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When malware turns artificial intelligence into a weapon

AI can be used to automatically detect and combat malware — but this does not mean hackers can also use it to their advantage. Cybersecurity, in a world full of networked systems, data collection, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobility, has become a race between white hats and threat actors.

Read article: DeepLocker: When malware turns artificial intelligence into a weapon – TechRepublic

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

Internet-connected home devices that are marketed as the newest conveniences are also being used to harass, monitor and control. Abusers — using apps on their smartphones, which are connected to the internet-enabled devices — would remotely control everyday objects in the home, sometimes to watch and listen, other times to scare or show power. Victims feel like they are loosing their home.

The gadgets can be disabled through reset buttons and changing a home’s Wi-Fi password, but their makers said there was no catchall fix. Making it easy for people to switch who controls the account of a smart home product can inadvertently also make access to the systems easier for criminal hackers.

Source: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse – The New York Times

Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights

Legal experts say internet-connected smart speakers are the latest example of how technology and devices endear themselves to consumers before they realize the downsides.

The devices are supposed to begin recording the conversation only in response to “wake words” — like “Alexa” (for the Echo), “OK Google” (for the Google Home) and “Hey Siri” (for Apple’s HomePod). But they may be able to hear background conversations while activated.

Source: Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights – SFChronicle.com

Sidewalk Toronto commits to Privacy by Design principles amid citizen concerns

Members of the Sidewalk Toronto team echoed the principles of Privacy by Design, the framework of Ryerson University’s expert in residence Ann Cavoukian.

The former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario is an adviser to the project’s privacy policy development as it works through a lengthy public consultation phase for a project that is in many ways the first smart city development of its kind.

Source: Sidewalk Toronto commits to Privacy by Design principles amid citizen concerns | IT World Canada News

EU: data-harvesting tech firms are ‘sweatshops of connected world’

The European data protection supervisor has hit out at social media and tech firms over the recent constant stream of privacy policy emails in the run up to GDPR, calling them them the “sweatshops of the connected world”.

“The most recent [Facebook] scandal has served to expose a broken and unbalanced ecosystem reliant on unscrupulous personal data collection and micro-targeting for whatever purposes promise to generate clicks and revenues.”

Source: EU: data-harvesting tech firms are ‘sweatshops of connected world’ | Technology | The Guardian

Advisory group releases IoT safety and design risk toolkit

Hundreds of initiatives have been launched over the past several years to tackle the issue of internet-of-things security in the design phase for devices. AgeLight Advisory Group Managing Director Craig Spiezle spent the time to review more than 1,500 documents to see what those initiatives hoped to achieve.

AgeLight has released the fruits of Spiezle’s work in the form of the IoT Safety and Trust Design Architecture and Risk Toolkit. The toolkit seeks to achieve three primary goals: to guide and drive industry into self-regulation, to promote high-value privacy and security practices, and to deliver trustworthy devices to the marketplace.

Source: Advisory group releases IoT safety and design risk toolkit

Amazon Partnership with British Police Alarms Privacy Advocates

Police in Lancashire, a county in northwest England, have rolled out a program to broadcast crime updates, photos of wanted and missing people, and safety notifications to Amazon Echo owners.

Since February, the free app has been available to those using Alexa, a cloud-based voice assistant hooked up to the Echo smart speaker. The first of its kind in the U.K., the program was developed by the police force’s innovations manager in a partnership with Amazon developers.

Source: Amazon Partnership with British Police Alarms Privacy Advocates

EU e-privacy proposal risks breaking ‘Internet of Things’

The ‘Internet of Things’ – smart devices that transmit data over a network – offer myriad benefits to European society, from helping people keep track of their fitness and providing drivers with live traffic information, to monitoring air quality and automating homes and factories.

But the forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation could throw sand in the gears of such progress by unnecessarily regulating Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Source: EU e-privacy proposal risks breaking ‘Internet of Things’

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