Why surveillance capitalists resent human freedom and autonomy.

Why surveillance capitalists resent human freedom and autonomy.

Zuboff claims: “surveillance capitalists declare their right to modify others’ behaviour for profit according to methods that bypass human awareness, individual decision rights…and autonomy and self-determination.” So now, in addition to highly accurately predicting what we’ll think, feel, and do, these companies now seek to (without consent) modify what you think, feel, and do, all in alignment with the preferred outcomes of their customers.

Threat Models for Differential Privacy

Threat Models for Differential Privacy

The local model of differential privacy addresses the security issue in the central model by eliminating the trusted data curator.Figure 2: Local Model of Differential PrivacyThe local model of differential privacy avoids the security issues of the central model—if the data curator's server is hacked, the hackers only see noisy data that already satisfies differential privacy.

New machine learning method allows hospitals to share patient data -- privately

New machine learning method allows hospitals to share patient data -- privately

While the approach could potentially be used to answer many different medical questions, Penn Medicine researchers have shown that federated learning is successful specifically in the context of brain imaging, by being able to analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain tumor patients and distinguish healthy brain tissue from cancerous regions.

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway contact tracing apps among most dangerous for privacy

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway contact tracing apps among most dangerous for privacy

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway have rolled out some of the most invasive COVID-19 contact tracing apps around the world, putting the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, an Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

As an example, in a user study, Gboard engineers measured the overall quality of word prediction models against raw typing data held on phones.Beyond model evaluation, Google uses federated analytics to support the Now Playing feature on its Pixel phones, which shows what song might be playing nearby.

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

In the mind of France’s Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, there is no question: If an application can help fight the Covid-19 pandemic in France by alerting smartphone users that they have been close to a sick person, it should be used.

Try our latest Test Pilot, Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content

Try our latest Test Pilot, Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content

Today we are launching a new Test Pilot initiative called Firefox Better Web with Scroll.We’ve combined Firefox and Scroll’s growing network of ad-free sites to offer users a fast and private web experience that we believe can be our future.

Facebook Is More Concerned With the Appearance of Privacy, According to Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Is More Concerned With the Appearance of Privacy, According to Mark Zuckerberg

One of the more interesting insights that comes from Mark Zuckerberg's lost journal pages, as reported by Wired's Steven Levy, is that even early on, the Facebook founder clearly wanted people to feel like they are having a private experience.

Dr. Max Welling on Federated Learning and Bayesian Thinking

Dr. Max Welling on Federated Learning and Bayesian Thinking

The other thing is that with Bayesian update , if you have a very wide posterior distribution, then you know that parameter is not going be very important for making predictions.

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

Though Apple has been using differential privacy since 2017, it’s been combined with federated learning only as of iOS 13, which rolled out to the public in September of this year.

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

According to the intelligence agency's Portland, Oregon, bureau, which issued a reminder last week, the useful features of a smart TV, such as internet connection, microphones and cameras, are also means that hackers can use to gain access to your home.

Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail

Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail

The beginning of wisdom in this matter is to realise that Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Uber et al are just very large corporations that do what corporations have done from time immemorial – exploit resources in order to generate profit.

You Don’t Need Property Rights To Monetize Your Personal Data

You Don’t Need Property Rights To Monetize Your Personal Data

The American Action Forum’s Will Reinhardt is also skeptical that data property rights are the best policy mechanism for ensuring privacy, pointing that valuing personal data is particularly challenging, and even going so far as to claim that any privacy law will create unavoidable costs from compliance.

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

The researchers had to collect this data by scraping Facebook's Ad Library API, a tool Facebook released after Mozilla called on the company to make its political advertisements more transparent ahead of the May 2019 EU elections.

Estimating the success of re-identifications in incomplete datasets using generative models

Estimating the success of re-identifications in incomplete datasets using generative models

For re-identifications that the model predicts to be always correct (\(\widehat {\xi _{\boldsymbol{x}}}\, > \, 0.95\), estimated individual uniqueness >95%), the likelihood of them to be incorrect (false-discovery rate) is 5.26% (see bottom-right inset in Fig. 2a ).

A thread written by @chopraftc

A thread written by @chopraftc

$5 billion sounds like a lot, but the fine print in the settlement has a lot for $FB to celebrate. 3) The settlement fine print gives Facebook broad immunity for “known” and “unknown” violations.

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized

Given 15 demographic attributes of someone living in Massachusetts, there’s a 99.98% chance you could find that person in any anonymized database.“As the information piles up, the chances it isn’t you decrease very quickly,” says Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, a researcher at Imperial College London and one of the study’s authors.

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

I regularly get mail from various shady companies that obviously crawl Play for developer contact addresses in order to spam them with “lucrative business proposals”. Automatically crawling Google Play for contact addresses of fairly obscure apps and spamming their developers is actually child’s play.

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple has placed a billboard, which reads, “We’re in the business of staying out of yours.” The billboard has been placed right next to new headquarter of Sidewalk Labs in Toronto.

/e/ pre-installed Grade A smartphones

/e/ pre-installed Grade A smartphones

And we’d love to hear which model you would buy if interested, so we can plan accordingly. You can register by clicking on the button located underneath your smartphone of choice, and leave your contact details so we can come back to you when these phones will be available.

Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

“We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and and a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them,” Adobe said in the email.

Privacy 2019 Part Two: Band-aids for Bullet Holes

Privacy 2019 Part Two: Band-aids for Bullet Holes

Now let me be clear, Google is still the giant, scary privacy monster right now, but if they implement all of the things announced, they will be closer to Apple than Facebook in terms of user privacy.

Engineers Develop Ingenious Method to Defeat AI Surveillance... With a Color Printout

Engineers Develop Ingenious Method to Defeat AI Surveillance... With a Color Printout

Suffice it to say, we were quite pleased when we learned that engineers from the University of KU Leuven (Belgium) developed a way – specifically, an adversarial attack – to effectively disrupt object detection AI powered by the YOLOv2 algorithm.

Better Apps through Better Privacy

Better Apps through Better Privacy

And again, there will be times when you do need to collect a lot of data for a particular feature, but in those cases, you want to make sure you adjust those privacy techniques to create a great experience for your users.

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Israel said that the risk of false positives increases when predictive models use data of “questionable fidelity” such as social media posts.

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

Tesla Sentry Mode captures politician in Model 3 hit-and-run

A former traffic court judge currently in the running for a seat on the Philadelphia City Council was caught hitting a parked Tesla Model 3 and subsequently leaving the scene without reporting the incident.

Sharesome Launches #FindThePornstar Facial Recognition Tool

Sharesome Launches #FindThePornstar Facial Recognition Tool

By their own description, the Sharesome team just decided to pop off work one day in order to come up with a “simple solution for all porn fans out there.” Simple — like hackable?

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Facebook says it will use end-to-end encryption for its private messaging – certainly good news for people living in countries with repressive governments that spy on their citizens.

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Consider two kinds of platforms owned by Facebook, the company – the town square version, e.g. Facebook, the original social network for broadcasting widely, and the living room version, e.g. a messaging subsidiary, such as WhatsApp, which narrowcasts to a select audience.

Why personal agency matters more than personal data

Why personal agency matters more than personal data

(Because they are advised by different lawyers, equipped by different third parties, and generally confused anyway.) Getting sites to agree to our own personal terms and policies is not a stretch, because that’s exactly what we have in the way we deal with each other in the physical world.