Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

But the reporting on Ice’s use of utility records is a powerful reminder that it’s not just flashy gadgets that increasingly watch our every move; there’s also a large and ever-growing economy of data brokerage, in which companies and government agencies, law enforcement included, can buy up data on millions of Americans that we might not even think of as sensitive.

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

MEPs belonging to Germany’s CDU/CSU outfit have published a wish list for a European digital response to the corona pandemic, featuring recommendations for the lifting of quarantine restrictions for people who install contact tracing apps.

98% Of World’s Humans Are Now A Part Of ‘Google Maps’ Satellite Images

98% Of World’s Humans Are Now A Part Of ‘Google Maps’ Satellite Images

So far, around 36 million square miles of satellite imagery has been added to Google Earth.Google says it has managed to capture around 10 million miles of Street View imagery so far.

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

At least 44 US colleges and universities have hired private consulting firms to help them track applicants who visit their websites, Douglas MacMillan and Nick Anderson at The Washington Post recently reported.

Google Is Offering $5 Gift Cards for Your Face Data

Google Is Offering $5 Gift Cards for Your Face Data

As to why Google is collecting this data, all the evidence points to the Pixel 4 which, as Android Police discovered last month, is expected to have a face authentication system just like Apple offers using Face ID on iPhone.

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon’s delivery drones are not yet dropping off packages, but the company is already envisioning how else that might be used — including by offering “surveillance as a service.” Amazon was recently granted a patent that outlines how its UAVs could keep an eye on customers’ property between deliveries while supposedly maintaining their privacy.

Chinese Scientists Create Camera That Can Spy You 28 Miles Away, Even Through Smog

Chinese Scientists Create Camera That Can Spy You 28 Miles Away, Even Through Smog

But even while the gating and infrared lasers greatly increase the density of captured photons and reduce the noise in comparison to other methods, the amount of points captured by the camera is still too low to generate a detailed image on their own.

Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns

Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns

The app has reportedly been downloaded more than 240 million times in India alone, and in a statement, TikTok India says it has more than 120 million monthly active users. And China has called for short-form video apps like TikTok to be responsible for the content their users upload.

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.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

(There are photos -- scroll past the video.) Israeli media is claiming that the capture of this gear by Hamas causes major damage to Israeli electronic surveillance capabilities. The Israelis themselves destroyed the vehicle the commandos used to enter Gaza.