Cities Asked Ring to Share ‘Registry Lists’ of Customers Who Bought Surveillance Cameras

Cities Asked Ring to Share ‘Registry Lists’ of Customers Who Bought Surveillance Cameras

Cities and local police departments have asked Ring, Amazon's home security company, to share the names, home addresses, and email addresses of every person who has bought a home surveillance camera through taxpayer-funded subsidy programs Motherboard has learned.

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

That’s despite earlier reports the NSA had shuttered its Call Details Record (CDR) Program because it ran afoul of the law, violated the privacy of scores of Americans, and reportedly failed to produce useful intelligence.

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Eventually, the Obama administration and Congress agreed on a reform law that would end the N.S.A.’s bulk collection of domestic calling data, but preserve its ability to swiftly gain access to records held by telecoms when a judge agreed that a specific number had terrorism links.

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

The administration claimed in its letter to Congress—which was signed by outgoing National Intelligence chief Dan Coats—that the NSA has suspended the spying program, but Free Press Action government relations director Sandra Fulton said in a statement that this "should give little comfort to those whose privacy rights are routinely violated by authorities.".

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Getty Images The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

As Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at Jamf that found several issues in macOS, told Forbes: "If you're a large, well-resourced company such as Apple, who claims to place a premium on security, having a bug-bounty program is a no brainer."

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

Another newly disclosed inspector general report, written in 2016 and also obtained by the A.C.L.U., showed that even though intelligence officials frequently asserted during the post-Snowden debate that the program was vital, the National Security Agency never developed metrics to measure the value of the information it had gathered under the Section 215-era program.

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.

Secret plan to use charities to help deport rough sleepers

Secret plan to use charities to help deport rough sleepers

A spokesman for the Public Interest Law Centre, which won the high court case, said: “It’s now clear the Home Office – with the Greater London Authority, local councils and some homelessness charities – is trying to resurrect this discriminatory policy under a different guise.”.

How Facebook Makes it Nearly Impossible For You To Quit

How Facebook Makes it Nearly Impossible For You To Quit

In an attempt to assuage a growing range of critics and prove that it’s not deliberately or exploitively trapping users in its service, Facebook advertises the availability of this export in a format that "allows another service to more easily import it.” That’s Facebook's exact text.

Taiwan's CyberLink aims to bring facial recognition to US stores

Taiwan's CyberLink aims to bring facial recognition to US stores

"Smart retail is one of the most [popular] industries at the moment because [companies] want to create a very personalized experience in brick-and-mortar stores," Richard Carriere, U.S. senior vice president of global marketing at Cyberlink, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Author pulls software that used deep learning to virtually undress women

Author pulls software that used deep learning to virtually undress women

with 91 posters participating On Wednesday, a Vice article alerted the world to the creation of DeepNude, a computer program that uses neural networks to transform an image of a clothed woman into a realistic rendering of what she might look like naked.

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

The National Security Agency (NSA) improperly collected records on American phone calls and texts last year, according to new documents obtained and released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).The error occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, the documents show, and had not been previously disclosed.

Adding YubiKey Support to Brave for iOS

Adding YubiKey Support to Brave for iOS

“We’re pleased that websites with strong U2F or WebAuthn authentication support will work in Brave on iOS devices, allowing the same durable hardware security key to protect accounts on any device.

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

The social-media giant this week announced Study, a “market research program” that will compensate willing users of Android, Google’s GOOG, +0.66% GOOGL, +0.70% operating system, in exchange for information about their phone-app use.

Former NSA director would support ending phone data collection program

Former NSA director would support ending phone data collection program

In an interview in March , current NSA Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Paul Nakasone told CBS News the agency was in a "deliberative process" about the future of the program and would work "very, very closely with the administration and Congress on what authority should be reauthorized.".

The Hindu Explains: Why are the U.S. immigration norms being tightened?

The Hindu Explains: Why are the U.S. immigration norms being tightened?

The story so far: On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of State introduced a change in online visa forms for immigrant (form DS-260) and non-immigrant visas (form DS-160) requiring applicants to register their social media handles over a five-year period.

Microsoft: The open source company

Microsoft: The open source company

Stallman, who liked to be called by his initials, RMS, in tribute to the way he logged on to the computer, used the Hacker Ethic as a guiding principle for his best-known work, an editing program called EMACS which allowed users to limitlessly customize it its wide-open architecture encouraged people to add to it, improve it endlessly.

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and CREDO on Wednesday unveiled a new website called , which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding.

Internet Activists Launch Privacy Focused Flight Booking Site as 20,000+ People Call on Jetblue to End Facial Recognition Program

Internet Activists Launch Privacy Focused Flight Booking Site as 20,000+ People Call on Jetblue to End Facial Recognition Program

The campaign is growing after news that JetBlue expanded a biometric boarding program that scans passengers’ faces before letting them on to international flights.

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

A group of privacy activists on Wednesday launched a campaign calling out airlines that use facial recognition technology to scan passengers in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).Digital rights group Fight for the Future publicly unveiled a new website that encourages privacy-minded passengers to contact the airlines currently partnering with CBP to roll out facial recognition scanning — including top companies such as JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and British Airways.

The guy who made a tool to track women in porn videos is sorry

The guy who made a tool to track women in porn videos is sorry

Though the programmer—who posted about the project on the Chinese social network Weibo—originally insisted everything was fine because he didn’t make the information public, just collecting the data is illegal if the women didn’t consent, according to Börge Seeger, a data protection expert and partner at German law firm Neuwerk.

DIY Facial Recognition for Porn Is a Dystopian Disaster

DIY Facial Recognition for Porn Is a Dystopian Disaster

Someone posting on Chinese social network Weibo claims to have used facial recognition to cross-reference women’s photos on social media with faces pulled from videos on adult platforms like Pornhub.

Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform

Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform

More than 4,500 individuals at federal and local law enforcement agencies currently have access to a facial recognition database hosted by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, including at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

According to the source, the underlying value of granting such gratis access to Actionable Insights in these cases isn’t simply to help better service cell customers with weak signals, but also to ensure that telecoms and phone makers keep buying more and more carefully targeted Facebook ads.

Tammy Bruce: Microsoft wants you to use approved political speech --This is a real threat to our freedom

Tammy Bruce: Microsoft wants you to use approved political speech --This is a real threat to our freedom

If we are to learn from the behavior of the social media platforms, there will inevitably be a point where if you don’t write in the politically correct way, or accept all of “Ideas” recommendation to “help” you with more “inclusive” language, perhaps you could be banned from using the product at all.

A Thriller That Might Make You Throw Away Your SmartPhone

A Thriller That Might Make You Throw Away Your SmartPhone

But what really pushes her over the edge is a leaked set of documents showing that OingoBoingo, Google, Facebook, and a handful of other tech companies are working with the government on a secret program called GSX that uses data collected from social media platforms and smart phones to build a comprehensive behavior modification program.

Google promises app developers more ad monetization options

Google promises app developers more ad monetization options

Google today announced that app developers will soon be able to bid on a target return on ad spend (tROAS).

Latest ODNI Transparency Report Shows Steep Spike In Unmasking Requests For US Person Caught In NSA Collections

Latest ODNI Transparency Report Shows Steep Spike In Unmasking Requests For US Person Caught In NSA Collections

Latest ODNI Transparency Report Shows Steep Spike In Unmasking Requests For US Person Caught In NSA Collections.

NSA says warrantless searches of Americans’ data rose in 2018

NSA says warrantless searches of Americans’ data rose in 2018

The data, published Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), revealed a 28 percent rise in the number of targeted search terms used to query massive databases of collected Americans’ communications.

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