Masks won’t protect you from facial recognition

Masks won’t protect you from facial recognition

A Chinese company says its facial recognition software can now identify people that are wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus.Hanwang Vice President Huang Lei says the system’s recognition rate reached about 95% when people wore a mask — still some way below its regular success rate of 99.5%.

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

Wang Aizhong, an activist based in Guangzhou, said: “This epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the public.

Personal identification - People can now be identified at a distance by their heartbeat

Personal identification - People can now be identified at a distance by their heartbeat

The stress of telling a falsehood can alter someone’s heartbeat, so it could improve lie-detection technology, according to Wang Chen-chia, an engineer at Brimrose, another firm working on heartprint vibrometry.

Public inbox investigation shows email tracking is rife

Public inbox investigation shows email tracking is rife

Now, a study that makes use of temporary email services – also known as ‘disposable email’, or ‘tempmail’ – has revealed the extent to which this tracking is also taking place in user’s inboxes.“Most people haven’t looked at email tracking because it is so much more difficult to get data to analyze,” said Gang Wang, assistant professor in the department of computer science at Virginia Tech.

Profs prep promising privacy-protecting proxy program... Yes, it is possible to build client-server code that safeguards personal info

Profs prep promising privacy-protecting proxy program... Yes, it is possible to build client-server code that safeguards personal info

In a paper scheduled to be presented on Thursday at the USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation conference , co-authors Frank Wang (MIT), Ronny Ko and James Mickens (Harvard) describe a system called Riverbed – not to be confused with an identically named IT company – that consists of a proxy service to oversee the handling of data locally and on remote servers.

Data privacy issues may be capturing more attention in China

Data privacy issues may be capturing more attention in China

"In China, the medical industry, also the technology industry, the technology companies that are working with AI and also with a lot of data, we all have a common agreement that the symptom data can be collected in a big chunk for big data analysis and also AI training," said Jim Wang, chairman and founder of Nova Vision.

Google has been offered help from an unlikely source in its mission to return to China

Google has been offered help from an unlikely source in its mission to return to China

Google left China in 2010 but is working on returning with a censored search engine, codenamed "Project Dragonfly." Sogou CEO Wang Xiaochuan told the MIT Technology Review that the company could act as a middle-man between Google and the Chinese government.

Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

By watching the traffic leaving this app (which can be easily intercepted in the network itself since there is no SSL encryption) you can figure out what requests it sends to the destination server and what responses it expects back.