Category Archives for "Technology"

Is your company part of the GDPR ‘mobile loophole’?

Europe is leading the way in privacy protection with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). But most companies are not focused on what it means for their mobile workers. Personal mobile devices, which often contain corporate data from being connected/synced to back office systems, and including data about individuals, are subject to the same regulations and restrictions of GDPR as larger systems (e.g., PCs and servers).

Source: Is your company part of the GDPR ‘mobile loophole’? | Computerworld

Facebook releases new privacy safeguards after ceding to pressure from advertisers

Facebook is installing new controls it says will better inform its members about the way companies are targeting them with advertising, the latest step to quell a public outcry over the company’s mishandling of user data.

Source: Facebook releases new privacy safeguards after ceding to pressure from advertisers | Reuters

How GDPR changes use of Browser Fingerprinting and Web Trackers

Browser fingerprinting is on a collision course with privacy regulations. Compared to more well-known tracking “cookies,” browser fingerprinting is trickier for users and browser extensions to combat: websites can do it without detection, and it’s very difficult to modify browsers so that they are less vulnerable to it. As cookies have become more visible and easier to block, companies have been increasingly tempted to turn to sneakier fingerprinting techniques.

But companies also have to obey the law. And for residents of the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force on May 25th, is intended to cover exactly this kind of covert data collection. The EU has also begun the process of updating its ePrivacy Directive, best known for its mandate that websites must warn you about any cookies they are using.

Read article: The GDPR and Browser Fingerprinting: How It Changes the Game for the Sneakiest Web Trackers

Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data

The new features come as internet companies such as Google and Facebook are facing a global backlash around their handling of personal data. Europe’s tougher privacy laws recently went into effect, and advertising-dependent internet companies are hoping to take just enough steps to persuade regulators not to go further.

Source: Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data | VentureBeat

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

Apple is closing a technological loophole that let authorities hack into locked iPhones, infuriating law enforcement officials and reigniting a debate over security versus privacy.

Source: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices – The New York Times

Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights

Legal experts say internet-connected smart speakers are the latest example of how technology and devices endear themselves to consumers before they realize the downsides.

The devices are supposed to begin recording the conversation only in response to “wake words” — like “Alexa” (for the Echo), “OK Google” (for the Google Home) and “Hey Siri” (for Apple’s HomePod). But they may be able to hear background conversations while activated.

Source: Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights – SFChronicle.com

London cops’ facial recognition doesn’t work

London cops’ facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the UK capital’s police force has made no arrests using it. Police’s automated facial recognition (AFR) technology has a 98 per cent false positive rate.

Source: Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops’ facial recog tech slammed • The Register

This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports.

Source: This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

UK’s police warns tech companies on use of encryption

The encryption technology that keeps smartphone users’ private messages safe could be regulated by the government because it is sometimes used by terrorists, the senior inspector overseeing the UK’s police forces has claimed.

Firms responsible for instant messaging apps are “making life easier for terrorists, paedophiles and organised criminals” while frustrating law enforcement by locking out the police, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary said.

Source: Tech companies are bringing regulation on themselves by using encryption, warns UK’s top police watchdog | The Independent

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