Tag: Privacy

Britain Plans Vast Privacy Protections for Children

Britain unveiled sweeping new online protections for children on Tuesday, issuing expansive rules despite widespread objections from a number of tech companies and trade groups. The rules will require social networks, gaming apps, connected toys and other online services that are likely to be used by people under 18 to overhaul how they handle those […]

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We Need a Law to Save Us From Dystopia

Over the long weekend, my newsroom colleague Kashmir Hill had a blockbuster article about a facial recognition company “that might end privacy as we know it.” It charts the rise of Clearview AI, a company that scrapes images from social networks like Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other sites to create a repository of […]

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Chinese City Uses Facial Recognition to Shame Pajama Wearers

BEIJING — When officials in an eastern Chinese city were told to root out “uncivilized behavior,” they were given a powerful tool to carry out their mission: facial recognition software. Among their top targets? People wearing pajamas in public. On Monday, the urban management department of Suzhou, a city of six million people in Anhui […]

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Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Communities across the United States are starting to ban facial recognition technologies. In May of last year, San Francisco banned facial recognition; the neighboring city of Oakland soon followed, as did Somerville and Brookline in Massachusetts (a statewide ban may follow). In December, San Diego suspended a facial recognition program in advance of a new […]

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The next big privacy scare is a face recognition tool you’ve never heard of

The global debate on the use of facial recognition by governments and law enforcement just got a lot more intense. Over the weekend, the New York Times’ Kashmir Hill published an eye-opening piece detailing a relatively unknown firm offering facial recognition services to roughly 600 US law enforcement agencies, with an image library more than […]

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The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos. Then Mr. Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street […]

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