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Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

People are flocking to privacy tools online that block trackers following your every click, companies are hiring more privacy experts, and politicians are fighting for legislation to force companies to be more open about how they use your data.

While Cambridge Analytica was the biggest event, other privacy mistakes throughout the year continued to grow people’s concerns.

Full article: Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018 – CNET

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

The privacy warriors of the 1960s would have been astounded by what the tech industry has become. They would be more amazed to realize that the policy choices they made back then — to demand data transparency rather than limit data collection, and to legislate the behavior of government but not private industry — enabled today’s tech giants to become as large and powerful as they are.

Full article: Opinion | The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s – The New York Times

How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone

“Stalkerware” apps let abusers monitor their partner’s phones and track their locations—without them knowing.

Here are some things to know about how Stalkerware works and questions to ask yourself if you think someone may be tracking you.

Full article: How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone – Motherboard

Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy

Over the past two decades automated wildlife cameras—known as camera traps—have proven invaluable in ecological research and conservation management. Their sensitive motion detectors have enabled scientific surveys of rare or shy animals in dense forest and as a consequence have seen broader use around the world.

But camera traps frequently take pictures of people as well as wildlife. This has important implications for privacy and human rights and may ultimately undermine conservation goals.

Source: Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy | Ars Technica

Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

Crypto is in the news for the recent hacks and breaches, becoming the favorite currency of cybercriminals. This article examines what is actually going on, the fundamentals of security and what the crypto-community is actually doing to prevent hacks and surveillance.

Full article: Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

This AI can search for people by height, gender, and clothing in surveillance videos

A team of AI researchers from India developed a tool to search for people in surveillance footage by height, clothing color, and gender. It’s like a search engine that can find people in a video.

The scientists used deep learning to train a convolutional neural network how to recognize certain human features, called soft biometrics, using computer vision. Basically, you can tell this AI some details about the person you’re looking for and it’ll scour whatever video you give it.

Full article: This AI can search for people by height, gender, and clothing in surveillance videos

First GDPR fine issued by Austrian data protection regulator

Austrian Data Protection Authority (“DSB”) has issued a fine against an entrepreneur for violations of the GDPR. The entrepreneur had installed a CCTV camera in front of his establishment that also recorded a large part of the sidewalk. The DSB found this act to be in violation of the GDPR, as large-scale monitoring of public spaces is not permitted under the GDPR. Apparently the camera was also not sufficiently marked as conducting video surveillance, meaning that the applicable transparency obligations had not been fulfilled.

The amount of the fine, however, was quite moderate: EUR 4,800. According to the deputy director of the DSB, fines should be proportionate – e.g. a controller with an annual income of, for example, EUR 40,000 is unlikely to receive a EUR 20 million fine from the DSB.

Source: First GDPR fine issued by Austrian data protection regulator, Gernot Fritz

Lifting the Cloak of Secrecy From NYPD Surveillance Technology

For too long, the New York Police Department has secretly deployed cutting-edge spy tech, without notice to the public. Many of these snooping devices invade our privacy, deter our free speech, and disparately burden minority and immigrant communities. Fortunately, a proposed ordinance (“the POST Act”) would lift the cloak of secrecy, and help the people of New York City better control police surveillance technology.

Source: Lifting the Cloak of Secrecy From NYPD Surveillance Technology | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Police super-database prompts Liberty warning on privacy

A new super-database being built for the UK police represents a “grave” risk to privacy, a leading human rights group has said. Liberty claims the government is glossing over concerns that the database, the largest built for British law enforcement, threatens civil liberties.

Source: Police super-database prompts Liberty warning on privacy

UK intelligence agencies illegally spied on Privacy International

UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ violated the law by collecting and examining data of human rights group Privacy International. The data was collected as part of two mass surveillance programmes called Bulk Communications Data and Bulk Personal Datasets.

Source: UK intelligence agencies illegally spied on privacy organisation | UK News | Al Jazeera

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