Tag: surveillance

Dragonfly memo details Google’s tracking measures for Chinese search engine

Google’s plans for a Chinese search and news service, known internally as Dragonfly, continue to leak and create controversy. In August, it was revealed that Google would soon reenter the Chinese marketplace, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied, calling it “an exploration stage.” Then on Sept. 14th, it was reported that Google would track users using their […]

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Sydney airport detains software developer Nathan Hague, seize devices, crack passwords, grab his files: Reports

British-Australian I.T. developer Nathan Hague was traveling through Australia’s Sydney airport when authorities forcibly detained him and seized his devices, according to reports. Hague says his laptop password was cracked, and his digital files were accessed by Border Force officers. He also believes software was installed on his phone, but the Australian Border Force said […]

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Calgary malls caught secretly using facial recognition to characterise shoppers’ age and gender

Calgary’s Chinook Centre and Market Mall — operated by Cadillac Fairview — have been caught running background software that analysed the footage from the CCTVs in the malls’ electronic directories to guess at the age and gender of visitors, without consent or notification. The discovery was made when a visitor to Chinook Centre […]

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Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops

The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]

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What we know about Maryland’s controversial facial recognition database

When police had difficulty identifying the man who they believed opened fire on a newsroom in Maryland, killing five people, they turned to one of the most controversial yet potent tools in the state’s law enforcement arsenal. As the New York Times reports, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare’s department failed to ID its […]

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Microsoft’s facial recognition just got better at identifying people with dark skin

Microsoft’s facial recognition tools just made some significant technological strides, though the timing probably couldn’t be worse. On Tuesday, the company revealed in a blog post that its Face API, part of Azure Cognitive Services, can now identify men and women with darker skin far more successfully than previous iterations of the technology. The updates […]

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AI Guardsman uses computer vision to spot shoplifters

Have a nagging feeling that someone — or something — is watching you? Chances are it’s a camera. Cities around the world employ computer vision-enabled CCTV to monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic. And in the near future, brick-and-mortar stores might use them to nab shoplifters. Japanese telecom company NTT East teamed up with tech startup […]

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City of Orlando did not renew surveillance partnership with Amazon

Orlando is just one of a handful of cities across the country that is using or is thinking about using Rekognition for surveillance purposes. Amazon had been targeting cities and marketing this tool to law enforcement agencies nationwide.Image: John Raoux/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Diamond Naga Siu2018-06-25 22:23:16 UTC The City of Orlando is no longer using Amazon […]

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AT&T collaborates on NSA spying through a web of secretive buildings in the U.S.

A new report from the Intercept sheds light on the NSA’s close relationship with communications provider AT&T. The Intercept identified eight facilities across the U.S. that function as hubs for AT&T’s efforts to collaborate with the intelligence agency. The site first identified one potential hub of this kind in 2017 in lower Manhattan. The report […]

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ACLU petitions Amazon to stop selling surveillance technology to the government

The American Civil Liberties Union is delivering a petition to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters today with more than 150,000 signatures. They are requesting for Amazon to stop providing the government with facial recognition technology. “Amazon has entered the surveillance business, and they’re selling to the government,” reads the online ACLU petition, which has nearly 60,000 signatures […]

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Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you

It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a new paper published today. But, […]

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