Tag: Privacy

The UK’s controversial porn block law has been scrapped for good

The UK has scrapped a controversial plan to require age verification for accessing porn online, after repeated delays. Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said the measure — which was initially scheduled to go into effect in March 2018 — “will not be commencing.” Instead, the government plans to accomplish the goal of “protecting children online” as part of […]

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Congress Must Regulate the Location Data Industry

In the right hands, location data can be a force for good. It can provide publishers and app developers with advertising revenue so consumers can access free services and information. It can inform city planning, help ride-sharing users reach their destinations, guide travelers to great local spots, reassure parents their children are safely on their […]

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Are We Ready for Satellites That See Our Every Move?

When President Trump tweeted an image of Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Center in August, amateur satellite trackers were shocked by the image’s high resolution. After some sleuthing, they concluded it came from USA 224, a highly classified satellite launched in 2011 by the National Reconnaissance Office and believed to be part of the multibillion-dollar KH-11 […]

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China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring citizens — it’s a massive API

China’s emerging social credit system (SCS): rarely has a topic been more hotly discussed, and more poorly understood. When most people think about the SCS, they imagine it primarily as a scoring mechanism, a way for the central government to rank China’s citizens and companies based on their behavior. But that’s a skewed misconception of what […]

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You’re in a Police Lineup, Right Now

Face recognition technology is being used to unlock phones, clear customs, identify immigrants and solve crimes. In the Video Op-Ed above, Clare Garvie demands the United States government hit pause on face recognition. She argues that while this convenient technology may seem benign to those who feel they have nothing to hide, face recognition is […]

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Advanced Israeli spyware is targeting Moroccan human rights activists

Two prominent Moroccan human rights activists have been targeted with sophisticated spyware built by NSO Group at least since 2017, according to Amnesty International. “These were carried out through SMS messages carrying malicious links that, if clicked, would attempt to exploit the mobile device of the victim and install NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware,” the British […]

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Apple under scrutiny for sending Safari browsing data to China’s Tencent

Apple is attracting scrutiny for its practice of checking if the websites you’re visiting visiting are fraudulent and malware-infested after Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent was found listed as a Safe Browsing provider. The Safari feature — dubbed “Fraudulent Website Warning” in iOS and macOS — is meant to enhance online security by cross-referencing URLs against […]

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Nvidia uses federated learning to create medical imaging AI

AI researchers from Nvidia and King’s College London have used federated learning to train a neural network for brain tumor segmentation, a milestone Nvidia claims to be a first for medical image analysis. The technique can allow data sharing between hospitals and researchers while preserving patient privacy. Federated learning is an approach to machine learning […]

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Your Amazon Cloud Cam Footage Might Not Be As Private As You Thought

In the recent months, several startling privacy revelations were made, where it was found that various companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft were using third-party human contractors to review audio recordings made on devices. There have also been instances where some of these recordings were made unintentionally, making it an even worse privacy violation. […]

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Don’t Weaken Privacy Protections for Children

A mother can’t clean her kitchen because her toddler’s next YouTube video won’t automatically play. A Native American language instructor won’t be able to monetize her Navajo language teaching channel. Online videos will be riddled with ads that have nothing to do with your interests. That’s the supposedly ominous future that critics in the technology […]

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Human Rights Activist Allegedly Targeted With NSO Malware Says His Life Is ‘Hellish’

Hackers likely working for a government targeted two Moroccan human rights activists with malware made by the controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group, according to a new report by Amnesty International. In the report, researchers from Amnesty detail a series of attacks against Maati Monjib, a historian and journalist, and Abdessadak El Bouchattaoui, a lawyer […]

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