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Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools.
“Ever AI promises prospective military clients that it can ‘enhance surveillance capabilities’ and ‘identify and act on threats.’ It offers law enforcement the ability to identify faces in body-cam recordings or live video feeds.” https://t.co/2lxe4clKcA Tweet by indie at May 09, 2019 at 03:43PM
indie  ai  artificialintelligence  facialrecognition  surveillancecapitalism  venturecapital  businessmodels  radar 
10 weeks ago by laurakalbag
How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world - POLITICO
Ireland’s failure to safeguard huge stores of personal information looms larger now that the country is the primary regulator responsible for protecting the health information, email addresses, financial records, relationship status, search histories and friend lists for hundreds of millions of Americans, Europeans and other users around the globe.
irish  ireland  facebook  regulation  gdpr  indie  radar 
12 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Another tax on the poor: Surrendering privacy for survival
Undocumented immigrants, day laborers, homeless people, and those with criminal convictions suffer from another data extreme: living beyond the reach of the data collection systems needed to thrive in society, they gain so much “privacy” that they become increasingly invisible. Living in this surveillance gap can be as damaging as living under constant surveillance, and is often a reaction to it.
systemicdiscrimination  privacy  algorithms  indie  radar 
march 2019 by laurakalbag
Study finds a potential risk with self-driving cars: failure to detect dark-skinned pedestrians - Vox
In addition to worrying about how safe they are, how they’d handle tricky moral trade-offs on the road, and how they might make traffic worse, we also need to worry about how they could harm people of color.

If you’re a person with dark skin, you may be more likely than your white friends to get hit by a self-driving car, according to a new study out of the Georgia Institute of Technology. That’s because automated vehicles may be better at detecting pedestrians with lighter skin tones.
algorithms  ai  recognition  selfdrivingcars  indie  radar 
march 2019 by laurakalbag
You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook. - WSJ
The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook
facebook  sdk  api  analytics  apps  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news | Technology | The Guardian
Labour moved quickly to endorse the committee’s findings, with the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, announcing: “Labour agrees with the committee’s ultimate conclusion – the era of self-regulation for tech companies must end immediately.

“We need new independent regulation with a tough powers and sanctions regime to curb the worst excesses of surveillance capitalism and the forces trying to use technology to subvert our democracy.”
facebook  privacy  democracy  surveillancecapitalism  tomwatson  labour  parliamentary  uk  report  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Most Online ‘Terms of Service’ Are Incomprehensible to Adults, Study Finds - Motherboard
“While consumers are legally expected or presumed to read their contracts, businesses are not required to write readable ones. This asymmetry—and its potential consequences—puzzled us,” wrote co-author Samuel Becher, a law professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in an email to Motherboard.

We’ve all been there, signing up for a new digital service such as Amazon or Uber and being asked to tick the box saying that we agree to the terms of service, or ToS. These agreements typically include clauses on intellectual property, prohibited use, and termination, among many others.

Most of us accept the terms without bothering to read the fine print. But with these relatively new types of contracts, known as sign-in-wrap agreements, there is a danger in clicking “agree” without reading or understanding them—they’re regularly enforced.
termsandconditions  tos  consent  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? | TechCrunch
“ The EU’s updated privacy framework, [GDPR](https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/20/wtf-is-gdpr/), requires consent to be specific, informed and freely given. That standard supports challenges to Facebook’s (still fixed) entry ‘price’ to its social services. To play you still have to agree to hand over your personal data so it can sell your attention to advertisers. But legal experts [contend](ªªhttps://techcrunch.com/2018/04/18/data-experts-on-facebooks-gdpr-changes-expect-lawsuits/) that’sºº neither privacy by design nor default.”

“So there are now two lines of legal attack — antitrust and privacy law — threatening Facebook (and indeed other adtech companies’) surveillance-based business model across Europe.”

“…the German FCO decision against Facebook hints at an alternative way forward for regulating the dominance of digital monopolies: Structural remedies that focus on controlling access to data which can be relatively swiftly configured and applied.”
antitrust  surveillancecapitalism  europe  eu  regulation  fco  germany  facebook  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent - The New York Times
Data is powerful and can inform on us in unexpected ways. Companies learn all about you, but also all about your friends who haven’t signed up for these services. Consumers’ confusion about this gives rise to conspiracy theories that phone microphones are secretly snooping on users. According to academics who have done the research, that’s probably just paranoia. The likely truth is that all the other data you give away is enough to predict what you have said and will say in conversations.

Countless devices and internet services now pervade daily life. We don’t need to live in a world governed by their terms and conditions, propped up by the legal fiction of consent. If empowered and properly funded, the Federal Trade Commission can become the privacy watchdog that this era so desperately needs. And the repeal or modification of the Federal Arbitration Act can defang the very worst provision that so frequently pops up in terms and conditions — the surrender of the right to sue a company in court.
consent  termsandconditions  surveillancecapitalism  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude. - The Washington Post
Some AI experts believe that systems like these have the potential to supercharge the biases of age or racial profiling, including flagging words or images from certain groups more often than others. They also worry that Predictim could coerce young babysitters into handing over intimate data just to get a job.
ai  bias  children  profiling  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising
Social media network LinkedIn processed the email addresses of 18 million non-members and targeted them with advertising on Facebook without permission, an audit by the Data Protection Commissioner has found.
linkedin  ireland  gdpr  dataprotection  commissioner  emailaddress  targetedads  facebook  consent  permission  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good | TechCrunch
this is being interpreted by data experts as the regulator stating that consent to processing personal data cannot be gained through a framework arrangement which bundles a number of uses behind a single “I agree” button that, when clicked, passes consent to partners via a contractual relationship.
cnil  france  privacy  regulator  adtech  consent  gdpr  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
But as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.
facebook  blame  politics  google  apple  lobbying  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them. – VICE News
“these tests show that compliance with the feature is entirely voluntary, meaning a tool that Facebook introduced to increase trust in advertising can also be used as a vector for misinformation, and another way bad actors can game Facebook’s platform.”
facebook  ads  compliance  misinformation  fakenews  propaganda  political  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise - The New York Times
“Kinsa sells its data to other companies under the name Kinsa Insights. While Mr. Singh declined to share the names of other customers, citing confidentiality agreements, he said other companies had used the data to target advertising.”
“I can just think of how cigarette and alcohol companies could use strategies like this, or other industries that could really have more harmful effects on people,” [Christine Bannan, the consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center] said.
iot  ads  advertising  privacy  tracking  profiling  internetofthings  indie  radar  thermometer 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data
“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”
facebook  data  privacy  tracking  profiling  apologies  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Just Don’t Call It Privacy - The New York Times
“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”
facebook  google  amazon  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  tracking  profiling  us  usgov  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books, a hidden layer of details Facebook has about you that I’ve come to call “shadow contact information.”
facebook  shadow  profiling  tracking  ads  advertising  contact  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Apple and Mozilla move to thwart Facebook tracking
Notably, these protections won't do privacy-conscious consumers any good while they're logged into Facebook, but it will help to protect them from the social network's ever-expanding grasp while they're logged out. 
safari  apple  facebook  tracking  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  ios  ios12  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Press release: Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights | Privacy International
Caroline Wilson Palow, General Counsel at Privacy International, said:

“Today’s judgment rightly criticises the UK’s bulk interception regime for giving far too much leeway to the intelligence agencies to choose who to spy on and when. It confirms that just because it is technically feasible to intercept all of our personal communications, it does not mean that it is lawful to do so.

The judgment also rightly recognises that collecting communications data - the who, what, and where of our communications - is as intrusive as collecting the content. This is a significant and important enhancement of our privacy protections.”
privacyinternational  privacyint  bulk  interception  privacy  uk  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
How to fix the Copyright Directive lobbying disaster – Connected Rights
TODAY’S EU COPYRIGHT VOTE WENT ABOUT AS BADLY as could be feared: MEPs approved articles 11 and 13, meaning that unless member states push back (and good luck with that), it will likely become illegal to link to an article using the headline for that article, and all but the smallest websites will need to install upload filters to weed out copyright-protected content.
eu  copyright  article11  article13  upload  filter  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales - Bloomberg
“the deal, which has not been previously reported, could raise broader privacy concerns about how much consumer data technology companies like Google quietly absorb.”
advertising  data  google  privacy  mastercard  retail  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
GDPR cuts tracking cookies in Europe | ZDNet
“This does not prove that GDPR caused the decline, but it may have prompted websites to look at the cookies they were using, and for which they now had to obtain consent…

However, American technology companies generally evaded the cull. Most sites retained cookies from Google (96 percent), Facebook (70 percent), and Amazon (57 percent).”
gdpr  trackers  tracking  cookies  europe  us  privacy  consent  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Clashes Over Ethics At Major Tech Companies Are Causing Problems For Recruiters
“The actions of a handful of individuals are unlikely to steer corporate policy, but the trend could signal a looming recruiting pipeline problem if the companies don’t change tack.”
indie  radar  ethics  tech  corps  recruitment 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Google data collection research - Digital Content Next
Google has the ability to associate anonymous data collected through passive means with the personal information of the user. Google makes this association largely through advertising technologies, many of which Google controls.
google  data  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  privacy  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal
‘Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal’

“The Chinese government blocks information on the internet about political opponents, free speech, sex, news, and academic studies…”
google  censorship  china  search  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Channel 4 finds Facebook not deleting images of child abuse and racism - Business Insider
Channel 4 spoke with Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor who has become a critic of the company over issues including the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. He said Facebook stood to benefit from extreme content.

"It's the really extreme, really dangerous form of content that attracts the most highly engaged people on the platform," he said. "Facebook understood that it was desirable to have people spend more time on site if you're going to have an advertising-based business."
facebook  content  censorship  extreme  indie  radar 
july 2018 by laurakalbag
Drug giant Glaxo teams up with DNA testing company 23andMe
Do you want your gene sequence in the hands of any private corporation? Sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi horror…
23andme  gsk  glaxo  dna  gene  privacy  indie  radar 
july 2018 by laurakalbag
Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative - The Verge
The campaign to pass the California Consumer Privacy Act is almost wholly funded by Bay Area real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart. To date, Mactaggart has spent more than $3 million on the campaign. He argues that, in the personal data industry, “there’s so much money, and there are very powerful corporations that really have an immense interest in keeping business as usual going and having no regulations.” He started working on the initiative about four years ago, after hearing a Google engineer say the public would be frightened to learn how much data the company holds on consumers.
californiaprivacyinitiative  privacy  california  gdpr  mactaggart  amazon  microsoft  uber  indie  radar 
june 2018 by laurakalbag
How do data companies get our data? | Privacy International
Data companies – a catch all term for data brokers, advertisers, marketers, web trackers, and more – facilitate a hidden data ecosystem that collects, generates and supplies data to wide variety of beneficiaries. The beneficiaries of the ecosystem can include other advertisers, social media sites, credit agencies, insurers, law enforcement, and more. But what is rarely talked about, is from where these data companies obtain the data, how further data is generated and how the data is swapped, sold, and shared within the ecosystem.
privacyinternational  private  data  databroker  ads  advertising  tracking  indie  radar 
may 2018 by laurakalbag
Privacy is power – POLITICO
“Privacy was once misconstrued as being about hiding and secrecy. Now it’s understood to be something much more pressing: power dynamics between the individual, the state and the market.”
privacy  secrecy  power  indie  radar 
may 2018 by laurakalbag
The many deceptions of Mark Zuckerberg | Creative Good
With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook is unavoidable, and it's growing more influential by the day. It's vital that we understand what Zuck is actually up to, especially since he didn't reveal it in his testimony. A number of media sources have helpfully corrected his inaccurate claims.
zuckerberg  facebook  privacy  data  consent  permission  indie  radar 
april 2018 by laurakalbag
Stephen Hawking's final words to the internet: robots aren't the problem, capitalism is / Boing Boing
If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.
stephenhawking  ama  tech  socialism  robots  machines  wealth  politics  redistribution  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia - Motherboard
If tech is going to infiltrate, influence, and shape all of society, it is unacceptable for tech alone, or tech alone using pure market forces, to decide what tools are or are not acceptable.

(Cites Time Well Spent as a good thing, so not put on radar)
privacy  dystopia  gdpr  politics  surveillancecapitalism  notincluded  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Be Wary of Silicon Valley’s Guilty Conscience: on The Center for Humane Technology | LibrarianShipwreck
“The CHT senses that there is anger in the air towards the big tech companies, and it pulls a clever bait and switch by acknowledging that there is a problem but then insisting that the people who caused the problem can be trusted to fix it.”
centerforhumantechnology  timewellspent  tech  consumer  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar  shipwreck  librarian  shipwrecklibrarian 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Google Is Quietly Providing AI Technology for Drone Strike Targeting Project
Google, which has made strides in applying its proprietary deep learning tools to improve language translation, and vision recognition, has a cross-team collaboration within the company to work on the AI drone project.
google  ai  deeplearning  drones  military  recognition  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Good for Facebook, maybe, but not for the rest of us - The Boston Globe
Equal access to jobs is not the only reason that lawmakers should reconsider Section 230. Extending blanket protection to enterprises that act like Gilded Age plutocrats cannot help but stifle the innovators and startups of the future. All in all, that would be bad for people’s well-being, and for society.
facebook  us  jobs  discrimination  indie  radar 
february 2018 by laurakalbag
How Did the Internet Lose Its Noble Purpose and Turn Bad?
“Instead of addressing the very real impact that the high-tech economy was having on middle-class jobs, communities of color, and unions, progressive leaders chose instead to organize big-dollar parties with tech firm money for thought leaders to project solidarity on the right causes, without making actual commitments on the real issues.”
progressive  intersectionality  internet  regulation  monpolies  netneutrality  surveillance  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook And Google's Surveillance Capitalism Model Is In Trouble | HuffPost
Most people associate Facebook with cute family photos and think of Google like a semi-reliable encyclopedia. But these services have only a tangential relationship to the way either company actually makes money. The twin Silicon Valley titans rely on two closely intertwined technologies, customer surveillance and advertising, to maximize shareholder profits.
facebook  google  advertising  history  ads  popups  indie  radar  surveillancecapitalism 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens
It might assume two people knew each other if the images they uploaded looked like they were titled in the same series of photos—IMG_4605739.jpg and IMG_4605742, for example—or if lens scratches or dust were detectable in the same spots on the photos, revealing the photos were taken by the same camera.
facebook  tracking  camera  lens  privacy  dust  patents  patent  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
What's Slack Doing With Your Data?
“Slack could have built this system in a way that no one within the company had access into user data,” said Cardozo, referencing zero-knowledge encryption, an end-to-end encryption method. “What it comes down to is, ‘trust us,’” Cardozo said. “That’s the same thing that Uber said and then they were caught with their pants down with God mode,” a widely available internal tool that allowed Uber staffers to spy on both drivers and passengers.
slack  data  zerotrust  trust  eff  privacy  corporatesurveillance  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
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