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.

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

“In June 2019, the Australian federal police executed two search warrants in relation to secrecy offences in part 6 (offences by and against public officers) and part 7 (official secrets and unlawful soundings) of the Crimes Act,” the Department of Home Affairs stated.

Firefox is reinventing its Android app to undo Chrome's monopoly

Firefox is reinventing its Android app to undo Chrome's monopoly

(A full version of Preview will be released as Firefox's main Android browser this autumn).Tracking cookies are used to monitor user behaviour online and build profiles to serve targeted ads – one recent study suggested around 94 per cent of websites using some form of user tracking.

Read Google’s new Nest privacy promise and tell me if you’re swayed

Read Google’s new Nest privacy promise and tell me if you’re swayed

So today, as Google announced that it’s going to sell a device that’s not all that different from the Facebook Portal , whose most every review wondered whether you should really invite a Facebook camera into your home, Google also decided to publicly take ownership for privacy going forward.

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

Key points: Privacy International have today published a report entitled 'Digital Stop and search: how the UK police can secretly download everything from your mobile phone' , based on Freedom of Information requests to 47 police forces across the UK about their use of 'mobile phone extraction' technologies, which enable them to download all the content and data from a mobile phone.

VPNs Are No Privacy Panacea, And Finding An Ethical Operator Is A Comical Shitshow

VPNs Are No Privacy Panacea, And Finding An Ethical Operator Is A Comical Shitshow

VPNs Are No Privacy Panacea, And Finding An Ethical Operator Is A Comical Shitshow Privacy from the ain't-no-magic-bullet dept Given the seemingly endless privacy scandals that now engulf the tech and telecom sectors on a near-daily basis , many consumers have flocked to virtual private networks (VPN) to protect and encrypt their data.

Consumer Privacy in an Age of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Independent Review: The Independent Institute

Consumer Privacy in an Age of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Independent Review: The Independent Institute

Volume 23 Number 1 • Summer 2018 Subscribe Buy Single Issues Get the App All Issues: Consumer Privacy in an Age of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems By Ryan Hagemann This article appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of The Independent Review The advent of the commercial drone will bring new challenges for consumer privacy and new rules for dealing with them.

Tech giants and civil liberty groups call out ghost cops and source code demands under Australian encryption laws

Tech giants and civil liberty groups call out ghost cops and source code demands under Australian encryption laws

A collective of companies and civil liberty groups including Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Privacy International, Linux Australia, and the Electronics Frontier Foundation have issued a warning that requirements to silently add law enforcement into encryption chats could introduce vulnerabilities and create new risks to systems.

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest Following reports that Google installed secret listening devices in the homes security product Nest, EPIC asked the Federal Trade Commission to require Google to spin-off Nest and to disgorge the data obtained from Nest users.

Signal >> Blog >> I link therefore I am

Signal >> Blog >> I link therefore I am

Previewing the future As time goes on, we may expand the list of sites where link previews are available with new additions that include the necessary meta tags and support HTTPS connections that are compatible with Signal’s privacy-enhancing proxy.

Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy

Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy

Companies such as Google and Facebook get access to iPhone users by offering their apps—Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps, and so on—for download from the Apple App Store. If Apple really objected to data-hungry business models, it could take much more aggressive action during app review.

Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twitter said it did not know how many people had their private messages exposed Private tweets sent by users of Twitter's Android app could have been exposed publicly for years.

‘Extreme baby monitors’ claim to track your child’s breathing, heartbeat and every movement

‘Extreme baby monitors’ claim to track your child’s breathing, heartbeat and every movement

(Raybaby did not respond immediately to a request for comment.) Here are some of the newest technologies to track and care for your infant: Video and audio monitors The classic audio-based baby monitor has been upgraded through enhanced sound quality and range.