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Contact tracing apps unsafe if Bluetooth vulnerabilities not fixed | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "As more governments turn to contact tracing apps to aid in their efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, cybersecurity experts are warning this may spark renewed interest in Bluetooth attacks. They urge developers to ensure such apps are regularly tested for vulnerabilities and release patches swiftly to plug potential holes, while governments should provide assurance that their databases are secure and the data collected will not be used for purposes other than as originally intended. "
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'Nobody can block it': how the Telegram app fuels global protest | Social media | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Telegram, a messaging app created by the reclusive Russian exile Pavel Durov, is suited to running protests for a number of reasons. It allows huge encrypted chat groups, making it easier to organise people, like a slicker version of WhatsApp. And its "channels" allow moderators to disseminate information quickly to large numbers of followers in a way that other messaging services do not; they combine the reach And immediacy of a Twitter feed, And the focus of an email newsletter. The combination of usability And privacy has made the app popular with protestors (it has been adopted by Extinction Rebellion) as well as people stAnding against authoritarian regimes (in Hong Kong And Iran, as well as Belarus); it is also used by terrorists And criminals. In the past five years, Telegram has grown at a remarkable speed, hitting 60 million users in 2015 And 400 million in April this year. "
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Opinion | They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them. - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "Surrendering our privacy to the government would be foolish enough. But what is more insidious is the Faustian bargain made with the marketing industry, which turns every location ping into currency as it is bought and sold in the marketplace of surveillance advertising. Now, one year later, we're in a very similar position. But it's far worse. A source has provided another data set, this time following the smartphones of thousands of Trump supporters, rioters and passers-by in Washington, D.C., on January 6, as Donald Trump's political rally turned into a violent insurrection. At least five people died because of the riot at the Capitol. Key to bringing the mob to justice has been the event's digital detritus: location data, geotagged photos, facial recognition, surveillance cameras and crowdsourcing."
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Investigation into TikTok as risk to U.S. children's privacy urged by 4 U.S. senators / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Four U.S. senators today urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate claims that the very popular video app TikTok, which is owned by a company tied to China's military and government, violated a consent decree to protect children's privacy."
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New Jersey halts police use of creepy Clearview AI facial-recognition app - 0 views

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    "The app, which scraped billions of photos from the likes of Facebook, YouTube, Venmo, and other online platforms, drew the world's attention last weekend following a detailed report in the New York Times. The app's supposed capability to identify practically anyone from even low-quality photos frightened privacy advocates and officials. and today, one of the latter - New Jersey's attorney general Gurbir Grewal - actually did something about it."
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Why you need to teach your kids about data privacy - 0 views

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    "We are talking about vast fields of aggregate data, the scale of which is difficult to comprehend; this data can be parsed by the artificial intelligence recommendation algorithms that Google has pioneered, and that now steer everything from employment application processes to dating apps."
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Contact apps won't end lockdown. But they might kill off democracy | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "There are clear indications that the UK government is now actively considering use of the technology as a way of easing the lockdown. If this signals an outbreak in Whitehall of tech "solutionism" - the belief that for every problem there is a technological answer - then we should be concerned. Tech solutions often do as much harm as good, for example, by increasing social exclusion, lacking accountability and failing to make real inroads into the problem they are supposedly addressing."
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Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers * The Register - 0 views

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    "Singapore was one of the first nations to adopt a Bluetooth-powered contact-tracing app, fueling plenty of global debate about the best way to deploy the technology. SafeEntry will advance that debate as its introduction surely suggests that contact-tracing apps have their limitations."
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UK prime minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps like Snapchat - 0 views

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    "If reelected, British Prime Minister David Cameron would consider banning messaging apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp, if they don't make their data available to intelligence agencies, he said Monday."
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Egypt jails women for two years over TikTok videos | Egypt | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The verdict against Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham and three others came after they had posted footage on the video-sharing app TikTok. The ruling, which can be appealed, included a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (£14,600) for each defendant."
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