SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

The ban happens to cover exactly what the regulator feared: Facebook using personal information it previously gathered in new ways.That happens to be exactly what the regulator has warned Facebook not to do with the telephone numbers of South Africans collected by its Whatsapp service.

I found a loophole to prevent those pesky cookie notices 👀

I found a loophole to prevent those pesky cookie notices 👀

I’ve spent months studying the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Cookie Law and found a way to avoid having to ask you for any kind of permissions.Full screen cookie notices of course!Want to know why I don’t have a cookie notice on this site?

China introduces mandatory face scans for customers who have been issued new phone numbers

China introduces mandatory face scans for customers who have been issued new phone numbers

Though the Chinese government has pushed for real-name registration for phone users since at least 2013 — meaning ID cards are linked to new phone numbers — the move to leverage AI comes as facial recognition technology gains traction across China where the tech is used for everything from supermarket checkouts to surveillance.

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Throughout Facebook’s deliberately vague announcement, it takes great pains to note that the change applies only to new Facebook users and people who currently have the “tag suggestions” setting.

CenturyLink intentionally abuses Utah law to shutdown internet and serve ads via DNS hijacking

CenturyLink intentionally abuses Utah law to shutdown internet and serve ads via DNS hijacking

Rich Snapp, one such customer went and asked State Senator Todd Weiler, the sponsor of this bill that became a law, what on earth was going on.

5 Sure Signs You Have Been Hacked

5 Sure Signs You Have Been Hacked

These messages are from hackers, and their goal is to get your friends and family to click links or visit sites where malicious software can automatically infect their devices as well. Data usage that suddenly spikes with no reasonable explanation is another sign that you have been hacked.

Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

Technical capability notice: A notice issued by the attorney general, requiring tech companies to “build a new capability” to decrypt communications for law enforcement.

Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Despite the intrinsic sensitivity of such personal data, there are no firm rules governing the use of facial recognition technologies (FRTs), and notwithstanding efforts by CDT and others, there are no federal laws regulating the collection, retention, and sharing of biometric information.

After Spying On You, Your Vizio TV Will Ask You to Sue

After Spying On You, Your Vizio TV Will Ask You to Sue

As part of the legal process against the company, the plaintiffs — lead by the law firm Girard Gibbs — and defendant Vizio agreed to push a notice to all affected smart TVs alerting consumers of what happened and what are their rights to join the class action lawsuit on September 12.

Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs

Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs

In what is likely a first in the industry, Vizio is on the verge of agreeing to display a class-action lawsuit message through its previously sold "Smart TV" televisions as part of a legal settlement.