Am I FLoCed?

Am I FLoCed?

Google is running a Chrome "origin trial" to test out an experimental new tracking feature called Federated Learning of Cohorts (aka "FLoC").FLoC exists because Google acknowledges the privacy harms of third-party cookies, but insists on continuing to let advertisers target you based on how you browse the web.

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

EncroChat’s instant messaging service was used by criminals around the world before it was hacked by French police.In a victory for prosecutors in their fight against organised crime the Court of Appeal ruled that communications obtained by French police by hacking into mobile phones were lawfully obtained.

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

In an interview in September last year, Snowden said he would be willing to return to the US if he is guaranteed a fair trial.What I'm asking for is a fair trial.

Surveillance drones operating autonomously take to the sky in police trial

Surveillance drones operating autonomously take to the sky in police trial

Senior Engineer Low Hsien Meng from the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems (Raus) Centre of Expertise said: "Unlike a conventional drone, where you need a pilot on site to insert the battery and prepare the aircraft, with a drone box concept, all these preparatory activities are actually automated by the system inside the drone box.".

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

New Zealand Police first contacted the firm in January, and later set up a trial of the software, according to documents RNZ obtained under the Official Information Act. However, the high tech crime unit handling the technology appears to have not sought the necessary clearance before using it.

French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

France’s data protection watchdog has urged caution over plans to allow authorities to monitor individuals’ social media posts and purchasing activity on websites such as eBay in order to identify those committing tax fraud.

The Jack Bauers of Europe love facial recognition

The Jack Bauers of Europe love facial recognition

The mayor’s report called for a new regulations that would allow the technology’s roll-out in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, noting that facial recognition was in a legal gray zone, somewhere between narrow data protection requirements and broader national security laws.

How Pornhub Enables Doxing and Harassment

How Pornhub Enables Doxing and Harassment

This doxing led several of the women in Girls Do Porn videos to endure ongoing harassment, depression, and suicidal thoughts, according to court records, online posts, and an interview with Motherboard.

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google had refused to tighten publication standards after it sent an email to users in December that named a man accused of killing a British backpacker, Grace Millane, in violation of a suppression order.

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

To find persons of interest in criminal investigations, genetic genealogists upload DNA data found at the crime scene to GEDmatch and look for matches to distant relatives.

Moment man is fined £90 for hiding face from police facial recognition cameras

Moment man is fined £90 for hiding face from police facial recognition cameras

The man said he did not want his face to be on camera anywhere (Picture: BBC Click) Protesters say there is no legislation to regulate the use of facial recognition (Picture: BBC Click)In the footage, the man is seen cornered by a group of officers, telling them: ‘If I want to cover my face I will, don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.

Controversial police policy will see some UK rape victims asked to grant access to their phones

Controversial police policy will see some UK rape victims asked to grant access to their phones

The new policy was introduced after a number of rape and sexual assault cases collapsed at the last minute after it was found that exculpatory evidence existed on the phones of alleged victims, and had not been disclosed to the defence.

New York’s mass face recognition trial on drivers has been a spectacular failure

New York’s mass face recognition trial on drivers has been a spectacular failure

Cameras attached to the bridge were supposed to capture and identify the faces of drivers through their windshields as they passed, matching them against government databases. Despite the failure, more cameras are going to be positioned on other bridges and tunnels, according to a spokesperson.

Court convicts man of drug possession but rules GPS probe without warrant illegal

Court convicts man of drug possession but rules GPS probe without warrant illegal

The Asahikawa District Court sentenced 46-year-old Masayuki Tanikawa, a former gangster, to six years in prison and fined him 1.5 million yen for possessing 61 grams of stimulant drugs.

Microsoft Built a Chat Bot to Match Patients to Clinical Trials

Microsoft Built a Chat Bot to Match Patients to Clinical Trials

The project is part of a larger Microsoft (msft) health care bot initiative that’s helped partners build automatic chat programs for things like triaging patients and answering questions about insurance benefits.

Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants

Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants

A drug trafficker who managed to evade capture for 15 years by cutting and burning the skin of his fingertips and having it replaced with micro-implants has been arrested by Spanish police.

Australian Gag Order Stokes Global Debate on Secrecy

Australian Gag Order Stokes Global Debate on Secrecy

Judges in Australia and some other countries, including Britain, often issue gag orders that temporarily restrict the publication of information related to a criminal proceeding on the grounds that it might sway jurors or potential jurors.

Honour of Kings uses facial recognition to check ages

Honour of Kings uses facial recognition to check ages

Tencent highlighted that many users had previously voiced concerns about the idea of it using facial ID checks in games and said it would evaluate the results of the real-world trial "in depth".