Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts General Assembly voted to pass a new police reform bill banning police stations and public agencies from using facial recognition technology throughout the state.

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

But by default, reports also let managers drill down into data on individual employees, to find those who participate less in group chat conversations, send fewer emails, or fail to collaborate in shared documents.“This is so problematic at many levels,” tweeted the Austrian researcher Wolfie Christl, who raised alarm about the feature.

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

The group, made up of online businesses “who share a concern that Google is threatening the open web model that is vital to the functioning of a free and competitive media and online economy”, has asked the UK Competition and Markets Authority to delay the introduction of Privacy Sandbox until the law is changed to ensure a level playing field.

Microsoft and OpenAI partner to propose digital transformation of export controls

Microsoft and OpenAI partner to propose digital transformation of export controls

For these reasons, restricting the problematic users and uses of these technologies is the more targeted and balanced of traditional export controls approaches, as it protects national security interests while preserving beneficial uses and tech leadership.

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

According to AP, UK’s antitrust watchdog, Competition and Markets Authority, initiated its investigation after receiving a complaint from an organization called ‘Marketers for an Open Web’, which is said to be a coalition of technology and publishing companies.

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

In the future, every company will become a software company.” Additionally, you often hear expressions like, “In the application economy, software developers reign supreme.” And yet, there is a persistent stereotype that executive management holds all of the power in how organizations evaluate and purchase technology.

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

The proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 builds a foundation of trust and transparency between citizens, companies and government, while ensuring that innovators and businesses benefit from a modernized framework with clear rules.

Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans

Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans

Dick believed that we all live in a world where “spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups—and the electronic hardware exists by which to deliver these pseudo-worlds right into heads of the reader.” He argued: the bombardment of pseudo-realities begins to produce inauthentic humans very quickly, spurious humans—as fake as the data pressing at them from all sides.

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Khan began to suspect that it was his dark skin tone that rattled Examplify, a test proctoring platform adopted by New York state's law exams board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

The European Union has agreed to stricter rules on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technologies like facial recognition and spyware.

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Technical know-how, whether in government or in the technology industry, cannot substitute for contextual understanding and lived experiences in determining whether it’s appropriate to apply AI systems in sensitive social domains.

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the Amazon Ring cameras of participating residents.

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

The Internet can be a great place for kids to learn, be entertained, and to communicate with others.Kids today have tons of social media options, download music both legally and illegally, publish information about themselves that others can see, enter into online dialogue with strangers, and surf the Internet for the latest information, both good and bad.

Mall real estate company collected 5 million images of shoppers, say privacy watchdogs

Mall real estate company collected 5 million images of shoppers, say privacy watchdogs

The real estate company behind some of Canada's most popular shopping centres embedded cameras inside its digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls in major Canadian cities to collect millions of images — and used facial recognition technology without customers' knowledge or consent — according to a new investigation by the federal, Alberta and B.C. privacy commissioners.

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

The NSA has long sought agreements with technology companies under which they would build special access for the spy agency into their products, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reporting by Reuters and others.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

The threat of police exploiting surveillance technology to spy on people exercising their First Amendment rights was a primary motivation for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passing 2019's groundbreaking Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.

Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy - MP

Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy - MP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Representatives of Inc in India have refused to appear before a parliamentary panel reviewing the country’s privacy bill, an Indian lawmaker said on Friday, an allegation the U.S. commerce giant said was a result of a misunderstanding.

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Law enforcement agencies are able to crack into locked, encrypted smartphones far more frequently than was previously known, according to new documents surfaced by through over 100 public records requests by the digital liberties nonprofit Upturn.

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

He gave a surprising reason.“I am involved with developing facial recognition to in fact use on Portland police officers, since they are not identifying themselves to the public,” Mr. Howell said.

Singapore’s world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears

Singapore’s world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears

“We want to be innovative in applying technology for the benefit of our citizens and businesses,” Kwok Quek Sin, who works on digital identification at Singapore’s technology agency GovTech, told AFP.

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

The AIMIM, which has called the use of facial recognition an infringement of the right to privacy, expressed shock at the decision taken by the SEC without convening an all-party meeting.

DOJ formalizes request for encryption back-doors

DOJ formalizes request for encryption back-doors

The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the "Five Eyes" nations, has issued a statement asking Apple and other tech companies to effectively create backdoors that will weaken encryption strength overall to provide law enforcement access to data.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

The nations of the Five Eyes security alliance – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and the UK – plus Japan and India, have called on technology companies to design their products so they offer access to encrypted messages and content.

Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US

Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US

In addition to halting city use of the surveillance technology, the new rule prevents "private entities in places of public accommodation" in Portland from using it, too, referring to businesses that serve the general public — a grocery store or a pizza place, for instance.

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

A number of technology companies have come together to create the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a new standard to help ensure consumers can feel safe about how their personal data is used on participating websites.

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Some of these affronts to personal freedom like the First Amendment right to say whatever you want are being stripped away from Americans by the exploiting apps for their privacy exposures.

Biometric Technology: A Brief History

Biometric Technology: A Brief History

Two technologies collided at the right time to facilitate the adoption of biometric authentication: The science behind scanning sensors improved to almost perfectThe use of smartphones went through the roof.

The use of biometris is outpacing legislation

The use of biometris is outpacing legislation

We may not always be in control of our biometric data but it’s ours, so we should think about what we are exchanging it for, says Melissa Wingard, who is a senior commercial technology lawyer.