Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

For the study, the researchers analyzed passively-collected cell phone data on social activity, screen time, location, physical exercise, and sleep patterns from volunteer participants.The researchers then matched the phone data against the fMRI results to predict higher or lower connectivity between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the amygdala.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 7, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 7, 2020

A pair of hacks at genealogy site GEDMatch has laid bare serious privacy issues with online databases of DNA information.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review

Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review

From Lore Blumenthal's Etsy review of a T-shirt, her profiles on Poshmark and LinkedIn, and the tattoo visible on a video posted to her massage therapy website, the FBI found the details they needed to match the arsonist seen in photos and video to government records, the affidavit said.

Keybase joins Zoom

Keybase joins Zoom

Today we're announcing that Zoom acquired Keybase.We're thrilled with the match, and we're excited to be working on security that affects everyone we know.You can use the Zoom app on just about any platform, but you can also dial in over a plain old copper phone line.

Australian State to Share Driver License Data with Biometrics Database

Australian State to Share Driver License Data with Biometrics Database

As ITNews reports, WA transport minister Rita Saffioti introduced Transport Legislation Amendment (Identity Matching Services) Bill 2020, which will allow photos, signatures, and other information to be shared with the NDLFRS database.

Match Group first tech company to back anti-online child abuse bill

Match Group first tech company to back anti-online child abuse bill

Why it matters: Match, the parent company of major dating platforms such as Tinder, is breaking with the internet industry's leading trade group, which worries the bill could open a wedge for law enforcement to crack into encrypted systems, threatening user privacy.

Catch a killer with your DNA (rebroadcast)

Catch a killer with your DNA (rebroadcast)

Kate McMahon: Jim re-opened Tanya and Jay's cold case, and for more than a decade, he followed all kinds of leads, but like the detective before him, never found a DNA match in CODIS.

Dressing for the Surveillance Age

Dressing for the Surveillance Age

Later, when I spoke to Arun Ross, a computer-vision researcher at Michigan State University, he told me that a surgical mask alone might not block enough of my face’s pixels in a digital shot to prevent a face-recognition system from making a match; some algorithms can reconstruct the occluded parts of people’s faces.

How To Prevent Facial Recognition Technology From Identifying You

How To Prevent Facial Recognition Technology From Identifying You

The first goal in this regard is to utilize hair or makeup in ways that substantially block portions of your face (especially your the eyes, nose, and forehead and the location where these features intersect), and that, thereby, cause many facial recognition systems not to realize that your face is a face – so they don’t even try to match and identify it.

This man says he's stockpiling billions of our photos

This man says he's stockpiling billions of our photos

First came a front-page investigation in The New York Times , revealing Clearview has been working with law enforcement agencies to match photos of unknown faces to people's online images.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter’s Android app.He said Twitter’s contact upload feature doesn’t accept lists of phone numbers in sequential format — likely as a way to prevent this kind of matching.

Why Adding Client-Side Scanning Breaks End-To-End Encryption

Why Adding Client-Side Scanning Breaks End-To-End Encryption

Let’s say that when the client-side scan finds a hash match, it sends a message off to the server to report that the user was trying to send a blocked image.

Beyond Aadhaar: India wants to create a giant centralized facial recognition database

Beyond Aadhaar: India wants to create a giant centralized facial recognition database

As that indicates, the idea is that any kind of image – whether a photograph, a drawing, or a CCTV feed capture – can be run against the database to search for matches.

Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network

Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network

If an SMS message contained either a phone number or an IMSI number that matched the predefined list, it was saved to a CSV file for later theft by the threat actor.

Australia wants to use face-matching to verify people downloading porn

Australia wants to use face-matching to verify people downloading porn

Getty Images The UK might have ditched plans for an age filter on online porn, but Australia is going all-in with a new proposal that could require internet users to verify their identity in a face-matching database before viewing pornography.

A huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers found online

A huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers found online

Each record contained a user’s unique Facebook ID and the phone number listed on the account.TechCrunch verified a number of records in the database by matching a known Facebook user’s phone number against their listed Facebook ID.

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The South China Morning Post has another example of this: a story about a Chinese AI startup working on “gait recognition”: Watrix says its software can identify a person from 50 metres away – even if they have covered their face or have their back to a camera – making it more than a match for Sherlock Holmes.

The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of a T-shirt.

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

In May, the California State Assembly approved Ting’s bill to ban law enforcement’s use of facial recognition and biometric scanners, which identify things such as how a person walks, in body cameras.

Your Face Is Not a Bar Code

Your Face Is Not a Bar Code

When a citizen has been arrested for probable cause, it is reasonable for the police to use automatic face recognition to match a mug shot of the individual against a database of mug shots of people who have been arrested previously.

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

To find persons of interest in criminal investigations, genetic genealogists upload DNA data found at the crime scene to GEDmatch and look for matches to distant relatives.

Don't Trust the FBI to Properly Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

Don't Trust the FBI to Properly Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

"Using a series of Freedom of Information requests Big Brother Watch" found that "Metropolitan Police's facial recognition matches were 98% inaccurate, misidentifying 95 people at last year's Notting Hill Carnival as criminals," the civil liberties organization reports.

Spy cameras imaged 1,700 unwitting subjects in facial recognition study funded by U.S. government

Spy cameras imaged 1,700 unwitting subjects in facial recognition study funded by U.S. government

How facial recognition technology uses 80 nodal points to match real time images with previous photos. Facial recognition software works by matching real time images to a previous photograph of a person.

Genetics And DNA Extend the Long Arm of the Law

Genetics And DNA Extend the Long Arm of the Law

Forensic genetic genealogy compares the genetic profile of a crime suspect or victim to genetic profiles of people in public databases — primarily, the volunteer-run GEDmatch, where customers of any genetic-testing company can upload their information.

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Rekognition can match photos to databases holding millions of people's faces Shareholders seeking to halt Amazon's sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces have been defeated in two votes that sought to pressure the company into a rethink.

Stack Overflow lets Facebook track us across their sites

Stack Overflow lets Facebook track us across their sites

Most end users are ignorant of what is being done with their data and the risk associated with what these sites view as non-PII (personal identifiable information) and how, in fact, the data can be matched (too long to get into) to reveal specific user details (including PII) without the user being aware.

Political parties combine social media data with electoral roll information

Political parties combine social media data with electoral roll information

Australian political parties are using voter email addresses to find matching social media profiles then combining them with the country's compulsory electoral roll data, illustrating how privacy scandals have done little to slow the march of data-driven campaigning.

A US police force is running suspect sketches through Amazon's facial recognition tech and it could lead to wrongful arrests

A US police force is running suspect sketches through Amazon's facial recognition tech and it could lead to wrongful arrests

Police in Washington County are running sketches of suspects through Amazon's facial recognition software, The Washington Post reports. AI experts told the Post that using a sketch could increase the likelihood of a false match, a sentiment which was echoed by Privacy International's Frederike Kaltheuner when contacted by Business Insider.

This Conversation Between A Passenger And An Airline Should Absolutely Terrify You

This Conversation Between A Passenger And An Airline Should Absolutely Terrify You

"Presumably these facial recognition scanners are matching my image to something in order to verify my identity," she wrote. The Department of Homeland Security in a report last week said that it wants to roll out facial recognition technology to be used on 97 percent of departing airport passengers by 2023.

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