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Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

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As facial recognition technologies have evolved from fledgling projects into powerful software platforms, researchers and civil liberties advocates have been issuing warnings about the potential for privacy erosions. Those mounting fears came to a head Wednesday in Congress. Alarms over facial recognition had already gained urgency in recent years, as studies have shown that the […]

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We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

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A decade ago, Amazon abruptly deleted copies of George Orwell’s 1984 from the Kindles of its American customers. The move instantly evoked the “memory holes” in the novel’s totalitarian dystopia, and it inspired about equal measures of shock, outrage, and jokes. (If a fictional Amazon in a dystopian novel had performed the same mass deletion, […]

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The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

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A stark reality keeps confronting us: Terrible things are being done in the world. The darkest impulses of some people are honed and polished on the internet, in secret. Then those impulses are visited upon us, in violent and sickening ways. One of the most recent such tragedies, as I write, happened in Christchurch, New […]

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Google I/O 2019: Google Loosens Its Grip on Hoarding Your Data

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Google put security and privacy features front and center as it kicked off this year’s I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday. The company went so far as to say that “security and privacy are the central theme” of its upcoming Android Q release. But let’s say you want to take some control […]

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How to Limit How Long Google Keeps Your Data

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Google put security and privacy features front and center as it kicked off this year’s I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday. The company went so far as to say that “security and privacy are the central theme” of its upcoming Android Q release. But let’s say you want to take some control […]

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Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

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Researchers at the cybersecurity firm UpGuard have discovered two troves of unprotected Facebook user data sitting on Amazon’s servers, exposing hundreds of millions of records about users, including their names, passwords, comments, interests, and likes. The data sets had been uploaded to Amazon’s cloud system by two different Facebook app developers. This is just the […]

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Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

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Over the last year, Eva Galperin says she’s learned the signs: the survivors of domestic abuse who come to her describing how their tormentors seem to know everyone they’ve called, texted, and even what they discussed in their most private conversations. How their abusers seem to know where they’ve been and sometimes even turn up […]

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How Zello Became a Lifeline for Venezuelans Under Maduro

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Even when María sleeps, she hears the voices. One at a time, they speak of chaos, hunger, confusion. As she dreams, she hears a familiar voice explain where you can still find certain medicines. This is the latest news from the US, says another. Run, run south right now, someone warns as calmly as they […]