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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Almost 40 million people around the world have contracted Covid-19 and more than a million have died from the virus. The devastation has rippled even further, thanks to a global recession and rising political unrest. And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to […]

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Amazon’s Latest Gimmicks Are Pushing the Limits of Privacy

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Additionally, while companies like Apple and Samsung have brought biometric fingerprint and face scanners to the masses by making sure the data never leaves the device, Amazon One takes the opposite approach. Kumar writes that “palm images are never stored” on Amazon One itself. Instead they are encrypted and sent to a special high security […]

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How Google’s Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

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Google has infused its so-called Smart Reply feature, which uses machine learning to suggest words and sentences you may want to type next, into various email products for the past several years. But with Android 11, those contextual nudges—including emojis and stickers—are built directly into Gboard, Google’s popular keyboard app. They can follow you everywhere […]

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CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

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This year, many people braved the risk of coronavirus infection to protest police brutality in Black neighborhoods, but physical violence isn’t the only way law enforcement can harm marginalized and minority communities: Hacker Matt Mitchell wants us to pay attention to digital policing, too. He argues that marginalized communities have become a test bed for […]

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Porn Sites Still Won’t Take Down Nonconsensual Deepfakes

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Hundreds of explicit deepfake videos featuring female celebrities, actresses, and musicians are being uploaded to the world’s biggest pornography websites every month, new analysis shows. The nonconsensual videos rack up millions of views, and porn companies are still failing to remove them from their websites. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. Up […]

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How to Protect the Data on Your Laptop

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It’s likely that your whole life is on your laptop: your financial records, your plans for the future, your entire photo and video library, your company’s sales reports, and so on and so on. What you don’t want is anyone else gaining unauthorized access to it, or more importantly, to all that data. The good […]

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How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

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Depending on your income, there’s a good chance you can file your taxes online for free. Over the years, however, a handful of tax prep companies have misled millions of consumers by hiding this option on their websites. That’s according to a recent report from New York’s Department of Financial Services, as well as a […]

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9 Apps to Boost Your Phone’s Security and Privacy

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Obviously you’re going to need more than one device here—one to do the video recording and another to watch the feed from wherever you happen to be—but Alfred offers all the features you’ll need, including motion detection, two-way audio, and a built-in siren. Alfred Home Security Camera for Android and iOS (Freemium) Twilio Authy You […]

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How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices

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Recently, sites like Facebook and Twitter have begun to give their users more fine-grained control of their privacy on the website. Facebook’s newly rolled out Privacy Checkup, for instance, guides you through a series of choices with brightly colored illustrations. But Gray notes that the defaults are often set with less privacy in mind, and […]