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How to track COVID-19 without invading privacy

How to track COVID-19 without invading privacy

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The past few months have taught us an important lesson: We’re bad at handling highly contagious diseases. The Earth’s growing population and the ease with which we can travel long distances have contributed to the fast spread of the novel coronavirus to more than 200 countries. For the moment, the main question is, how do…
Privacy And Contact Tracing Apps – Google And Apple Debate With World Governments

Privacy And Contact Tracing Apps – Google And Apple Debate With...

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Your phone beeps. You check your new notification. It says a week ago, you were in close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps it urges you to get tested or to self-quarantine, since many people carrying the virus are asymptomatic. Such a contact tracing app can help track who came in…
Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19 at scale

Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19...

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Google In a bold and ambitious collaboration, Apple and Google are developing a smartphone platform that tries to track the spread of the novel coronavirus at scale and at the same time preserve the privacy of iOS and Android users who opt in to it. The cross-platform system will use the proximity capabilities built into…
Google knows if everyone in your county is actually staying home or not

Google knows if everyone in your county is actually staying home...

Enlarge / The reports are all public, but the nifty magnifying glass effect is not actually included.Google The entire world is scrambling to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic. By now, a majority of US states are under some kind of stay-at-home order, with governors nationwide asking or requiring non-essential businesses to close and everyone to…
Security tips every teacher and professor needs to know about Zoom, right now

Security tips every teacher and professor needs to know about Zoom,...

With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing millions of people to work, learn, and socialize from home, Zoom conferences are becoming a default method to connect. And with popularity comes abuse. Enter Zoom bombing, the phenomenon of trolls intruding into other people's meetings for the sole purpose of harassing attendees, usually by bombarding them with racist or…
Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness

Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness

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The Guardian says it has evidence that Saudi Arabia is exploiting a decades-old weakness in the global telecoms network to track the kingdom’s citizens as they travel in the United States. The publication cited data provided by a whistleblower that suggests Saudi Arabia is engaged in systematic spying by abusing Signalling System No. 7. Better…
>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

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More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found. The apps use an Android-provided programming interface that scans a phone for details about all other apps installed on…
Vermont sues Clearview, alleging “oppressive, unscrupulous” practices

Vermont sues Clearview, alleging “oppressive, unscrupulous” practices

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Enlarge / The everything is watching, and Clearview's collecting the images. Clearview AI's bread and butter is a tool providing facial recognition on a massive scale to law enforcement, federal agencies, private companies, and—apparently—nosy billionaires. The company has achieved this reportedly by scraping more or less the entire public Internet to assemble a database of…
Why were the NBA and Walmart using Clearview AI?

Why were the NBA and Walmart using Clearview AI?

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A leaked list of Clearview AI’s clients shows that the controversial company’s facial recognition software has spread way beyond law enforcement, into household names ranging from the NBA to Walmart. Clearview claims to have scraped more than three billion images from websites and social media platforms into a database that police can use to match with…
Why are the NBA and Walmart using Clearview AI?

Why are the NBA and Walmart using Clearview AI?

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A leaked list of Clearview AI’s clients shows that the controversial company’s facial recognition software has spread way beyond law enforcement, into household names ranging from the NBA to Walmart. Clearview claims to have scraped more than three billion images from websites and social media platforms into a database that police can use to match with…

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