Anonymity is a shield for bigotry; if you don’t believe me, ask Schopenhauer

Anonymity is a shield for bigotry; if you don’t believe me, ask Schopenhauer

Photograph: BBCThe eight mesmerising hours of Adam Curtis’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head are a reminder of the unique storehouse of collective memory that is the BBC archive.

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

IDC 2020 predictions show that enterprises will prepare for the digitized economy by accelerating investments in key technologies and new operating models to become hyper speed, hyperscaled, and hyperconnected organizations.

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.

Introducing Blanc, a thousand masks in one: Developed by a pair of entrepreneurs this modular full-face mask features changeable front panels and filters to help drive more people to use personal prot

Introducing Blanc, a thousand masks in one: Developed by a pair of entrepreneurs this modular full-face mask features changeable front panels and filters to help drive more people to use personal prot

Blanc is a thousand masks in one: its front panel is changeable, with any material, color and texture, channeling only the harmonies the owner is willing to share with the world.

How to publish git repos that cannot be republished to github

How to publish git repos that cannot be republished to github

What would then happen if you cloned my git repo and pushed it to Github?

Everything You Need To Know About Browser Cookies

Everything You Need To Know About Browser Cookies

When you go back to a website over and over your browser will remember the preferences you like through cookies.A session cookie is used to remember what you have in your cart as you browse an online store.

Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help

Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help

Safwat – who says she’s not necessarily anti-Amazon, but wants to spark a conversation – created a 3D render of Snowden’s head based on publicly available imagery, and worked with a special effects company to create the bust.

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

When Haley, a sophomore at Indiana University, took a test for an accounting class in September, she—like many college students during this pandemic—was sitting not in a classroom but in her bedroom.

Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

“If you log in using your Facebook account or merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts and violate the Facebook Community Standards, Conduct in VR Policy or other terms and policies on any of our platforms your access to or use of Oculus products may be impacted.

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook pauses selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany due to privacy issues

Facebook ‘temporarily pauses’ selling Oculus Quest VR headsets in Germany after German privacy watchdog HCDPFI raised privacy concerns.As soon as Facebook’s new policy was announced, the German regulator slammed the social media networking giant for making virtual reality headset buyers sign up for a Facebook account through a backdoor.

Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns

Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns

Facebook's requirement that "the use of the headset should be linked to the establishment of a Facebook account" would seem to violate this coupling ban, HCDPFI said.

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

According to a press release by the TET, Danish intelligence had maintained “operational activities in violation of Danish law, including obtaining and passing on a significant amount of information about Danish citizens.” Additionally, the TET noted that the FE had not only withheld information but actually reported back to overseers “incorrect information on matters relating to the collection of the service and disclosure of information.”.

You’ll need a Facebook account to use future Oculus headsets

You’ll need a Facebook account to use future Oculus headsets

The Facebook-owned company says it will start removing support for separate Oculus accounts in October, although users can maintain an existing account until January 1st, 2023.Developers can keep using an unlinked developer account without social functionality, and the Oculus for Business platform uses a separate login process that will remain unchanged.

The Facebookening of Oculus VR becomes more pronounced starting in October [Updated]

The Facebookening of Oculus VR becomes more pronounced starting in October [Updated]

At that time, your Oculus-made headset will essentially become an offline device in terms of the Oculus Store, which is troubling news for anyone who purchased the headset and connected software licenses under the assumption that the devices may remain Facebook-free for years to come.

Google Deal Should Keep Mozilla Afloat for Years

Google Deal Should Keep Mozilla Afloat for Years

The publication says that Mozilla will earn between $400 million and $450 million each year through 2023 from the agreement, which ensures that Google will be the default search service in Firefox.

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

This data includes names, the last four digits of credit card numbers, and order histories, and appears to have affected customers who used the grocery delivery service as recently as yesterday.

Twitter aims to limit people sharing articles without reading

Twitter aims to limit people sharing articles without reading

Twitter is attempting to prevent individuals from sharing articles they have not read, in analysis, the organization's expectations will "promote informed discussion" via social media.

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Forget we ever said that

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Forget we ever said that

Last month, Google's paper said, "This Chrome-Variations header (X-client-data) will not contain any personally identifiable information, and will only describe the state of the installation of Chrome itself, including active variations, as well as server-side experiments that may affect the installation.".

Technical analysis of client identification mechanisms

Technical analysis of client identification mechanisms

The other versioning scheme, Last-Modified, suffers from the same issue: servers can store at least 32 bits of data within a well-formed date string, which will then be echoed back by the client through a request header known as If-Modified-Since.

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

As all this monitoring happens, it's easy to forget how much data cars are starting to collect — including personal health details like your heart and respiration rate.

Facebook Will Now Use Oculus VR Data for Ads Just as Everyone Expected

Facebook Will Now Use Oculus VR Data for Ads Just as Everyone Expected

As far as what data the company is going to collect and use, here’s the official statement:Facebook will now use information about your Oculus activity, like which apps you use, to help provide these new social features and more relevant content, including ads.

Boris Johnson's Secret Plan To Gather "Targeted And Personalised" Data Before Brexit

Boris Johnson's Secret Plan To Gather "Targeted And Personalised" Data Before Brexit

Boris Johnson has secretly ordered the Cabinet Office to turn the government's public internet service into a platform for "targeted and personalised information" to be gathered in the run-up to Brexit, BuzzFeed News has learned.

How to stop Apple from listening to your Siri recordings

How to stop Apple from listening to your Siri recordings

On your iPhone or iPad, head to GitHub to download the “Prevent server-side logging of Siri commands.mobileconfig” Swith to the Raw view, tap Allow to download the profile Complete the profile installation in Settings by reviewing it and tapping Install Kaiser is also encouraging users to let Apple know if they want a more transparent option in Setting to turn off server-side Siri response logging.

Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks 'Pirate' Sites in Russia

Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks 'Pirate' Sites in Russia

As a result, if tools with the ability to circumvent the blacklist don’t play ball by respecting its contents, they also face being blocked by ISPs. This proposal came to head earlier this year when telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor wrote to several major VPN providers – NordVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, VPN Unlimited, VyprVPN, Kaspersky Secure Connection, HideMyAss!, Hola VPN, and OpenVPN – demanding compliance .

Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio?

Why is Stack Overflow trying to start audio?

A minimal test version of the header is deployed on Stack Overflow now to help the browser teams investigate what we’re hitting. Programmatic ads are not being tested on Stack Overflow at all.

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

(Reuters) - Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

It's Getting Way Too Easy to Create Fake Videos of People's Faces

It's Getting Way Too Easy to Create Fake Videos of People's Faces

Researchers at the Samsung AI Center in Moscow developed a way to create "living portraits" from a very small dataset—as few as one photograph, in some of their models. The researchers call this few- and one-shot learning, where the model can be trained using just one image to create a convincing, animated portrait.

Of hoodies and headphones: a spotlight on risks surrounding audio output devices

Of hoodies and headphones: a spotlight on risks surrounding audio output devices

Thankfully, the answer to the former is, “Not with life-endangering consequences.” However, audio output devices, including headphones, can pose a security and privacy risk to users, especially when abused by smart people with ill-intent.

GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

It’s called GrapheneOS, and it comes from Daniel Micay, the former lead developer of another security-based Android fork called CopperheadOS. Since it’s an open source project, independent developers may be able to port the operating system to run on additional devices.

Valve Software dreams of analyzing your brainwaves to tailor in-game rewards

Valve Software dreams of analyzing your brainwaves to tailor in-game rewards

Many of Ambinder's suggestions for what a game maker might do with this data sound like heart-rate sensor experiments , such as adjusting difficulty based on a player's feelings at a given moment.