flash code on these domains].

617 million stolen records up for sale on dark web

617 million stolen records up for sale on dark web

The Register says the number of accounts from the following websites are for sale on the dark web: “The biggest risk of targeted individual attacks against the victims, however, is probably already in the past: now the buyers will likely conduct large-scale phishing and malware campaigns without a high degree of sophistication,” predicts Kolochenko.

Privacy is a commons

Privacy is a commons

No less an authority than François Chollet has written “I’d like to raise awareness about what really worries me when it comes to AI: the highly effective, highly scalable manipulation of human behavior that AI enables, and its malicious use by corporations and governments.” We may conclude that while individually, our privacy may usually be mostly meaningless, collectively, it is a critically important commons.

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

I’m going to go out on a limb and say real-time location data probably shouldn’t be outsourced That’s presumably in addition to the data these carriers shared with Zumigo and Microbilt, the second-hand and third-hand data brokers we learned about last month.

Can this company put personal data back in the hands of consumers?

Can this company put personal data back in the hands of consumers?

They can also post new surveys to Killi and gather the specific information they need. Killi was launched in 2018, and developed by Freckle , a New York City based IoT company that specializes in offline attribution and data as a service.

Britain's data watchdog to investigate Google over privacy concerns

Britain's data watchdog to investigate Google over privacy concerns

Britain's data watchdog is investigating complaints that Google is breaking privacy laws, raising the prospect of multi-million pound fines for the company. The Californian tech giant was this month slapped with a €50m (£44m) fine from French regulators for breaching what is being lauded as the law for the digital age.

Japan will try to hack its citizens’ routers and webcams in the name of cybersecurity

Japan will try to hack its citizens’ routers and webcams in the name of cybersecurity

The Japanese government has announced that beginning next month it will actively try to hack into its citizens’ internet-connected devices in their homes, reports NHK .

Google, Facebook spend big on U.S. lobbying amid policy battles

Google, Facebook spend big on U.S. lobbying amid policy battles

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google disclosed in a quarterly filing on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, topping its previous high of $18.22 million in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices.

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada should ban China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks because the security risk is too great, a former spy chief said in an article published on Monday.

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