To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

Yang, argues that when a U.S. Postal Service inspector used a commercial ALPR database to locate a suspected mail thief, it was a Fourth Amendment search that required a warrant.

IBM’s photo-scraping scandal shows what a weird bubble AI researchers live in

IBM’s photo-scraping scandal shows what a weird bubble AI researchers live in

On Tuesday, NBC published a story with a gripping headline: “Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent.” I linked to it in our last Algorithm issue, but it’s worth a revisit today.

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber developed spyware code-named Surfcam in its Sydney office in 2015Surfcam scraped data on competitors' cars to allow Uber to poach driversUber used Surfcam to steal drivers from start-up GoCatch The spyware program, code-named Surfcam, was deployed against Australian start-up rideshare company GoCatch, which was backed by high-profile investors including billionaire James Packer and hedge fund manager Alex Turnbull.

Now-Patched Google Photos Vulnerability Let Hackers Track Your Friends and Location History

Now-Patched Google Photos Vulnerability Let Hackers Track Your Friends and Location History

If the search time took longer than the baseline, I could assume the query returned results and thus infer that the current user visited Iceland. So by adding a date to the search query, I could check if the photo was taken in a specific time range.

Russia doubles down on censorship with new ‘fake news’ and ‘internet insults’ law

Russia doubles down on censorship with new ‘fake news’ and ‘internet insults’ law

The Russian government has passed a new censorship law that allows it to target individuals and websites for such nondescript crimes as spreading “fake news” and “disrespecting” state symbols of figures – including Vladimir Putin.

Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof — Krebs on Security

Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof — Krebs on Security

Nixon said countless companies have essentially built their customer authentication around the phone number, and that a great many sites still let users reset their passwords with nothing more than a one-time code texted to a phone number on the account.

Search The Thousands Of Disaster Buyouts FEMA Didn't Want You To See

Search The Thousands Of Disaster Buyouts FEMA Didn't Want You To See

Investigations How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich NPR analyzed records from a Federal Emergency Management Agency database of more than 40,000 property acquisitions, or "buyouts," funded by the agency from 1989 through 2017.

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

It’s clear after this hearing that companies who deliberately over-collect data and sidestep user privacy are making a business choice, and they could choose to operate differently. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley asked DeVries whether users can fully turn off all Google’s location tracking services on their Android phones.

Apple makes cool new ad about iPhone Privacy

Apple makes cool new ad about iPhone Privacy

That’s iPhone.” Then we’re shown how we already value privacy in the everyday world in ways we might not relate to digital privacy: no trespassing signs and vicious guard dogs to protect our property, pausing a private conversation or swallowing a secret note from a classmate to avoid others receiving the message, and shredding personal information to leave no trace for identity thieves.

WhatsApp cofounder renews attacks on Facebook and urges students to delete the social network

WhatsApp cofounder renews attacks on Facebook and urges students to delete the social network

Brian Acton, the cofounder of WhatsApp, urged students at Stanford University to delete their Facebook accounts on Wednesday as he defended his reasons for selling his instant messaging startup to Mark Zuckerberg for $19 billion in 2014, according to Buzzfeed News .

Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During WhatsApp, Facebook Outage

Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During WhatsApp, Facebook Outage

Two of these features include: The telegram has previously faced restrictions and bans in countries like Iran, as well as in its home country Russia, after Durov refused to comply with government requests for encryption keys and information on its users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Explains Privacy Strategy in Interview

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Explains Privacy Strategy in Interview

Deep into Michal Lev-Ram’s fine new cover story on Facebook in the just-out issue of Fortune is this startling fact: made an average of $35 last quarter on each of its U.S. and Canadian users, ten times the amount of per-user revenue it collects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets

Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets

The greatest beneficiary of the update appears to be pro-privacy Google rival, DuckDuckGo , which is now being offered as an option in more than 60 markets, per the GitHub instance.

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.

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.

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

Let’s dance, you and I.” Don’t miss: Here’s why you’re getting so many spam phone calls This isn’t the first time Oliver has slammed AT&T or the FCC.

Calculator - TraceLogger.cpp at 057401f5f2b4bb1ea143da02c773ac18d1bb9a2e · Microsoft - calculator · GitHub

Calculator - TraceLogger.cpp at 057401f5f2b4bb1ea143da02c773ac18d1bb9a2e · Microsoft - calculator · GitHub

// we want to record the event only when memory item count is atleast 4 // we want to record the event only when history item count is atleast 20 // if the event is not logged already for the present mode // call comes here at the time of ApplicationViewModel initialization // if the event is not logged already for the present mode // store windowId in windowIdLog which says we have logged mode for the present windowId.

W3C Approves WebAuthn For Passwordless Web Authentication

W3C Approves WebAuthn For Passwordless Web Authentication

A new standard for web authentication is here According to Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, “Now is the time for web services and businesses to adopt WebAuthn to move beyond vulnerable passwords and help web users improve the security of their online experiences.” He also added, “W3C’s Recommendation establishes web-wide interoperability guidance, setting consistent expectations for web users and the sites they visit.

Is Alexa Dangerous?

Is Alexa Dangerous?

Amazon doesn’t disclose exact figures, but when I asked how many Echo devices have been sold, a spokeswoman said “tens of millions.” By the end of last year, more than 40 million smart speakers had been installed worldwide, according to Canalys, a technology-research firm.

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

“To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.” The proposal notes that major companies have tightened their grip on the digital market through mergers, but regulators have largely let those deals pass.

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Milking Facebook’s stewardship of WhatsApp for all it’s worth, Zuckerberg was intentional about pitching his new centralized yet private future for Facebook around the model of the encrypted messaging app, a platform so antithetical to Facebook’s broad mission that its founders left in disgust after cashing their checks.

GitHub - c-edw/discord-delete: Powerful script to delete full Discord message history.

GitHub - c-edw/discord-delete: Powerful script to delete full Discord message history.

It's also able to do a deeper search for messages than other projects by using data request packages to delete messages from long-forgotten conversations. Discord does anonymise accounts on deletion but message history can usually be used to counteract that.

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future

We plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp: focus on the most fundamental and private use case — messaging — make it as secure as possible, and then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

When I see or hear strangers introduce me as “Arabelle, genderqueer” to people they don’t even know, to rooms I’m unfamiliar with, in public spaces where I can’t address the dangers first, I feel like a specimen with all the lights bearing down.

Now Facebook is allowing anyone to look you up using your security phone number

Now Facebook is allowing anyone to look you up using your security phone number

For years social media Big Brother started pestering its users to secure their account with two-factor authentication (2FA) by prompting them to enter their phone number so they could get a text with a security code login when logging into their account from a new device for the first time.

Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You Go and This is How to Turn Off The Hidden Feature

Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You Go and This is How to Turn Off The Hidden Feature

There’s no doubt that mapping apps in your Phone collect a significant amount of information of the places you visit, but what may come as a surprise to users is that Apple Maps actually records the locations you frequently visit and stores additional information such as the times you’ve arrived and departed.

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

“This is a long-overdue step by the commission, which has failed to stay abreast of developments in the digital economy on both the consumer protection and competition fronts,” said Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is a leading light on regulating Big Tech, in a statement.

5G means you’ll have to say goodbye to your location privacy

5G means you’ll have to say goodbye to your location privacy

But since 5G towers will need to be everywhere and you’ll only connect to one 5G tower at a time, your mobile network will now be able to pinpoint your location much more accurately–even knowing which building you are in.

Facebook and Twitter told us they would tackle ‘fake news’. They failed

Facebook and Twitter told us they would tackle ‘fake news’. They failed

Tech giants signed up to our EU code to counter disinformation – but with key elections looming, they are falling short As a society, we are increasingly using the internet as our prime source of information – a recent survey showed that 57% of Europeans get their news mainly from online platforms.

How Xi Jinping became a networked authoritarian thanks to his little red app

How Xi Jinping became a networked authoritarian thanks to his little red app

Xi Jinping aspires, like Mao before him, to immerse citizens in his political philosophy The app (“Xi Study Strong Nation” is the English translation of its name) has reportedly become the most popular smartphone app in China .

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