Category Archives: Surveillance technology

Bloomberg: You’re Home Alone With Alexa. Are Your Secrets Safe?

Bloomberg: You’re Home Alone With Alexa. Are Your Secrets Safe? by Matt Day

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Forbes: Are Conversational Interfaces The ‘Foot In The Door’ For Government Surveillance?

Forbes: Are Conversational Interfaces The ‘Foot In The Door’ For Government Surveillance? by Ilker Koksal: Amazon Echo, released in 2014, introduced voice software into the home, quickly followed by Google Home, Apples’s HomePod and other generic smart speakers. In fact, … Continue reading

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NYTimes: How Dangerous Is Facial Recognition Technology?

NYTimes: How Dangerous Is Facial Recognition Technology? by Sahil Chinoy: When will we finally learn we cannot predict people’s character from their appearance?

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NYTimes: Opinion: The Racist History Behind Facial Recognition

NYTimes: Opinion: The Racist History Behind Facial Recognition When will we finally learn we cannot predict people’s character from their appearance?

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WaPo Podcast: The FBI and ICE are scanning millions of Americans’ faces — without their knowledge or consent

WaPo Podcast: The FBI and ICE are scanning millions of Americans’ faces — without their knowledge or consent

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Slate: Facebook’s Face-ID Database Could Be the Biggest in the World. Yes, It Should Worry Us.

Slate: Facebook’s Face-ID Database Could Be the Biggest in the World. Yes, It Should Worry Us. by April Glaser: Every day, Facebook users upload hundreds of millions of photos to the social network. If they haven’t opted out, the software … Continue reading

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Casino.org: Gaming Venues May Scrutinize Biometric and Facial Monitoring of Patrons as Privacy Laws Enacted

Casino.org: Gaming Venues May Scrutinize Biometric and Facial Monitoring of Patrons as Privacy Laws Enacted by Ed Silverstein: Casinos could increasingly become part of a national debate on how to regulate and use biometric surveillance and related high-tech methods of … Continue reading

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Forbes: Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans

Forbes: Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans by Zak Doffman:

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NYTimes: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

NYTimes: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy by Thorin Klosowski: By making a few simple changes to your devices and accounts, you can maintain security against outside parties’ unwanted attempts to access your data as well as protect your privacy … Continue reading

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NYTimes: As Cameras Track Detroit’s Residents, a Debate Ensues Over Racial Bias

NYTimes: As Cameras Track Detroit’s Residents, a Debate Ensues Over Racial Bias by Amy Harmon: Studies have shown that facial recognition software can return more false matches for African-Americans than for white people, a sign of what experts call “algorithmic … Continue reading

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Reason: Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse?

Reason: Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse? by Ronald Bailey: State DMVs are building a vast national digital identification database for federal law enforcement.

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WaPo: DMV databases become part of unprecedented surveillance infrastructure: Facial recognition

WaPo: DMV databases become part of unprecedented surveillance infrastructure by Drew Harwell: The FBI and ICE have turned state driver’s license databases into a facial-recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds of millions of Americans’ photos without their knowledge or consent, … Continue reading

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