Apple Just Disabled Clearview AI's iPhone App For Breaking Its Rules On Distribution

Apple Just Disabled Clearview AI's iPhone App For Breaking Its Rules On Distribution

Apple has disabled the iOS application of Clearview AI — the facial recognition company that claims to have amassed a database of billions of photos and has worked with thousands of organizations around the world — after BuzzFeed News determined that the New York–based startup had been violating the iPhone maker’s rules around app distribution.

Boris Johnson's Secret Plan To Gather "Targeted And Personalised" Data Before Brexit

Boris Johnson's Secret Plan To Gather "Targeted And Personalised" Data Before Brexit

Boris Johnson has secretly ordered the Cabinet Office to turn the government's public internet service into a platform for "targeted and personalised information" to be gathered in the run-up to Brexit, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has compiled a map that shows the breadth of Amazon Ring partnerships with local police for the first time. "Amazon is aggressively marketing surveillance products, including facial recognition, to government agencies with a proven track record of human rights abuses," Greer told BuzzFeed News.

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

BuzzFeed News got its hands on a copy of a letter distributed to the students' parents, and it describes Aegis as "an early warning system" that can notify officials of threats.

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Cameras pointed at passengers have been noticed in the inflight entertainment systems used by some American Airlines and Singapore Airlines aircraft, BuzzFeed News reports.

An Ad Fraud Scheme Targeting Android Apps And Twitter’s Ad Network Cost Advertisers Millions

An Ad Fraud Scheme Targeting Android Apps And Twitter’s Ad Network Cost Advertisers Millions

Carmel, of Aniview, told BuzzFeed News that his company “does not knowingly engage in any fraudulent activity” and said his team has been trying to stop this activity on their platform since they were first contact by Protected Media last month.

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 .

FamilyTreeDNA Hands the FBI Access to Its Database

FamilyTreeDNA Hands the FBI Access to Its Database

The partnership, first reported by BuzzFeed News, marks the first known time a consumer DNA kit company has voluntarily given law enforcement access to a private database.

Mark Zuckerberg Promised A Clear History Tool Almost A Year Ago. Where Is It?

Mark Zuckerberg Promised A Clear History Tool Almost A Year Ago. Where Is It?

“We know we have work to do to regain people's trust, and it's why we've strengthened our teams, created a new privacy and data use organization, built new tools, and set clearer policies designed to better protect people's information,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

As Concerns Over Facial Recognition Grow, Members Of Congress Are Considering Their Next Move

As Concerns Over Facial Recognition Grow, Members Of Congress Are Considering Their Next Move

BuzzFeed News has learned that the US House Oversight and Reform Committee is considering holding a hearing on facial recognition, which has been widely implemented across the country despite growing concerns about the technology’s potential privacy and civil rights implications.

Location Data Mishandling — A Reading List – FOAM

Location Data Mishandling — A Reading List – FOAM

— Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location tech The methods described in three Facebook patent applications use your historical location data - and others' - to…www.buzzfeednews.com So far these two reports have been about downstream data mishandling — what happens several steps after the origin protocols capture and digest location data before selling it off to third parties.

One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives, has given the FBI access to its genealogy database, BuzzFeed News has learned, allowing agents to mine the DNA records in hopes of cracking violent crime cases.

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.

Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion-Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme

Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion-Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme

But an investigation by BuzzFeed News reveals that these seemingly separate apps and companies are today part of a massive, sophisticated digital advertising fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites connected to a network of front and shell companies in Cyprus, Malta, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Bulgaria, and elsewhere.