Tag: Data-Mining and Database Marketing

In New Facebook Effort, Humans Will Help Curate Your News Stories

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has long relied on algorithms to select news stories for its users to see. Now the social network wants to rely on something else for the same task, too: humans. Specifically, Facebook plans to hire a team of editors to work on a news initiative called News Tab, which is its […]

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This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True

SEATTLE — The company called One Concern has all the characteristics of a buzzy and promising Silicon Valley start-up: young founders from Stanford, tens of millions of dollars in venture capital and a board with prominent names. Its particular niche is disaster response. And it markets a way to use artificial intelligence to address one […]

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How Four Cities Can Predict Murder in America

Is murder rising or falling nationwide this year? It’s a simple question but surprisingly hard to answer. Every year, nearly 20,000 state and local law enforcement agencies collect data on a variety of crimes. The F.B.I. compiles the data, and at the end of September — of the following year — it releases the Crime […]

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Equifax Claims May Not Get You $125

Even during its public shaming, Equifax has found a way to rub it in the face of the tens of millions of people whose privacy it violated. Last week Equifax settled a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission for up to $700 million — in response to a 2017 hack that compromised the information of […]

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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech’s Grip on Your Data

The market for our digital data can seem like a lopsided bargain. We all create valuable data points with every tap on a screen or keystroke — clicks, searches, likes, posts, purchases and more. We hand it over willingly for free services. But the biggest economic windfall goes to the tech giants like Google and […]

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Your Data Were ‘Anonymized’? These Scientists Can Still Identify You

Your medical records might be used for scientific research. But don’t worry, you’re told — personally identifying data were removed. Information about you gathered by the Census Bureau might be made public. But don’t worry — it, too, has been “anonymized.” On Tuesday, scientists showed that all this information may not be as anonymous as […]

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We Need a New Government Agency to Fight Facebook

In just the last month the Federal Trade Commission has brokered settlements with Facebook, Google and Equifax over data breaches and mishandling of consumer information. If you squint, it looks a bit like justice served. For its data management sins Equifax must pay $300 million to a fund for affected consumers with the potential for […]

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New York to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge. That practice, which has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism in recent years, is now the subject of […]

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The Spy Business Is Booming and We Should Be Worried

What is going on? Russian spies are assassinating people in other countries, directing internet companies to troll our social media and trying to undermine our political process almost in plain sight. At the same time, agents acting at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party are stealing our proprietary information and technology. North Korean spies […]

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FaceApp Shows We Care About Privacy but Don’t Understand It

FaceApp, a mobile face-editing application, has all the necessary components for a viral privacy scandal: a catchy concept, celebrity users, a mysterious company and a stampede of public interest. Here’s the rundown of FaceApp’s 15 minutes of fame: A viral app lets us see what we might look like as a wrinkle-laden 75-year-old. Users click […]

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What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

ImageA Huawei surveillance camera is pictured at Interpol World in Singapore.CreditEdgar Su/Reuters The Privacy Project has been underway for four months, and in that time we’ve learned quite a bit about what we do — and don’t — know about privacy. Privacy is a complex, nebulous and constantly evolving issue, but amid the chaos and […]

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Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Did you know that your personal information is available online to anyone with $10? This isn’t some illegal, dark-web transaction. It’s a service provided by the online data-broker industry, which mines addresses, phone numbers and other personal information, and legally sells that information to anyone who pays. At best, this practice is disturbing. Sometimes, it […]

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Beware. Other Nations Will Follow France With Their Own Digital Tax.

Last Thursday, the French Senate passed a digital services tax, which would impose an entirely new tax on large multinationals that provide digital services to consumers or users in France. Digital services include everything from providing a platform for selling goods and services online to targeting advertising based on user data, and the tax applies […]

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Don’t Count on Government to Protect Your Privacy

Imagine that Congress proposed a law that made postage free in the United States. Even in the digital age, this would be quite convenient. The only catch? In exchange for free mail, postmasters would be permitted to open your mail and read our letters and bills. The benefit, postmasters would insist, is they would know […]

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Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More.

LONDON — After Facebook was hit on Friday with a fine of around $5 billion for privacy violations, critics immediately said it escaped largely unscathed: The settlement neither bruised its bottom line nor severely restricted its ability to collect people’s data. Yet even if the Silicon Valley company dodged that bullet, its pain was just […]

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology. The databases are pulled together with images from social networks, photo […]

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