A keyboard encryption app used to skirt coronavirus censorship was removed by Apple in China

A keyboard encryption app used to skirt coronavirus censorship was removed by Apple in China

Apple yesterday removed Boom the Encryption Keyboard, an app that allowed Chinese internet users to bypass censorship, from the China app store, according to its developer.

How China built facial recognition for people wearing masks

How China built facial recognition for people wearing masks

The company now says its masked facial recognition program has reached 95 percent accuracy in lab tests, and even claims that it is more accurate in real life, where its cameras take multiple photos of a person if the first attempt to identify them fails.

Masks won’t protect you from facial recognition

Masks won’t protect you from facial recognition

A Chinese company says its facial recognition software can now identify people that are wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus.Hanwang Vice President Huang Lei says the system’s recognition rate reached about 95% when people wore a mask — still some way below its regular success rate of 99.5%.

Even mask-wearers can be ID'd, China facial recognition firm says

Even mask-wearers can be ID'd, China facial recognition firm says

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

Wang Aizhong, an activist based in Guangzhou, said: “This epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the public.

Public inbox investigation shows email tracking is rife

Public inbox investigation shows email tracking is rife

Now, a study that makes use of temporary email services – also known as ‘disposable email’, or ‘tempmail’ – has revealed the extent to which this tracking is also taking place in user’s inboxes.“Most people haven’t looked at email tracking because it is so much more difficult to get data to analyze,” said Gang Wang, assistant professor in the department of computer science at Virginia Tech.

Chinese database is tracking cellphone usage, car location and even electricity usage of Xinjiang residents

Chinese database is tracking cellphone usage, car location and even electricity usage of Xinjiang residents

Chinese authorities in Xinjiang are building a comprehensive database that tracks the precise locations of its citizens, their mobile app usage, their religious habits and even their electricity and gasoline consumption as part of a technology-driven crackdown that has interred an estimated 1 million Muslim citizens, according to an analysis of Chinese government software by a U.S. rights group.

Camera Above the Classroom

Camera Above the Classroom

Let alone knowing there’s a camera.” And when students from other schools asked why their teachers started collecting facial data, someone responded: “The whole country is advocating ‘intelligent education.’ It’s probably your principal who wants to add glory to his career accomplishments.”.

Profs prep promising privacy-protecting proxy program... Yes, it is possible to build client-server code that safeguards personal info

Profs prep promising privacy-protecting proxy program... Yes, it is possible to build client-server code that safeguards personal info

In a paper scheduled to be presented on Thursday at the USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation conference , co-authors Frank Wang (MIT), Ronny Ko and James Mickens (Harvard) describe a system called Riverbed – not to be confused with an identically named IT company – that consists of a proxy service to oversee the handling of data locally and on remote servers.

Putting data privacy in the hands of users

Putting data privacy in the hands of users

A new platform developed by MIT and Harvard University researchers ensures that web services adhere to users’ preferences on how their data are stored and shared in the cloud.

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.

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

It goes on top of a law passed in 2016 that mandates ISPs store 6 months of IP address connection data and makes it very clear that your internet traffic is available to be monitored.

Google has been offered help from an unlikely source in its mission to return to China

Google has been offered help from an unlikely source in its mission to return to China

Google left China in 2010 but is working on returning with a censored search engine, codenamed "Project Dragonfly." Sogou CEO Wang Xiaochuan told the MIT Technology Review that the company could act as a middle-man between Google and the Chinese government.