These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

The Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about using anonymous location data to combat the coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping at safe distances from one another.

Coronavirus: Italy approves use of drones to monitor social distancing

Coronavirus: Italy approves use of drones to monitor social distancing

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) confirmed their approval on Monday, after receiving requests for additional support from "many local police units".The authorisation for the use of drones will last until 3 April, when the travel restrictions in Italy will theoretically be lifted.

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

That’s not all: On June 30th, ICANN, the non-profit that oversees all domain names on the internet, agreed to remove price caps on rates for .org domain names — which were previously pretty cheap.

Regulating Facial Recognition Tech – Where Are We Now?

Regulating Facial Recognition Tech – Where Are We Now?

In the United Kingdom, Artificial Lawyer spoke to human rights campaigners on updates on their court cases against British police forces over their use of FRT.The efforts above range from limited bans within the public sector, to reviews of new implementations of the tech, to specific court cases against police use of FRT.

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%, according to the business analytics firm Mixpanel.

Thai immigration about ready to scan all faces

Thai immigration about ready to scan all faces

The facial and fingerprinting system “will be used to verify the identity of individuals entering or departing the country via land, sea and air,” the government’s publicity office announced today. It said work to replace existing systems with the new devices was 70 percent complete.

A cashless society is closer than ever before, and it’s a grave threat to our civil liberties

A cashless society is closer than ever before, and it’s a grave threat to our civil liberties

A security officer stands guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Airbnb Superhost Secretly Recorded Guests with Hidden Bedroom Camera

Airbnb Superhost Secretly Recorded Guests with Hidden Bedroom Camera

Also in March, an Airbnb guest in Miami found hidden cameras in his room, while in April, a New Zealand family discovered that their Airbnb host in Ireland was recording – and also livestreaming – footage of them.

Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal

Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal

Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal. Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.

Facebook investors brace for an update from Zuckerberg on the company's planned pivot to privacy

Facebook investors brace for an update from Zuckerberg on the company's planned pivot to privacy

Zuckerberg said the company is working to integrate the messaging functions of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, and that he expects "Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network.".

Facebook security lapse affects millions more Instagram users than first stated

Facebook security lapse affects millions more Instagram users than first stated

At 10 am ET on Thursday, as the attorney general, William Barr, wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a 21 March blogpost, which revealed it had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, to include a sentence admitting that millions more Instagram accounts had been affected.

Why Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

Why Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

“One of the speakers at the rally claimed that the Kremlin wanted to press a button and switch the Internet off,” he told the Russian wire agency Interfax.

NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

A group of bipartisan Senators and House Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records.

Tell your representatives today to save net neutrality by supporting the Save the Internet Act of 2019

Tell your representatives today to save net neutrality by supporting the Save the Internet Act of 2019

The current front runner in saving net neutrality is none other than HR 1644, also known as the “Save the Internet Act of 2019.” The full text of HR 1644 can be found here. Starting March 26th, the Save the Internet Act will go through committee markup.

Celebrate Pi Day with PIA

Celebrate Pi Day with PIA

3/14 is known as Pi Day every year because the date’s numbers represent the first three digits of Pi. As an irrational, transcendental, number – Pi has come to represent the beauty and complexity of mathematics in one symbol.

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

The new Terms of Service, which go into effect on March 1st, will give Spotify the authority to terminate accounts immediately, without warning.

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

Carriers selling your location to bounty hunters: It was worse than we thought

I’m going to go out on a limb and say real-time location data probably shouldn’t be outsourced That’s presumably in addition to the data these carriers shared with Zumigo and Microbilt, the second-hand and third-hand data brokers we learned about last month.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

"Nonetheless, we are reviewing these issues carefully to ensure the proper handling of all AT&T customer information." And T-Mobile US's Legere told Senator Wyden to his face that he would end the practice of selling location data through third parties.

‘Black box’ devices could be fitted to all new cars

‘Black box’ devices could be fitted to all new cars

The European Council is proposing that every new car has the data-logging device, which would record the vehicle’s speed, state of safety assistance features and “crash-related parameters and information before, during and after a collision”.