Every day, Facebook users upload hundreds of millions of photos to the social network. If they haven’t opted out, the software scans those photos in search of faces it recognizes. As users either agree or disagree with the recommendations of who should be tagged, Facebook’s algorithms get better. The company’s research suggests that Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”--powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.
A top House Republican wants internet users to own data that they generate online to give them more control over what information is collected about them by internet companies. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, released a set of internet privacy principles on Wednesday he said will guide legislation that he plans to release in the coming months.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stressed the company's focus on privacy in recent months, particularly during its developers conference. But Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak isn't convinced that Facebook is keeping our personal interactions confidential. He recently suggested that "most people" should "figure out a way to get off Facebook"
Chinese authorities are reportedly installing surveillance apps on tourists’ phones at certain border crossings that collect data and scan for a range of files, according to a sweeping new investigation. According to the Times’s report, border officials in certain crossings into Xinjiang will install an app called Fengcai onto travelers’ Android devices. For travelers with Apple devices, their phones were reportedly plugged into a USB cable connected to a handheld device.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new privacy law for the European Union (EU), went into effect on May 25, 2018. One year later, there is mounting evidence that the law has not produced its intended outcomes; moreover, the unintended consequences are severe and widespread.
The currency is known as Libra, which the social network says it has "no special role" in governing and will manage equally with a group of big companies. Experts have branded the move a dangerous power grab that marks Facebook's "most invasive" form of surveillance yet.
Amazon’s Alexa is the target of a pair of lawsuits that allege the voice assistant violates laws in nine states by illegally storing recordings of children on devices such as the Echo or Echo Dot. It’s the latest development in an ongoing debate around Alexa and privacy.
According to recently released survey data that was collected in November 2018, European trust in the Internet is at its lowest in a decade. These results show that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)--which the EU has touted as the gold standard for data protection rules--has had no impact on consumer trust in the digital economy since it came into force last May.
For the first time in the United States, some schools could start using facial recognition for security. Lockport Public Schools in western New York started testing it this week. It's one of the many areas of society now relying on the technology -- and that's raising new privacy and civil rights concerns.
Lawmakers are intensifying their calls for a temporary ban on the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology after the disclosure that the FBI has amassed a database of more than 640 million photographs.