Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you've likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret "surveillance scores" - digital mug shots of millions of Americans - that supposedly predict our future behavior.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition system in hundreds of U.S. stores

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition system in hundreds of U.S. stores

Over about eight years, the American drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp quietly added facial recognition systems to 200 stores across the United States, in one of the largest rollouts of such technology among retailers in the country, a Reuters investigation found.

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent

ACCC sues Google for collecting Australian users’ data without informed consent

The ACCC alleges that Google misled consumers in 2016 when it changed its data collection technology to combine the personal information in a person’s Google account with their browsing on other sites and apps.

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

In June, an employee at a tech company received a strange voicemail from a person that identified himself as the CEO, asking for “immediate assistance to finalize an urgent business deal.” As it turns out, despite sounding almost like the CEO, the voicemail was actually created with computer software.

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

The Reynolds School will continue to do the yeoman’s work of maintaining and improving on the map; Yun says he’s particularly focused on making the process of entering data more fluid, especially now that the project is welcoming volunteers from the public.

Plaid Faces Second Lawsuit for Violating Data Privacy

Plaid Faces Second Lawsuit for Violating Data Privacy

Visa subsidiary Plaid is facing a new class-action lawsuit in the United States for violation of user data privacy.Moreover, when users allow permission of data access to the fintech, the company gets access to the entire year of banking details of the customer, the lawsuit alleged.

Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software

Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software

Under the heading "Violent Adversaries Likely to Use Protective Masks to Evade Face Recognition Systems," the agency's bulletin warns that "violent extremists and other criminals who have historically maintained an interest in avoiding face recognition are likely to opportunistically seize upon public safety measures recommending the wearing of face masks to hinder the effectiveness of face recognition systems in public spaces by security partners.".

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday, July 16, 2020 that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.

Facebook readies global launch of its TikTok competitor

Facebook readies global launch of its TikTok competitor

Facebook will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the United States and more than 50 other countries in a matter of weeks, according to sources familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India needs a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization and privacy of information collected online, an expert committee appointed by the government has recommended.

Inside America’s Secretive $2 Billion Research Hub Collecting Fingerprints From Facebook, Hacking Smartwatches And Fighting Covid-19

Inside America’s Secretive $2 Billion Research Hub Collecting Fingerprints From Facebook, Hacking Smartwatches And Fighting Covid-19

Among the government’s wilder Mitre orders: a prototype tool that can hack into smartwatches, fitness trackers and home thermometers for the purposes of homeland security; software to collect human fingerprints from social media websites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the FBI; support in building what the FBI calls the biggest database of human anatomy and criminal history in the world; and a study to determine whether someone’s body odor can show they’re lying.

13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

This ranged from 6% on a lifestyle site, 9% on a foodie site to 26% on a tech site (the website you’re on).21% of laptop/desktop users, 57% of Firefox users, 53% of Linux users and 65% of DuckDuckGo users block Google Analytics.

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Longtime San Francisco residents and the tech workers have not historically seen eye-to-eye on many things.Around a quarter of San Francisco parents send their children to private school, a higher percentage than many large cities, including New York.

New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts

New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts

New research shows that Silicon Valley companies have thousands of previously-unreported subcontracts with the US military and federal law enforcement including ICE and the FBI.The subcontracts were surfaced through open records requests filed by Jack Paulson, a former Google researcher who previously joined coworkers to pressure the company not to work with the Pentagon.

Petition · Revoke the Australian Anti-Encryption Law · Change.org

Petition · Revoke the Australian Anti-Encryption Law · Change.org

Save the privacy of all Australians and keep your favourite tech companies in Australia by letting parliament know that we do not support the ignorance of privacy and security in our nation.

This tech makes your online photograph difficult for Facial Recognition Software to recognize

This tech makes your online photograph difficult for Facial Recognition Software to recognize

Researchers develop a new technique that will keep your online photos safe from facial recognition algorithms.The research, which has been ongoing for more than six months, is targeted at countering the facial-recognition algorithms of big tech firms such as Facebook and Google.

VICE - Inside the Plot to Kill the Open Technology Fund

VICE - Inside the Plot to Kill the Open Technology Fund

“We can tear down the Great Firewall in a matter of months,” Clint from Ultrasurf said, while Bill Xia, the CEO of Dynamic Internet Technology, which maintains Freegate, told VICE News that his app “has been the most popular circumvention software in China since 2002” and “currently, we serve millions of users from China each month.”.

No Cookies, No Problem — Using ETags For User Tracking

No Cookies, No Problem — Using ETags For User Tracking

User requests the same site again → ETag 123 is included in the request → The server checks whether the resource has changed (‘Is the ETag ID still the same?’) → If the ETag has not changed, the server instructs the browser to simply use the site that was delivered and cached on Monday → The resource does not have to be sent again, which saves time and bandwidth.

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) today called for "an immediate suspension of the current and future private and governmental use of facial recognition (FR) technologies in all circumstances known or reasonably foreseeable to be prejudicial to established human and legal rights" in its "Statement on Principles and Prerequisites for the Development, Evaluation and Use of Unbiased Facial Recognition Technologies.".

VICE - California Police Are Using Copyright to Hide Surveillance Documents

VICE - California Police Are Using Copyright to Hide Surveillance Documents

Any attempt to download training materials concerning facial recognition technology or automated license plate readers (ALPRs), as well as materials relating to courses on the use of force, lead to a Word document that reads "The course presented has claimed copyright for the expanded course online.".

India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser

India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser

“This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.”.For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

That’s why we’re asking you to contact your elected officials and tell them to co-sponsor and vote yes on the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020.

Why Facial Recognition is a Threat to Privacy: Government Going Rogue

Why Facial Recognition is a Threat to Privacy: Government Going Rogue

The facial recognition system uses a technology that is used to recognize human faces.The facial recognition technology verifies the personal identities of different people by posing a threat to privacy and human rights.

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

Comcast has agreed to be the first home broadband internet provider to handle secure DNS-over-HTTPS queries for Firefox browser users in the US, Mozilla has announced.

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

During a panel on technology and surveillance hosted by Motherboard and Mijente, Snowden was asked by Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González what needs to be done to get workers within the tech industry to take a stronger position in the dismantling of oppressive systems.

Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It's The 2nd-Largest City To Do So

Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It's The 2nd-Largest City To Do So

Boston has banned the use of facial surveillance technology in the city, becoming the second-largest community in the world to do so.Boston is now the second-largest city in the world to ban facial recognition technology, behind San Francisco.

Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?

Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?

IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency.

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and organizations in Massachusetts and around the country, including EFF, this week Boston joins the ranks of cities that have banned government use of face surveillance.

The Senate’s New Anti-Encryption Bill Is Even Worse Than EARN IT, and That’s Saying Something

The Senate’s New Anti-Encryption Bill Is Even Worse Than EARN IT, and That’s Saying Something

The best that EARN IT’s sponsors can muster in defense is that the bill itself doesn’t use the word “encryption”—asking us to trust that the commission won’t touch encryption.