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Facial recognition: It’s time for action

 |   Brad Smith – President

In July, we shared our views about the need for government regulation and responsible industry measures to address advancing facial recognition technology. As we discussed, this technology brings important and even exciting societal benefits but also the potential for abuse.<…>

In particular, we don’t believe that the world will be best served by a commercial race to the bottom, with tech companies forced to choose between social responsibility and market success

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Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies. <…>

Where we go, what we do, what we talk about, who we talk to, and who we see – everything is recorded and, at some point, leveraged for value. Google, Apple and Facebook know when a woman visits an abortion clinic, even if she tells no one else: the GPS coordinates on the phone don’t lie. One-night stands and extramarital affairs are a cinch to figure out: two smartphones that never met before suddenly cross paths in a bar and then make their way to an apartment across town, stay together overnight, and part in the morning. Läs mer

Säpo kräver datalagring och trojaner

Säpo borde vara angeläget om att öka IT-säkerheten, inte medvetet försvaga den!”

Säpo vill att datalagringen – som EU-domstolen upphävt på grund av att den strider mot grundläggande mänskliga rättigheter – skall återupptas. -/-

Säpo ogillar kryptering, eftersom den gör det svårare för dem att övervaka folk. Samtidigt är kryptering ett viktigt, ofta nödvändigt verktyg för företag, organisationer och individer.

Att skapa bakdörrar till kryptering vore att underminera säkerheten för alla, inklusive för centrala samhällsfunktioner. Det skulle öppna dörren för allehanda cyberbrottslingar och främmande stater.-/-

Återigen handlar detta om ett verktyg som – när det hamnar i orätta händer, vilket det förr eller senare kommer att göra – försämrar säkerheten för alla. Det är rena drömmen för brottslingar, spioner och trollfabriker.

https://femtejuli.se/2018/12/07/sapo-vill-ha-kraver-datalagring-och-trojaner/

Australia passes controversial anti-encryption law that could weaken privacy globally

The Australian government has passed new legislation that would allow law enforcement authorities to force tech companies to hand over user information, even if it’s protected by end-to-end encryption (via BBC). The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 has been criticized by Apple as well as other technology companies and academics who argue that the legislation will weaken the data security of all Australians, with a reach that could jeopardize the data of companies, citizens, and societies around the world. Läs mer

“Utan kontanter går vi rakt in i en digital diktatur” – tidigare rikspolischef varnar för naivitet

Kontanterna spelar fortfarande en stor roll inom den gråa och naturligtvis också svarta ekonomin, men de elektroniska betalningssystemen föder nya former av brottslighet som belastar polisen. Nätbedrägerierna växer lavinartat och drivs ofta av internationella ligor.

– Det blir både lättare och svårare att tackla den här typen av ekonomisk brottslighet, berättar kriminalkommissarie Hannu Kortelainen vid Helsingforspolisen. Läs mer

Den frihet vi ger upp är svår att vinna tillbaka

Regeringens årliga sammanfattning av hur röstboskapet har buggats och avlyssnats är ingen munter läsning.

Lagar som stiftades i kampen mot terrorism används numera till att klara upp stölder i badhus. -/-

Den som tycker att utvecklingen inte är mycket att tjafsa om bör betänka att det finns mycket goda skäl till att våra grundläggande rättigheter har skyddats i lag och i internationella konventioner.

https://www.aftonbladet.se/a/9mw5aE/den-frihet-vi-ger-upp-ar-svar-att-vinna-tillbaka

Can DuckDuckGo Become the Anti-Google?

”Recently, a privacy-oriented search engine called DuckDuckGo raised $10 million from a Canadian pension fund,” reports Marketplace.org, saying the privacy-focused search engine is ”trying to establish itself as the anti-Google.” An anonymous reader quotes their report:

”So it’s like Google, except when you search on it, you’re completely anonymous,” said Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of the company. The searches are encrypted. The site knows where you are, but only while you’re searching, and it doesn’t store your personal information. ”We serve you the search results and we throw away your personal information…so your IP address and things like that. And we don’t actually store any cookies by default. And so when you search on DuckDuckGo, it’s like every time you’re a new user and we know nothing about you…” Weinberg said about a quarter of Americans have taken some action to protect their privacy, and DuckDuckGo searches have been growing about 50 percent a year. Läs mer

’Do Not Track,’ the Privacy Tool Used By Millions of People, Doesn’t Do Anything

When you go into the privacy settings on your browser, there’s a little option there to turn on the ”Do Not Track” function, which will send an invisible request on your behalf to all the websites you visit telling them not to track you.

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Yahoo and Twitter initially said they would respect it, only to later abandon it. The most popular sites on the internet, from Google and Facebook to Pornhub and xHamster, never honored it in the first place.

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From the department of irony, Google’s Chrome browser offers users the ability to turn off tracking, but Google itself doesn’t honor the request, a fact Google added to its support page some time in the last year. […] ”It is, in many respects, a failed experiment,” said Jonathan Mayer, an assistant computer science professor at Princeton University. ”There’s a question of whether it’s time to declare failure, move on, and withdraw the feature from web browsers.” That’s a big deal coming from Mayer: He spent four years of his life helping to bring Do Not Track into existence in the first place.

https://it.slashdot.org/story/18/10/16/2234235/do-not-track-the-privacy-tool-used-by-millions-of-people-doesnt-do-anything

Siri Shortcut Discreetly Records Your Police Encounters

Saying ”Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over,” will have your iPhone pause music, turn down brightness, and start recording using the front facing camera. Its creator calls it the civilian equivalent of body cams.

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The shortcut was developed by Robert Petersen, who told Business Insider that ”it seemed to me that if you’re getting pulled over it couldn’t hurt to have a recording of the incident … The police these days in many places have body cams, so this could be the civilian equivalent.”

https://uk.pcmag.com/apple-homepod/117778/news/siri-shortcut-discreetly-records-your-police-encounters