New research has found that only a quarter of Americans know that surfing the internet in private browsing mode only prevents other users of the same computer from seeing what you've been up to online.
Facial recognition technology works even when only half a face is visible, researchers have found.
The 12-acre Quayside project, a partnership between Google’s Sidewalk Labs and the city of Toronto, has come under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy and data harvesting.
The US government will now require "most" visa applicants to provide details of their social media accounts before they are allowed into the country.
Some people maintain a mental shortcut, called "publicness heuristic," which is a mindset that inhibits a person from revealing private things in public.
Socks that record heart rate and cots that mimic the womb might promise parents peace of mind – but is the data given to tech firms a fair exchange
Loss of privacy is not a fair cost for the use of digital health services. Several companies, including Alphabet, Facebook, and Oracle, occupied central positions within the network with the ability to aggregate and re-identify user data.
Absher, an app launched in 2015 by the Saudi Arabian government, tracks the whereabouts of women allowing men to “control” the women whose guardianship they handle. Absher enables men to log the names and document identification numbers (eg. passports) of “their” women, thus setting up a profile for how many journeys they are allowed to make, how long they may travel, what medical procedures they are allowed to undertake—if at all.
The Chinese president has taken surveillance of his citizens to unprecedented and chilling levels.
Retail companies are increasingly turning to facial detection and facial recognition software to attract and engage a distracted audience.
Business owners are using artificial intelligence to scrutinise staff behaviour minute-to-minute by harvesting data on who emails whom and when, who accesses and edits files and who meets whom and when. Critics have warned that such systems risk increasing pressure on workers who fear the judgement of the algorithm, and that it could encourage people not to take breaks or to spend time in creative thought which won’t be logged.
Security researchers have spotted a mass data leak from an unsecured database which exposed the personal details of over 2.5 million surveilled Chinese residents.
Study shows that, at least in theory, a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person -- think political party, favorite products, religious commitments -- from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or delete their account. When you sign up for Facebook or another social media platform, you think you're giving up your information, but you're giving up your friends' information too.
Face recognition and analysis systems are often trained on skewed data sets: they’re fed far fewer images of women and people with dark skin than they are images of men and people with light skin.
With microphone arrays that hear voices from across the room, Amazon’s devices would have been coveted by the Stasi in East Germany. The same can be said of smarthome products from Apple, Google and Microsoft, as well as the microphone-equipped AIs in all of our phones.
The Pentagon is testing technology that will let a smartphone identify you by the way you walk, as well as how you hold the device and swipe across the screen.
Facebook has been accused of abusing a security feature in order to weaken user privacy, after the social network was found using phone numbers initially handed over for account safety for other purposes.
Some of the recordings are being made without prisoners’ consent—for example, as a condition of being able to make calls to their family. They’re also being kept once those people have left prison. And some prisons are recording those on the other end of the calls, meaning those people having voice prints created for them although they have never even been accused of a crime.
The FBI was able to compare forensic samples with the DNA of any of about 2 million customers of the service, normally used by genealogists to locate and contact relatives.
Most Facebook users have no idea that the ad biz compiles data profiles of their online activities and interests, according to research conducted by the non-profit Pew Research Center. That's not altogether surprising given that Facebook appeals to people disinclined to concern themselves with the minutiae of digital technology, which is to say most people. It's worth recalling that a decade ago, Google representatives stopped people on the street in New York City to ask "What's a web browser?" and almost no one could answer correctly.