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.

Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers

Researchers Believe Sprint Is Throttling Skype Without Telling Consumers

Choffnes developed an app named Wehe that he’s been using to track how wireless carriers are treating user data in the wake of the repeal of net neutrality rules last June.

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.

With 5G, you won't just be watching video. It'll be watching you, too

With 5G, you won't just be watching video. It'll be watching you, too

They would hinge on interactive video layers that use emotional analysis based on your phone's front-facing camera to adjust what you're watching in real time. For context, that matches the value of the entire mobile media market – video, music and games – last year.

YouTube CEO urges YouTube creators to protest European copyright law

YouTube CEO urges YouTube creators to protest European copyright law

Wojcicki focuses on Article 13 of the EU's new Directive on Copyright, which passed in early September and makes tech platforms liable for copyright-protected content. Essentially, this means that giant platforms that rely on user-generated content, including Google's YouTube, , and , would be responsible for making sure that users don't share copyrighted material.

Eugene police setting up surveillance trailers downtown

Eugene police setting up surveillance trailers downtown

The trailers — loaded with high-definition cameras — were set to debut at Kesey Square on the intersection of Broadway and Willamette Street, at Broadway and Olive Street, and in the Park Blocks at Eighth Avenue and Oak Street, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said Friday.

Apple boss takes aim at 'weaponisation' of customer data

Apple boss takes aim at 'weaponisation' of customer data

BRUSSELS: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday (Oct 24) customer data was being "weaponised with military efficiency" by companies to increase profit. Cook said Apple fully backed a federal privacy law in the United States, something Europe has already introduced via its General Data Protection Regulation.

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

According to the article, there were "more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious." In an email statement Tuesday, provided after Ars Technica declined Google/Waymo's request to talk off the record, the company's spokesperson Johnny Luu wrote: "As to the report itself, we disagree with The New Yorker's characterization of the events dubbed 'Prius vs Camry.'"

Facebook Is Developing A Camera-Equipped TV Device Capable Of Streaming — Report

Facebook Is Developing A Camera-Equipped TV Device Capable Of Streaming — Report

reportedly is developing a television set-top box equipped with a camera, that would allow for video calling as well as streaming, according to Cheddar TV. This new TV device would incorporate these same video features, and also allow users to stream entertainment content — likely, videos from Facebook Watch.

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe Online

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe Online

Encrypting your email, being elusive with your social media information, and avoiding the lure of “checking in” are good starting points for protecting your online data privacy.

Facebook says it could use data from Portal devices to target users with ads

Facebook says it could use data from Portal devices to target users with ads

Facebook has been insistent that Portal is "private by design", and the company said no data -- such as call logs and app usage information -- would be used to target users with ads.

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

Facebook unveils its new smart video calling hardware: Portal and Portal+

Facebook unveils its new smart video calling hardware: Portal and Portal+

Facebook's Andrew Bosworth spoke to the BBC, and admitted that there will be concerns from would-be users about the devices: "We understand that inviting a camera and microphone into your home is the kind of thing that will give a consumer pause, especially for a new category of products around video calling that haven't been really common for consumers to have access to".

How to Live Without Google

How to Live Without Google

We host @duckduckgo.com addresses on FastMail, an independent, paid service that also includes calendar and contacts support across all devices. Ghost is both a hosted (paid) and self-installable blogging platform, tracker-free by default and run by a non-profit foundation.

UMatrix – A Powerful Firefox Extension to Enhance Security and Privacy

UMatrix – A Powerful Firefox Extension to Enhance Security and Privacy

uMatrix adds Cookie, CSS, Media/Image, Script, XML Http Requests (XHR), Frame, and other types of blocking to your security and privacy arsenal, and it allows the user to fine tune each of these types of blocking to the user’s preference.

BlackVue dashcams share cars' mapped GPS locations, stream video feeds

BlackVue dashcams share cars' mapped GPS locations, stream video feeds

Cloud-ready @BlackVue #dashcams illegally broadcast your EXACT GPS location, AND LIVE VIDEO from inside your car, without permission, PUBLICLY on the internet!

Police to Seattle’s techies, streamers: Sign up for our anti-swatting service [Updated]

Police to Seattle’s techies, streamers: Sign up for our anti-swatting service [Updated]

The threat includes a claim of five hostages taken and a ransom demand of "five grand or I'mma kill 'em all." This portion is followed by video footage of SPD officers, timestamped in the early hours of August 24 of this year, saying things like "an online phone app" and "sounds more and more like swatting to me" before approaching an apartment unit's entrance with guns drawn.

Honour of Kings uses facial recognition to check ages

Honour of Kings uses facial recognition to check ages

Tencent highlighted that many users had previously voiced concerns about the idea of it using facial ID checks in games and said it would evaluate the results of the real-world trial "in depth".

New YouTube tools will collect data for advertisers

New YouTube tools will collect data for advertisers

With hundreds of billions of dollars up for grabs, the Alphabet-owned video site is slated to announce Monday that it’s rolling out new tools to help advertisers better reach customers. This year, it’s on track to increase revenue to $3.96 billion, according to the firm.

FBI fitness app asks users to agree to 'all of their activities monitored and recorded'

FBI fitness app asks users to agree to 'all of their activities monitored and recorded'

The FBI's full privacy policy, which the agency told CNBC also applies to its app, says users "are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded." It's not clear from the privacy policy exactly what data is collected and how much users are being monitored.

Facebook’s new home gadget might have a creepy camera as its main feature

Facebook’s new home gadget might have a creepy camera as its main feature

(Amazon’s Echo Show and Google-powered smart displays don’t identify users’ faces, though some security cameras do.) The device will have a privacy shutter to disable the camera tracking, but amazingly, Facebook may have only thought to include this in response to its own recent privacy scandals.

Google Owns 63,605 Miles and 8.5% of Submarine Cables Worldwide

Google Owns 63,605 Miles and 8.5% of Submarine Cables Worldwide

Content providers like Facebook and Amazon are increasingly building private cables to support their cloud services. Instead, Netflix and similar video providers have been investing in a different type of privatized infrastructure: so-called edge networks or CDNs (Content Delivery Networks), which reduce the strain on server-to-user submarine traffic.

Is a 'live Google Earth' coming?

Is a 'live Google Earth' coming?

Using satellites and/or drone technology, would it be possible to have a Google Earth-like service that not only used images that updated in real time, but also included live streaming video?

British Airways hacked: Customers' data stolen in massive cyber-theft leaving 380,000 bank cards 'compromised'

British Airways hacked: Customers' data stolen in massive cyber-theft leaving 380,000 bank cards 'compromised'

The airline admitted tonight it is investigating "as a matter of urgency" the theft of customer data from its website and mobile app. We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color

Kjeldsen also added that the NYPD’s decision to allow IBM access to their cameras was crucial for the development of the skin tone search features, noting that during that period, New York City served as the company’s “primary testing area,” providing the company with considerable environmental diversity for software refinement.

Novel Attack Technique Uses Smart Light Bulbs to Steal Data

Novel Attack Technique Uses Smart Light Bulbs to Steal Data

Researchers have determined that some light bulbs are suitable for covert data exfiltration from personal devices, and can leak multimedia preferences by recording their luminance patterns from afar. Moreover, the adversary needs to plant malware that encodes private data from the target device and sends it to the smart light bulbs.