Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system

Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays says it has scrapped a system that tracked the time employees spent at their desks and sent warnings to those spending too long on breaks.It is not the first time the bank has come under fire for using technology to monitor its staff.

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

‘Lack of privacy’: Nancy Pelosi warns NATO allies against using Huawei

‘Lack of privacy’: Nancy Pelosi warns NATO allies against using Huawei

Pelosi said the invasion of privacy that would result from having Huawei integrated into Europe’s 5G communication networks would be “like having the state police, the Chinese state police, right in your pocket.”.

Mastercard is pioneering new payment technology that identifies commuters by the way they walk

Mastercard is pioneering new payment technology that identifies commuters by the way they walk

The payment provider told MarketWatch that everyone has a unique walk, and it is investigating innovative behavioral biometrics such as gait, face, heartbeat and veins for cutting edge payment systems of the future.

Street-Level Surveillance

Street-Level Surveillance

EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law enforcement agencies routinely deploy in our communities.Every day, the threats to our rights expand as police use surveillance technologies to compile enormous databases filled with our personal information.

Multi-Account Containers Add-on Sync Feature

Multi-Account Containers Add-on Sync Feature

The Multi-Account Containers Add-on will now sync your container configuration and site assignments.Firefox Multi-Account Containers allows users to separate their online identities into different tab types called Containers.This privacy feature allows users to assign sites to only open in a specific Container.

Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app

Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app

Wacom drawing tablets have a dirty little secret – they are likely tracking the name and time of every app you’re opening – and sending that information to Google.The discovery and damning of Wacom’s anti-privacy actions are thanks to one observant Wacom drawing tablet user: Robert Heaton.

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

The voter registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which is used by the party to manage Election Day. The firm that developed the application, Feed-b, commented that the vulnerability was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with," and that security measures have since been boosted.

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

In the age of the Internet-of-things, every digital device you own collects information about you, while websites, corporations and social media platforms use different techniques to surveil and track your personal data.

Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves

Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves

While a site itself always has access to raw behavior data — and could hypothetically look in on any individual user session — using a service like FullStory brings a third party into the mix.

Google Maps is becoming a location-ad juggernaut

Google Maps is becoming a location-ad juggernaut

Seeing ads in Google Maps isn’t anything new, but Google is making it easier and more effective than ever for brick-and-mortar businesses to advertise themselves to people using the location-based service and to get them to pay a visit.

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

The European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Providers like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft can, and have, cut people off from the data and services that they rely on to run their lives, businesses, and communities.

Councils let firms track visits to webpages on benefits and disability

Councils let firms track visits to webpages on benefits and disability

Some councils were found to be letting companies track use of sensitive sections of their sites, such as when people were seeking financial help or support for substance abuse.

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

And so the team says it decided to investigate, finding links to a Chinese company called Shenzhen HAWK that is “secretly” behind Hi Security as well as four other app developers.

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technology

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technology

The news: US government use of facial recognition technology should be banned “pending further review,” according to 40 organizations that signed a letter calling for a recommendation to be made to the president.

What strictly necessary cookies does the BBC use?

What strictly necessary cookies does the BBC use?

In BBC Sounds, a cookie in the Radioplayer web console that sets an identifier for each unique browser to allow aggregated analysis.In BBC Sounds, a cookie in the Radioplayer web console to remember whether you've seen certain one-time messages.

Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants' dominance

Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants' dominance

The proposal, which includes reining in big online platforms and could still be tweaked ahead of their presentation on Feb. 19, underlines the EU’s determination to break U.S. tech giants’ stranglehold on vast troves of data and better compete with Chinese rivals.

Bill Would Reform NSA Surveillance Program

Bill Would Reform NSA Surveillance Program

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would reform the 9/11-era authorities used by the intelligence community to access Americans’ phone records and other domestic communications.

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Clearview’s Face Surveillance Shows Why We Need a Strong Federal Consumer Privacy Law

Since the New York Times Clearview story was published, there has been some discussion online about using the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—a notoriously vague pre-Internet law intended to punish those who break into private computer systems—to go after scraping of publicly available websites.

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

This recent significant shift within the realm of Information Technology has been the mining and monetization of personal user data, which comes with both positive and negative effects.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

Google Will Charge Law Enforcement to Access User Data

Google Will Charge Law Enforcement to Access User Data

Google also that, regarding legal requests from government agencies in the U.S., “By far the most common is the subpoena, followed by search warrants.” It says it notifies users whose data has been requested where possible, as “If Google receives ECPA legal process for a user’s account, it’s our policy to notify the user via email before any information is disclosed unless such notification is prohibited by law.”.

Police force to roll out '81% inaccurate' live facial recognition

Police force to roll out '81% inaccurate' live facial recognition

However, this claim has been described as misleading by an independent report into the force's use of the technology, commissioned by the Met itself and revealed by Sky News, which found the technology was actually 81% inaccurate .Ms Morley's figures do not account for false negatives, but also misrepresent the number of false positives compared to accurate positives.

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Like iOS, Android 10 also alerts users when an existing app collects location data in the background and provides a shortcut to stop the app from doing so.

London police to deploy facial recognition cameras across the city

London police to deploy facial recognition cameras across the city

Live facial recognition cameras will be deployed across London, with the city’s Metropolitan Police announcing today that the technology has moved past the trial stage and is ready to be permanently integrated into everyday policing.

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

When I choose a secure messaging app, I pick apps that protect the most important thing to me… my personal data.Terms of Use/Service offer little/no data protection because they assume a user is engaging in a free service with the company.

How to block Facebook and Google from identifying your face

How to block Facebook and Google from identifying your face

Facebook has a setting that can recognize your face so that you're automatically suggested as a tag in pictures and video that your friends upload.