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CNIL Details Rules On Audience and Traffic Measuring In Publicly Accessible Areas

On October 17, 2018, the French data protection authority (the “CNIL”) published a press release detailing the rules applicable to devices that compile aggregated and anonymous statistics from personal data—for example, mobile phone identifiers ( i.e. , media access control or “MAC” address) —for purposes such as measuring advertising audience in a given space and analyzing flow in shopping malls and other public areas.

Full article: CNIL Details Rules On Audience and Traffic Measuring In Publicly Accessible Areas

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

A series of research projects, patent filings, and policy changes indicate that the Pentagon wants to use social media surveillance to quell domestic insurrection and rebellion.

The United States government is accelerating efforts to monitor social media to preempt major anti-government protests in the US, according to scientific research, official government documents, and patent filings reviewed by Motherboard. The social media posts of American citizens who don’t like President Donald Trump are the focus of the latest US military-funded research.

Source: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance – Motherboard

Robotic Security Forces On Patrol Prompt Privacy Concerns

The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State area. The robotic protectors can see what you’re doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns.

Full article: Robotic Security Forces On Patrol Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some « CBS New York

Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them

Companies that cater to app makers have found ways to game both iOS and Android, enabling them to figure out which users have uninstalled a given piece of software lately—and making it easy to pelt the departed with ads aimed at winning them back.

Full article: Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them – Bloomberg

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

‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything

When you go into the privacy settings on your browser, there’s a little option there to turn on the “Do Not Track” function, which will send an invisible request on your behalf to all the websites you visit telling them not to track you. A reasonable person might think that enabling it will stop a porn site from keeping track of what she watches, or keep Facebook from collecting the addresses of all the places she visits on the internet, or prevent third-party trackers she’s never heard of from following her from site to site. However, the vast majority of sites ignore it.

Source: ‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything

What does Google know about you?

Google first began as the helpful search engine which endeavored to index the entire web. As the company grew, it moved into other online content areas, including the popular webmail offering, Gmail, the online office suite Google Documents, as well as personal cloud storage courtesy of Google Drive, navigation with Google Maps, and Android OS.

With so many avenues for data collection, Google rapidly acquired a good deal of information on each user. This begs the question: what is the company doing with all this data?

Full article: What does Google know about you? | TechRadar

Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

There are many resources to limit your exposure to threats on the internet. There are countless ways to control what sites can see about you and your internet behavior. As with most things, it’s impossible to be 100% safe, but by installing a few browser extensions and making some safer choices, you can be more confident about your privacy.

Full article: Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

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

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