House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying

House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying

With expiration set for Dec. 15, whatever the Senate does the Call Detail Records program, barring some eleventh-hour legislative chicanery, looks like the rarest of birds: a post-9/11 surveillance activity on course for extinction.“We would not be in this position today if Edward Snowden had not revealed the bulk collection program,” said Liza Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice.

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

“It’s basically the same, we would just present the metrics to the managers after the shift.” Presto says it's testing the technology at multiple restaurants across the country, but declined to name any other than Outback.

Facial-recognition software will be installed at Israeli checkposts

Facial-recognition software will be installed at Israeli checkposts

TechCrunch reports Google has proposed a new privacy initiative that aims to curb tracking by digital marketers and advertisers.Gallup reports its poll of 1,522 Americans revealed respondents are divided on whether big tech companies need more regulation.

Harpooned by Facebook

Harpooned by Facebook

As smart devices become an ever-larger part of our lives, we look at how Facebook and other companies gather information about their users and turn it into profits.Next, Nathan looks at how online gaming companies and Facebook are using big data to profit from people vulnerable to gambling addiction.

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Shankar Narayan, the director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Forbes that he’d held meetings with Microsoft in Seattle last year in which the tech giant appeared receptive to ideas on holding back the spread of facial recognition.

Tell Rep. Adam Schiff to remove this dangerous secrecy provision from this year’s intelligence bill

Tell Rep. Adam Schiff to remove this dangerous secrecy provision from this year’s intelligence bill

As Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explained, “if the changes advocated by the CIA are adopted, the law would indefinitely criminalize the disclosure of the identity of anyone with a classified relationship to an intelligence agency regardless of whether they have ever served abroad.”.

Art can change the world

Art can change the world

The Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China, (SAPPRFT), have published a new list of rules recently, banning hip-hop artists and people with tattoos from appearing on television.

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Millions of viewers tune in six days a week for an unrelenting barrage of relationship drama recorded from every possible angle, using as many as 73 cameras and countless hidden microphones to capture it all.

Google Parent Alphabet’s Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Google Parent Alphabet’s Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Sidewalk Labs identifies five key components of building the new district: economic development, sustainability, housing affordability, mobility, and urban innovation, which is vague but seems to mean using data to improve city services.

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

Tlaib-Pressley Amendment #91: States none of the funds in this Act available to the Department of Housing and Urban Development may be used to purchase, lease, or otherwise utilize facial or other biometric recognition software, hardware or system.

2024 is Mr. Orwell’s 1984

2024 is Mr. Orwell’s 1984

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows and you don’t have to be paranoid to recognize that new technologies have enabled citizens of the industrialized world to be watched, measured, rated, judged and analyzed daily to a degree that even Winston Smith, the hapless worker bee from George Orwell’s prescient 1949 novel 1984, might find intrusive.

Hikvision and DahuaTech have been banned by the U.S. Gov

Hikvision and DahuaTech have been banned by the U.S. Gov

Following the U.S. Government’s decision on technology developed by Chinese manufacturers, multiple investors from Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Zhejian Dahua Technology (the two largest surveillance camera manufacturers in the world) decided to get rid of the company’s shares because, according to the cybersecurity specialists, they fear that the impact of this decision will be extended to the rest of their business.

This colorful printed patch makes you pretty much invisible to AI

This colorful printed patch makes you pretty much invisible to AI

They could be used to fool self-driving cars into reading a stop sign as a lamppost, for example, or they could trick medical AI vision systems that are designed to identify diseases.

Amazon as a Vector

Amazon as a Vector

While platforms like Amazon have cornered markets through long-term investment strategies and developing itself as a utility[9], a central cog in the systems of e-commerce and retail, this doesn’t beget issues of public trust and the increasing complexity from running these multiple lines.

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

The additional obligatory equipment for cars, trucks and buses will help to save people’s lives”, said Róża Thun (EPP, PL) , who steered this legislation through Parliament.

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to police, hospitals, schools, and universities throughout the country, according to sources and procurement records.

Your “smart” TV is a dumb idea

Your “smart” TV is a dumb idea

Let’s start with a basic rundown of the critical features most people look for in a new television: Screen size: We can almost stop the list right here.

Zuckerberg's so-called revelations about privacy are old news, and deeply ironic

Zuckerberg's so-called revelations about privacy are old news, and deeply ironic

Mark Zuckerberg's recent blog discussing Facebook's vision to become a 'privacy-focused' platform comes just over a month after he announced its merger with Instagram and WhatsApp. The merger has raised concerns (from, amongst others, Ireland's DPC who regulate Facebook in the EU) for users' privacy across the three platforms and the sharing of data between them.

Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households

Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households

(Reuters) - Smart TV manufacturer Vizio has formed a partnership with nine media and advertising companies to develop an industry standard that will allow smart TVs to target advertisements to specific households, the companies said Tuesday.

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Milking Facebook’s stewardship of WhatsApp for all it’s worth, Zuckerberg was intentional about pitching his new centralized yet private future for Facebook around the model of the encrypted messaging app, a platform so antithetical to Facebook’s broad mission that its founders left in disgust after cashing their checks.

Samy Smart TV Based on Android TV Launched for Rs 4,999

Samy Smart TV Based on Android TV Launched for Rs 4,999

Extremely Cheap Price Tag of Samy Smart TV Another interesting fact about this new launch which has nothing to do with the pricing of this television is the condition on which the TV will be available to you.

If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police

If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police

If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The world’s tech police have the opportunity to succeed in televisions where they initially failed with the rest of the connected world, and ensure that users retain a firm grasp on their data.

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

At a time when China and the United States are locked in a rivalry on several fronts including trade and technology, Hikvision – which is the world’s largest surveillance technology company and based in Hangzhou in eastern China – has supplied the equipment and software used by an American force that polices a population of about 8.6 million people.

Privacy and elementary OS

Privacy and elementary OS

Some people coming from this world of vacuuming up data ask us: how does elementary know what features to develop, which areas to focus on, how many daily active users we have? Is elementary against responsible, privacy-first collection of useful data?

Data privacy issues may be capturing more attention in China

Data privacy issues may be capturing more attention in China

"In China, the medical industry, also the technology industry, the technology companies that are working with AI and also with a lot of data, we all have a common agreement that the symptom data can be collected in a big chunk for big data analysis and also AI training," said Jim Wang, chairman and founder of Nova Vision.

Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

Lawyer and privacy expert Julia Powles, who has closely followed the development of Streams, responded on Twitter: "DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to 'never connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google'.

Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move

Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move

Google has been accused of breaking promises to patients, after the company announced it would be moving a healthcare-focused subsidiary, DeepMind Health, into the main arm of the organisation. Google says the restructure is necessary to allow DeepMind’s flagship health app, Streams, to scale up globally.

New EU copyright legislation gets mixed reactions

New EU copyright legislation gets mixed reactions

One aspect of the legislation would allow researchers to use text or data mining computer programs on material they have legal access to read, if such mining is for nonprofit purposes or in the public interest.

Alibaba Used Shoppers' Data to Invent a Spicy Snickers Bar

Alibaba Used Shoppers' Data to Invent a Spicy Snickers Bar

Typically Mars spends two to three years developing a new product; the Spicy Snickers came together in less than one. Even better, the launch helped the China division meet its goal of having new products account for more than 10 percent of revenue, says Ian Burton, China president of Mars Wrigley Confectionary.