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Google records your location even when you tell it not to | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you've been. Google's support page on the subject states: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." That isn't true. Even with "location history" paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking."
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Google loses landmark 'right to be forgotten' case | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""Before anyone meets a new person these days they Google them," Tomlinson said. He added that many people engaged in misdeeds when they were young and if the misdeeds were constantly brought to the attention of others then they would permanently have a negative effect."
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Google's AI knows when a stranger is looking at your phone - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Ever get the feeling someone is looking over your shoulder at your phone? Well, you might not have to worry about that in the future: Google's researchers have developed an AI tool that can spot when someone is sneaking a peek at your screen."
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Real life CSI: Google's new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Google's neural networks have achieved the dream of CSI viewers everywhere: the company has revealed a new AI system capable of "enhancing" an eight-pixel square image, increasing the resolution 16-fold and effectively restoring lost data. The neural network could be used to increase the resolution of blurred or pixelated faces, in a way previously thought impossible; a similar system was demonstrated for enhancing images of bedrooms, again creating a 32x32 pixel image from an 8x8 one."
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Can Google really tell us how busy a place is? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "ne of the creepiest - and most useful - Google inventions has been its ability to predict traffic jams by using anonymised ping-backs from mobile phones to tell how fast everyone is moving."
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Google given access to healthcare data of up to 1.6 million patients | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    "A company owned by Google has been given access to the healthcare data of up to 1.6 million patients from three hospitals run by a major London NHS trust. DeepMind, the tech giant's London-based company most famous for its innovative use of artificial intelligence, is being provided with the patient information as part of an agreement with the Royal Free NHS trust, which runs the Barnet, Chase Farm and Royal Free hospitals. It includes information about people who are HIV-positive as well as details of drug overdoses, abortions and patient data from the past five years, according to a report by the New Scientist."
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Is your smartphone listening to you? - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Google said it "categorically" does not use what it calls "utterances" - the background sounds before a person says, "OK Google" to activate the voice recognition - for advertising or any other purpose. It also said it does not share audio acquired in that way with third parties."
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Google launches Project Shield, to protect news sites from DDoS attacks / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "This is where Google's Project Shield comes through: sites pre-register with Google to "reverse proxy" their traffic through Google's cloud platform. By making a change in DNS, publishers can route all their traffic through Google. This means that a DDoS attack has to be sufficiently robust as to take down Google's cloud (much harder than taking down a WordPress install on a rack in a commodity hosting provider)"
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Google says it acknowledges some people want 'right to be forgotten' | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    ""Many predicted at the outset that Google would simply agree to most requests for removal to save time and money," said Barron. "That hasn't happened - 60% of removal requests have been rejected. Every single request is considered by our teams and there is no automation. If their judgment is challenged by the publisher we will reconsider and, if a mistake has been made, we will reinstate." "
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Right to be forgotten: Wikipedia chief enters internet censorship row | Technology | th... - 0 views

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    "Jimmy Wales said it was dangerous to have companies decide what should and should not be allowed to appear on the internet. His comments came after the bosses of the leading search engines met the heads of European data watchdogs on Thursday."
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If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance - Boing B... - 0 views

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    "America's National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of "targeted" individuals who've done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you've been targeted."
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How Much Does Google Really Know About You? - 0 views

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    "Taken as a whole, the information Google collects about users is shockingly complete. The company can mine your emails and Drive documents, track your browsing history, track the videos you watch on YouTube, obtain your WiFi passwords and much more."
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Google launches 'right to be forgotten' webform for removal requests | Technology | the... - 0 views

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    "Google has launched a webpage where European citizens can request that links to information about them be taken off search results, the first step to comply with a court ruling affirming the "right to be forgotten". The company, which processes more than 90% of all web searches in Europe, has made available a webform through which people can submit their requests but has stopped short of specifying when it will remove links that meet the criteria for being taken down."
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Eric Schmidt: Europe struck wrong balance on right to be forgotten | Technology | thegu... - 0 views

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    ""A simple way of understanding what happened here is that you have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know. From Google's perspective that's a balance," said Schmidt. "Google believes, having looked at the decision which is binding, that the balance that was struck was wrong.""
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Google faces deluge of requests to wipe details from search index | Technology | thegua... - 0 views

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    "The deluge of claims trying to exercise the "right to be forgotten" follows a decision by Europe's highest court, which said that in some cases the right to privacy of individuals outweighs the freedom of search engines to link to information about them although the information itself can remain on web pages."
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Driverless cars: we should question and challenge Google, but not as haters | Technolog... - 0 views

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    "Understanding how our driving data will be used is important, but we should be scrutinising other companies and products too"
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Google introduces the biggest algorithm change in three years | Technology | theguardia... - 0 views

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    "Not everything is so straightforward in Google land, as Google's chat protocols Hangouts and Talk, suffered a privacy issue on the 26 September that saw instant messages routed to unintended recipients."
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