With the current web, all the user data concentrated in the hands of a few creates risk that our data will be hacked. It also makes it easier for governments to conduct surveillance and impose censorship. And if any of these centralised entities shuts down, your data and connections are lost. Then there are privacy concerns stemming from the business models of many of the companies, which use the private information we provide freely to target us with ads.
80% of the most popular health applications available on Android do not comply with standards intended to prevent the misuse and dissemination of their users' data.
Google has admitted that its option to "pause" the gathering of your location data doesn’t apply to its Maps and Search apps – which will continue to track you even when you specifically choose to halt such monitoring.
Data that may look anonymous is not necessarily anonymous. It’s possible to reduce your individual digital breadcrumb trail by paying only in cash and ditching your cellphone.
Tommy Jeans Xplore, will contain smart-chip technology that will track how often customers wear the clothes.
In the past decade, it appears that social media represents a “killer app” to mold personal habits to make eager self-surveillance a new social norm.
Utrecht has become a tangle of individual pilots and projects, with no central overview of how many cameras and sensors exist, nor what they do.
Army researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions.
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Google’s facial recognition technology in a doorbell, which primarily faces the street and is more likely to capture neighbours and passers-by, is likely to raise privacy concerns.
Consumers are unknowingly building a “terrifying” world of corporate surveillance.
For most of us, the quality and convenience of what we receive in exchange for our secrets is enough that we willingly surrender. But now an increasing number of people are more closely counting the cost – to the point of trying to reclaim our right to be unknown.
Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones, a court case in California alleges.
Amazon has filed patent applications in the past for functionalities that involve always listening, such as an algorithm that would analyse when people say they “love” or “bought” something. The patent included a diagram where two people have a phone conversation and were served afterwards with separate targeted advertisements.
Monitoring is built in to many of the jobs that form the ‘gig economy’ – but surveillance is increasing across the workplace.
Facebook has been using a secret tool to delete messages sent by its executives from the inboxes of their recipients, without disclosing the deletions to the recipients or even recording there was ever a message in the first place.
Folks mistakenly believe that by enabling the incognito browsing mode, they are fully shielded from online tracking and malware.
While most security professionals believe that government officials lack a real understanding of the threats to digital privacy, they overwhelmingly agree that governments should regulate the way social media companies collect user data.
Document describes Facebook’s ability to use its vast amount of personal data to identify individual users who are “at risk” of changing to competitors’ products, and then target them with advertising at the moment they would be about to switch.
Facebook’s product management director, David Baser, wrote that the company tracked users and non-users across websites and apps.