Google told its scientists to 'strike a positive tone' in AI research - documents

Google told its scientists to 'strike a positive tone' in AI research - documents

A senior Google manager reviewing a study on content recommendation technology shortly before publication this summer told authors to “take great care to strike a positive tone,” according to internal correspondence read to Reuters.

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Cybersecurity researchers over the weekend disclosed new security risks associated with link previews in popular messaging apps that cause the services to leak IP addresses, expose links sent via end-to-end encrypted chats, and even unnecessarily download gigabytes of data stealthily in the background.

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

However, security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have discovered that these link previews can expose user data in both iOS and Android apps.

Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.Meanwhile, when the Line app opens an encrypted message and finds a link, it appears to send the link to the Line server to generate a preview.

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

While Mysk and Haj Bakry found that a number of messaging platforms don’t risk link previews at all—including, somewhat ironically, TikTok and WeChat, the main end-to-end encrypted messengers, including WhatsApp and iMessage, generate link previews on the sender-side.

Achilles: Small chip, big peril.

Achilles: Small chip, big peril.

In this research dubbed “ Achilles ” we performed an extensive security review of a DSP chip from one of the leading manufacturers: Qualcomm Technologies.Check Point Research decided not to publish the full technical details of these vulnerabilities until mobile vendors have a comprehensive solution to mitigate the possible risks described.

HongKongers prepare for China and new national security law by scrubbing digital footprint

HongKongers prepare for China and new national security law by scrubbing digital footprint

As China takes over Hong Kong with a new national security law, Hongkongers prepare by cleaning up their social media presence.The Nikkei Asian Review reports that prominent pro-democracy Hong Kongers have been warned that they will be targeted by the national security laws once they are enacted.

Edmonton police to watch some high-crime areas with CCTV cameras

Edmonton police to watch some high-crime areas with CCTV cameras

A six-month pilot project will see surveillance cameras installed in areas where crime is high or large groups tend to gather.Rosnau said he was not familiar with the Whyte Avenue surveillance project but does not expect the cameras will act as a crime deterrent.

Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review

Masked arsonist might’ve gotten away with it if she hadn’t left Etsy review

From Lore Blumenthal's Etsy review of a T-shirt, her profiles on Poshmark and LinkedIn, and the tattoo visible on a video posted to her massage therapy website, the FBI found the details they needed to match the arsonist seen in photos and video to government records, the affidavit said.

April Extensions for Firefox Preview

April Extensions for Firefox Preview

We’d like to thank the developers of these add-ons for supporting Firefox Preview.While we’re pleased to offer these six highly recommended add-ons as a starting point, it’s clear that add-on developers have more great ideas for extensions that can enhance the mobile browsing experience.

Is The Australian Government’s App COVIDSAFE, Safe for Me? This Person Says Most Likely.

Is The Australian Government’s App COVIDSAFE, Safe for Me? This Person Says Most Likely.

TL;DR — After a review of the application permissions, sign up form, and as well a PCAP Dump of the entire process and a review of the architecture.So for those not aware, during the sign-up process of COVIDSAFE you are asked a few questions.

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued interim findings of an ongoing review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications beyond the Page application.

Melbourne dentist granted court order forcing Google to unmask anonymous critic

Melbourne dentist granted court order forcing Google to unmask anonymous critic

The lawyer for a Melbourne dentist who received an anonymous online negative review has welcomed the decision by an Australian Federal Court judge compelling Google to release the identity of the reviewer.

Google ordered to reveal author of Australian dentist's bad review

Google ordered to reveal author of Australian dentist's bad review

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ruling forces Google to reveal the reviewer's personal details An Australian court has ordered Google to identify the person behind an anonymous bad review of a dentist.

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

A Melbourne dentist who claims he was defamed in an anonymous online review has convinced a Federal Court judge to order technology giant Google to unmask the disgruntled customer so he can launch "groundbreaking" legal action.

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

A dental practice has been fined $10,000 by the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights for violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules by disclosing patients’ protected health information (PHI) on Yelp when responding to patient reviews.

Google Begins Testing Extension Manifest V3 in Chrome Canary

Google Begins Testing Extension Manifest V3 in Chrome Canary

Google has begun testing their upcoming extension manifest V3 in the the latest Chrome Canary build, and with this initial 'alpha' release, developers can begin testing their extensions under the upcoming specification.Error when using unsupported APIs If you switch the extension to use a service_worker instead then the extension loads properly into Google Chrome.

'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing to hide argument.In this essay, Solove critiques the nothing to hide argument and exposes its faulty underpinnings.

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media

HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media

We (Verizon Media) and our partners need your consent to access your device, set cookies, and use your data, including your location, to understand your interests, provide relevant ads and measure their effectiveness.Verizon Media will also provide relevant ads to you on our partners' products.

Facebook admits app made to keep kids safe actually introduced them to adult strangers

Facebook admits app made to keep kids safe actually introduced them to adult strangers

"We are in regular contact with the FTC on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids," Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin wrote in a letter to two Democrats, which was reported by Reuters.

End the NSA's Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

End the NSA's Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

Ever since USA FREEDOM reformed the CDR program in 2015, the civil liberties community and members of Congress have repeatedly asked the NSA for information about how widespread the NSA’s surveillance is, but the agency has been unable or unwilling to provide that information.

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.

Amazon lets Alexa users disable human voice recording review

Amazon lets Alexa users disable human voice recording review

Following the leak of Google Assistant user voice recordings last month, Google said human reviewers listen to voice recordings to improve the assistant’s ability to recognize accents, languages, and dialects.

More information about our processes to safeguard speech data

More information about our processes to safeguard speech data

We’re focused on building products that work for everyone, and as part of this, we invest significant resources to ensure that our speech technology works for a wide variety of languages, accents and dialects. This is a critical part of the process of building speech technology, and is necessary to creating products like the Google Assistant.

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Its user terms confirm recordings may be used by the company, stating Assistant "records your voice and audio on Google services to improve speech recognition.". Google's terms don't explicitly say that people review the recordings, but do state that data could be analyzed as the company updates services or create new features.

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

One of the humans that Google hired to review voice recordings recently leaked over a thousand Assistant recordings to a Belgian news organization, which published a story and video about the recordings this week.