• Dec 22, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

As facial recognition systems continue to spread, so do concerns about their deployment

Facial recognition is hardly new – Privacy News Online has been writing about the topic for years now. But it is becoming more and more the norm, as some recent news shows. For example, the following story from Rolling Stone: Taylor Swift fans mesmerized by rehearsal clips on a kiosk at her May 18th Rose … Continue reading “As facial recognition systems continue to spread, so do concerns about their deployment”

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  • Dec 16, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • Encryption, General Privacy and Security, Microsoft Windows, Online Activity, Operating Systems, Tutorials, VPN,

How a VPN Protects Your Privacy When Using Your Windows Device

If you want to stay safe online, you need multiple layers of security. Your antivirus is just one layer – it protects your Windows PC against viruses. However, when you connect to the internet, your data often goes on an unsecured network where it can be read by your ISP, the government, and even hackers. … Continue reading “How a VPN Protects Your Privacy When Using Your Windows Device”

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  • Dec 6, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, Microsoft Windows, Online Activity, Operating Systems, Tutorials,

How to Disable Tracking Features in Windows 10 for Beginners

Windows 10 is the latest operating system offering from Microsoft. It has cloud backup capabilities and many people have privacy concerns over this. While Microsoft allows cloud syncing across different devices for a seamless experience, it also has data tracking capabilities. But wait, there’s no need to panic because there are ways in which you … Continue reading “How to Disable Tracking Features in Windows 10 for Beginners”

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  • Aug 11, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

For all the theoretical concerns about the limitations of facial recognition systems, there’s nothing like personal experience to hammer the point home. That was confirmed recently when the ACLU ran an interesting experiment using Amazon’s cloud-based Rekognition system, which Privacy News Online discussed a couple of months back: Using Rekognition, we built a face database … Continue reading “US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?”

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  • Jul 21, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Should Facial Recognition Technologies Be Regulated by the Government? Microsoft Says ‘Yes’

Facial recognition technology represents one of the most serious threats to privacy. That’s for two principal reasons. Perhaps the most important is that it is almost impossible to change our faces: serious plastic surgery apart, there are few effective techniques to disguise our bodily appearance. Masks may hide our features, but are too cumbersome – … Continue reading “Should Facial Recognition Technologies Be Regulated by the Government? Microsoft Says ‘Yes’”

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Dark Patterns: How Tech Companies Use Interface Design to Undermine Online Privacy

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force back in May. One reason many people know about the GDPR is because they were bombarded with emails asking them to accept updated privacy policies as a result. Another is that some companies have required people to agree to new terms and conditions when they … Continue reading “Dark Patterns: How Tech Companies Use Interface Design to Undermine Online Privacy”

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  • Jul 14, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Which would you prefer: backdoored crypto, government malware – or the third way?

As regular readers of this blog will have noticed, one of the hottest topics in the world of online privacy is government access to communications. Essentially, the authorities want to be able to read encrypted information, but at the same time, they insist that they do not want to weaken the online security of law-abiding … Continue reading “Which would you prefer: backdoored crypto, government malware – or the third way?”

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  • Mar 20, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it

Many Windows 10 users are unknowingly sending the contents of every keystroke they make to Microsoft due to an enabled-by-default keylogger. This function has been around since the beginning of Windows 10, and is a prime example of why you should never go through the default install process on any Operating System. Windows 10 privacy has … Continue reading “Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it”

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  • Jul 21, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

France issues formal notice to Microsoft about Windows 10: “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent.”

The French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has issued a formal notice to Microsoft regarding Windows 10 privacy and security concerns. The agency, along with the other European countries in the Article 29 working group on data privacy, have been investigating Microsoft since the release of Windows 10 last year. The CNIL has been responsible … Continue reading “France issues formal notice to Microsoft about Windows 10: “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent.””

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  • Jul 19, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

US Department of Justice seeks to overturn recent Microsoft ruling; allow search warrants to be served internationally

In spite of a recent court ruling to the contrary, the US Government still wants to serve search warrants to companies outside of its legal national jurisdiction. According to a report by the WSJ, The Obama Administration recently revealed that they had been working on these agreements for some time, and the first such search … Continue reading “US Department of Justice seeks to overturn recent Microsoft ruling; allow search warrants to be served internationally”

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