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  • Why Your Face Will Soon Be The Key To All Your Devices

    08/21/2017 4:59:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/20/17 | Christopher Mims
    It was a memorable moment in Pixar’s 2004 classic “The Incredibles,” one that seemed wildly futuristic at the time: Mr. Incredible picks up a wafer-thin tablet computer, and it scans his face to verify his identity before divulging his secret mission. Thirteen years later, many slim phones and tablets unlock with the press of a thumb—and just this sort of mobile facial scanning is on the way. Forget fiddling with passwords or even fingerprints; forget multiple layers of sign-in; forget credit cards and, eventually, even physical keys to our homes and cars. A handful of laptops and mobile devices can...
  • Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

    07/26/2017 10:02:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2017 | Rhett Jones
    The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy.
  • Question for IT guys, should you turn off images before reading PMs on a political forum?

    07/09/2017 10:48:35 AM PDT · by BestPresidentEver · 9 replies
    Should people turn off images before viewing Personal Messages on political forums? I’ve been reading about how CNN got the real name of the reddit forum user who they think created the wrestling video they felt so threatened by. It seems it involves sending emails with images or web links in them. When either the image is viewed with the rest of the message or when the link is clicked on the sender learns the IP address of the recipient. So if forum software allows images to be sent in PMs then one can include a transparent 1 pixel by...
  • China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

    06/28/2017 3:16:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 June 2017 | Josh Chin and Liza Lin
    In vast social-engineering experiment, facial-recognition systems crunch data from ubiquitous cameras to monitor citizens SHENZHEN—Gan Liping pumped her bike across a busy street, racing to beat a crossing light before it turned red. She didn’t make it. Immediately, her face popped up on two video screens above the street. “Jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology,” the screens said. Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dystopian science fiction, is becoming a feature of daily life in China, where authorities are using it on streets, in subway stations, at airports and at border crossings in a vast experiment in social engineering....
  • Regime Intimidates Romney Contributors

    05/11/2012 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Kimberly Strassel is in the Wall Street Journal today with an amazing piece: "Trolling for Dirt on the President's List." Listen to this: "Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent. Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. "Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,'...
  • Google Will No Longer Scan Gmail for Ad Targeting

    06/23/2017 5:09:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2017 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    Google plans to abandon its longstanding practice of scanning user email in its Gmail service to serve targeted advertising. Google said it does not scan the email of paying corporate customers of its G Suite of services, but it made the policy change — announced in a company blog post on Friday — on its free consumer version to eliminate confusion and create one uniform policy toward Gmail. As it builds its Google Cloud business for selling internet infrastructure and services to corporate customers, Google is trying to ease concerns that it will use data from corporate customers to help...
  • Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

    06/19/2017 1:23:56 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/19/2017 | staff writer
    Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.
  • Privacy Concerns Over DNA Tests That Help Discover Your Roots

    06/17/2017 5:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 16, 2017
    For generations, cross-referencing tombstones at the cemetery and vital records was required to unlock your lineage. But now, you can easily uncover some of the mystery of your family tree with DNA. Consumers like Larry Guernsey are giving the service as gifts. "I thought it would be a good Christmas present," Guernsey said. The $99 DNA test uses a saliva sample to trace family history. Here's how one company that provides the service, Ancestry, says it works: "A simple test can reveal an estimate of your ethnic mix… like if you're Irish or Scandinavian, or both." For Guernsey his curiosity...
  • BREAKING: Special Counsel @RobertMueIIer Worked With Law Firm Representing Big Democrat Group

    06/15/2017 2:56:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 77 replies
    GotNews ^ | 6/15/17 | GotNews
    Eric Schmidt, billionaire chair of Alphabet, Inc. the parent company of Google, led a massive fundraising drive in December for leftist analytics firm Civis Analytics, represented by a law firm that partnered with Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller—raising questions about Mueller’s impartiality in his so-called “Russia probe” into President Donald J. Trump’s campaign. In March 2014, WilmerHale announced Mueller would join its firm as a partner. Mueller left his position in May after the DOJ appointed him as a special prosecutor to look into alleged “ties” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. WilmerHale represented Civis Analytics during a $22...
  • How Electronic Medical Records Exploded In Doctors’ Faces And Politicians Got Off Scot-Free

    06/10/2017 12:36:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 58 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 07 June 2017 | Greg Scandlen
    <p>More than a decade ago the media were excited that Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich had formed an alliance about reforming health care. In 2005 Dana Milbank wrote in gushing terms in the Washington Post about a joint appearance.</p> <p>Of course, they were not alone. President Bush had already embraced the idea in his State of the Union speech to Congress. He envisioned a new era of “improved information technology to prevent medical error and needless costs.”</p>
  • SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do (trunc.)

    06/09/2017 12:09:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | June 8, 2017 | By Margi Murphy
    SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web while monitoring your emails to target you with ads The Sun can exclusively reveal that many Brits have no idea they've allowed Korean manufacturer Samsung to monitor them through their smartphone SAMSUNG phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox. The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts. SAMSUNG phones use...
  • Major Cellphone Privacy Case Accepted by Supreme Court

    06/05/2017 9:28:09 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 3 replies
    The Supreme Court has accepted a challenge to the warrantless collection of historical cellphone location data in a case that could curtail U.S. government surveillance and expand American privacy rights. The case, Carpenter v. U.S., was granted certiorari Monday on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which found that police did not need a warrant based on probable cause to collect 127 days of cellphone records from MetroPCS and Sprint. Timothy Carpenter was found guilty of participating in six Michigan robberies after the government said those cellphone records – which included calls made and geographic...
  • Internet Gambling Ban a Losing Bet For Liberty

    06/01/2017 5:27:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2017 | Ron Paul
    Controversies over surveillance of President Trump and members of his administration, including the leaks that forced President Trump’s first National Security Advisor to resign, have brought new attention to Section 702 of the FISA Reform Act. Section 702, which was added to the law in 2008, authorizes wiretapping of “non-U.S.” persons. The statue explicitly forbids the “intentional” targeting of U.S. citizens, but allows agencies to collect information on U.S. citizens if it is “incidental” to a 702 investigation. The National Security Agency (NSA) has exploited the “incidental” loophole to turn Section 702 into a routinely-used justification for wiretapping America citizens,...
  • He didn’t give police his iPhone pass code, so he got 180 days in jail

    05/31/2017 8:21:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 42 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 31, 2017 | BY DAVID OVALLE
    Christopher Wheeler, who is awaiting trial for child abuse, was taken into custody in a Broward Court on Tuesday for not providing a working iPhone pass code to police. David Ovalle dovalle@miamiherald.com A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday — the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smart phones. Christopher Wheeler, 41, was taken into custody in a Broward Circuit Court, insisting he had already provided the pass code to police investigating him for child abuse, although the number...
  • FACEBOOK WON’T SAY IF IT WILL USE YOUR BRAIN ACTIVITY FOR ADVERTISEMENTS

    05/23/2017 1:27:16 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 22, 2017 | Sam Biddle
    EVERY YEAR, FACEBOOK gathers hundreds of developers, corporate allies, and members of the press to hear CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of our shared near future. The gathering is known as “F8,” and this year’s iteration included some radical plans, one of which could’ve been pulled from a William Gibson novel: Facebook is working on a means of using your brain as an input device. Such technology is still many years off, as is, apparently, Facebook’s willingness to publicly think through its very serious implications.
  • Google starts tracking your offline shopping — what you buy at stores in person

    05/23/2017 1:22:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | Mary 23, 2017 | Staff
    Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in real-world stores as part of its latest effort to sell more digital advertising. The offline tracking scans most credit and debit card transactions to help Google automatically inform merchants when their digital ads translate into sales at a brick-and-mortar store. Google believes the data will show a cause-and-effect relationship between online ads and offline sales. If it works, that could help persuade merchants to boost their digital marketing budgets.
  • NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

    05/11/2017 2:57:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | May 11 2017, 9:57 a.m. | Sam Biddle
    In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the...
  • Surveillance State Ballooned Under Obama [semi-satire]

    05/07/2017 12:02:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 May 2017 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration sought and obtained intelligence on thousands of Americans during 2016. Though the NSA is legally forbidden from directly spying on Americans and has temporary authority to conduct warrant-less searches of foreigners, during 2016 government officials conducted 30,355 searches seeking information about Americans and distributed over 3,000 reports with unredacted names of US citizens. U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the growth in queries about Americans, but declined to offer any justification on the grounds that being pressured to provide justification "would endanger national security. All the public needs to know is that the government has its own very strict...
  • Reality TV star must unlock iPhone in ‘sextortion’ case

    05/04/2017 5:54:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    heraldMiami ^ | May 4, 2017 | BY DAVID OVALLE
    A reality TV actress accused in an extortion case involving sex videos must give up her iPhone password to police, a Miami judge ruled on Wednesday. In a case being closely watched in legal and tech circles, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson ruled that Hencha Voigt, and a man charged with being her accomplice, must unlock phones police believe were used in a plot to extort a social-media celebrity. He ruled that unlocking their phones would not violate their constitutional right against self-incrimination. “For me, this is like turning over a key to a safe-deposit box,” Johnson said. Voigt and...
  • Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

    05/04/2017 3:08:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | May 4, 2017 | Iain Thomson
    After Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be?The supposedly streamlined operating system aimed at kids and their teachers will only run apps from Microsoft's official Windows 10 S software store. Right now, there are no third-party browsers available from its shelves. That leaves users with the bundled Edge browser and Bing for web search.You can't change the search engine from Bing, and, for now, you can't get another browser besides Edge. Even if you could get another browser, Edge will override all the time,...