Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.

Can you give away your fingerprints in a photo?

Can you give away your fingerprints in a photo?

Going to such lengths to protect your fingerprints might seem extreme, but incentives to bypass biometric security are growing as it increasingly shows up in everything from smartphones to door locks.“As biometrics become more prevalent in the authentication process, motivated attackers will definitely find innovative ways to bypass them,” said Vivek Chudgar, senior director at Mandiant, a consulting arm of cybersecurity firm FireEye. But some experts say harvesting fingerprints from pictures requires some specific conditions.

This Site Uses AI to Find Issues in Privacy Policies

This Site Uses AI to Find Issues in Privacy Policies

Guard is a site that uses AI to read epically long privacy policies and then highlight any aspects of them that might be problematic.For now, you’re limited to seeing ratings for only services Guard has decided to analyze, which includes most of the major apps out there like youTube, Reddit, Spotify, and Instagram.

Linus Torvalds calls social media "a disease"

Linus Torvalds calls social media "a disease"

In a wide-ranging interview with Linux Journal, Torvalds blasts: "I absolutely detest modern 'social media' .- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram."Anonymity is important if you're a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldn't be visible, and you shouldn't be able to share it or like it.".

Edward Snowden - “Permanent Record” & Life as an Exiled NSA Whistleblower | The Daily Show

Edward Snowden - “Permanent Record” & Life as an Exiled NSA Whistleblower | The Daily Show

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.Follow The Daily Show:.Follow Comedy Central:.Trevor Noah and The World's Fakest News Team tackle the biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture.The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs weeknights at 11/10c on Comedy Central.

Brains are the last frontier of privacy

Brains are the last frontier of privacy

Facebook and startups like Elon Musk's Neuralink are pouring money into a new wave of neurotechnology with bold promises, like typing with your thoughts or, in Musk's words, merging with AI.All of these devices generate huge amounts of neural data, potentially one of the most sensitive forms of personal information.

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.

Algorithms Are People

Algorithms Are People

Amazon admits it takes profitability into account when displaying products, but it denies reworking its search tool to privilege its own products over the competition.In an emailed statement to The Atlantic, an Amazon spokesperson wrote, “The fact is that we have not changed the criteria we use to rank search results to include profitability.

Now is the time to defend the final haven for privacy: your brain

Now is the time to defend the final haven for privacy: your brain

Glyn Moody is a freelance journalist who writes and speaks about privacy, surveillance, digital rights, open source, copyright, patents and general policy issues involving digital technology.

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

Because so few gag orders have been reviewed and rescinded, it isn’t possible to say whether the companies that received the most termination letters also received the most national security letters.

Biometrics class actions target Lowe's, Home Depot for anti-shoplifting surveillance systems

Biometrics class actions target Lowe's, Home Depot for anti-shoplifting surveillance systems

4, a group of plaintiffs simultaneously filed virtually identical class action complaints in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago against Lowe’s and in federal court in Atlanta against Home Depot, accusing the retailers of violating the Illinois state law by “surreptitiously” scanning customers’ faces as they moved about the chains’ stores in Illinois.

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

He said the protests had hurt Hong Kong's reputation of being a safe city for tourists and businesses.Tsui said that Beijing's efforts may also reflect the Chinese authorities' fear toward the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

The News App That's Testing a Promising Way to Build In Privacy From the Ground Up

The News App That's Testing a Promising Way to Build In Privacy From the Ground Up

It’s a way to share information about a group and its behaviors while protecting the privacy of individuals within that group by obscuring data that exposes your identity.

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

Bluetooth audio is handled through system settings, is separate from apps, and will continue working for apps that you deny permission for.).Apps that support Google’s Chromecast streaming platform often ask for Bluetooth access as well.

Facebook’s Suspension of ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Reveals Wider Privacy Issues

Facebook’s Suspension of ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Reveals Wider Privacy Issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook indicated on Friday that the scale of its data privacy issues was far larger than it had previously acknowledged, as it suspended tens of thousands of apps for transgressions that included improperly sucking up its users’ personal information.

Thanks For Helping Us Defend the California Consumer Privacy Act

Thanks For Helping Us Defend the California Consumer Privacy Act

We want to thank everyone who called or wrote to their lawmakers to protect the CCPA this year and amplified how important data privacy is to the people of California.

Two Widely Used Ad Blocker Extensions for Chrome Caught in Ad Fraud Scheme

Two Widely Used Ad Blocker Extensions for Chrome Caught in Ad Fraud Scheme

AdBlock by AdBlock, Inc — over 800,000 users uBlock by Charlie Lee — over 850,000 users Though these extensions were fully working as any other adblocker does by removing ads from web pages a user visits, the researchers caught them performing " Cookie Stuffing " as an ad fraud scheme to generate revenue for their developers.

Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

In this story, Finn Brownbill explains how we can put an end to tracking in search for the purpose of data collection.Finn Brownbill is Head of Marketing at the privacy-orientated search engine Mojeek.

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Rai, whose company has developed facial recognition for eight local police forces, said India doesn’t have the same quality cameras as China — making it harder to meet the goal of being able to identify any person with an integrated system.

Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

The Northeastern University and Imperial College of London researchers found that other smart and connected IoT devices , such as connected speakers and cameras, all passed this private information on to third parties.

New studies find smart TVs are still sending sensitive data to third parties

New studies find smart TVs are still sending sensitive data to third parties

As reported by the Financial Times, researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found several smart TVs, including those from popular brands Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and FireTV were sending data such as location and IP address to Netflix and third-party advertisers.

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Working with technologists, policy experts, and industry partners, we’ve crafted a set of principles that we believe will help ensure the internet remains open, trusted, and people-centred.

How to Remove Your Personal Information From Mylife, Intelius, Spokeo, Radius, and BeenVerified

How to Remove Your Personal Information From Mylife, Intelius, Spokeo, Radius, and BeenVerified

This article will walk you through the steps you need to take to remove your personal information from the background check sites Mylife, Spokeo, BeenVerified, Radius, and Intelius.

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It

"Because the camera is photographing license plates in public locations visible for all to see, there is no expectation of privacy in the data we collect," the contract and various pieces of DRN marketing material read.

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation

In his new book, Snowden calls Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation.In fact, it was because of Snowden's revelations that Germans discovered their country's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, supported NSA surveillance.

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook now wants to put a camera on your TV

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook now wants to put a camera on your TV

(CNN) When Facebook first introduced Portal, a smart speaker with a screen, in October of last year, the company was grappling with a seemingly endless list of privacy issues.

This Software Will Give You a Fake Face to Protect Your Privacy

This Software Will Give You a Fake Face to Protect Your Privacy

DeepPrivacy uses technology similar to how deepfakes work: The program uses generative adversarial networks (GANs) to swap the original face, comparing it to the millions of others in the researchers' custom-built “Flickr Diverse Faces” dataset.

Opinion | This Article Is Spying on You

Opinion | This Article Is Spying on You

And because news organizations benefit from the surveillance economy by running advertisements targeted to reader interests, they may be less likely to report on their own tracking practices.During each page load the software kept track of data transfers made to outside companies and generated a summary of what happened.

IoT Information Exposure (IMC ’19)

IoT Information Exposure (IMC ’19)

Dubois, David Choffnes (Northeastern University); Anna Maria Mandalari, Roman Kolcun, Hamed Haddadi (Imperial College London) Venue: Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2019 Download Full Text (PDF) Download Presentation (will be published here on October 22, 2019) Citation: @inproceedings{ren-imc19, title={{Information Exposure for Consumer IoT Devices: A Multidimensional, Network-Informed Measurement Approach}}, author={Ren, Jingjing and Dubois, Daniel J.

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Sides with Amazon over Californians

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Sides with Amazon over Californians

California lawmaker should recuse herself from negotiations on state privacy legislation –– close ties to Amazon Ring creates a conflict of interest.

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