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How Facebook’s Anti-Revenge Porn Tools Failed Katie Hill

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Twitter declined to provide any comment, and instead pointed me to the company’s nonconsensual nudity policy. The original DailyMail.com tweet—nude photo, shortened link, and all—remains online, with 1,500 retweets and 2,300 likes. “What we know about the viral nature of especially salacious material is that by the time you take it down three days, four […]

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How to Lock Down Your Health and Fitness Data

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Unlike Apple Health, you can uninstall Google Fit from your phone if you want to make sure it’s not collecting any data on you. If you’re logging data from a connected Wear OS smartwatch and want to stop this from happening, meanwhile, open the Fit app, scroll down to Settings, then tap Sign out. Fitbit […]

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The Brave Browser Extends Its Payouts to iOS

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In 2016, Brendan Eich, the controversial creator of the JavaScript programming language and cofounder and former CTO of Mozilla, announced the launch of a new browser called Brave. The pitch was simple but ambitious: Brave would block invasive ads and tracking scripts, but it would also show its own, privacy-friendly ads in their place. And […]

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Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince on the Struggles of Policing the Web

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For years, the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare maintained that as a sort of internet utility—providing speed, reliability, and security services to sites around the world—it had no role in moderating content online. But more recently, Cloudflare has stoked controversy by removing support, first for the white supremacist site the Daily Stormer in August 2017 and […]

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How to Opt Out of the Sites That Sell Your Personal Data

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Your personal data is valuable to marketers, which is why so many companies have details about you on their books—all of which can be used to target you with advertising, or to find out where you live and work, or even to steal your identity for fraudulent purposes. The good news is that it’s possible […]

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How to Keep Your Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant Voice Recordings Private

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After months of revelations and apologies, all the major smart assistant makers have revamped how they handle human review of audio snippets. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Microsoft Cortana were all using third-party contractors to transcribe and vet recorded snippets, adding some human brain power to underlying machine-learning algorithms. But the backlash over […]

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Why Keybase Doesn’t Offer Two Factor Authentication

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When you think of online security, hopefully by now two-factor authentication springs to mind. WIRED certainly pushes the feature every chance we get. And for good reason! It’s a solid protection against common web attacks like phishing and credential stuffing. But when Chris Coyne and Max Krohn, who previously cofounded OKCupid, launched their own digital […]

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Can License Plate Readers Really Reduce Crime?

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Both Flock Safety and Ring have worked with law enforcement, and the latter’s relationships with hundreds of police departments across the country, in particular, has drawn scrutiny from civil liberties groups and others. Advances in surveillance technology have spurred an ongoing debate over privacy and security, and whether individual trade-offs are justified in the name […]

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In Hong Kong, Which Side Is Technology On?

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It was a sweltering August Saturday in Hong Kong, and the authorities had just shut down one of the most important technologies in the city: the MTR, Hong Kong’s uber-efficient subway system. So the protesters walked. The demonstrators were in their 12th week of continuous action; they’d been marching, singing, occupying streets, forming human chains, […]

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At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

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The Outback pilot is still in early stages, but Suri sees broad potential in Presto Vision. The software has the potential to detect things like when a guest’s drink is almost empty, he says as an example, and prompt servers to offer them a refill. But even without those fancy features, Presto Vision is likely […]