Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Clearview AI, which has scraped millions of photos from social media and other public sources for its facial recognition program — earning a cease-and-desist order from Twitter — has been pitching itself to law enforcement organizations across the country, including to the NYPD.

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline, CEO says she was 'surprised' to see market turn

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline, CEO says she was 'surprised' to see market turn

Home DNA-testing company 23andMe is laying off about 100 people, or 14% of its staff, on Thursday, in the wake of declining sales.

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Anu Raghunathan, a math and mechanical engineering major at New York University and chair of the university’s Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) chapter told Motherboard she was surprised by the Mozilla reception of an event she organized at NYU in October, where students and expert panelists discussed ethical AI, discrimination against women in tech, and algorithimic bias.

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.

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A secretive facial recognition software used by hundreds of police forces is raising concerns after a New York Times investigation said it could "end privacy as we know it.".

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI

Messages are also stored using end-to-encryption but as said earlier, this is nullified if the user also enabled iCloud Backup.

70,000 photographs of women leaked from Tinder onto cyber-crime forum

70,000 photographs of women leaked from Tinder onto cyber-crime forum

Over 70,000 photographs of women from the popular dating app Tinder were leaked onto a cyber-crime forum, according to Gizmodo, an act which has previously led to the abusive usage of said person's personal photos.

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."

Apple shared customer data with US government in a record-high 90% of cases, even as Trump administration complains it’s not doing enough

Apple shared customer data with US government in a record-high 90% of cases, even as Trump administration complains it’s not doing enough

Apple announced in a report Friday that it received a record-high 3,619 requests from the US government for users‘ account information in the first half of 2019, up 36% from the previous six-month period.

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

If you change a privacy setting in Facebook so that search engines can’t link to your profile, your Facebook photos won’t be included in the database, he said.Mr. Ton-That then took my photo with the app.

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

channels, Tile has made the decision to continue raising concerns over Apple’s anti-competitive practices,” Tile’s general counsel Kirsten Daru told Reuters in an interview ahead of the hearing.

Latest AI acquisition shows Apple isn’t sacrificing privacy for smarts

Latest AI acquisition shows Apple isn’t sacrificing privacy for smarts

That is to say that it wants cutting edge data-driven machine learning on its devices, without violating its own user privacy pledge.What’s more, it’s done it in a way that cocoons the company from potential criticism about user data down the line.

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.Consumer Reports warns the IoT camera manufacturers that its ratings will reflect whether it believes adequate steps have been taken to ensure the security and privacy of users is protected.

‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses

‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses

Then, a Google recruiter came to campus and, Ms. Stapleton said, she “won ‘American Idol.’” The company flew her out to Mountain View, Calif., which felt to her “like the promised land” — 15 cafeterias, beach volleyball courts, Zumba classes, haircuts and laundry on-site.

Google plans to kill support for third-party cookies that track you all over the internet

Google plans to kill support for third-party cookies that track you all over the internet

15, 2014.Google said Tuesday it plans to end support for third-party cookies, which fuel much of the digital advertising ecosystem, in its Chrome browser within two years.

Facebook: Star Wars' Mark Hamill deletes account over political ads

Facebook: Star Wars' Mark Hamill deletes account over political ads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said people should be allowed to form their own judgements about what politicians say in ads By contrast, Twitter opted to ban all political adverts from its platform in October.

Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

The LGBTQ dating app Grindr has been caught sharing users’ sensitive data with thousands of ad partners, reports Bloomberg .Those complaints were filed with the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, and they allege Grindr’s sharing of personal data breaches the EU’s GDPR privacy rules.

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

In the discussion that follows, Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Privacy at Stanford’s CIS, explains the new law and how far it may go to protect consumer personal data.

Ring hit with class action lawsuit for 'failure to take basic security precautions'

Ring hit with class action lawsuit for 'failure to take basic security precautions'

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in the United States District Court, claims that Ring has shirked basic security measures that would help protect camera owners' accounts, even though the company has known that its devices are a popular target for hackers.

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday.

Apple scans photos to check for child abuse

Apple scans photos to check for child abuse

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ms Horvath said removing encryption was “not the way we’re solving these issues” but added: “We have started, we are, utilising some technologies to help screen for child sexual abuse material.”.

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

As all this monitoring happens, it's easy to forget how much data cars are starting to collect — including personal health details like your heart and respiration rate.

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

"The company has sold its products to dozens of US agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and ICE.But Special Services Group has gone to great lengths to keep its products secret, even threatening to sue journalists at Vice for reporting on its sales brochure earlier this week.

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

The social media company, as it considered what to do about political ads, faced intense pleas from campaign strategists on both sides, pointing out legitimate uses of microtargeting, especially for challengers, in local races and for advocacy groups.“Over 85% of spend by US presidential candidates on Facebook is for ad campaigns targeted to audiences estimated to be greater than 250,000,” Facebook said.

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company.

Facebook Is Forcing Its Moderators to Log Every Second of Their Days — Even in the Bathroom

Facebook Is Forcing Its Moderators to Log Every Second of Their Days — Even in the Bathroom

By 2018, the number of content moderators worldwide continued to grow into the tens of thousands, and Facebook began testing a “time management system” designed to monitor every single minute of their day — including lunch breaks, training, “wellness breaks” for counseling or yoga, and even the time they spent on the toilet, according to Zaicev and one current contracted employee, who did not want to be identified.

Lifelabs Data Breach, the Largest Ever in Canada, May Cost the Company Over $1 Billion in Class-Action Lawsuit

Lifelabs Data Breach, the Largest Ever in Canada, May Cost the Company Over $1 Billion in Class-Action Lawsuit

An October hack of medical testing company LifeLabs exposed the sensitive personal information of an estimated 15 million Canadians.The LifeLabs data breach included lab test results and national health card numbers along with personally identifiable information including names, dates of birth, home addresses and email addresses.

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

The FBI asked Apple this week to help extract data from iPhones that belonged to the Saudi aviation student who investigators say fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida last month.

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

In an interview at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s top hardware executive said he’s proud of the program, believes the partnerships with police departments are good for neighborhoods, and hinted at a future in which Ring cameras could use Amazon’s facial recognition technology—a scenario that some of Ring’s critics have already expressed concerns about.