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“Although the database has been deleted by Microsoft, it is still available to researchers and companies that had previously downloaded it. Mr Harvey said it was still being shared on open-source websites.”
It seems like SIM-jacking/swapping is a growing problem. Now I understand the importance of my wireless account’s PIN code I can never seem to remember 🙄
"Dark forests like newsletters and podcasts are growing areas of activity. As are other dark forests, like Slack channels, private Instagrams, invite-only message boards, text groups, Snapchat, WeChat, and on and on. This is where Facebook is pivoting with Groups (and trying to redefine what the word “privacy” means in These are all spaces where depressurized conversation is possible because of their non-indexed, non-optimized, and non-gamified environments. The cultures of those spaces have more in common with the physical world than the internet." ...Read More
“The goal here is instilling fear — fear that their surveillance technology can see into every corner of your life,” said Wang Lixiong
MegaPixels is an art and research project investigating the ethics, origins, and individual privacy implications of face recognition datasets created "in the wild." Site documents notable facial recognition datasets. Citations demonstrate how datasets made in America have been used for FR research around the world. Come for the ridiculous privacy violations, stay for the graphs and visualizations!
“We can forgive your politics and focus on your technical contributions as long as you don’t do something unforgivable, like speaking to the press.” 👈 Parting advice given to a departing Google employee.
Interesting proposal to emphasize data ownership and compensate users for their data. This is something Jaron Lanier has been arguing for also. But I’m skeptical this can lead to practical changes or actual money in people’s pockets. We have been paying for the use of free services with our data "Keith's run for congress is premised on a new approach to personal data, and a proposed dividend that will be familiar to the Yang Gang." ...Read More
I personally know of GP practices that have shut down the ability for patients to phone up for prescriptions. This forces them to either download an app to order repeats, sign up with a pharmacy to order via them or attend the practice in person, which is not always possible ...Read More
"The fear that marginalized groups will fall under increased surveillance as these technologies progress in the absence of laws to regulate them hardly seems like dystopian hysteria. In November, the City of Detroit announced that it was introducing the use of real-time police cameras at two public-housing towers. The existing program is known as Project Greenlight, and it was designed to deter criminal behavior. But tower residents worried that relatives would be less likely to visit, given ...Read More
"Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t understand what privacy means—he can’t be trusted to define it for the rest of us."
"Surveillance capitalism was invented by Google more than a decade ago when it discovered that the “data exhaust” clogging its servers could be combined with analytics to produce predictions of user behavior. At that time, the key action of interest was whether a user might click on an ad. The ...Read More
"You’ve probably never heard of many of the data firms registered under a new law, but they’ve heard a lot about you. A list, and tips for opting out."