The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.
In my book Data and Goliath, I write about the value of privacy. I talk about how it is essential for political liberty and justice, and for commercial fairness and equality. I talk about how it increases personal freedom and individual autonomy, and how the lack of it makes us all less secure. But this is probably the most important argument as to why society as a whole must protect privacy: it allows society to progress.We know that surveillance has a chilling effect on freedom. People change their behavior when they live their lives under surveillance. They are less likely to speak freely and act individually. They self-censor. They become conformist. This is obviously true for government surveillance, but is true for corporate surveillance as well. We simply aren't as willing to be our individual selves when others are watching.
Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.
After a non-profit watchdog ran a test that revealed some potentially biased mismatches, lawmakers and congress members are now submitting letters demanding Amazon's facial recognition tech be put on hold until further review.
A letter asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial-recognition has now been signed by over 100 employees, including some senior engineers, sources told Business Insider. The protest by Amazon employees follows similar revolts at Microsoft and Google.
Surveillance cameras monitored by the police have become a ubiquitous presence in many cities. In Newark, anyone with internet access is allowed to watch.
In the age of Alexa, new questions arise about how your smart devices could be used by police.
A new report details the Los Angeles Police Department's use of algorithms to identify "hot spots" and "chronic offenders" and target them for surveillance.
Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees on the production line, the military and at the helm of high-speed trains
Imagine a world where everything you ever do or say is watched and rated by invisible eyes.
That’s why the only good system is an agnostic one, built with checks and balances to crush any group that tries to seize it for their own dark designs. That’s the reason I stand behind decentralized systems, so no one power can force-feed their warped ideology down everyone’s throats. Even if a system is built by the most enlightened men and women who ever walked the face of the Earth eventually someone with very different desires will come to power. And they will find every way to exploit the weaknesses of any poorly designed system for their own advantages.
Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens.
How does your web browser know your location down to a few meters, even if you're not using GPS?
Researchers from Princeton University have discovered a new way to accurately track you— even if you turn your GPS location off.
The USA Liberty Act would extend FISA section 702 which permits the Feds to spy on your electronic communications activities without a warrant. Section 702 is scheduled to sunset at year-end. Instruct your reps to let that happen.
New AI tools could empower the government to violate our civil liberties.
It's time to rein in warrantless domestic surveillance before it's too late.
The Seattle City Council today adopted legislation to takes an important first step towards bringing transparency and accountability to the City’s acquisition of surveillance technology.
A security vulnerability that can be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a “huge threat to freedom of speech” and warned it could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users who believe their messages to be secure.