Tag: Privacy

To View Online Porn, First Show Your Papers: U.K. Will Begin Age Checks

LONDON — Britain is preparing to roll out an age verification system for online pornography that will require users to hand over an official form of identification to gain access to online pornographic content, the government has announced. Under the Digital Economy Act 2017, which will go into effect on July 15, all commercial providers […]

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Why You Are No Longer Safe in the Crowd

We are constantly exposed in public. Yet most of our actions will fade into obscurity. Do you, for example, remember the faces of strangers who stood in line with you the last time you bought medicine at a drugstore? Probably not. Thanks to limited memory and norms against staring, they probably don’t remember yours either. […]

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Apple may combine Find My Friends and iPhone apps, sell tracking tags

Apple’s longstanding location tracking applications Find My Friends and Find my iPhone are reportedly set for an imminent overhaul — a single iOS app that will also include the ability to track Apple-developed hardware tags. According to 9to5Mac, the new app will also become available on macOS as a native app for the first time, […]

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Privacy Is Too Big to Understand

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. There’s a passage from a recent book by the journalist David Wallace-Wells about writing on the sprawling topic of climate change. There is “no single rhetorical approach likely to work on a given audience and none too dangerous to try. Any story […]

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How to keep Alexa, Cortana, Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby from recording you

At their best, voice assistants from the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Amazon empower us to be more productive. They queue up our favorite songs, give us previews of our weekly agendas, and place phone calls to friends and loved ones. But they’re also recording the commands we utter for posterity (and in […]

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San Francisco inches closer to banning facial recognition

San Francisco took a step closer to becoming the first city in the country to ban facial recognition software use with the passage of some amendments to the Stop Secret Surveillance ordinance today. The ordinance will face additional public comment before the County Board of Supervisors votes on it, said Supervisor and Rules Committee chair […]

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The Only Answer Is Less Internet

In our age of digital connection and constantly online life, you might say that two political regimes are evolving, one Chinese and one Western, which offer two kinds of relationships between the privacy of ordinary citizens and the newfound power of central authorities to track, to supervise, to expose and to surveil. The first regime […]

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Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works.

Law enforcement officials across the country have been seeking information from a Google database called Sensorvault — a trove of detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide, The New York Times found. Though the new technique can identify suspects near crimes, it runs the risk of sweeping up innocent bystanders, […]

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Don’t Waste Your Happiest News on Facebook

My kids have had some good news lately. Academic triumphs, hockey tournament wins, even a little college admissions excitement. They’ve had rough moments too, and bittersweet ones. There have been last games and disappointments and unwashed dishes galore. If you’re a friend, or even somebody who knows my mom and struck up a friendly conversation […]

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How The Times Thinks About Privacy

Over the past few years The New York Times has reported aggressively on the erosion of digital privacy, bringing information to light about the exploitation of personal data that Facebook amassed on its users, about companies buying and selling children’s data, and about phone apps secretly tracking users’ every movement. That reporting helped spur global […]

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We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore

Two decades ago, at the dawn of the internet age, in an era before smartphones, before apps, before all manner of devices that monitor everything from your car-hailing practices to your dating preferences, the Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy made a startling claim: “You have zero privacy anyway,” he said. “Get over it!” The in-your-face […]

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How Capitalism Betrayed Privacy

For much of human history, what we now call “privacy” was better known as being rich. Privacy, like wealth, was something that most people had little or none of. Farmers, slaves and serfs resided in simple dwellings, usually with other people, sometimes even sharing space with animals. They had no expectation that a meaningful part […]

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Making Babies in the Year 2045

The year is 2045. The genomes of four billion humans have been sequenced, creating a huge pool of genetic information accessible to researchers. This process had been well underway in 2019, but accelerated rapidly once many countries realized that understanding human biology was the ultimate big data problem and a key to reducing health care […]

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Protests in Australia Pit Vegans Against Farmers

MELBOURNE, Australia — When vegan activists halted morning traffic on Monday at one of Australia’s busiest intersections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison described their actions as “un-Australian.” The traffic disruption in Melbourne was part of a “Day of Action” protesting the consumption of animal products, during which activists also chained themselves to machinery at an abattoir […]

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New Bill Wants To Ban Tech Companies From Tricking You Into Handing Over Personal Data

Privacy is a big issue these days, especially with many big tech companies having been caught trying to trick or manipulate users into handing over personal data without fully knowing what they are sharing. For example, Facebook had in the past offered their users a free VPN app that secretly tracked its users’ activities. Advertising […]

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