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I never signed up for this! Privacy implications of email tracking

In this post I discuss a new paper that will appear at PETS 2018, authored by myself, Jeffrey Han, and Arvind Narayanan. What happens when you open an email and allow it to display embedded images and pixels? You may expect the sender to learn that you’ve read the email, and which device you used to read it.

Source: I never signed up for this! Privacy implications of email tracking

Apple’s FaceID – A Powerful Tool for Mass Spying?

Wired reported that, last Tuesday, Apple unveiled a new line of phones with one feature immediately falling under scrutiny: FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones. So why all the anxiety?

Source: Apple’s FaceID – A Powerful Tool for Mass Spying?

What’s New on Surveillance Self-Defense?

Since 2014, our digital security guide, Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD), has taught thousands of Internet users how to protect themselves from surveillance, with practical tutorials and advice on the best tools and expert-approved best practices.

Source: Security Education: What’s New on Surveillance Self-Defense

Don’t look now: Big brother is watching you from an NS billboard

Dutch railway company NS has admitted to allowing advertisers to use billboards fitted with cameras to monitor travellers’ attention to the boards. The admission came after indignant social media users complained about a ‘smart’ billboard on Amersfoort central station. It now transpires that Amsterdam central station has 35 digital billboards which register how many people look at the boards and for how long.

Source: Don’t look now: Big brother is watching you from an NS billboard – DutchNews.nl

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