News Clips Victory in Portland: Facial recognition banned!

Victory in Portland: Facial recognition banned!

Last night, Portland’s City Council passed a sweeping ban on facial recognition technology. Unlike Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and Boston, Portland’s law bans not just government use of the technology, but private companies as well. As pointed out in the ordinance, “Oregon state law only prohibits its use by law-enforcement agencies obtained through the use …

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News Clips U.S. Court: NSA spying program was illegal

U.S. Court: NSA spying program was illegal

File this one in the “too little, too late” bin: A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the NSA’s metadata bulk collection program was a violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

News Clips Instagram Lied and Kept Your “Deleted” Photos Around

Instagram Lied and Kept Your “Deleted” Photos Around

There’s an old saying that if you put something on the Internet, it’s out there forever. Even if you delete it or bury it to page 20 of Google results, someone’s got a copy of it.

News Clips “Over 2,400 Police Agencies” use Intrusive Clearview AI Facial Recognition System

“Over 2,400 Police Agencies” use Intrusive Clearview AI Facial Recognition System

First of all, I need to get this out of the way: Shame on you, Jason Calacanis. According to The Verge: The interview was taped in May, but Calacanis didn’t release it until today. That’s because it took place the morning after George Floyd was killed by police. “Once the protests started in America, and …

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News Clips Upcoming iOS 14 Changes Have Facebook in a Panic

Upcoming iOS 14 Changes Have Facebook in a Panic

Apple’s new iOS 14 upgrade should be out sometime in September, and some of its new privacy features have Facebook worrying about its own business. Remember, Facebook is not in the business of being a social network. We don’t pay to use the service. Instead, like Google, it’s in the business of mining data and …

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News Clips The Intercept: How Cops Can Secretly Track Your Phone

The Intercept: How Cops Can Secretly Track Your Phone

Kim Zetter writes a fantastic article in The Intercept about Stingrays, Dirtboxes and how law enforcement use these technologies to spy on cell phone usage. While there isn’t a lot of new technical information, it’s worth reading and reviewing as a guide to how local and federal agencies use the technology. Stingrays have been used …

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News Clips Researchers find over 1,000 phrases that Siri, Cortana, Alexa & Google Home misunderstand

Researchers find over 1,000 phrases that Siri, Cortana, Alexa & Google Home misunderstand

Via Ars Technica In all, researchers uncovered more than 1,000 word sequences—including those from Game of Thrones, Modern Family, House of Cards, and news broadcasts—that incorrectly trigger the devices. This is one of the many reasons I will never have one of these devices in my home. The devices have to always be listening in …

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News Clips TikTok was looking at your clipboard – and you didn’t know it.

TikTok was looking at your clipboard – and you didn’t know it.

Via MacRumors With the next version of iOS, the operating system that runs the iPhone, Apple has added a feature to show you when an application is using your clipboard. Quickly, users who have been testing iOS 14 saw that the popular social media video app TikTok was grabbing their clipboard data very, very frequently. …

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