The company is one of many that purchases vast reams of location data, tracking hundreds of millions of people around the world by exploiting a poorly understood fact: Countless common smartphone apps are constantly harvesting your location and relaying it to advertisers, typically without your knowledge or informed consent, relying on disclosures buried in the legalese of the sprawling terms of service that the companies involved count on you never reading.

Police surveillance and facial recognition: Why data privacy is an imperative for communities of color - Report
In this paper, we present the case for stronger federal privacy protections with proscriptive guardrails for the public and private sectors to mitigate the high risks that are associated with the development and procurement of surveillance technologies.

New guidance on live facial recognition use by British police sparks debate
“The ramifications for our constitutional freedoms in that future are profound,” writes Sampson. “Is the status of the UK citizen shifting from our jealously guarded presumption of innocence to that of ‘suspected until we have proved our identity to the satisfaction of the examining officer’?”

The EU will create a single database for facial recognition systems
Human rights activists have expressed concern about the plans of the European Commission.

“This is the most extensive biometric surveillance infrastructure that I think we have ever seen in the world,” said Ella Jakubowska, political adviser for civil rights NGO European Digital Rights.

Serbian data protection authority criticizes alleged facial recognition forensics plan

“We are talking about a global threat that I do not like. The software can also physically track you,” the commissioner said. “In Serbia, we do not have the right to such a sophisticated type of data processing of citizens.”

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That’s Musk’s dream. And Trump’s. And Putin’s. And the dream of every dictator, strongman, demagogue and modern-day robber baron on Earth. For the rest of us, it would be a brave new nightmare.

There are two ways to enforce NFT “ownership.” The first is to get the legal system to do it. [...]
The other is to enforce everything digitally, by linking the physical world to the blockchain using secure digital hardware devices. That way, your car won’t start unless you prove ownership of the YourCar NFT. There are some serious downsides here. When your computer gets hacked, you also lose ownership of your car!

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"I am a law professor who thinks a lot about digital property and about decentralized systems, and I think the idea that NFTs are about to revolutionize property law misunderstands how property law actually works."

UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner Fraser Sampson found out “completely by accident” about the DfE drafted plans, which would have seen almost 70 schools already signing up for the biometric surveillance system.

Humans see 100 identical Mona Lisa images; but facial recognition systems see 100 different celebrities.

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AI backdoors are almost the same, but the difference is that they are implemented at the model training stage by the authors of the model. For example, some facial recognition vendors may train a model to recognize a particular face as a "universal" key, then this system will be sent out and implemented at hundreds of facilities.

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Pitched battles over claims of privacy and publicity underscore the urgency, and unsettled boundary lines, of our own historical moment. So far, these efforts have been scattershot. But they make clear that privacy is not “over.” As in the past, new privacy claims are emerging in tandem with novel violations.

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permacomputing stresses the need to develop digital technologies that are drastically less reliant on artificial energy, and designed in ways that acknowledge their interdependence with natural systems.

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Remember Twitter's super uber-secret project Bluesky? They finally explained what they're up to, and it's spicy 🌶️

So spicy that I had to write a 1,200 blog post one what exactly it entails. Key learning: Twitter doesn't like Mastodon. 🧵

The Louis Vuitton North America unit is accused in the suit of collecting "detailed and sensitive biometric identifiers and information, including complete facial scans."

US consumers can use a virtual try-on tool on Louis Vuitton's website that allows them to check out how a pair of glasses or sunglasses looks on their face. A shopper can switch their smartphone or laptop camera on in selfie mode, and the tool digitally overlays the glasses over their face. "War zones are often used as testing grounds not just for weapons but surveillance tools that are later deployed on civilian populations or used for law enforcement or crowd control purposes,” Ms. Greer said. “Companies like Clearview are eager to exploit the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine to normalize the use of their harmful and invasive software.”
pple, Alphabet, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla are being sued by 14 Congolese families for “knowingly benefiting” from the “cruel” use of children as young as 6 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to mine cobalt, a key component in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The plaintiffs, including former child workers, are seeking damages for their injuries and the deaths of loved ones.

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