Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Last week it emerged that the emergency services could in the future remotely deploy drones to monitor accidents or ongoing crimes.

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

BENGALURU: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led the committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), said the bill placed in Parliament on Wednesday, which allows the Centre to exempt its agencies from some or all provisions, is “dangerous” and can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

As a final assurance, Vlcek told Forbes he recognizes customers use Avast to protect their information and so it can’t do anything that might “circumvent the security of privacy of the data including targeting by advertisers.”.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement.

They See You When You’re Shopping

They See You When You’re Shopping

Your avatar joins a cluster of identically shaped avatars in this Gucci call center: green, blue, and yellow creatures, all with gleaming googly eyes and their country’s flag pinned on their torsos.

Facebook says a bug caused its iPhone app’s inadvertent camera access

Facebook says a bug caused its iPhone app’s inadvertent camera access

has faced a barrage of concern over an apparent bug that resulted in the social media giant’s iPhone app exposing the camera as users scroll through their feed.

Click To Pray — The Pope's Dystopian ERosary — CyberPunks.com

Click To Pray — The Pope's Dystopian ERosary — CyberPunks.com

The daily prayers pushed to worshippers through Click to Pray could be tailored towards a particular outcome or diverted via a particular saint, and the verified prayers of the faithful totted up behind the sandstone edifice on Borgo Santo Spirito.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's top priority is setting up FTC-mandated privacy program

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's top priority is setting up FTC-mandated privacy program

Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that Facebook's top priority is to put in place a new privacy program that was mandated after the company's $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in July.

Why Facial Jewelry is Sweeping Fashion Right Now

Why Facial Jewelry is Sweeping Fashion Right Now

But, when 92Y announced that “emerging facial jewelry artist” Claudia Lepik would be their artist in residence, it seemed to be part of a larger trend sweeping the spring 2020 collections walking right now.

Despite GDPR, Programmatic Advertising Is Still Growing in Europe

Despite GDPR, Programmatic Advertising Is Still Growing in Europe

Townsend Feehan, CEO, IAB Europe, said the findings were encouraging, given the current heightened scrutiny over how ad tech uses personal data, but also highlighted how stakeholders in the sector will have to address issues such as skills shortages as well as transparency.“It’s encouraging to see the majority of stakeholders expecting an increase in programmatic investments of up to 80% over the next 12 months,” she added.

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

A major leak of data discovered this week in the UK includes fingerprints of over 1 million individuals, face recognition information, unencrypted names and passwords, and other personal info from Suprema, a security company used by UK police, banks, and military contractors, according to a report in the Guardian.

Google Faces New Antitrust Probe From 50 Attorneys General

Google Faces New Antitrust Probe From 50 Attorneys General

Google has another antitrust probe to worry about, after 50 attorneys general said on Monday they’re opening a collective investigation into the tech giant’s dominance of online advertising.Read original story Google Faces New Antitrust Probe From 50 Attorneys General At TheWrap.

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Gen. Letitia James is leading a bipartisan coalition of states looking into whether Facebook “stifled competition and put users at risk” by increasing the price of advertising, reducing consumer-choice quality and mishandling personal information, according to a statement Friday.

Senator: Mark Zuckerberg should face “the possibility of a prison term”

Senator: Mark Zuckerberg should face “the possibility of a prison term”

Wyden was talking to the Willamette Week about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that gives online platforms like Facebook broad immunity for content posted by their users.

Senator says Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg should face 'possibility of a prison term'

Senator says Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg should face 'possibility of a prison term'

U.S Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), in an interview with Willamette Week, suggested that Mark Zuckerberg should face a prison term for lying to American citizens about Facebook's privacy lapses."Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy," Senator Wyden said in the interview.

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Contractors in Cork were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift - before Apple suspended the practice last month, according to an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

Amazon Alexa Accused Again Of Spying: Here Is Another Solution

Amazon Alexa Accused Again Of Spying: Here Is Another Solution

Read: Alexa Is Listening All The Time: Here's How To Stop It. Last week, various articles reported that Amazon responded to a letter sent by Senator Christopher Coons in late May, confirming that it maintains Alexa recordings indefinitely (unless a user manually comes in and deletes them).

Haven Has Landed - Download Now for iOS and Android

Haven Has Landed - Download Now for iOS and Android

Keep your data and your financial information safe when you shop, chat, and send cryptocurrencies privately using Haven. To celebrate the launch, this week you can enjoy special 50% off deals on name-brand electronics and gift cards in the official Haven store.

Academia's Facial Recognition Datasets Illustrate The Globalization Of Today's Data

Academia's Facial Recognition Datasets Illustrate The Globalization Of Today's Data

In their rush to build massive new training and testing datasets, myriad companies and universities have released large datasets of observational data to be used by deep learning researchers all across the world.

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

One of the humans that Google hired to review voice recordings recently leaked over a thousand Assistant recordings to a Belgian news organization, which published a story and video about the recordings this week.

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Millions of viewers tune in six days a week for an unrelenting barrage of relationship drama recorded from every possible angle, using as many as 73 cameras and countless hidden microphones to capture it all.

Nokia's CTO Slams Huawei After 'Potential Backdoors' Found In 55% Of Its Devices

Nokia's CTO Slams Huawei After 'Potential Backdoors' Found In 55% Of Its Devices

The comments from Nokia's CTO came in light of research from Finite State, which published a scathing report claiming that "Huawei devices quantitatively pose a high risk to their users.

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

After patching a critical actively-exploited vulnerability in Firefox 67.0.3 earlier this week, Mozilla is now warning millions of its users about a second zero-day vulnerability that attackers have been found exploiting in the wild.

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Under the bipartisan Protecting Data at the Border Act, border officers would be required to get a warrant before searching a traveler’s electronic device. Further, the bill would prevent border agencies from holding any lawful U.S. persons for over four hours in pursuit of consensual access to online accounts or the information on electronic equipment.

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

At a House Oversight Committee hearing this week with an FBI witness, we learned new details that further confirm our fears that the FBI’s face recognition apparatus continues to balloon, threatening our fundamental liberties.

Why the Internet of Things is becoming scary

Why the Internet of Things is becoming scary

The connection – or lack of one, in this case – is that Google owns Nest, the service comprising various internet-linked devices that let people remotely control thermostats, air conditioning, baby monitors and door locks.

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

On Thursday this week, however, an individual using the pseudonym "Boris Bullet-Dodger" contacted The Register , alerting us to the hack, and provided a list of files exfiltrated from Perceptics' corporate network as proof.