Social media use linked to depression in teens: study

  • July 19, 2019
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From Aljazeera A new Canadian study has drawn a link between social media screen time and depression in teenagers.  Researchers studied the behavioural habits of 3,800 students, grades 7-10, from 31 Montreal schools beginning in 2012. The study – carried out over four years by researchers at the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal – was published […]

This Is How You Will Pay For Things In 2025

  • July 19, 2019
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GoldCore’s blog From ZeroHedge A startup in Sweden called Biohax International has microchipped more than 4,000 people across the country who can use their hands to open secured doors, replace credit cards and cash, pay for transportation tickets, and share emergency information with medical personnel, reported New York Post. The microchip is about the size […]

UK Government to fund expansion of Minority Report-like policing system

  • July 19, 2019
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From Eandt.Theiet A highly controversial crime prediction system has received £5m in additional funding in order to expand it to other parts of the UK. The National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS) is currently in the testing phase and is meant to aid police in assessing the risk of someone committing a crime. The UK Government […]

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

  • July 14, 2019
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From WiredFrom 2010 to 2011, I worked on YouTube’s artificial intelligence recommendation engine — the algorithm that directs what you see next based on your previous viewing habits and searches. One of my main tasks was to increase the amount of time people spent on YouTube. At the time, this pursuit seemed harmless. But nearly […]

Apple Co-Founder Wozniak: ‘Get Off Facebook’

  • July 14, 2019
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From NewsMax Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who last year deleted his Facebook account over concerns about the social media company’s troubles protecting the privacy of its users, says people should get off the platform. “I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private. … You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to because you don’t […]

FTC’s Facebook fine draws fire

  • July 14, 2019
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From Axios News that the Federal Trade Commission has approved a roughly $5 billion fine against Facebook for privacy violations prompted instant outcry from some critics and lawmakers. Why it matters: The FTC decision could have consequences for Facebook’s billions of users — and frame the next stage of a global debate over how to […]

LEAK: Googlers Petition “to end Google’s business with Breitbart,” One Thousand Employees Co-Signed

  • July 11, 2019
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From ProjectVeritas – Over 1,000 Google Employees Co-Signed Letter to Target Breitbart as “prohibited content” – Letter: “Dear Sundar…” Googlers Ask For “Removal of Breitbart.com from AdSense” and “Blocking of all Google-served ads on Breitbart.com” – Google Employees Proactively Review Breitbart.com Against “hate policies” Insider at Google Discusses Documents in Video Interview (San Francisco) Project […]

Human rights experts say London police should stop using facial recognition

  • July 11, 2019
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From Eandt.Theiet.org The London Metropolitan Police have been urged to avoid the use of live facial-recognition (LFR) technology due to “significant flaws” in the way it was implemented and possible breaches of human rights. A report from the University of Essex Human Rights Centre claimed it is “highly possible” the Metropolitan Police’s use of LFR […]

1,000 popular Android apps siphon data without permission

  • July 11, 2019
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From Eandt.Theiet.org A US National Security Agency-supported study has found that more than 1,000 Android apps gather user data even when the user explicitly refuses consent. A group of researchers from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) developed a technique for identifying vulnerabilities in the Android ‘permissions’ system, which controls which categories of user data […]

Everyone’s Got a “Surveillance Score” and It Can Cost You BIG Money

  • July 3, 2019
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Dagny Taggart From TheOrganicPrepper In these Orwellian times, when it is revealed that yet another government agency is spying on us in yet another way, most of us aren’t one bit surprised. Being surveilled nearly everywhere we go (and even in our own homes) has become the norm, unfortunately. Yesterday, it was revealed that the […]

Google tweaked algorithm after rise in US shootings

  • July 3, 2019
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Alex Hern From TheGuardian Mass murders present challenge for search engine to deliver accurate results Misinformation is so common after mass shootings that Google has had to tweak its algorithm to compensate, a senior search engineer at the company has revealed. Pandu Nayak, who joined the company 14 years ago to work on its search […]

It’s not that we’ve failed to rein in Facebook and Google. We’ve not even tried

  • July 3, 2019
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Shoshana Zuboff From TheGuardian The tech giants use our data not only to predict our behaviour but to change it. But we can resist this attack on democracy Illustration by Matt Kenyon In a BBC interview last week, Facebook’s vice-president, Nick Clegg, surprised viewers by calling for new “rules of the road” on privacy, data […]

It Only Costs Google $20 Million A Year To Control The U.S. Government

  • June 26, 2019
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From ZeroHedge Google has fired six of its largest lobbying firms in an attempt to overhaul its global government affairs and policy operations amid greater government scrutiny of its business, according to the Wall Street Journal. Over the last few months, the company has changed its roster of lobbying firms, as well as its Washington […]

Google adds disinformation detection to internet safety curriculum

  • June 26, 2019
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From E&T Google has expanded its ‘Be Internet Awesome’ campaign to include a guide to spotting disinformation. The campaign was launched in 2017 to help parents and educators teach children about internet safety, such as online harassment and privacy. It is taught across the US and is available in nine languages. The curriculum has now […]

Captured states – e-Privacy Regulation victim of a “lobby onslaught”

  • June 2, 2019
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Chloé Berthélémy From EDRi Compared to non-governmental organisations and trade unions, private corporations are far better equipped to influence European level decision-making. A report “Captured states: when EU governments are a channel for corporate interests” by Corporate Europe Observatory’s (CEO) describes the various ways corporations approach the Member States of the European Union to maximise […]

Your Facebook please: US begins demanding full social media background from visa applicants

  • June 2, 2019
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From RT.com The US State Department has begun requiring visa applicants to submit five years’ worth of social media history, threatening “serious immigration consequences” for those who attempt to conceal their accounts. Both temporary visitors and those seeking permanent residence are required to fill out the new forms, which include drop-down menus that currently list […]

Office worker launches UK’s first police facial recognition legal action

  • June 2, 2019
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Steven Morris From TheGuardian Ed Bridges, from Cardiff, says ‘intrusive’ technology is used on thousands of people An office worker who believes his image was captured by facial recognition cameras when he popped out for a sandwich in his lunch break has launched a groundbreaking legal battle against the use of the technology. Supported by […]

Darpa funds brain-machine interface project for controlling weapons via thoughts

  • June 2, 2019
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From E&T The Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) programme, which was first announced in March 2018, allows for the development of high-resolution, bidirectional brain-machine interfaces for use by able-bodied service members. According to Darpa, these wearable interfaces could ultimately enable diverse national security applications such as control of active cyber-defence systems and swarms of unmanned aerial […]

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 […]