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Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Apps are using ad-tracking ultrasonic tones – audio signals that your phone can hear, but you can’t – build up a profile about you: what you’ve seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you’ve visited. While this technology is still in its early stages of development, it’s becoming popular.

Source: Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Ability to dissent and to do it anonymously was central to fight for independence and founding of the United States. However, latest facial recognition technology, used to fight crime, may eliminate people’s ability to be anonymous. It tracks our body, not devices we use, and is able to identify us from far away and without us knowing it.

Source: You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance

Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, theAtlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

Source: The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance – CityLab

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events despite significant criticism against the technology from fans.

Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors. Cameras also will capture plus many more thousands of people in the Cardiff city center on UEFA Champions League match day.

Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any “persons of interest”.

Source: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

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