fbpx

Free tools and resources for Data Protection Officers!

Category Archives for "Surveillance"

China camera apps may open up user data to Beijing government requests

In the wake of growing global concerns over internet privacy and security protection, cybersecurity experts say Chinese companies cannot deny the government if asked for data.

China’s mobile programs count hundreds of millions of active users, but their capacity to ensure privacy remains a matter of debate — especially since there’s less of an emphasis on that factor at home.

Source: China camera apps may open up user data to Beijing government requests

New bill could ban facial recognition in public housing

The No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act is expected to be introduced this week. The bill would prohibit the use of facial recognition technology in public housing units that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The proposed bills follows after tenants in Brooklyn filed a legal opposition to their landlord’s application to install a facial recognition entry system. The tenants argued that the use of facial recognition technology was an excessive invasion of privacy.

Source: New bill could ban facial recognition in public housing

Soon, satellites will be able to watch you everywhere all the time

Every year, commercially available satellite images are becoming sharper and taken more frequently.

Privacy advocates warn that innovation in satellite imagery is outpacing the US government’s (to say nothing of the rest of the world’s) ability to regulate the technology. Unless we impose stricter limits now, they say, one day everyone from ad companies to suspicious spouses to terrorist organizations will have access to tools previously reserved for government spy agencies. Which would mean that at any given moment, anyone could be watching anyone else.

Full article: Soon, satellites will be able to watch you everywhere all the time – MIT Technology Review

This jewelry is a shield against face recognition

For now, it’s an art project, not a product—but it’s a powerful and stylish one.

Nowak’s design must be molded to the wearer’s face to be effective, so she currently has no plans to mass-produce what she considers to be a conceptual work of art rather than a product.

Full article: This jewelry is a shield against face recognition

Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is way less private than you think

Google Chrome 76 is limiting how you can be tracked in its Incognito Mode. But that doesn’t mean you’re not being tracked at all.

Despite the long-known fact that Incognito isn’t truly anonymous, new research has re-emphasised that Google and other web browsers are still tracking you in privacy mode, even on the most sensitive of sites.

Full article: Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is way less private than you think | WIRED UK

Automated facial recognition trials backed by UK home secretary

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to the police in their trials of facial recognition cameras.

The surveillance software, which is designed to help spot suspects in public spaces, has been trialled by several forces, including the Met.

Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the technology, which is the subject of a legal challenge.

Source: Automated facial recognition trials backed by home secretary – BBC News

Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

Facebook has been accused (again) of tracking user photos through hidden embedded codes.

As the social media giant finalizes the terms of its record $5 billion fine, continual privacy headlines will not help it move past the allegations of data misuse.

Source: Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Large databases, built with images from social networks and dating services, contain millions of pictures of people’s faces. Some are shared worldwide. There is no oversight of the data sets.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials employed facial recognition technology to scan motorists’ photos to identify undocumented immigrants. The F.B.I. also spent more than a decade using such systems to compare driver’s license and visa photos against the faces of suspected criminals.

Full article: Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face – The New York Times

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Palantir’s surveillance software has become a backbone of US law enforcement, particularly Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Palantir’s secret user manuals for law enforcement shows that with just the name of a person, law enforcement can use Palantir’s software to map that target’s family relationships, get their Social Security number, address, phone number, height, weight, and eye color. Add a license plate number, and Palantir’s system can often allow law enforcement to track where people have been during any period of time.

Source: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families | WIRED

Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

Policymakers and experts are now beginning to weigh how the government’s use of facial recognition should be regulated and constrained. A crackdown on how government agencies can use the technology needs to consider how companies do, too.

Full article: Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

>