Facebook helps phone companies gather user data, including their ‘creditworthiness’ – report

  • May 21, 2019
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From RT.com Facebook has supplied phone companies with customers’ private data without their knowledge or consent, and even helped those companies use Facebook behavior to evaluate users’ creditworthiness, documents reportedly show. The social network supplied data on location, interests, and friend groupings to phone carriers and manufacturers without users’ permission – data that went far beyond […]

Facebook Admits Israeli Social Manipulation Company Spent $800,000 To Influence African Elections

  • May 21, 2019
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge In keeping with their spectacular reputation of violating privacy and rigging elections, Facebook has said that it removed “hundreds of accounts” from Facebook and Instagram that were used to influence elections in Africa, according to CNN. Only it wasn’t Russia who was behind this latest intervention, but Israel. Archimedes Group, an Israeli […]

Google wins lawsuit, can continue to use facial recognition tech on users without consent

  • May 21, 2019
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From RT.com A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged Google’s nonconsensual use of facial recognition technology violated users’ privacy rights, allowing the tech giant to continue to scan and store their biometric data. The lawsuit, filed in 2016, alleged that Google violated Illinois state law by collecting biometric data – as biologically […]

Google Outspends Its Peers on D.C. Lobbying

  • May 16, 2019
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Felix Richter From Statista.com The fact that many major tech companies are headquartered in Silicon Valley doesn’t mean they don’t have a voice in Washington as well. According to documents filed in accordance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act, companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon spend millions every year trying to legally influence D.C. lawmakers. […]

Big Brother backlash? San Francisco becomes first US city to ban facial recognition

  • May 16, 2019
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From RT.com The city of San Francisco has voted to ban the use of facial recognition tech by local law enforcement and other agencies, becoming the first to take such a step toward rolling back the tide of intrusive tech-enabled policing. “The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially […]

China’s Big Brother Social Control Arrives In Australia

  • May 8, 2019
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Authored by Joshua Philipp via The Epoch Times, From ZeroHedge Australia is preparing to debut its version of the Chinese regime’s high-tech system for monitoring and controlling its citizens. The launch, to take place in the northern city of Darwin, will include systems to monitor people’s activity via their cell phones. The new system is […]

How Google Is Helping The US Government Violate Your Privacy

  • May 3, 2019
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From ZeroHedge Authored by Derrick Broze via The Mind Unleashed blog, A new court filing argues that Google is helping the U.S. government circumvent Fourth Amendment protections in order to conduct warrantless searches. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has formally accused Google of scanning billions of personal files of users at the request of […]

European Parliament approves continent-wide biometric database

  • April 26, 2019
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From E&T.org The European Parliament has approved plans to link national databases to effectively create a database containing the biometric data of hundreds of millions of Europeans. The “Common Identity Repository” (CIR) will streamline the ability for national authorities to access data from across the bloc. Officials will be able to search a single integrated […]

Canada says Facebook broke privacy laws and ‘refused to act responsibly’

  • April 26, 2019
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From TheGuardian Top watchdog promises to force change following Cambridge Analytica scandal as New York announces new investigation Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog in the country said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media company to change […]

Amazon staff listen to customers’ Alexa recordings, report says

  • April 14, 2019
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Alex Hern From TheGuardian Staff review audio in effort to help AI-powered voice assistant respond to commands When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report. Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the company’s smart […]

ICO response to government’s Online Harms White Paper

  • April 8, 2019
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From ICO Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham said: “I think the white paper proposals reflect people’s growing mistrust of social media and online services. People want to use these services, they appreciate the value of them, but they’re increasingly questioning how much control they have of what they see, and how their information is used. That […]

Is Prince Harry right on Fortnite ban?

  • April 7, 2019
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Jane Wakefield From BBC Prince Harry has called for a ban on Fortnite, saying the survival game beloved by teenagers around the world, was “created to addict”. His words add to a growing debate among health workers, governments and lobby groups about whether gaming can be harmful to health. The remarks come just before the […]

Facebook Let Dozens of Cybercrime Groups Operate in Plain Sight

  • April 7, 2019
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Andy Greenberg From Wired.com For the second time in as many years, Facebook has allowed dozens of cybercrime groups to proliferate on its platform.Emily Waite Facebook’s failure to moderate bad behavior on the sprawling online world it created, what with political trolls, extremist content, and livestreamed acts of horrific violence, has received a torrent of […]

Facebook Got Caught Phishing For Friends

  • April 7, 2019
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Bennett Cyphers and Jason Kelley From Electronic Frontier Foundation Once again, Facebook is in the news for bad security practices, dark design patterns, and secretly reappropriating sensitive data meant for “authentication” to its own ends. Incredibly, this time, the company managed to accomplish all three in one fell swoop. What happened? Last weekend, news broke […]

Privacy Paradox

  • April 6, 2019
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Kim Hart From AXIOS Privacy policies are read by an aging few How often do you click to accept a company’s privacy policy without reading it? Most people say it’s important to have a clear understanding of a company’s privacy policy before signing up for its service online — but in practice, most people skip […]

Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed on public servers – report

  • April 5, 2019
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Julia Carrie Wong From TheGuardian Material discovered on Amazon cloud servers in latest example of Facebook letting third parties extract user data More than 540m Facebook records were left exposed on public internet servers, cybersecurity researchers said on Wednesday, in just the latest security black eye for the company. Researchers for the firm UpGuard discovered […]

People need to wake up to dangers of AI, warns Google ethics adviser

  • April 5, 2019
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Iris Deng From South China Morning Hong Kong professor De Kai was named by Google as one of eight members of its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council on AI With artificial intelligence gradually creeping into more areas of human existence, from surveillance to health scans to McDonald’s menus, one Hong Kong professor has added his […]

Social Media, Universal Basic Income, & Cashless Society: How China’s Social Credit System Is Coming To America

  • March 20, 2019
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From ZeroHedge Authored by Brandon Turbeville via The Organic Prepper blog, Some well-informed Americans may be aware of China’s horrifying “Social Credit System” that was recently unveiled as a method of eradicating any dissent in the totalitarian state. Essentially freezing out anyone who does not conform to the state’s version of the ideal citizen, the […]

Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns

  • March 20, 2019
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From South China Morning Post Google will now try to ensure that Android users are aware of browsers and search engines other than its own services Alphabet’s Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred browsers and search apps, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday, as the company seeks to allay EU antitrust […]

Will you support it?

  • March 20, 2019
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Roisin Kiberd From TheGuardian Social media addiction is not natural or normal – but is it really a disease? Facebook et al have 3 billion users. We should be focusing on living with it, rather then abandoning, restricting or censoring it. Is social media addictive? The issue is complex, and probably generational. It’s obvious that […]

Facebook Under Criminal Investigation Over Data Deals

  • March 14, 2019
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From globalintelhub’s blog Via ZeroHedge Some of Facebook’s largest data deals are under federal criminal investigation following a nightmare year of scandals, reports the New York Times, which reveals that a New York grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two leading manufacturers of smartphones and other devices which gained access to personal data of hundreds of millions of users.  […]

Federal prosecutors are investigating Facebook’s data deals with phonemakers

  • March 14, 2019
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Makena Kelly From TheVerge Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data deals it made with large tech companies, The New York Times reported today. According to the Times, a grand jury in New York has been conducting the investigation and subpoenaed records from “at least two” large companies that make smartphones. The […]

A Chinese subway is experimenting with facial recognition to pay for fares

  • March 14, 2019
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Shannon Liao From TheVerge Scanning your face on a screen to get into the subway might not be that far off in the future. In China’s tech capital, Shenzhen, a local subway operator is testing facial recognition subway access, powered by a 5G network, as spotted by the South China Morning Post. The trial is […]

Digital colonialism is threatening the Global South

  • March 14, 2019
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Michael Kwet From Aljazeera Silicon Valley corporations are taking over the digital economy in the Global South, and nobody is paying attention. In South Africa, Google and Facebook dominate the online advertising industry, and are considered an existential threat to local media. Uber has captured so much of the traditional taxi industry that drivers have […]

An exposed database tracked whether 1.8 million Chinese women were “breed ready”

  • March 12, 2019
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From TheVerge Shannon Liao “We don’t know who is behind this database…that’s the part that worries us the most” Over the weekend, security researcher Victor Gevers stumbled upon a Chinese database of 1.8 million women that listed their names, physical addresses, phone numbers and one potentially more troubling status: whether they were “breed ready.” Anyone […]

30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb?

  • March 12, 2019
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From WebFoundation On the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday, our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee reflects on how the web has changed our world and what we must do to build a better web that serves all of humanity. Please share using #Web30 #ForTheWeb. Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an […]

Is there a way to use Facebook without giving up my privacy?

  • March 8, 2019
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From TheGuardian Eira wants to join because she is missing out on things, but doesn’t want to build a profile “Is it possible to be a passive user of Facebook? I want to read announcements relating to friends and colleagues, and maybe post comments, without building a profile with photos, a timeline and so on. […]

Facebook’s pivot to privacy has huge implications — if it’s real

  • March 8, 2019
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From TheVerge Mark Zuckerberg is fond of grand pronouncements By 2015, Mark Zuckerberg had grown uncomfortable with his messaging history. His old instant messages had gotten him into trouble in the past — people are still tweeting juvenile IMs from his college days — and the 2014 Sony hack had made him more concerned about […]

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

  • March 4, 2019
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From TheGuardian Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal […]

Panoptykon files complaints against Google and IAB Europe

  • February 26, 2019
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From Panoptykon Foundation On the International Data Protection Day, 28 January 2019, Panoptykon Foundation filed complaints against Google and IAB Europe under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the Polish Data Protection Authority (DPA). The complaints are related to the functioning of online behavioural advertising (OBA) ecosystem. The complaints focus on the role of […]

The Swedish Are Micro-chipping Themselves By The Thousands

  • February 26, 2019
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It is questionable! Is This the Life We Really Want? Being slaves to technologies and big companies! If we continue to live on this way we become animal breeding Thanking the author for the publication Mac Slavo From SHTFplan.com Thousands of people in Sweden are microchipping themselves in an effort to speed up their day. […]

“An Information Apocalypse” Looms – Deepfakes And Political Manipulation

  • February 26, 2019
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge Authored by Leonid Savin via Oriental Review, Not a day seems to go by without the American media writing about Russia’s Internet meddling in the US elections. Major international and specialist publications headquartered in the US are routinely regurgitating the myth about “Russian trolls” and “GRU hackers” without a single shred […]

KARMA POLICE: UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

  • February 26, 2019
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From OpenRightsGroup The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Open Rights Group, Big Brother Watch, English PEN, computer science expert Dr Constanze Kurz and several other human rights organisations’ case against mass surveillance by the UK government. 6 February 2019 In September 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) […]

Is China taking social monitoring too far?

  • February 26, 2019
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From Al Jazeera News Millions of Chinese people have been banned from travelling on planes and trains as the government in China expands its social credit programme that ranks people’s trustworthiness. Last year, more than 17 million people with low scores were barred from buying plane tickets, and another five million were not allowed on […]

NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

  • February 21, 2019
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Issie LapowskyIssie Lapowsky From Wired The phony Facebook pages looked just like the real thing. They were designed to mimic pages that service members use to connect. One appeared to be geared toward a large-scale, military exercise in Europe and was populated by a handful of accounts that appeared to be real service members. In […]