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Targeted ads are one of the world's most destructive trends. Here's why | Arwa Mahdawi ... - 0 views

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    "It has led to a proliferation of fake news and clickbait. It has fuelled surveillance capitalism and normalised pervasive tracking and data-mining. If we want to do something about the proliferation of misinformation and erosion of trust in traditional institutions, it is not enough to regulate or factcheck political adverts. We need to crack down on the use of personal information for all targeted advertising. Otherwise democracy will continue to erode, one highly optimised click at a time."
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The debate over Facebook's political ads ignores 90% of its global users | Julia Carrie... - 0 views

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    "The paradox here is that Facebook is more accountable to US lawmakers and reporters than it is to any other country's. It is incumbent on American politicians and the American press to keep this in mind - and push Facebook to answer questions about how its policies will apply to the vast majority of its users."
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Obsessed fan finds Japanese idol's home by zooming in on her eyes, Asia, Digital News -... - 0 views

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    "Japanese idol Ena Matsuoka was attacked outside her home last month after a fan figured out her address from selfies she posted on social media - just by zooming in on the reflection on her pupils, according to media reports."
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Google might scan your face and give you a $5 gift card for it - TechSpot - 0 views

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    ""I don't really care about data privacy because I think it's all an illusion anyway." It's interesting to see how this encounter also reflects the general behavior of a majority of people when it comes to privacy. Although user data has long been a gold mine for companies, would it be more acceptable if they started paying their users in exchange for it?"
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You have the right to remain encrypted / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Encryption is the digital lock which gives us the security to trust our financial data and inner-most thoughts to the cloud, and without which everything, and I mean everything, in our digital lives might be exposed. "
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'Anonymised' data can never be totally anonymous, says study | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""Anonymised" data lies at the core of everything from modern medical research to personalised recommendations and modern AI techniques. Unfortunately, according to a paper, successfully anonymising data is practically impossible for any complex dataset."
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The Glass Room - 0 views

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    "And if your password can be reverse-engineered to reveal something about you or others like you, how safe or unique is it really."
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Vulnerabilities in GPS fleet-tracking tools let attackers track and immobilize cars en ... - 0 views

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    "L&M used a credential stuffing attack: using email addresses gleaned from massive breaches to gain access by repeatedly trying different email/password combinations."
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Ethics committee raises alarm over 'predictive policing' tool | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Amid mounting financial pressure, at least a dozen police forces are using or considering predictive analytics, despite warnings from campaigners that use of algorithms and "predictive policing" models risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system."
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Why Targeted Ads Are a Serious Threat to Your Privacy - 0 views

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    "Data collection is a prerequisite to delivering targeted ads, so their use will inherently stir up privacy concerns. Ad companies are incentivized to collect and share as much data as they can, with safeguarding this information only a secondary issue at best. Breaches are a concern largely because of the potential fallout to a company's brand."
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Your next car could have a built-in road-rage detector - 0 views

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    "Affectiva is running a program that pays drivers to help train its emotion-recognition system. The company sends drivers a kit including cameras and other sensors to place within their vehicles. These record a person's facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice on the road. That data is then labeled by trained specialists for a range of emotions, and fed into deep neural networks."
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Leaked Chinese database of 1.8 million women includes a field indicating whether they a... - 0 views

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    " discovered an insecure Chinese database of 1.8 million women, aged 15-39"
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Major vulnerability in 5G means that anyone with $500 worth of gear can spy on a wide a... - 0 views

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    "That's why it was so important that the new 5G mobile protocol be designed to foil IMSI catchers, and why the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, or 3GPP (the body standardizing 5G) updated the Authentication and Key Agreement (AKA) to resist IMSI catching techniques."
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Dutch surgeon wins landmark 'right to be forgotten' case | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling. The doctor's registration on the register of healthcare professionals was initially suspended by a disciplinary panel because of her postoperative care of a patient. After an appeal, this was changed to a conditional suspension under which she was allowed to continue to practise."
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To Measure Your Stress Level, Scientists Can Analyze Your Eyes - 0 views

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    How long before this is used without our knowledge in facial recognition systems? "Through the use of the data from this lab study and a formula Kim and Yang applied called "fractal dimension," Kim and Yang discovered a negative relationship between the fractal dimension of pupil dilation and a person's workload, showing that pupil dilation could be used to indicate the mental workload of a person in a multitasking environment."
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Generation AI: What happens when your child's friend is an AI toy that talks back? | Wo... - 0 views

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    "If that data is collected, does the child have a right to get it back? If that data is collected from very early childhood and does not belong to the child, does it make the child extra vulnerable because his or her choices and patterns of behaviour could be known to anyone who purchases the data, for example, companies or political campaigns. Depending on the privacy laws of the state in which the toys are being used, if the data is collected and kept, it breaches Article 16 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - the right to privacy. (Though, of course, arguably this is something parents routinely do by posting pictures of their children on Facebook). "
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Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here's how | John Harris | Opinion | The... - 0 views

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    "Blockchain technology has also opened the way to new models whereby endless micropayments can be made in return for particular online services or content; and, if people voluntarily allow elements of their data to be used, rewards can flow the other way. Here perhaps lies the key to a system beyond the current, Google-led model, in which services appear to be free but the letting-go of personal data is the actual price."
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