PowerShell 7 ups the telemetry but… hey… is that an off switch?

Microsoft emitted a fresh preview of command-line darling PowerShell 7 last night, highlighting some additional slurping – and how to shut it off. PowerShell 7 Preview 3, which is built on .NET Core 3.0 Preview 8, is the latest step on the way to final release at the end of 2019 and a potential replacement Read more about PowerShell 7 ups the telemetry but… hey… is that an off switch?[…]

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners (mainly kids) in Their Homes – since 2013

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned. The audio was supposed to be captured following a voice command like “Xbox” or “Hey Cortana,” but contractors said that recordings were sometimes triggered and recorded by mistake. Read more about Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners (mainly kids) in Their Homes – since 2013[…]

Google, Apple, Mozilla end Kazakhstan internet by blocking root CA

On Wednesday, Google, Apple, and Mozilla said their web browsers will block the Kazakhstan root Certificate Authority (CA) certificate – following reports that ISPs in the country have required customers to install a government-issued certificate that enables online spying. According to the University of Michigan’s Censored Planet project, the country’s snoops “recently began using a Read more about Google, Apple, Mozilla end Kazakhstan internet by blocking root CA[…]

Google Play Publisher account gets terminated – but Google won’t tell you why

Developer Patrick Godeau has claimed his business is under threat after his Google Play Publisher account was terminated without a specific reason given. Godeau, from France, provides apps for iOS and Android via his company Tokata. It is a small business but Godeau said in his complaint that he has achieved “millions of downloads”, most Read more about Google Play Publisher account gets terminated – but Google won’t tell you why[…]

If for some reason you want an Apple Card here’s How to Easily Opt Out of Binding Arbitration

You’ll spot binding arbitration clauses in a lot of financial agreements because it helps keep banks and their business partners out of court. If you agree to binding arbitration, you can’t go to trial against a company or join a class-action lawsuit; you can only have your issue settled by a third-party mediator. If you Read more about If for some reason you want an Apple Card here’s How to Easily Opt Out of Binding Arbitration[…]

Man sued for using bogus YouTube takedowns to get address for swatting – so copyright is not only inane, it’s also physically dangerous

YouTube is suing a Nebraska man the company says has blatantly abused its copyright takedown process. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act offers online platforms like YouTube legal protections if they promptly take down content flagged by copyright holders. However, this process can be abused—and boy did defendant Christopher L. Brady abuse it, according to YouTube’s legal Read more about Man sued for using bogus YouTube takedowns to get address for swatting – so copyright is not only inane, it’s also physically dangerous[…]

facial recognition ‘epidemic’ across UK private sites in conjunction with the police

Facial recognition is being extensively deployed on privately owned sites across the UK, according to an investigation by civil liberties group Big Brother Watch. It found an “epidemic” of the controversial technology across major property developers, shopping centres, museums, conference centres and casinos in the UK. The investigation uncovered live facial recognition in Sheffield’s major Read more about facial recognition ‘epidemic’ across UK private sites in conjunction with the police[…]

YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue, troll block videos

Going forward, copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music via YouTube’s “Manual Claiming” tool. Instead, they can choose to prevent the other party from monetizing the video or they can block the content. However, YouTube expects that by removing the option to monetize Read more about YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue, troll block videos[…]

Google “open sources” LiveTranscribe – except not really: only gives away android coding examples to connect to Google’s cloud speech products

Live Transcribe is an Android application that provides real-time captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This repository contains the Android client libraries for communicating with Google’s Cloud Speech API that are used in Live Transcribe. […] The libraries provided are nearly identical to those running in the production application Live Transcribe. Read more about Google “open sources” LiveTranscribe – except not really: only gives away android coding examples to connect to Google’s cloud speech products[…]

Also Facebook Admits Yes, It Was Listening To Your Private Conversations via Messenger

Facebook outsourced contractors to listen in on your audio messenger chats and transcribe them, a new report reveals. Bloomberg reports that the contractors were not told why they were listening in or why they were transcribing them. Facebook confirmed the reports but said they are no longer transcribing audio. “Much like Apple and Google, we Read more about Also Facebook Admits Yes, It Was Listening To Your Private Conversations via Messenger[…]

Ring Promised Swag to Users Who Narc on Their Neighbors

On top of turning their doorbell video feeds into a police surveillance network, Amazon’s home security subsidiary, Ring, also once tried to entice people with swag bags to snitch on their neighbors, Motherboard reported Friday. The instructions are purportedly all laid out in a 2017 company presentation the publication obtained. Entitled “Digital Neighborhood Watch,” the Read more about Ring Promised Swag to Users Who Narc on Their Neighbors[…]

Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief’s dream ticket to Europeans’ data

In a presentation at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas James Pavur, a PhD student at Oxford University who usually specialises in satellite hacking, explained how he was able to game the GDPR system to get all kinds of useful information on his fiancée, including credit card and social security numbers, passwords, and Read more about Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief’s dream ticket to Europeans’ data[…]

Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 60+ companies – Simple Opt Out

Simple Opt Out is drawing attention to opt-out data sharing and marketing practices that many people aren’t aware of (and most people don’t want), then making it easier to opt out. For example: Target “may share your personal information with other companies which are not part of Target.” Chase may share your “account balances and Read more about Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 60+ companies – Simple Opt Out[…]

Skype, Cortana also have humans listening to you. The fine print says it listens to your audio recordings to improve its AI, but it means humans are listening.

If you use Skype’s AI-powered real-time translator, brief recordings of your calls may be passed to human contractors, who are expected to listen in and correct the software’s translations to improve it. That means 10-second or so snippets of your sweet nothings, mundane details of life, personal information, family arguments, and other stuff discussed on Read more about Skype, Cortana also have humans listening to you. The fine print says it listens to your audio recordings to improve its AI, but it means humans are listening.[…]

Amazon’s Ring Is Teaching Cops How to Persuade Customers to Hand Over Surveillance Footage

according to a new report, Ring is also instructing cops on how to persuade customers to hang over surveillance footage even when they aren’t responsive to police requests. According to a police memo obtained by Gizmodo and reported last week, Ring has partnerships with “over 225 law enforcement agencies,” Ring is actively involved in scripting Read more about Amazon’s Ring Is Teaching Cops How to Persuade Customers to Hand Over Surveillance Footage[…]

CASE Act Tackles Online Copyright Abuse by allowing copyright “owners” (trolls) to fine anyone they like for $15 – 30k, force immediate content take downs with no oversight

In July, members of the federal Senate Judiciary Committee chose to move forward with a bill targeting copyright abuse with a more streamlined way to collect damages, but critics say that it could still allow big online players to push smaller ones around—and even into bankruptcy. Known as the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (or Read more about CASE Act Tackles Online Copyright Abuse by allowing copyright “owners” (trolls) to fine anyone they like for $15 – 30k, force immediate content take downs with no oversight[…]

Cops Are Giving Amazon’s Ring Your Real-Time 911 Caller Data, with location info

Amazon-owned home security company Ring is pursuing contracts with police departments that would grant it direct access to real-time emergency dispatch data, Gizmodo has learned. The California-based company is seeking police departments’ permission to tap into the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) feeds used to automate and improve decisions made by emergency dispatch personnel and cut down Read more about Cops Are Giving Amazon’s Ring Your Real-Time 911 Caller Data, with location info[…]

AI system ‘should be recognised as inventor’

An artificial intelligence system should be recognised as the inventor of two ideas in patents filed on its behalf, a team of academics says. The AI has designed interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp and a warning light that flashes in a rhythm that is hard to ignore. Patents offices insist Read more about AI system ‘should be recognised as inventor’[…]

UK made illegal copies and mismanaged Schengen travelers database, gave it away to unauthorised 3rd parties, both business and countries

Authorities in the United Kingdom have made unauthorized copies of data stored inside a EU database for tracking undocumented migrants, missing people, stolen cars, or suspected criminals. Named the Schengen Information System (SIS), this is a EU-run database that stores information such as names, personal details, photographs, fingerprints, and arrest warrants for 500,000 non-EU citizens Read more about UK made illegal copies and mismanaged Schengen travelers database, gave it away to unauthorised 3rd parties, both business and countries[…]

It’s official: Deploying Facebook’s ‘Like’ button on your website makes you a joint data slurper, puts you in GDPR danger

Organisations that deploy Facebook’s ubiquitous “Like” button on their websites risk falling foul of the General Data Protection Regulation following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice. The EU’s highest court has decided that website owners can be held liable for data collection when using the so-called “social sharing” widgets. The ruling (PDF) Read more about It’s official: Deploying Facebook’s ‘Like’ button on your website makes you a joint data slurper, puts you in GDPR danger[…]

Dutch ministry of Justice recommends to Dutch gov to stop using office 365 and windows 10

Basically they don’t like data being shared with third parties doing predictive profiling with the data and they don’t like all the telemetry being sent everywhere, nor do they like MS being able to view and running through content such as text, pictures and videos. Source: Ministerie van justitie: Stop met gebruik Office 365 – Read more about Dutch ministry of Justice recommends to Dutch gov to stop using office 365 and windows 10[…]

Facebook’s answer to the encryption debate: install spyware with content filters! (updated: maybe not)

The encryption debate is typically framed around the concept of an impenetrable link connecting two services whose communications the government wishes to monitor. The reality, of course, is that the security of that encryption link is entirely separate from the security of the devices it connects. The ability of encryption to shield a user’s communications Read more about Facebook’s answer to the encryption debate: install spyware with content filters! (updated: maybe not)[…]

Apple Contractors Reportedly Overhear Sensitive Information and Sexy Times Thanks to Siri

First Amazon, then Google, and now Apple have all confirmed that their devices are not only listening to you, but complete strangers may be reviewing the recordings. Thanks to Siri, Apple contractors routinely catch intimate snippets of users’ private lives like drug deals, doctor’s visits, and sexual escapades as part of their quality control duties, Read more about Apple Contractors Reportedly Overhear Sensitive Information and Sexy Times Thanks to Siri[…]