In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised - and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

Picture of Hikvision cameras in an electronic mall in Beijing on May 24, 2019.A new report claims that Amazon, Microsoft and Google are among a number of American firms that are providing various web services to Chinese surveillance firms accused of human rights abuses and which are now on a U.S. blacklist.

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

When Citizen Lab looked at where their U.S.- and Canada-based Zoom conversations were being routed, the researchers discovered encryption keys were sometimes sent to Beijing, though would be handled by servers in other countries, too.

Even mask-wearers can be ID'd, China facial recognition firm says

Even mask-wearers can be ID'd, China facial recognition firm says

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

This is not Huawei to reassure people about Beijing's spying eyes: Trivial backdoor found in HiSilicon's firmware for net-connected cams, recorders

This is not Huawei to reassure people about Beijing's spying eyes: Trivial backdoor found in HiSilicon's firmware for net-connected cams, recorders

A hardware probester going by the name of Vladislav Yarmak explained on Monday how the tech giant left a remote debugging and management tool in its firmware used in network-connected video recorders and security cameras.

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

A man walks past Google offices in Beijing in 2014.Photo: Greg Baker/AFP (AP)Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company.

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

In a recent article posted online that generated wide discussion in China, Lao Dongyan, a law professor at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, called abuse of facial recognition data "a deal with the devil".

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel’s inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.

China: Universal Studios Park will Use Facial Recognition

China: Universal Studios Park will Use Facial Recognition

The technology is part of a host of services owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba that will be integrated into Universal’s park, the companies announced at a press event in Beijing on Thursday.

Beijing exports 'China-style' internet across Belt and Road

Beijing exports 'China-style' internet across Belt and Road

Now China is eager to export its model to countries across its Belt and Road Initiative -- a strategy clearly in evidence at the sixth annual World Internet Conference, which kicked off here Sunday.

Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing

Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing

TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network, instructs its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong, according to leaked documents detailing the site’s moderation guidelines.

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

He said the protests had hurt Hong Kong's reputation of being a safe city for tourists and businesses.Tsui said that Beijing's efforts may also reflect the Chinese authorities' fear toward the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Upcoming Film ‘Claws of the Red Dragon’ Seeks to Expose Huawei’s Role in Beijing’s Tech Ambitions

Upcoming Film ‘Claws of the Red Dragon’ Seeks to Expose Huawei’s Role in Beijing’s Tech Ambitions

One of the film’s executive producers, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, said “Claws of the Red Dragon” attempts to expose “the inner workings of the [Chinese Communist Party] and Huawei.”.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - In the dispute over boycotting the Chinese Huawei corporation, the German government is considering joining a campaign of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network, it was reported in Canada and Australia.

Exclusive: Behind Grindr's doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up

Exclusive: Behind Grindr's doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up

(Reuters) - Early last year, Grindr LLC’s Chinese owner gave some Beijing-based engineers access to personal information of millions of Americans such as private messages and HIV status, according to eight former employees, prompting U.S. officials to ask it to sell the dating app for the gay community.

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland then confirmed that a second national could be facing trouble in China after the detainment of Canadian diplomat on leave Michael Kovrig in Beijing earlier this week, although she said that Chinese authorities "have not described the situation ...

Huawei Mediapad M5 found to be snooping on en...

Huawei Mediapad M5 found to be snooping on en...

The engineer said that most of the software pre-installed on his Huawei device is sending data to an organization in China called Shanghai Dnion Information Technology Co, Ltd, which is located at Rm.531, Floor 5, North Third Ring Road, No.27, Shangfang Building, Beijing.

Microsoft accused of being 'complicit' in persecution of 1 million Muslims after helping China develop sinister AI capabilities

Microsoft accused of being 'complicit' in persecution of 1 million Muslims after helping China develop sinister AI capabilities

US politicians slammed Microsoft for partnering with a Chinese military university on AI research that experts say could be used in Beijing's unprecedented persecution of its Muslim minority, with one prominent senator calling the partnership "deeply disturbing," and accusing Microsoft of being "complicit" in Chinese human rights abuses.

UK officials just massively bolstered the US campaign against Huawei, finding its equipment has 'major defects'

UK officials just massively bolstered the US campaign against Huawei, finding its equipment has 'major defects'

LONDON — Britain publicly chastised China's Huawei Technologies for failing to fix long-standing security flaws in its mobile network equipment and revealed new "significant technical issues," increasing pressure on the company as it battles Western allegations that Beijing could use its gear for spying.

Chinese firm seeks to sell Grindr dating app over US security concerns

Chinese firm seeks to sell Grindr dating app over US security concerns

Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Limited is seeking to sell Grindr , the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016, after a US government national security panel raised concerns about its ownership, according to people familiar with the matter.

Commentary: Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

Commentary: Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

BEIJING: Western media reports have swirled about China’s social credit system, which is intended to nudge Chinese citizens to adopt good behaviour, including motivating them to pay outstanding debts and fines, as well as encouraging them to obey the country’s laws and regulations.

Beijing AI Targets “Hospital Scalpers”

Beijing AI Targets “Hospital Scalpers”

An AI system misunderstood a bus ad featuring Chinese billionaire Mingzhu Dong, falsely identifying her as a jaywalker Over 900 hospital scalpers were detained in Beijing last year as part of a citywide crackdown.

Cyber researcher pulls public talk on hacking Apple's Face ID

Cyber researcher pulls public talk on hacking Apple's Face ID

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A cyber security researcher canceled a hacking conference briefing on how he said he could crack biometric facial recognition on Apple Inc (AAPL.O) iPhones, at the request of his employer, which called the work “misleading.” FILE PHOTO: An attendee uses the Face ID function on the new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing, China October 31, 2017.

Facial recognition tech could make cash toast at Beijing bakeries · TechNode

Facial recognition tech could make cash toast at Beijing bakeries · TechNode

“The system extracts the minimum amount of facial feature data necessary to verify the payment, and cannot be accessed by merchants,” the spokesperson said. This is not the first time Alibaba has teamed up retailers and restaurant to offer facial recognition payment services.

Beijing pioneering citizens' 'points' system critics brand 'Orwellian'

Beijing pioneering citizens' 'points' system critics brand 'Orwellian'

BEIJING: Beijing's municipal government will assign citizens and firms "personal trustworthiness points" by 2021, state media reported on Tuesday, pioneering China's controversial plan for a "social credit" system to monitor citizens and businesses.

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

The Freedom House report said that Beijing was taking steps to "propagate its model abroad" with large-scale trainings of foreign officials, providing censorship and surveillance technology, and pressuring international companies to comply with Chinese standards even when operating outside the country.

Ex-Google employee warns of ‘disturbing’ China plans

Ex-Google employee warns of ‘disturbing’ China plans

His letter alleges Google's work on a Chinese product - codenamed Dragonfly - would aid Beijing's efforts to censor and monitor its citizens online. Google's chief privacy officer, Keith Enright, faced questions from Senator Ted Cruz about the company's intentions to launch a new search engine in China.