Category Archives for "Technology"

The False Teeth of Chrome’s Ad Filter

Today Google launched a new version of its Chrome browser with what they call an “ad filter”— which means that it sometimes blocks ads but is not an “ad blocker.” EFF welcomes the elimination of the worst ad formats. But Google’s approach here is a band-aid response to the crisis of trust in advertising that leaves massive user privacy issues unaddressed.

Source: The False Teeth of Chrome’s Ad Filter.

Digital rights groups call for government to back away from encryption crackdown

Australian digital rights organisations have called for the data retention scheme to be suspended and for the government to back away from any move to undermine the use of encryption.

Source: Digital rights groups call for government to back away from encryption crackdown – Computerworld

Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties

Independent Oversight, Privacy Protections Are Needed San Francisco, California—Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today.

Source: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties, Disproportionately Affects People of Color: EFF Report

Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy

Riding the wave of a global push to comply with new privacy standards, a small Israeli company believes it can help you, and your face, stay anonymous in a hyper-connected world. The startup, called D-ID, says it has developed a “firewall” to block facial recognition, the ubiquitous technology that can now unlock smartphones, tag friends on Facebook, or help police pick out an individual hiding in a crowd.

Source: Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy

TheStreet and Seal Software to use AI for GDPR

Global financial news and services company, TheStreet, co-founded by TV stocks pundit, Jim Cramer, has broadened its relationship with legal AI pioneer, Seal Software, to leverage its capabilities for a broader range of contract analysis uses, as well as to help with GDPR compliance issues.

Source: TheStreet Expands Use of Seal Software, Also Uses For GDPR – Artificial Lawyer

Your smartphone location can be tracked – even if you’ve turned off the GPS

Religiously turning off location services may not save you from having your smartphone tracked: a group of IEEE researchers have demonstrated it’s possible to track mobes even when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off.

Source: Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you’ve turned off the GPS • The Register

French DPA publishes guidelines on connected vehicles

The compliance package has been elaborated in consultation with stakeholders from the automobile sector, businesses in the insurance and telecoms sectors, as well as public authorities, in order to constitute a sectorial reference framework and to ensure that car users enjoy transparency and control in relation to their data.

Source: Connected vehicles: a compliance package for a responsible use of data

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