Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

More information about our processes to safeguard speech data

More information about our processes to safeguard speech data

We’re focused on building products that work for everyone, and as part of this, we invest significant resources to ensure that our speech technology works for a wide variety of languages, accents and dialects. This is a critical part of the process of building speech technology, and is necessary to creating products like the Google Assistant.

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

In a report published this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee voiced serious concerns over the accuracy of the invasive technology and raised questions over bias – an issue which has been brought up repeatedly in discussions over the technology’s use.

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

On the same day that Oakland’s City Council voted to ban government use of the technology, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 3494) that would require the Director of National Intelligence to report on the use of face surveillance by intelligence agencies.

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

The company operating the majority of the city's subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a tender for a new set-up to replace its current legacy system and a non-integrated estate of 2200 cameras, of which only some are digital.

Google executive refuses to commit to independent audit during Senate hearing

Google executive refuses to commit to independent audit during Senate hearing

Karan Bhatia , Google vice president of global government affairs and public policy, demurred when pressed by senators to undergo an independent audit of the company’s content management practices, as both Facebook and Twitter have done, saying his company is in a “very different situation.”.

Oakland Officials Take Step Towards Banning City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

Oakland Officials Take Step Towards Banning City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

ALSO READ: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Facial Recognition Technology Ban The vote on Tuesday evening was for the first reading of the ordinance, city officials said.

Council Bans City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

Council Bans City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

But other agencies across the country have, including the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which scans its mugshot database with facial recognition software, according to a report by Oakland police.

Berkeley Claims To Be A Progressive City But It’s Not Clear If They’ll Ban Facial Recognition.

Berkeley Claims To Be A Progressive City But It’s Not Clear If They’ll Ban Facial Recognition.

“The proposal on the table in Berkeley is clear, direct, and effective,” said Evan Greer, Deputy Director at Fight for the Future, (pronouns: she/her).

An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’ is a step towards creating bionic brains

An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’ is a step towards creating bionic brains

Our new electronic chip uses light to create and modify memories, moving us closer towards artificial intelligence (AI) that can replicate the human brain’s sophistication. This enables it to mimic the way neurons work to store and delete information in the brain.

Oakland City Council to Talk Facial Recognition Ban

Oakland City Council to Talk Facial Recognition Ban

The discussion surrounding the future of facial recognition is expected to continue Tuesday night in Oakland, about two months after San Francisco became the first U.S. city to outlaw the technology. San Francisco supervisors this week passed legislation that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies and other city departments.

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Getty Images Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up ?Already, the battle lines have been drawn.

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Libberton added, “It’s not just about the chip, but integration with other systems and data sharing.”. “The chip is very convenient, so could we accept our data being shared very widely before we know the risks?”.

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Its user terms confirm recordings may be used by the company, stating Assistant "records your voice and audio on Google services to improve speech recognition.". Google's terms don't explicitly say that people review the recordings, but do state that data could be analyzed as the company updates services or create new features.

Alexa, Google Home now battling perception of being ‘surveillance’ devices

Alexa, Google Home now battling perception of being ‘surveillance’ devices

Google goes on to discuss how it safeguards user privacy and how only a small percentage of audio clips go to third parties for review. A recent survey from NPR suggests that some consumers are now hesitating to buy smart speakers for privacy reasons.

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

The device is one of several spy tools manufactured by a Chinese company called Semptian, which has supplied the equipment to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa, according to two sources with knowledge of the company’s operations.

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Twitter/Alan Campbell Detroit police yank police commissioner Willie Burton from his seat. Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was yanked out of his seat and arrested during a public meeting Thursday because the chairwoman wanted him to stop talking.

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

How Blockchain Technology Can Prevent Non-Consensual Surveillance

How Blockchain Technology Can Prevent Non-Consensual Surveillance

Apparently, when travelers are going through the Chinese border patrol process, workers are taking their phones and other devices into a separate room before returning them later on.

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State

Shenzhen-based Semptian is using the devices to enhance the capabilities of internet surveillance and censorship technology it provides to human rights-abusing security agencies in China, according to sources and documents.

Academics steal data from air-gapped systems via a keyboard's LEDs

Academics steal data from air-gapped systems via a keyboard's LEDs

The research team behind this exfiltration method says it tested the CTRL-ALT-LED technique with various optical capturing devices, such as a smartphone camera, a smartwatch's camera, security cameras, extreme sports cameras, and even high-grade optical/light sensors.

Google admits workers listen to private audio recordings from Google Home smart speakers

Google admits workers listen to private audio recordings from Google Home smart speakers

In a statement, the company said a small number of anonymous recordings were transcribed by its experts, and revealed that an investigation had been launched after some Dutch audio data had been leaked.

Google really is spying on you: Firm reveals contract workers listen to private smart speaker recordings

Google really is spying on you: Firm reveals contract workers listen to private smart speaker recordings

The technology company pays "language experts" around the world to listen to and transcribe audio recordings made by users. Temporary workers, supplied by contractors, are sent audio recordings to transcribe so that Google can improve its services for people who speak in different accents and languages.

It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

It turns out that Juggalos face makeup cannot be accurately read by many facial recognition technologies. The black bands frequently used in Juggalo makeup obscure the mouth and cover the chin, totally redefining a person’s key features.

Civil Rights Group Wants to Ban Feds From Using Facial Recognition

Civil Rights Group Wants to Ban Feds From Using Facial Recognition

Fight for the Future, one of the main activist groups fighting for net neutrality and against mass surveillance in the past few years, launched a new campaign today, asking for a ban on the use of facial recognition software by the federal government.

Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans

Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans

Privacy has become a new frontier in Big Tech's fight for consumer confidence, and Apple has clocked that (whether reality or perception) it has an advantage over arch-rival Google, given that its business has not been built around capturing, analyzing and monetizing user data.

What’s that liquid? IBM’s flavor-identifying ‘e-tongue’ will tell you

What’s that liquid? IBM’s flavor-identifying ‘e-tongue’ will tell you

“We’re very good as humans at being able to recognize different liquids,” Patrick Ruch, one of the researchers working on the e-tongue project, told Digital Trends.

In Defense of Privacy

In Defense of Privacy

Media coverage of the threat to personal privacy from technology tends to follow a narrative in which privacy is a virtue, Big Tech its evil predator and government the good knight capable of protecting it.".

Digital license plates now in 3 states, with more on the way

Digital license plates now in 3 states, with more on the way

Reviver CEO Neville Boston with the digital license plate that can be updated wirelessly with registration, Amber Alerts and other information in real time. California is one of three states that have legalized the use of digital license plates, and several more -- like Texas and Florida -- are considering them.

Wikipedia co-founder slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the 'appalling' internet

Wikipedia co-founder slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the 'appalling' internet

"The internet wouldn't have been created by people like Mark Zuckerberg, or any of the sort of corporate executives in Silicon Valley today," he said. The internet wouldn't have been created by people like Mark Zuckerberg, or any of the sort of corporate executives in Silicon Valley today.

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