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Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance

Privacy campaigners bid to beat police facial recognition plans by wearing ‘dazzle’ makeup. Wearing makeup has long been seen as an act of defiance, from teenagers to New Romantics. Now that defiance has taken on a harder edge, as growing numbers of people use it to try to trick facial recognition systems.

Unlike fingerprinting and DNA testing, there are few restrictions on how police can use the new technology. And some of those who are concerned have decided to assert their right not to be put under surveillance with the perhaps unlikely weapon of makeup.

Source: Hiding in plain sight: activists don camouflage to beat Met surveillance | World news | The Guardian

Chicago police using controversial Clearview AI facial recognition tool that taps photos from Facebook, other sites

The Chicago Police Department is using a controversial facial recognition tool that allows investigators to search an image of unknown suspects to see if it matches a database of three billion photos lifted from websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — a technology privacy advocates say is so ripe for abuse that cops should stop using it immediately.

Critics say Clearview AI’s software is an invasive overreach because it grabs the photos without the consent of those pictured or even the websites that post them. But Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said facial recognition software like Clearview adds “jet fuel” to the department’s ability to identify and locate suspects.

Source: Clearview AI facial recognition: Chicago police using controversial tool that taps photos from Facebook, other sites – Chicago Sun-Times

Avast Is Going To Stop Selling Your Web Habits

Avast, one of the world’s biggest antivirus and security companies, announced plans to wind up its subsidiary Jumpshot after a privacy furor erupted over the last two months.

With 400 million users, the potential for privacy infringements was great. Data sold to companies like Google, Microsoft, Home Depot and many other companies included information about websites people visited, including porn sites and what specific videos they watched and more.

Source: Avast Is Going To Stop Selling Your Web Habits

Smart doorbell company Ring may be surveilling users through its app

The “Ring for Android” app shares user data including names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers and sensor data with a number of third-party trackers, the investigation found. At least four analytics and marketing companies receive such information from customer devices.

Every time a customer opens the Ring app, it sends information to Facebook about the user, including the time zone, device model, language preferences, screen resolution, and a unique identifier, the report found.

It also sends information to the data company AppsFlyer. MixPanel, a business analytics firm, receives the most information, including users’ full names, email addresses, device information such as operating system (OS) version and model, whether Bluetooth is enabled, and the number of Ring devices installed.

Source: Smart doorbell company Ring may be surveilling users through its app | Technology | The Guardian

Moscow rolls out live facial recognition system with an app to alert police

Moscow is the latest major city to introduce live facial recognition cameras to its streets, with Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announcing that the technology is operating “on a mass scale” earlier this month.

Moscow started trialing live facial recognition in 2017, using technology from Russian firm NtechLab to scan footage from the Russian capital’s network of 160,000 CCTV cameras. The company is best known for its FindFace software, which it launched in 2016 and let users match anyone in a picture to their profile on VK, known as Russia’s Facebook.

Moscow police will use the technology by creating watchlists of suspects they can search for on live camera footage. If a match is found, the police will be notified via NtechLab’s app.

Source: Moscow rolls out live facial recognition system with an app to alert police – The Verge

Facebook’s new privacy tool lets you manage how you’re tracked across the web

Mark Zuckerberg’s long-promised “Clear History” button is finally launched globally.

Facebook has been determined to give people privacy controls while they’re on the social network. On Tuesday, it rolled out a long-promised tool designed to give them control beyond the social network.

While it had slow rollouts around the world, starting last August, it should be available now to the 2.4 billion people who use Facebook every month, Zuckerberg said.

Source: Facebook’s new privacy tool lets you manage how you’re tracked across the web – CNET

London Police Will Deploy Live Facial Recognition Cameras

London’s Metropolitan Police announced Friday they would begin rolling out new facial recognition cameras, despite controversy.

The Metropolitan Police, the U.K.’s biggest police department with jurisdiction over most of London, announced Friday it would begin rolling out new “live facial recognition” cameras in London, making the capital one of the largest cities in the West to adopt the controversial technology.

Source: London Police Will Deploy Live Facial Recognition Cameras | Time

Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.

The documents show that the Avast antivirus program installed on a person’s computer collects data, and that its subsidiary Jumpshot repackages it into various different products that are then sold to many of the largest companies in the world.

Some clients paid millions of dollars for products that include a so-called “All Clicks Feed,” which can track user behavior, clicks, and movement across websites in highly precise detail.

Source: Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data – VICE

London police to deploy live facial recognition cameras

The Metropolitan police has announced that it will begin the operational use of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) technology.

The cameras will be linked to a database of suspects, to which if the system detects someone an alert is generated, and ff the system detects someone who is not on the database their information will not be saved.

Source: #Privacy: Metropolitan police to deploy facial recognition cameras

Lawmakers introduce bill to restrict NSA surveillance

A bipartisan coalition of US lawmakers have introduced a new bill that would protect Americans’ rights against unnecessary government surveillance.

The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, introduced by US Senator Roy Wyden, D-Ore, will reform section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and prevent abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Source: #Privacy: Lawmakers introduce bill to restrict NSA surveillance

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