Airbnb Just Launched New Surveillance Bugs To Make Sure Guests Behave

Airbnb Just Launched New Surveillance Bugs To Make Sure Guests Behave

Airbnb needs to do something to keep listings risk-free, this includes monitoring social media and screening guests for those most likely to use properties to host parties that run the risk of getting out of control.

Toy Commercials Are Being Replaced by Something More Nefarious

Toy Commercials Are Being Replaced by Something More Nefarious

“It’s great that you’re cutting out the toy commercials,” Golin said.But the fact that screens now go with us everywhere means that you’re always available to marketers,” Golin said.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

But police believe the Amazon Echo smart speaker devices in the home, known as Alexa because of the common “wake” word used to activate them, may have heard and recorded something relevant during the fatal altercation when the couple argued after a night out, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Face recognition, bad people and bad data

Face recognition, bad people and bad data

So far, I’ve been talking about what happens when a face recognition system (or any machine learning system) gives inaccurate results, but an equal and opposite problem is that people can build a system that gives accurate results and then use those results for something we don’t like.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone

Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone

When you add a work email address to your phone, you’ll likely be asked to install something called a Mobile Device Management (MDM) profile. MDM profiles, paired with device management tools, allow companies to track employee phones in a single dashboard.

Opinion | The Spy Business Is Booming and We Should Be Worried

Opinion | The Spy Business Is Booming and We Should Be Worried

Simply put, counterintelligence is about protecting something valuable — an asset, a system, a process, a way of life — from an adversary.

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

Tlaib-Pressley Amendment #91: States none of the funds in this Act available to the Department of Housing and Urban Development may be used to purchase, lease, or otherwise utilize facial or other biometric recognition software, hardware or system.

What Companies Would Owe You If You Actually Owned Your Data

What Companies Would Owe You If You Actually Owned Your Data

Visit a website (desktop or mobile): $1 Buy something with a credit card or any other electronic transaction: $5 Click a link from one website to another: $2 Click on an ad on a website: $3 Drive somewhere with your phone: $5 Visit a brick and mortar store: $10 These prices assume that there is a market place where interested parties could bid on data bundles, of which your data is included.

The Dumb Truth About Google's Privacy Push

The Dumb Truth About Google's Privacy Push

“That’s all well and good, but if it’s something buried in the settings then only the most privacy-conscious people are ever going to use it,” Bennett Cyphers, an engineer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said of Google’s efforts to limit cookie tracking.

After Smart Lock Allegedly Traps Senior in Apartment, Tenants Sue for Physical Keys and Win

After Smart Lock Allegedly Traps Senior in Apartment, Tenants Sue for Physical Keys and Win

“We are relieved that something as simple as entering our home is not controlled by an internet surveillance system and that because we will now have a mechanical key they will not be tracking our friends and our family,” 67-year-old tenant Charlotte Pfahl, who has lived in the building for 45 years, told the New York Post.

10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy with Purism

10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy with Purism

Personally, I’ve recently gained more interest in learning about privacy & security partly because of the Librem 5 phone that’s currently in development which will run on Pure OS; something totally different from Android and iOS. One way to protect yourself is with disk encryption, and the Librem computers come pre-installed with the open-source LUKS software.

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.

UK ministers urge internet users to increase online security

UK ministers urge internet users to increase online security

And less than half of those surveyed do not always use a strong, separate password for their main email account. NCSC’s Technical Director Dr Ian Levy added: "Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided - nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Even ignoring this obvious potential for new abuse, it’s also substantially closer to that dystopian reality of a world where law enforcement is 100% effective, eliminating the possibility to experience alternative ideas that might better suit us.

Google accused of sabotaging Firefox, again

Google accused of sabotaging Firefox, again

According to a former Mozilla executive, it’s something Google has been doing for years: intentionally sabotaging Firefox to increase Chrome’s popularity. "Google Chrome ads started appearing next to Firefox search terms. Each time one of these issues arose, Firefox lost users to Chrome.

A “Brave” New World

A “Brave” New World

So if you install Brave and spend time on , you can express thanks in the form of a tiny tip, right there in your browser. A way for the Internet Archive to support a like-minded tech organization, and at the very least, try out something new.

If You Write a Political Post on Facebook, They Might Send a Representative to Your Home to Verify

If You Write a Political Post on Facebook, They Might Send a Representative to Your Home to Verify

Facebook, facing the election heat in India and unable to stop misinformation and fake news circulating on its platforms, is busy doing something never heard of: Sending its representatives to users' home to verify if the post with political content was actually written by them.

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They’re Not On (Yet)

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They’re Not On (Yet)

“We use it to allow the passenger to ask the crew for something, and they have a crew screen and camera in the galley,” said Patrick Brannelly, vice president for passenger experience at Emirates.

EM Client

EM Client

Most folks usually write something when they want to complain - I do as well (LOL) - but I also like to say Thank You when you get a real good and well supported piece of software. Neil Martin Just a note to say thanks for building a damn good email client to replace Outlook.

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Photograph: 1994-2017 CERN It is a minor regret, but one he has had for years about the way he decided to “bootstrap” the web up to something that could handle a lot of users very quickly: by building on the pre-existing service for assigning internet addresses, the domain name system ( DNS ), he gave up the chance to build something better.

China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women

China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women

An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status, according to a researcher.

This AI Detects Shoplifters Before They Steal, But There's Something Even Creepier About It

This AI Detects Shoplifters Before They Steal, But There's Something Even Creepier About It

to protect the safety of stations, airports, shopping streets, houses and school roads," ignores the threats created by giant databases of highly personal information that have proven, as in the cases of Equifax, Mariott, and Yahoo among others, to be poorly secured soft targets that can be VAAK's valorous talk of using their technology to analyze "suspicious activity, dangerous behavior, annoying behavior, etc.

Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch

Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch

But there’s something quite admirable about the dedication to crawler-based search while other competitors opt for the metasearch route, i.e. paying to use information from other, often more-established, crawlers to bolster results in the SERPs. Mojeek might have its work cut out in ever matching the size of an index that Google and the metasearch engines have access to.

Google temporarily shuts down Android TV photo sharing after privacy bug

Google temporarily shuts down Android TV photo sharing after privacy bug

Apparently something went horribly wrong with this feature earlier, as pictures and videos show hundreds of accounts from strangers listed under "linked accounts." When I access my Vu Android TV through the @Google Home app, and check the linked accounts, it basically lists what I imagine is every single person who owns this television.

Podcasts

Podcasts

In 1765, a Moravian missionary who lived for many years among the Delaware and Mohican tribes recorded a native account of the first meeting: “A long time ago, some Indians who had been out fishing, where the sea widens, spied at a great distance something remarkably large swimming or floating on the water.

People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too.

People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too.

Sri Ray was aboard an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight to Tokyo in September 2018 when he noticed something strange: a camera embedded in the seat back of his entertainment system.

Differential privacy, an easy case

Differential privacy, an easy case

However, as long as we know the precise fraction of the spinner that is light, we can use the randomized responses to estimate something about our group of respondents, like the fraction of people who actually answered “Yes” to the original question.

Thispersondoesnotexist.com is face-generating AI at its creepiest

Thispersondoesnotexist.com is face-generating AI at its creepiest

A couple of years back TNW reported on a new generative adversarial network (GAN) the company developed. One set of algorithms (a generator) tries to create something – in this case a human face – while another set (a judge) tries to determine if it’s a real image or a fake one.

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