Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about 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.

Clearview AI - super crime fighter or the death of privacy as we know it?

Clearview AI - super crime fighter or the death of privacy as we know it?

In a nutshell, the New York Times published an article on Ton-That (and others’ as you will see) tiny company Clearview AI on January 18, 2020 that revealed, among many other serious things, that the company claims to have quietly scraped Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites to assemble a database of 3 billion faces.

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Since the New York Times Clearview story was published, there has been some discussion online about using the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—a notoriously vague pre-Internet law intended to punish those who break into private computer systems—to go after scraping of publicly available websites.

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

The order was issued Friday to county prosecutors, concerning a New York-based company called Clearview AI.“Like many people, I was troubled,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said about the company’s techniques, which were first reported by The New York Times.

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible, and its app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a Saturday report in The New York Times.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

Of this, it's reported that nine were requests for advertising, while more than ninety tried to send data off to "analytics" sites.Late last year, the New York Times ran its own analytics - on a leak of mobile location data - de-anonymising it, then identifying government officials.

Leaked data proves just how much our phones are spying on us

Leaked data proves just how much our phones are spying on us

The investigation was coordinated by the New York Times Privacy Project and used a leak from a location data company, one of many unknown businesses from an under-reported industry dedicated to using electronic data to track every single one of us everywhere we go.

What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else

What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else

A story in the New York Times means we don’t have to guess, because China is already doing it: Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s face.

China is using DNA samples to try to re-create the faces of Uighurs

China is using DNA samples to try to re-create the faces of Uighurs

The news: Chinese researchers are using blood taken from Uighurs to try to work out how to use a DNA sample to re-create an image of a person’s face, according to an investigation by the New York Times.

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google apps and the Play store might soon be returning to Huawei devices, according to a report from the New York Times.An executive order signed by US president (ugh) Donald Trump in May banned US companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies, including Huawei, deemed a national security risk.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned.

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

According to The New York Times, selling location data generates billions of dollars per year for telecommunication firms and mobile app companies. It's not guaranteed to pass, but the New York City bill could be the first in a trend of cities establishing their own location data rules.

Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s stock price went up.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

Microsoft quietly pulls massive facial-recognition database from internet

Microsoft quietly pulls massive facial-recognition database from internet

The Chinese government used facial recognition software to track and control 11 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority, in the country, The New York Times reported in April.

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

“We want to do more to stay ahead of constantly evolving user expectations.” He reiterated the point in a New York Times Op-Ed , and highlighted the need for federal privacy rules.

Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

In response to a stunning op-ed from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes published in The New York Times this morning, the company says it welcomes more accountability for its actions from lawmakers in Washington, but it says breaking up Facebook by decoupling Instagram and WhatsApp from its core service would be a step too far.

Beyond 5G: Huawei's Links To Xinjiang And China's Surveillance State

Beyond 5G: Huawei's Links To Xinjiang And China's Surveillance State

"Under President Xi Jinping," the New York Times said this week, "the Chinese government has vastly expanded domestic surveillance, fueling a new generation of companies that make sophisticated technology at ever lower prices.

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

The city says specific examples are forthcoming As the first plan of its kind in the United States, the New York law established a model, and other local governments have launched similar programs in the time since.

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

This great CNET piece reports that facial recognition in devices like the Nest Cam IQ, Honeywell Smart Home Security, and even the Sony Aibo robot dog don’t comply with Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, which “defines ‘biometric identifiers’ as retina scans, iris scans, fingerprints, hand scans, face scans and voiceprints.” As reported in the New York Times, cameras have been installed (but not yet activated, so they say) on planes.

Mark Zuckerberg gets taste of privacy invasion as New York Times reports the contents of his trash

Mark Zuckerberg gets taste of privacy invasion as New York Times reports the contents of his trash

Mark Zuckerberg gets taste of privacy invasion as New York Times reports the contents of his trash. The New York Times reported the contents of his trash after following a San Francisco garbage picker named Jake Orta in an affluent part of the city.

Mark Zuckerberg lays out his vision for a new Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg lays out his vision for a new Facebook

What that means for users Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Facebook planned to integrate its messaging platforms, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Federal Privacy Commissioner Investigating Claims RBC Could Read Private Facebook Messages

Federal Privacy Commissioner Investigating Claims RBC Could Read Private Facebook Messages

The federal government has launched an investigation into allegations the Royal Bank of Canada had access to the private Facebook messages of people using its app, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has told MPs. Announcements, Events & more from Tyee and select partners The New York Times reported in December that RBC, Spotify and Netflix had all been given the ability to read the private messages of Facebook users who connected with the businesses.

Apple temporarily disables group FaceTime to fix a bug that lets you eavesdrop on your contacts

Apple temporarily disables group FaceTime to fix a bug that lets you eavesdrop on your contacts

CLICK IT Apple has now disabled the group FaceTime feature and said it’ll issue a fix later this week. Apple disables group facetime feature The issue was so serious that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and even Andrew Cuomo, governor of the state of New York, weighed in and urged their followers to disable FaceTime.

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

Former SCL contractor Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica last March, telling *The Guardian* and *The New York Times* that the company misappropriated the data of tens of millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election in the US.

After GDPR, The New York Times cut off ad exchanges in Europe

After GDPR, The New York Times cut off ad exchanges in Europe

The last-minute scramble to prepare for GDPR’s arrival last May, led to some U.S. publishers taking a more extreme approach and either blocking pages entirely in Europe or pulling advertising altogether.

Facebook moderators reportedly rely on inaccurate, outdated documents to determine forbidden content

Facebook moderators reportedly rely on inaccurate, outdated documents to determine forbidden content

Facebook's thousands of content moderators rely on a series of PowerPoint slides that contain inaccuracies and outdated information to determine what content to allow on the social network, according a report from The New York Times .

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

Facebook has shared users' private messages, contact information and other personal data with companies such as Microsoft and Spotify, according to a New York Times report that was alarming even in light of previous disclosures about the social network's practices. Read the terms of service: Facebook says it didn't violate user agreements in sharing the data.

Facebook has 5 ‘core values.’ Guess where ‘protect users’ ranks

Facebook has 5 ‘core values.’ Guess where ‘protect users’ ranks

The disappointing details, reported by The New York Times, call to mind the sage observation of poet Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” In every company there is some gap between professed core values and the lived values that actually guide decisions and actions.

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