Tag-arkiv: surveillance

Labour promising a Tory dream

For my British friends: Labour promising to nationalise broadband is a true Tory dream, not nightmare. On the surface, this is classic left-wing, socialising a utility to provide equal access for all. I think there are good arguments for ensuring … Læs resten

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Facebook accidentally accessing your camera

At this point, why bother? Facebook users, who really should reconsider their life choices right about now, are noticing that Facebook’s iOS app is accessing their iPhone or iPad camera while they’re doing completely unrelated things, like skimming their FB … Læs resten

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Smart TV surveillance

3 scientific papers examine just how much data is sent back to advertisers and service providers from Smart TV’s and IoT devices: When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently … Læs resten

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No trade secrets for foreigners in China

This is at least interesting for anyone doing business – or traveling as a tourist – in China: It is important to fully understand what this means. Under the Cybersecurity Law, the Chinese government has the right to obtain from any person … Læs resten

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Permanent Record

I am going to read Edward Snowden’s memoir, “Permanent Record“. I will never forget the moment on June 9, 2013, when I watched a video of a skinny, serious, unshaven man named Edward Snowden introduce himself to the world as the source … Læs resten

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Listening in on other people’s children

Since apparently someone still thinks this is news, here we go again: Microsoft had third parties listening* in on Xbox recordings, sometimes of children and sometimes of recordings that had been made by mistake. I’ll repeat: Any internet connected camera … Læs resten

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Transcribing private conversations

Big Tech transcribes samples recorded from the microphones at our homes. We know this. I was honestly surprised that the Danish newspaper Politiken chose to treat the fact that Apple and Google had had private conversations of their users transcribed … Læs resten

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Colour me surprised; it was surveillance, after all

Well, I wasn’t alone in stating that more than a year ago but still some pretend to be surprised. In short a new law in Denmark seek to pinpoint children in social risk by linking existing data sources. Laudable, but … Læs resten

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Watching the future with horror

Someone has taken Orwell’s warnings as a recipe: Some Chinese schoolchildren will now be tracked using chips in their uniforms. They are starting with the poorest areas first and then, once the kinks are ironed out, it will spread. The … Læs resten

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A “smart” car, just what we needed

As big corporations have decided to prefix any product with the word “smart” whenever they want to use it to harvest data on their consumers, it is getting a lot easier to spot these. GM (over here, Chevrolet) for instance … Læs resten

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