Minister in Charge of Japan’s Cybersecurity Says He Has Never Used a Computer

Minister in Charge of Japan’s Cybersecurity Says He Has Never Used a Computer

Japanese lawmakers were aghast on Wednesday when Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, the minister who heads the government’s cybersecurity office, said during questioning in Parliament that he had no need for the devices, and appeared confused when asked basic technology questions.

DigitalBits: An Economy Reimagined – DigitalBitsOrg – Medium

DigitalBits: An Economy Reimagined – DigitalBitsOrg – Medium

DigitalBits is a protocol layer Blockchain designed to help facilitate mass market liquidity of various digital assets and integrate with existing apps to drive market-adoption of Blockchain technology. Applications utilize DigitalBits technology to facilitate mass market liquidity of various digital assets.

Federal Researchers Complete Second Round of Problematic Tattoo Recognition Experiments

Federal Researchers Complete Second Round of Problematic Tattoo Recognition Experiments

The latest experiment was called Tatt-E, which is short for “Tattoo Recognition Technology Evaluation.” Using tattoo images collected by state and local law enforcement from incarcerated people, NIST tested algorithms created by state-backed Chinese Academy of Sciences and MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of the French corporation Idemia.

Blockchain - An Innovative Technology to Transfer and Secure Information

Blockchain - An Innovative Technology to Transfer and Secure Information

Blockchain is a decentralized, digital ledger in which all cryptocurrency transactions are recorded publicly. It is a constantly growing list of chronological records, which are called Blocks and it allows market participants to keep track of their transactions made using cryptocurrency without the need for central recordkeeping.

Tech sector says Peter Dutton's encrypted message 'back door' will jeopardise digital security

Tech sector says Peter Dutton's encrypted message 'back door' will jeopardise digital security

That is why the Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, has been so keen to pass laws forcing messaging companies to put "back doors" into their technology, allowing authorities to access these otherwise secret communications.

"I'm a person, not a number" - why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far

"I'm a person, not a number" - why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far

It revealed over 50 per cent of workers think their employer is monitoring them at work – and that many feared new technology was going to make workplace monitoring even worse.

State senator sought to weaken biometric privacy protections he had championed

State senator sought to weaken biometric privacy protections he had championed

Link's effort to change the now 10-year-old Biometric Information Privacy Act came as lawsuits were being filed by Illinois residents accusing Facebook of improperly using digital facial recognition in photo tagging.

New Boom in Facial Recognition Tech Prompts Privacy Alarms

New Boom in Facial Recognition Tech Prompts Privacy Alarms

Another example comes from Seattle-based tech company RealNetworks, where Mike Vance, senior director of product management, has received dozens of recent queries from K-12 schools across the nation seeking to participate in RealNetworks’ Secure, Accurate Facial Recognition (SAFR) program.

Police: Woman remotely wipes phone in evidence after shooting

Police: Woman remotely wipes phone in evidence after shooting

Grant, 24, of Willow Avenue, may have been the driver of a vehicle involved in an Oct. 23 drive-by shooting on Van Vranken Avenue, near Lang Street, so they obtained her phone, according to police allegations filed in court.

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds

is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders.

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security.

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

Iris Recognition

Iris Recognition

Making the risk of data breach even greater, law enforcement often stores its iris biometrics on databases operated by vendors and other private third parties.

Your mall is watching you

Your mall is watching you

“We never felt at ease with that because it could be used for discrimination.” The general manager of Saskatoon’s Centre Mall, David Bubnick, says via email that the aggregated information helps “identify visitor trends, which helps us determine our retail mix and offer new retailers and services to suit the community.” A Cineplex Digital Media spokesperson echoed the reassurance, adding “there is no personal identification, no pictures stored and no tracking or profiling of individuals.”

We Need to Have an Honest Talk About Our Data

We Need to Have an Honest Talk About Our Data

So if you look at Netflix’s ability to start a subscription business, I think it gives you hope that business models can change, and if people are used to free things, they actually can be persuaded that a paid model makes the world better.

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

The official statement read in part: “the City of Orlando will continue to test Amazon Rekognition facial recognition software to determine if this technology could reliably identify specific individuals as they come within view of specific cameras.” The documents obtained by Buzzfeed provide a look behind the curtain at communications between the company and the police department, as Orlando’s test pilot was thrust into the national spotlight.

Father of Web says tech giants may have to be split up

Father of Web says tech giants may have to be split up

Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, said he was disappointed with the current state of the internet, following scandals over the abuse of personal data and the use of social media to spread hate.

Google and the Rest of Tech Industry Are Grappling With These 3 Data Problems

Google and the Rest of Tech Industry Are Grappling With These 3 Data Problems

When considering how to regulate the tech industry, lawmakers typically think of either antitrust or data privacy issues, Jin explained.

To regulate AI we need new laws, not just a code of ethics | Paul Chadwick

To regulate AI we need new laws, not just a code of ethics | Paul Chadwick

“We need a new culture of technology and business development for the age of AI which we call ‘rule of law, democracy and human rights by design’,” Nemitz writes.

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

NSA awarded the first $5 billion Groundbreaker contract in 2001 to a joint alliance of contractors called the Eagle Alliance, led by Computer Science Corp., which became CSRA.

With No Laws To Guide It, Here's How Orlando Is Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology

With No Laws To Guide It, Here's How Orlando Is Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology

The documents, obtained by BuzzFeed News via a Freedom of Information request, show that Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

In 1890, two Harvard legal scholars, Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, tackled the then-new technology in a now-famous (among students of the law) Harvard Law Review article arguing that because “instantaneous photographs … [had] invaded the sacred precincts of private and domestic life,” people needed a constitutionally recognized right to be let alone, or a “right of privacy.” Roberson’s case a decade later gave the courts the first opportunity to decide whether to take their advice.

How smart cameras are being used increasingly by retailers

How smart cameras are being used increasingly by retailers

Amazon is trialling a shop in which there are no checkouts: store CCTV cameras detect when shoppers pick up items, and users are billed via an app. Some of these systems are used for security, while others use facial recognition on CCTV footage to track where customers go within a shop.

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Google’s UK head Ronan Harris is understood to have asked ministers about the potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data. Google’s advertising business relies heavily upon retaining user data, and Brexit will see the government have to form a new data-sharing agreement with the European Union.

Tim Cook calls for GDPR-style privacy laws in the US

Tim Cook calls for GDPR-style privacy laws in the US

"Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," said Cook. Cook praised Europe's "successful implementation" of privacy law GDPR, and said that "It is time for the rest of the world ...

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

And those of us who believe in technology's potential for good must not shrink from this moment," Cook said. They may say to you, "Our companies will never achieve technology's true potential if they are constrained with privacy regulation." But this notion isn't just wrong, it is destructive.

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook has warned that mass data collection from tech companies is "surveillance" as data is "weaponised against us with military efficiency". The Apple chief executive added that companies that harvest data can gather "stockpiles of personal data only serve to enrich the companies that collect them".

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

In the rush to prepare for the future, business entrepreneurs may have forgotten that data is the fuel of the artificial intelligence technology. Would this offer new personal data security levels and would people’s behavior online become the only password needed?

How the TSA’s Facial Recognition Plan Will Go Far Beyond the Airport

How the TSA’s Facial Recognition Plan Will Go Far Beyond the Airport

Under the TSA plan, which reads like a parody of warnings against “slippery slopes” in the expansion of surveillance technology, the agency would first streamline its partnership with the Customs and Border Protection’s new biometric exit program, which matches certain international travelers with their passport photos at the aircraft gate.

Industry Group Representing Apple, Google, Amazon and Others Releases User Privacy Framework to Guide Policymakers

The purpose of this framework is to inform the development of legislation or the promulgation of rules that enhance personal data protection, further the trust relationship between companies and their customers, and enable innovation while also avoiding regulatory fragmentation that undermines all three goals.

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