Is the "10 Year Challenge" on Facebook a privacy scheme disguised as a meme?

Is the "10 Year Challenge" on Facebook a privacy scheme disguised as a meme?

Facebook on Wednesday distanced itself from the "10 Year Challenge" after an article set off speculation that the social media giant could be secretly mining data from the photos to improve its facial recognition algorithms.

Tim Cook calls on FTC to let consumers track and delete their personal data

Tim Cook calls on FTC to let consumers track and delete their personal data

Writing in an op-ed for Time magazine , Cook said consumers should have the power to “delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all.” In the column Cook inveighed against what he called the “shadow economy” of data brokers: companies that collect and sell personal data generated by digital tracking.

Major Security Breach Discovered Affecting Nearly Half of All Airline Travelers Worldwide

Major Security Breach Discovered Affecting Nearly Half of All Airline Travelers Worldwide

The same breach was then discovered to include 44% of the international carriers market, potentially affecting tens of millions of travelers.

Russian doll steganography allows users to mask covert drives

Russian doll steganography allows users to mask covert drives

Perfectly deniable steganographic disk encryption offers a means to “safeguard sensitive information against forced password disclosure by concealing its very existence”, according to Schaub.

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

If you use social media , you've probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures , mostly from 10 years ago and this year. Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data.

Privacy advocates: Dems’ “technological wall” proposal could do “even more harm” than Trump’s wall

Privacy advocates: Dems’ “technological wall” proposal could do “even more harm” than Trump’s wall

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a “technological wall,” with increased electronic scrutiny of border traffic as an alternative to President Trump’s proposed physical wall, the internet freedom group Fight for the Future quickly circulated an online petition against the idea.

There's a simple reason your new smart TV was so affordable: It's collecting and selling your data

There's a simple reason your new smart TV was so affordable: It's collecting and selling your data

Smart TVs can be sold at or near cost to consumers because Vizio is able to monetize those TVs through data collection, advertising, and selling direct-to-consumer entertainment (movies, etc.).

San Bernardino County Sheriff's electronic surveillance use — already highest in state — continues to surge

San Bernardino County Sheriff's electronic surveillance use — already highest in state — continues to surge

More: In San Bernardino County, you're 20 times more likely to have your Facebook, iPhone secretly probed by police Of the 787 electronic property search warrants authorized, 29 were granted to use the cell site simulator, some of which Kowalski said will also be reported because the owners of the targeted devices might not have been identified for notification -- again a small fraction of 2018’s numbers.

Philips unveils pair of premium monitors with Windows Hello and USB-C docking

Philips unveils pair of premium monitors with Windows Hello and USB-C docking

"The Philips Brilliance 49-inch SuperWide Curved LCD Display offers the ultimate in picture quality, screen format and user functionality. The company also says, "The Philips 329P9H 32-inch 4K LCD monitor delivers ultra-clarity, outstanding color and brilliant performance -- designed for the way you work to maximize productivity.

2019 will be the year of privacy

2019 will be the year of privacy

Emerging privacy-preserving technology can help provide a win-win solution, offering unprecedented user privacy protections while enabling new applications for data. Privacy-preserving techniques combined with blockchain can enable new decentralized applications that protect data while providing users with transparency and control over how data is used.

Deepfakes and the New Disinformation War

Deepfakes and the New Disinformation War

Users have already employed deepfake technology to insert people’s faces into pornography without their consent or knowledge, and the growing ease of making fake audio and video content will create ample opportunities for blackmail, intimidation, and sabotage.

Congress not likely to tackle high-tech laws this year

Congress not likely to tackle high-tech laws this year

Rep. Frank Pallone, a a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which covers an array of internet issues, said he will push “policies that protect net neutrality, promote public safety, and provide meaningful privacy and data security protections that are seriously lacking today.” SIGN UP Will that lead to concrete legislation?

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Information captured by retailers, both online and in stores, often finds its way into the treasure troves of data brokers, allowing them to develop and sell incredibly detailed consumer dossiers that go far beyond demographics to include behavioral quirks, biases, religious beliefs, purchasing patterns, and a host of other personal details.

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

At a time when China and the United States are locked in a rivalry on several fronts including trade and technology, Hikvision – which is the world’s largest surveillance technology company and based in Hangzhou in eastern China – has supplied the equipment and software used by an American force that polices a population of about 8.6 million people.

How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Mobile Phones to Steal Protected Data

How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Mobile Phones to Steal Protected Data

"The people who are doing that are getting a lot of money and are doing that [full time]." Dubbed "AirHopper" by the researchers at Cyber Security Labs at Ben Gurion University , the proof-of-concept technique allows hackers and spies to surreptitiously siphon passwords and other data from an infected computer using radio signals generated and transmitted by the computer and received by a mobile phone.

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

As Guardian Optical CEO Gil Dotan said, “What automakers want is what either sells cars, or what regulators tell them to do.” Occupants, inside a car, are seen on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits, shown during an interview in San Jose, California, U.S., December 28, 2018.

People Who Use Someone Else's Netflix Password, We've Got Bad News

People Who Use Someone Else's Netflix Password, We've Got Bad News

Its chief aim is to allow media-service providers – such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc – to detect whether their users are sharing passwords with more people than they should.

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Yesterday, he announced his challenge for the coming year : My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.

Privacy and elementary OS

Privacy and elementary OS

Some people coming from this world of vacuuming up data ask us: how does elementary know what features to develop, which areas to focus on, how many daily active users we have? Is elementary against responsible, privacy-first collection of useful data?

How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues

How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues

Microsoft sells targeted ads against search results, and users have complained about how their data is secured in the cloud, the company hasn’t received nearly the same level of scrutiny, and it’s been years since its executives were hauled before Congress.

Data privacy abuses prompt calls for Federal Trade Commission to bare teeth

Data privacy abuses prompt calls for Federal Trade Commission to bare teeth

Share story Last spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the data of tens of millions of its users had improperly been obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a top enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission drafted a memo about the prospect of disciplining the social network.

Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

In patent speak, this is “Associating received contact information with user profiles stored by a social networking system.” Here’s how Facebook describes the process of figuring out everyone you’ve ever met.

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.

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Speaking with Bloomberg last week , Sony’s sensor division boss Satoshi Yoshihara said Sony plans to ramp up production of chips to power front and rear 3D cameras in late summer, responding to demand from multiple smartphone manufacturers.

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids – Richard Freed – Medium

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids – Richard Freed – Medium

This alliance pairs the consumer tech industry’s immense wealth with the most sophisticated psychological research, making it possible to develop social media, video games, and phones with drug-like power to seduce young users.

Silicon Valley: How ‘connect-everything’ tech is problematic

Silicon Valley: How ‘connect-everything’ tech is problematic

“Something that was heartening this year was that accompanying this parade of scandals was a growing public awareness that there’s an accountability crisis in tech,” said Meredith Whittaker, a co-founder of New York University’s AI Now Institute for studying the social implications of artificial intelligence.

Your Face is Going Places You May Not Like

Your Face is Going Places You May Not Like

Companies like Facebook also have huge datasets at their fingertips, matching photos with the person in the photo, then tying your friend list to the facial recognition to get a high likelihood of accurate identification of other faces in the photos.

The Senator Who Wants to Keep Silicon Valley From Reading Your Messages

The Senator Who Wants to Keep Silicon Valley From Reading Your Messages

(This year, California passed similar legislation, fought by big tech lobbyists.) The bill comes after a year of public reckoning with how much power technology companies have, as Facebook scandals involving Cambridge Analytica data collection and election meddling have transformed Silicon Valley from America’s startup darlings to the country’s biggest corporate creeps.

Google wins dismissal of facial recognition lawsuit over biometric privacy act

Google wins dismissal of facial recognition lawsuit over biometric privacy act

As first reported by Bloomberg, the judge found that the plaintiffs didn’t suffer “concrete injuries.” The Google lawsuit is one of three cases aimed at prominent tech companies that have allegedly violated the United States’ toughest biometric privacy law and it’s the first one to get dismissed.

Google wants to spy on everything you do at home, in every room (including the bathroom), to help “improve” your family

Google wants to spy on everything you do at home, in every room (including the bathroom), to help “improve” your family

Today’s “smart speakers” monitor and analyze only sounds, while Google’s futuristic automation system wants to measure everything: “acceleration, temperature, humidity, water, supplied power, proximity, external motion, device motion, sound signals, ultrasound signals, light signals, fire, smoke, carbon monoxide or other gas, global-positioning-satellite (GPS) signals, radio-frequency (RF), other electromagnetic signals or fields, or the like.” The patent helpfully walks us through various applications of all this technology.

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