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Why does dutch supermarket Albert Heijn have camera’s looking at you at the self check out?

The Party for the Animals (PvdD) wants clarity from outgoing minister Dekker for Legal Protection about a camera on Albert Heijn’s self-scanner. It concerns the PS20 from manufacturer Zebra. According to this company, the camera on the self-scanner supports facial recognition to automatically identify customers. PvdD MPs Van Raan and Wassenberg want to know whether Read more about Why does dutch supermarket Albert Heijn have camera’s looking at you at the self check out?[…]

Canon Sued for Disabling All-in-One Printer When Ink Runs Out

A customer fed up with the tyranny of home printers is suing Canon for disabling multiple functions on an all-in-one printer when it runs out of ink. Consumer printer makers have long used the razor blade business model—so named after companies who sell razor handles for cheap, but the compatible replacement blades at much higher Read more about Canon Sued for Disabling All-in-One Printer When Ink Runs Out[…]

At Amazon, Some Brands Get More Protection From Fakes Than Others

There are two classes of merchant on Amazon.com: those who get special protection from counterfeiters and those who don’t. From a report: The first category includes sellers of some big-name brands, such as Adidas, Apple and even Amazon itself. They benefit from digital fortifications that prevent unauthorized sellers from listing certain products — an iPhone, Read more about At Amazon, Some Brands Get More Protection From Fakes Than Others[…]

WhatsApp begins rolling out end-to-end encryption for chat backups

The wait is over. It’s now possible to encrypt your WhatsApp chat history on both Android and iOS, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday. The company plans to roll out the feature slowly to ensure it can deliver a consistent and reliable experience to all users. However, once you can access the feature, it Read more about WhatsApp begins rolling out end-to-end encryption for chat backups[…]

Moscow metro launches facial recognition payment system despite privacy concerns

More than 240 metro stations across Moscow now allow passengers to pay for a ride by looking at a camera. The Moscow metro has launched what authorities say is the first mass-scale deployment of a facial recognition payment system. According to The Guardian, passengers can access the payment option called FacePay by linking their photo, Read more about Moscow metro launches facial recognition payment system despite privacy concerns[…]

New crew docks at China’s first permanent space station

Chinese astronauts began Saturday their six-month mission on China’s first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft. The astronauts, two men and a woman, were seen floating around the module before speaking via a live-streamed video. […] The space travelers’ Shenzhou-13 spacecraft was launched by a Long March-2F rocket at 12:23 a.m. Saturday Read more about New crew docks at China’s first permanent space station[…]

Missouri governor demands prosecution for data breach report – in HTML source code of state website

A Missouri politician has been relentlessly mocked on Twitter after demanding the prosecution of a journalist who found and responsibly reported a vulnerability in a state website. Mike Parson, governor of Missouri, described reporters for local newspaper the St Louis Post Dispatch (SLPD) as “hackers” after they discovered a web app for the state’s Department Read more about Missouri governor demands prosecution for data breach report – in HTML source code of state website[…]

Tesla’s Bringing Car Insurance to Texas W/ New ‘Safety Score’ by eating and selling your location data

After two years of offering car insurance to drivers across California, Tesla’s officially bringing a similar offering to clientele in its new home state of Texas. As Electrek first reported, the big difference between the two is how drivers’ premiums are calculated: in California, the prices were largely determined by statistical evaluations. In Texas, your Read more about Tesla’s Bringing Car Insurance to Texas W/ New ‘Safety Score’ by eating and selling your location data[…]

Researchers show Facebook’s ad tools can target a single specific user

A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it’s possible to use Facebook’s targeting tools to deliver an ad exclusively to a single individual if you know enough about the interests Facebook’s platform assigns them. The paper — entitled “Unique on Facebook: Formulation Read more about Researchers show Facebook’s ad tools can target a single specific user[…]

OAK-D Depth Sensing AI Camera Gets Smaller And Lighter

The OAK-D is an open-source, full-color depth sensing camera with embedded AI capabilities, and there is now a crowdfunding campaign for a newer, lighter version called the OAK-D Lite. The new model does everything the previous one could do, combining machine vision with stereo depth sensing and an ability to run highly complex image processing Read more about OAK-D Depth Sensing AI Camera Gets Smaller And Lighter[…]

Criminals use fake AI voice to swindle UAE bank out of $35m

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have requested the US Department of Justice’s help in probing a case involving a bank manager who was swindled into transferring $35m to criminals by someone using a fake AI-generated voice. The employee received a call to move the company-owned funds by someone purporting to be a director from Read more about Criminals use fake AI voice to swindle UAE bank out of $35m[…]

Amazon copied products and rigged search results, documents show

Amazon.com Inc has been repeatedly accused of knocking off products it sells on its website and of exploiting its vast trove of internal data to promote its own merchandise at the expense of other sellers. The company has denied the accusations. But thousands of pages of internal Amazon documents examined by Reuters – including emails, Read more about Amazon copied products and rigged search results, documents show[…]

LANtenna attack reveals Ethernet cable traffic contents from a distance

An Israeli researcher has demonstrated that LAN cables’ radio frequency emissions can be read by using a $30 off-the-shelf setup, potentially opening the door to fully developed cable-sniffing attacks. Mordechai Guri of Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev described the disarmingly simple technique to The Register, which consists of putting an ordinary radio antenna Read more about LANtenna attack reveals Ethernet cable traffic contents from a distance[…]

Amazon accused of copying merchant products in India

When asked in July, 2020, by US Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) whether Amazon ever mined data from its third-party vendors to launch competing products, founder and then CEO Jeff Bezos said he couldn’t answer “yes” or “no,” but insisted Amazon had rules disallowing the practice. “What I can tell you is we have a policy Read more about Amazon accused of copying merchant products in India[…]

AI Fake-Face Generators Can Be Rewound To Reveal the Real Faces They Trained On

Load up the website This Person Does Not Exist and it’ll show you a human face, near-perfect in its realism yet totally fake. Refresh and the neural network behind the site will generate another, and another, and another. The endless sequence of AI-crafted faces is produced by a generative adversarial network (GAN) — a type Read more about AI Fake-Face Generators Can Be Rewound To Reveal the Real Faces They Trained On[…]

The Beauty Of Dance, Seen Through The Power Of Touch

It’s nothing short of amazing what trained dancers can do with their bodies, and a real shame that visually-impaired people can’t enjoy the experience of, say, ballet. For this year’s Hackaday Prize, [Shi Yun] is working on a way for visually-impaired people to experience dance performances via haptic feedback on a special device. This platform, Read more about The Beauty Of Dance, Seen Through The Power Of Touch[…]

Widely used chemical linked to 100,000 US deaths per year: study

Daily exposure to phthalates, a group of chemicals used in everything from plastic containers to makeup, may lead to approximately 100,000 deaths in older Americans annually, a study from New York University warned Tuesday. The chemicals, which can be found in hundreds of products such as toys, clothing and shampoo, have been known for decades Read more about Widely used chemical linked to 100,000 US deaths per year: study[…]

Software Removes The Facebook From Facebook’s VR Headset (Mostly)

It’s not a jailbreak, but [basti564]’s Oculess software nevertheless allows one the option to remove telemetry and account dependencies from Facebook’s Oculus Quest VR headsets. It is not normally possible to use these devices without a valid Facebook account (or a legacy Oculus account in the case of the original Quest), so the ability to Read more about Software Removes The Facebook From Facebook’s VR Headset (Mostly)[…]

Woman Allegedly Hacked Flight School, Cleared Planes With Maintenance Issues to Fly

A woman allegedly hacked into the systems of a flight training school in Florida to delete and tamper with information related to the school’s airplanes. In some cases, planes that previously had maintenance issues had been “cleared” to fly, according to a police report. The hack, according to the school’s CEO, could have put pilots Read more about Woman Allegedly Hacked Flight School, Cleared Planes With Maintenance Issues to Fly[…]

Study reveals Android phones constantly snoop on their users

A new study by a team of university researchers in the UK has unveiled a host of privacy issues that arise from using Android smartphones. The researchers have focused on Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, and Huawei Android devices, and LineageOS and /e/OS, two forks of Android that aim to offer long-term support and a de-Googled experience Read more about Study reveals Android phones constantly snoop on their users[…]

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calls out Apple for promoting its services in the iPhone Settings screen

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, whose high-profile antitrust lawsuit against Apple is now under appeal, is today calling out the iPhone maker for giving itself access to an advertising slot its competitors don’t have: the iPhone’s Settings screen. Some iOS 15 users noticed Apple is now advertising its own services at the top of their Read more about Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calls out Apple for promoting its services in the iPhone Settings screen[…]

Facebook Banned Creator of Unfollow Everything App That Made Facebook Less Toxic

A developer who created a browser extension designed to help Facebook users reduce their time spent on the platform says that the company responded by banning him and threatening to take legal action. Louis Barclay says he created Unfollow Everything to help people enjoy Facebook more, not less. His extension, which no longer exists, allowed Read more about Facebook Banned Creator of Unfollow Everything App That Made Facebook Less Toxic[…]

England’s Data Guardian warns of plans to grant police access to patient data

England’s National Data Guardian has warned that government plans to allow data sharing between NHS bodies and the police could “erode trust and confidence” in doctors and other healthcare providers. Speaking to the Independent newspaper, Dr Nicola Byrne said she had raised concerns with the government over clauses in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Read more about England’s Data Guardian warns of plans to grant police access to patient data[…]

Microsoft said it mitigated a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack, the largest ever

Microsoft said its Azure cloud service mitigated a 2.4 terabytes per second (Tbps) distributed denial of service attack this year, at the end of August, representing the largest DDoS attack recorded to date. Amir Dahan, Senior Program Manager for Azure Networking, said the attack was carried out using a botnet of approximately 70,000 bots primarily Read more about Microsoft said it mitigated a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack, the largest ever[…]

Neiman Marcus Breach Exposes Data Of 4.6 Million Users

Another day, another massive privacy breach nobody will do much about. This time it’s Neiman Marcus, which issued a statement indicating that the personal data of roughly 4.6 million U.S. consumers was exposed thanks to a previously undisclosed data breach that occurred last year. According to the company, the data exposed included login in information, Read more about Neiman Marcus Breach Exposes Data Of 4.6 Million Users[…]