IKEA Becomes First Retailer To Let Customers Pay Using Time

IKEA Becomes First Retailer To Let Customers Pay Using Time

Because beginning from this month, IKEA Dubai is running a campaign that will allow customers to spend their time as a currency, simply by showing IKEA checkout staff their Google Maps timeline, which proves how much time they've spent travelling to IKEA stores.

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

BRUSSELS — The European Union has scrapped the possibility of a ban on facial recognition technology in public spaces, according to the latest proposals seen by Reuters.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

But it is being cynically manipulated by the “sharing” or “trust” economy — where we trade homes, cars or belongings through third-party administrators such as Airbnb — in ways that threaten our privacy.It’s also a model of consumerism that makes our traditional idea of trust irrelevant.

Watch Steve Jobs Assure Americans in 1981 That Computers Wouldn't Be a Privacy Nightmare

Watch Steve Jobs Assure Americans in 1981 That Computers Wouldn't Be a Privacy Nightmare

But the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs gave an interesting ABC News Nightline interview in 1981 where he assured Americans that privacy wouldn’t be a problem if people became computer literate.

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a pitch from former NBC Chairman Robert Wright, a presidential pal, for a research program aimed at preventing mass shootings by electronically monitoring people who have received psychiatric diagnoses.

Top tip: Don't upload your confidential biz files to free malware-scanning websites – everything is public

Top tip: Don't upload your confidential biz files to free malware-scanning websites – everything is public

By passively observing three such services over the course of three days earlier this month, Cylab hackers were able to collect more than 200 documents, mostly things like purchase orders and invoices.

FasterChrome speeds up Chrome browsing

FasterChrome speeds up Chrome browsing

FasterChrome is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that speeds up browsing in the web browser by preloading certain pages. FasterChrome works automatically on any page you visit in the Chrome web browser and on most links.

Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers

Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers

That’s the basic philosophy sold by Track THIS, “a new kind of incognito” browsing project, which opens up 100 tabs crafted to fit a specific character—a hypebeast, a filthy rich person, a doomsday prepper, or an influencer.

If Firefox started an email service and offered “Sign in with Firefox”

If Firefox started an email service and offered “Sign in with Firefox”

I would love if Mozilla started an email service under the Firefox brand. The idea can be extended to offer a Sign in with Firefox option across web services, a privacy-respecting alternative to the convenient but invasive “Sign in with Google/Facebook/Twitter” options.

Nest Just Sent Out This Email and It's a Reminder of Why People Don't Trust Google

Nest Just Sent Out This Email and It's a Reminder of Why People Don't Trust Google

Let's just say that loyal Nest-fans weren't particularly happy about the idea of their favorite smart-home device becoming a part of the world's largest collector of personal information. Instead, Google would treat "Nest" as its sub-brand for all of the company's smart home devices.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Governments in the G7 and around the world need to resist this seemingly benign request from their law enforcement establishments, and resolve instead to make sure that their citizens have the best tool to protect them: strong encryption, from end to end, deployed widely, to defend the society against its attackers.

How to avoid living in ‘City.inc’

How to avoid living in ‘City.inc’

Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian, who was working with Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs, told The Telegraph that she resigned over concerns that the “treasure trove” of data collected in the $40m smart city project could not only identify individuals but leave them open to cyber attacks.

Mozilla Research Call: Tune up Tor for Integration and Scale

Mozilla Research Call: Tune up Tor for Integration and Scale

Since the 2018 research topics blog post, we posted additional material discussing the need for frameworks to accurately measure side channels in current Tor versus protocol proposals providing congestion signaling of various kinds.

DuckDuckGo wrote a bill to stop advertisers from tracking you online

DuckDuckGo wrote a bill to stop advertisers from tracking you online

Today, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg is mounting a new campaign to revive the Do Not Track standard, a privacy system first introduced 10 years ago and largely abandoned by the industry in the years since.

Elizabeth Warren: If Data Gets Stolen, Throw Tech CEOs in Prison

Elizabeth Warren: If Data Gets Stolen, Throw Tech CEOs in Prison

Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wants tech leaders to be held accountable when user data that they’ve collected gets stolen or leaked. According to a bill Warren introduced Wednesday, executives of billion-dollar companies could be held criminally liable for data breaches — and perhaps even face jail time.

Protecting yourself from the ‘things’ on your home network

Protecting yourself from the ‘things’ on your home network

Sivan Rauscher, co-founder and CEO of the Israeli-based B2B startup SAM Seamless Network, said in a telephone interview, that hackers target IoT devices because they are easy to hack: As more of our daily lives become more connected and dependent on the web, the sheer number of devices and endpoints in your home makes likely it likely that some of these attacks will succeed.

Privacy’s not an abstraction

Privacy’s not an abstraction

Kate Klonick, an assistant professor at St. John’s University Law School, described an optional and ungraded assignment in which she asked her students to eavesdrop on and surveil unsuspecting folks in public to see what information they could gather about them, using only Google search on their phones.

I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me

I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me

Teens get a lot of warnings that we aren’t mature enough to understand that everything we post online is permanent, but parents should also reflect about their use of social media and how it could potentially impact their children’s lives as we become young adults.

BleachBit 2.2

BleachBit 2.2

The latest release brings major improvements to startup speed, cleaning Google Chrome and Firefox, support, and more. Add environment variable %cd% for use in custom cleaners (idea thanks to RaiKoHoff). Clean Midnight Commander on Windows (idea thanks to Tobias B.

ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants

ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents showing how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has gained access to a vast surveillance database of billions of records on vehicle locations and is using the data to track down undocumented immigrants.

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Photograph: 1994-2017 CERN It is a minor regret, but one he has had for years about the way he decided to “bootstrap” the web up to something that could handle a lot of users very quickly: by building on the pre-existing service for assigning internet addresses, the domain name system ( DNS ), he gave up the chance to build something better.

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Klobuchar said she didn’t want to inhibit innovation, and she suggested that the rule might only apply to “larger platforms, not startups.” In Europe last year, regulators proposed a tax on any company making money from advertising or selling user data within a country, regardless of whether they have a brick-and-mortar presence.

Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the problem isn't the internet, it's Facebook

Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the problem isn't the internet, it's Facebook

Dear Mr Zuckerberg: I read with great interest your post Monday on Facebook celebrating 15 years of helping people connect with others through a series of frames on a blue background.

Private App Designs are Inherently More Secure

Private App Designs are Inherently More Secure

Private Services Have Huge Comparative Security Advantages If we look at early Internet services that have somehow made it to 2019, we have designs like the Domain Name System (DNS) and Network Time Protocol (NTP) that have no inherent privacy or security.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram MERGING into ‘single messaging service’ – as angry staff ‘clash with controlling Zuckerberg’

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram MERGING into ‘single messaging service’ – as angry staff ‘clash with controlling Zuckerberg’

"With the integration project currently expected to take a year to complete, and with end-to-end encryption as part of the plan, we should expect the Facebook engineering teams to focus attention on uniform data security both in their platform and in the apps themselves." Worryingly, child safety campaigners have warned that this could make child-grooming even easier for online sickos.

We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites

We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites

As a freshman in high school, in the year of our lord 2002, I made a website called “Jason’s Site.” While a website named after myself and devoted to updates about my own life was unspeakably vain for the time, it was also quite forward looking: The site has a news feed, an “about me” page, and an email mailing list for people to receive updates.

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

The Hill.TV/American Barometer poll asked registered voters to choose from several provisions enacted earlier this year in the European Union's sweeping privacy law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

A thread written by @matthew

A thread written by @matthew

GCHQ has proposal to surveill encrypted messaging and phone calls. For various reasons, some systems like WhatsApp allow the server to add new users to your group chat. The reason nobody hardens their key distribution systems against these attacks is because vendors saw them as impractical.

Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a “Dangerous History”

Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a “Dangerous History”

But AI Now, which was established last year to grapple with the social implications of artificial intelligence, expresses in the document particular dread over affect recognition, “a subclass of facial recognition that claims to detect things such as personality, inner feelings, mental health, and ‘worker engagement’ based on images or video of faces.” The thought of your boss watching you through a camera that uses machine learning to constantly assess your mental state is bad enough, while the prospect of police using “affect recognition” to deduce your future criminality based on “micro-expressions” is exponentially worse.