Social media scrapers Clearview Lied About Its Crime-Solving Power In Pitches To Law Enforcement Agencies

A very questionable facial recognition tool being offered to law enforcement was recently exposed by Kashmir Hill for the New York Times. Clearview — created by a developer previously best known for an app that let people put Trump’s “hair” on their own photos — is being pitched to law enforcement agencies as a better Read more about Social media scrapers Clearview Lied About Its Crime-Solving Power In Pitches To Law Enforcement Agencies[…]

Clearview AI Told Cops To “Run Wild” With Its Creepy Face database, access given away without checks and sold to private firms despite claiming otherwise

Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that claims to have amassed a database of more than 3 billion photos scraped from Facebook, YouTube, and millions of other websites, is scrambling to deal with calls for bans from advocacy groups and legal threats. These troubles come after news reports exposed its questionable data practices and misleading Read more about Clearview AI Told Cops To “Run Wild” With Its Creepy Face database, access given away without checks and sold to private firms despite claiming otherwise[…]

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy… and why we all shouldn’t get too much of it. Only FF and Brave will give you some.

At the USENIX Enigma conference on Tuesday, representatives of four browser makers, Brave, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, gathered to banter about their respective approaches to online privacy, while urging people not to ask for too much of it. Apple, which has advanced browser privacy standards but was recently informed that its tracking defenses can be Read more about Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy… and why we all shouldn’t get too much of it. Only FF and Brave will give you some.[…]

Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership without consent automatically, no opt-out.

Ubiquiti Networks is once again under fire for suddenly rewriting its telemetry policy after changing how its UniFi routers collect data without telling anyone. The changes were identified in a new help document published on the US manufacturer’s website. The document differentiates between “personal data”, which includes everything that identifies a specific individual, and “other Read more about Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership without consent automatically, no opt-out.[…]

Facebook Enables Confusing ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ Privacy Tool, which won’t stop any tracking whatsoever

In a blog post earlier today, the famously privacy-conscious Mark Zuckerberg announced that—in honor of Data Privacy Day, which is apparently a thing—the official rollout of a long-awaited Off-Facebook Activity tool that allows Facebook users to monitor and manage the connections between Facebook profiles and their off-platform activity. “To help shed more light on these Read more about Facebook Enables Confusing ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ Privacy Tool, which won’t stop any tracking whatsoever[…]

Leaked AVAST Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data: Google, MS, Pepsi, they all buy it – Really, uninstall it now!

An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has found. Our report relies on leaked user data, contracts, and other company documents that show the sale of this data Read more about Leaked AVAST Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data: Google, MS, Pepsi, they all buy it – Really, uninstall it now![…]

Ring Doorbell App Gives Away your data to 3rd parties, without your knowledge or consent

An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Four main analytics and marketing companies were discovered to be receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor Read more about Ring Doorbell App Gives Away your data to 3rd parties, without your knowledge or consent[…]

Class-action lawsuit filed against creepy Clearview AI startup which scraped everyones social media profiles

A lawsuit — seeking class-action status — was filed this week in Illinois against Clearview AI, a New York-based startup that has scraped social media networks for people’s photos and created one of the biggest facial recognition databases in the world. The secretive startup was exposed last week in an explosive New York Times report Read more about Class-action lawsuit filed against creepy Clearview AI startup which scraped everyones social media profiles[…]

London Police Will Start Using Live Facial Recognition Tech Now, Big Brother becomes a computer watching you

The dystopian nightmare begins. Today, London’s Metropolitan Police Service announced it will begin deploying Live Facial Recognition (LFR) tech across the capital in the hopes of locating and arresting wanted peoples. […] The way the system is supposed to work, according to the Metropolitan Police, is the LFR cameras will first be installed in areas Read more about London Police Will Start Using Live Facial Recognition Tech Now, Big Brother becomes a computer watching you[…]

Clearview has scraped all social media sites illegally and vs TOS, has all your pictures in a massive database (who knows how secure this is?) and a face recognition AI. Is selling access to it to cops, and who knows who else.

What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name, address and other details? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible, and its app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a Saturday Read more about Clearview has scraped all social media sites illegally and vs TOS, has all your pictures in a massive database (who knows how secure this is?) and a face recognition AI. Is selling access to it to cops, and who knows who else.[…]

So Clearview has you, even if it violates TOS. How to stop the next guy from getting you in FB – maybe.

It should come as little surprise that any content you offer to the web for public consumption has the potential to be scraped and misused by anyone clever enough to do it. And while that doesn’t make this weekend’s report from The New York Times any less damning, it’s a great reminder about how important Read more about So Clearview has you, even if it violates TOS. How to stop the next guy from getting you in FB – maybe.[…]

HP Remotely Disables a Customer’s Printer Until He Joins Company’s Monthly Subscription Service

A Twitter user’s complaint last week in which he produces photo evidence of HP warning him that his ink cartridges would be disabled until he starts paying for HP Instant Ink monthly subscription service has gone viral on the social media. Ryan Sullivan, the user who made the complaint, said he only discovered the warning Read more about HP Remotely Disables a Customer’s Printer Until He Joins Company’s Monthly Subscription Service[…]

BlackVue dashcam shows anyone everywhere you are in real time and where you have been in the past

An app that is supposed to be a fun activity for dashcam users to broadcast their camera feeds and drives is actually allowing people to scrape and store the real-time location of drivers across the world. BlackVue is a dashcam company with its own social network. With a small, internet-connected dashcam installed inside their vehicle, Read more about BlackVue dashcam shows anyone everywhere you are in real time and where you have been in the past[…]

Skype and Cortana audio listened in on by workers in China with ‘no security measures’

A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company. The Read more about Skype and Cortana audio listened in on by workers in China with ‘no security measures’[…]

Checkpeople, why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks’ aggregated personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address?

A database containing the personal details of 56.25m US residents – from names and home addresses to phone numbers and ages – has been found on the public internet, served from a computer with a Chinese IP address, bizarrely enough. The information silo appears to belong to Florida-based CheckPeople.com, which is a typical people-finder website: Read more about Checkpeople, why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks’ aggregated personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address?[…]

Lawsuit against cinema for refusing cash – and thus slurping private data

Michiel Jonker from Arnhem has sued a cinema that has moved location and since then refuses to accept cash at the cash register. All payments have to be made by pin. Jonker feels that this forces visitors to allow the cinema to process personal data. He tried something of the sort in 2018 which was Read more about Lawsuit against cinema for refusing cash – and thus slurping private data[…]

Amazon fired four workers who secretly snooped on Ring doorbell camera footage

Amazon’s Ring home security camera biz says it has fired multiple employees caught covertly watching video feeds from customer devices. The admission came in a letter [PDF] sent in response to questions raised by US Senators critical of Ring’s privacy practices. Ring recounted how, on four separate occasions, workers were let go for overstepping their Read more about Amazon fired four workers who secretly snooped on Ring doorbell camera footage[…]

DHS Plan to Collect DNA From Migrant Detainees Will Begin Soon – because centralised databases with personally sensitive data in them are a great idea. Just ask the Jews how useful they were during WWII

The Trump administration’s plan to collect DNA evidence from migrants detained in U.S. Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities will commence soon in the form of a 90-day pilot program in Detroit and Southwest Texas, CNN reported on Monday. News of the plan first emerged in October, when the Read more about DHS Plan to Collect DNA From Migrant Detainees Will Begin Soon – because centralised databases with personally sensitive data in them are a great idea. Just ask the Jews how useful they were during WWII[…]

Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset (no, not  your phone companies’), Zero Privacy – The New York Times

Every minute of every day, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies — largely unregulated, little scrutinized — are logging the movements of tens of millions of people with mobile phones and storing the information in gigantic data files. The Times Privacy Project obtained one such file, by far the largest and most sensitive ever Read more about Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset (no, not  your phone companies’), Zero Privacy – The New York Times[…]

HP loses appeal vs 123inkt for suddenly borking non-HP ink cartridges in their printer with a software update

HP is being held liable for damages to 123inkt customers who bought the ink cartridges which they suddenly couldn’t use any more. From personal experience I know how annoying this is as several printers have started doing very sketchy things suddenly which were magically ‘fixed’ by inserting HP ink cartridges. It’s ink, people, there’s no Read more about HP loses appeal vs 123inkt for suddenly borking non-HP ink cartridges in their printer with a software update[…]

Private equity buys Lastpass owner LogMeIn – will they start monetising your logins?

Remote access, collaboration and password manager provider LogMeIn has been sold to a private equity outfit for $4.3bn. A consortium led by private equity firm Francisco Partners (along with Evergreen, the PE arm of tech activist investor Elliott Management), will pay $86.05 in cash for each LogMeIn share – a 25 per cent premium on Read more about Private equity buys Lastpass owner LogMeIn – will they start monetising your logins?[…]

Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras

Infrared cameras detect people and other objects by the heat they emit. Now, researchers have discovered the uncanny ability of a material to hide a target by masking its telltale heat properties. The effect works for a range of temperatures that one day could include humans and vehicles, presenting a future asset to stealth technologies, Read more about Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras[…]

Remember Unrollme, the biz that helped you automatically ditch unwanted emails? Yeah, it was selling your data, even though it said it wouldn’t

If you were one of the millions of people that signed up with Unrollme to cut down on the emails from outfits you once bought a product from, we have some bad news for you: it has been storing and selling your data. On Tuesday, America’s Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlement [PDF] with the Read more about Remember Unrollme, the biz that helped you automatically ditch unwanted emails? Yeah, it was selling your data, even though it said it wouldn’t[…]

Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits

Stung by an article mulling Amazon Web Services’ market dominance on Monday, AWS VP Andi Gutmans fired back, complaining the reporter ignored flattering comments from AWS partners – and that “AWS is ‘strip-mining’ open source is silly and off-base.” “The journalist largely ignores the many positive comments he got from partners because it’s not as Read more about Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits[…]