These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

The Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about using anonymous location data to combat the coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping at safe distances from one another.

Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

U.S. Government Exploring Ways to Use Smartphone Location Data to Track Coronavirus Spread

U.S. Government Exploring Ways to Use Smartphone Location Data to Track Coronavirus Spread

The United States government is in talks with Facebook, Google, and other tech companies about how location data from smartphones can be used to combat the coronavirus, reports The Washington Post.

Clearview: Let's all opt out now!

Clearview: Let's all opt out now!

Clearview collects pictures posted online, combines them in a huge database and lets others - law enforcement agencies, companies, but also some elites - search for your data.

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

An investigation by The Washington Post, however, has revealed that Whisper left the information of nearly 900 million users exposed to anyone that wanted to view it, located in a database that wasn’t password protected and was accessible by the public.

Is This the End of Oversharing?

Is This the End of Oversharing?

Amidst the millions of social media users is a sizable chunk well-acquainted with what I’ll call “post-post anxiety.” It’s a dreadful malady, really; with symptoms that come on after you’ve fired off a tweet or pic that is, on second-thought, offensive or unflattering.

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

My conclusion, which I cover in this article, is that platforms based on cryptocurrency tech are uniquely good at one thing in particular: not being shut down, a property known more formally as “censorhip-resistance.” And I will argue in this post that this property alone causes cryptocurrency tech to act as a “second amendment of the internet,” providing a check against information-based oppression that is analogous to how the right to bear arms acts as a check against physical oppression.

Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public

Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public

He noticed that the “Invite to Group via Link” function for WhatsApp private groups creates a link that, when posted on the public internet, ends up being indexed by search engines such as Google, DuckDuckGo, and Bing.

China's CCTV culture suffers as record high pollution and smog levels

China's CCTV culture suffers as record high pollution and smog levels

Speaking to the South China Morning Post today, Kong Zilong, an expert in video surveillance technology, said there are currently no cameras in existence that are able to cope with the pollution levels China is repeatedly experiencing.

Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Call of Duty Warzone ‘Leaker’

Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Call of Duty Warzone ‘Leaker’

According to documents obtained by TorrentFreak, the gaming giant has also obtained a DMCA subpoena from a US court, which compels Reddit to hand over the personal details of a user who allegedly posted a leaked image to the site.

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

That's believed to be amid concerns from Google that the UK will loosen its data protection laws and fail to agree on a data-sharing agreement with EU, potentially making it difficult to transfer data between Ireland and the UK.

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

In particular, on its official national Facebook group, known as the Shipt Shopper Lounge, which has more than 100,000 members, Shipt moderators selected by the company frequently censor and remove posts, turn off comments sections, and ban workers who speak out about their working conditions, according to screenshots, interviews, and other documentation provided to Motherboard.

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.

Clearview AI says to opt-out of their facial recognition database, send them a government-issued photo ID

Clearview AI says to opt-out of their facial recognition database, send them a government-issued photo ID

Obviously, we're not recommending for anyone to do this, but rather we're pointing out how preposterous it is that they'll only delete the data they have on you if you send them more data, including your government-issued ID.

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

If companies don’t follow these rules, they could lose some protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely shields companies from liability over users’ posts.Under the EARN IT Act, though, a committee could require Facebook and other companies to add a backdoor for law enforcement.

Facebook's new privacy tool lets you manage how you're tracked across the web

Facebook's new privacy tool lets you manage how you're tracked across the web

In a blog post on Data Privacy Day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that its "Off-Facebook Activity" tool -- which lets you manage how Facebook tracks you across the internet -- will finally be launched globally.

Modi's Thought Control Firewall in Kashmir May Be the Internet's Future in India

Modi's Thought Control Firewall in Kashmir May Be the Internet's Future in India

On January 18, the government issued a new order relaxing the ban a teeny-weeny bit by allowing people in two districts of the Valley to access a limited number of “whitelisted” sites on post-paid mobile connections at 2G speed.

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

In an announcement of the seizure of the domain posted Thursday by the US Justice Department, the DOJ alleged that WeLeakInfo allowed its users to access "a search engine to review and obtain the personal information illegally obtained in over 10,000 data breaches containing over 12 billion indexed records—including, for example, names, email addresses, usernames, phone numbers, and passwords for online accounts."

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Prompted by the post, many users noticed that the storage scanner in the Device Care section included a little note: “powered by 360.” Even in China, Qihoo 360 is well known for its past privacy transgressions and controversies and it’s understandable why Samsung users would be incredibly concerned that anything at all from Qihoo is preinstalled on their phone.

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

In a recent article posted online that generated wide discussion in China, Lao Dongyan, a law professor at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, called abuse of facial recognition data "a deal with the devil".

Washington Post Hacked into a Chevy Volt to Show How Much Cars Are Spying on Their Owners

Washington Post Hacked into a Chevy Volt to Show How Much Cars Are Spying on Their Owners

This was proven in a big way by Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler (pictured above), who dug into just how much information his test car, a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, is collecting.

Google cuts Xiaomi's Nest access for showing photos of strangers' homes

Google cuts Xiaomi's Nest access for showing photos of strangers' homes

A photo posted to Reddit taken from a Xiaomi camera streamed to a Google Nest Hub. Xiaomi, a Chinese technology company best known for its inexpensive and wildly popular smartphones, told CNN Business in a statement that it had fixed the issue and apologized for the inconvenience caused to users.

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure.Terminated a customer or taken down content due to political pressure* Provided any law enforcement organization a feed of our customers' content transiting our network.

Dr. Max Welling on Federated Learning and Bayesian Thinking

Dr. Max Welling on Federated Learning and Bayesian Thinking

The other thing is that with Bayesian update , if you have a very wide posterior distribution, then you know that parameter is not going be very important for making predictions.

Mystic Man Charged With Reddit Threat To Murder African-Americans

Mystic Man Charged With Reddit Threat To Murder African-Americans

MYSTIC, CT —A 31-year-old Mystic man, Trevor Spring, was charged by state police after New York Police Department detectives were tipped to a threatening post he made on Reddit to kill African-Americans in Harlem.

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

"Anything that arrives at the border is subject to being searched - that means anything," postmaster Kathleen Case told the BBC.Some days every item of mail - which are placed in a bonded truck in Canada and then sent about 80km (50 miles) through Maine and over the international Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - is inspected.

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will launch a feature to audio-record rides in the United States as a way to ensure passenger and driver safety, according to company communications accessed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber itself.

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang released his comprehensive plan to regulate the tech industry in a blog post Thursday.Regulating the tech industry has become a popular talking point among Democrats in the 2020 primary race, with candidates like Elizabeth Warren proposing breaking up tech giants.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data.

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.

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