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US Government Forging Ahead With Airport Facial Recognition Plans

US Government Forging Ahead With Airport Facial Recognition Plans

"There are legitimate concerns of a mass surveillance state developing, whereby an individual's biometric data is obtained without a legitimate purpose." The two fundamental arguments consistently heard over the years against the use of biometric methods of identification -- not just facial recognition -- have focused on governmental abuse of power and the inherent risk of compromise, noted Matan Scharf, senior security solutions manager at Synopsys .

Facebook planned to spy on Android phone users, internal emails reveal

Facebook planned to spy on Android phone users, internal emails reveal

According to internal emails published on Github, Facebook planned to use its Android app to match users’ location data with mobile phone base station IDs to deliver “location-aware” products.

Amazon Meshes With Eero

Amazon Meshes With Eero

Amazon has scooped up mesh WiFi network maker Eero, the home network company known for making an easy-to-set-up product that can blanket a home with high-quality WiFi. Amazon announced the deal Monday night but did not disclose any financial details.

Zuckerberg's Take on Facebook's History Raises Eyebrows

Zuckerberg's Take on Facebook's History Raises Eyebrows

"Facebook has been ingenious in the way it leads users into providing personal information," observed Steve Wilson, principal analyst at Constellation Research .

Field of view: Oculus' new Rift S headset has inside-out tracking

Field of view: Oculus' new Rift S headset has inside-out tracking

The new headset is more Rift-like in design, coming with built-in headphones, an over-the-top strap with a circular back-end and velcro straps for adjustment. Now Apple is introducing a new privacy setting called 'Motion and Orientation Access', which requires sites to get consent before collecting motion data.

Apple to Raise Barrier Against VR, AR Websites

Apple to Raise Barrier Against VR, AR Websites

"It means they're going to have a smaller audience, because their app doesn't work out of the box anymore." From Sensor to Tracker Apple's decision to rein in access to location data on its phones may have been influenced by results of a study researchers at North Carolina State University, Princeton, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northeastern University released in September.

Kodachi Builds Privacy Tunnel for Linux

Kodachi Builds Privacy Tunnel for Linux

Kodachi Linux's heavily modified desktop view shows the panel bar moved to the left edge of the screen and a Cairo dock stuffed with security tools at the bottom of the screen. Kodachi Linux is more than a well-tuned specialty distro for security and privacy.

Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

Congress should pass a commercial privacy law, "which would include limits on how companies can collect and use location information," Duarte said.

Court: Cops Can't Compel the Use of Body Parts to Unlock Phones

Court: Cops Can't Compel the Use of Body Parts to Unlock Phones

An attempt by law enforcement authorities in Oakland, California, to force two suspected extortionists to unlock their mobile phones with biometrics violated Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination, Westmore found.

Is Oculus Rift's Asynchronous SpaceWarp 2.0 Releasing Soon?

Is Oculus Rift's Asynchronous SpaceWarp 2.0 Releasing Soon?

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Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

Selling location data collected by mobile phones has become a lucrative business, The New York Times reported Monday. Congress should pass a commercial privacy law, "which would include limits on how companies can collect and use location information," Duarte said.

Facebook Rebuked for Failing to Disclose Data-Sharing Deals

Facebook Rebuked for Failing to Disclose Data-Sharing Deals

And they came at a moment when the Trump administration, Congress and even some Silicon Valley executives are calling for stricter privacy laws that would govern Facebook and other businesses that trade in huge amounts of personal information.

Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

"If you are collecting a person's location over time, and it's tied to a unique identifier, it's disingenuous to call that anonymous," said Natasha Duarte, a policy analyst with the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C.

Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse

Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse

(This was the same API, by the way, that Cambridge Analytica used to illicitly obtain personal information about 87 million people.) The API had been created in response to public pressure on Facebook to share more of its data with outside developers, but enough developers behaved badly enough that shutting down the API was widely seen as a good thing.

Users Rate 'Creep Factor' in New Privacy-Security Product Guide

Users Rate 'Creep Factor' in New Privacy-Security Product Guide

Last year's first shopping guide revealed strong consumer interest in the privacy and security of connected toys and smart home products. Mozilla's minimum privacy requirements highlight the fundamental ways Internet-connected products can fail when it comes to protecting your data.

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Former White House CIO Theresa Payton: 'There Are Grave Concerns About Election Interference'

Former White House CIO Theresa Payton: 'There Are Grave Concerns About Election Interference'

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWFormer White House CIO Theresa Payton: 'There Are Grave Concerns About Election Interference' With the U.S. midterm elections fast approaching, both Payton's observations about the current cybersecurity threat level and her advice about shoring up the nation's defenses carry special weight.

Strava responds to bike theft claim blaming the app

Strava responds to bike theft claim blaming the app

If you missed the story recently, a cyclist believes that thieves who were able to steal bikes worth £12,500 from his home could've been partly helped by using Strava's app.