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Nightmare Russian facial recognition app is one step closer to the end of privacy

FindFace lets users take a photo of a crowd and work out individuals’ identities with 70 percent reliability!!
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While facial recognition technology has a number of positive uses, such as finding missing people, an alternative form of ID, and even tagging friends on Facebook, it does have worrying implications when it comes to privacy.
Read more: http://www.techspot.com/news/64857-nightmare-russian-facial-recognition-app-one-step-closer.html

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Kiddicare customer data stolen from ‘test’ website

Security researchers have warned that the details could be used by criminals to try to scam those affected

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Parenting retailer Kiddicare has suffered a data breach that exposed the names, addresses and telephone numbers of some of its customers.
The company said it had emailed 794,000 people who may have been affected by the incident.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36247189
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Encryption, Privacy & Free Speech: An April Recap

Originally a ban on smartphone encryption was tinkered with until it became a requirement for encryption backdoors.
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As part of our funding campaign for our coverage of encryption, we reached out to some companies that care about these issues to ask them to show their support. Today, we’re taking a look back at a series of four posts sponsored by Golden Frog, a company dedicated to online privacy, security and freedom.
Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160504/08312734344/encryption-privacy-free-speech-april-recap.shtml
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Switzerland protected your money — now it’ll protect your data

Switzerland is positioning itself as the best country for data privacy.lock-89027_640
Swiss Alps, Swiss banks … Swiss privacy?
With rising international concern about data privacy, Switzerland is positioning itself as the best country for data privacy. There are several strong arguments in favor of it: The Swiss constitution and laws are on your side, for one thing.Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/switzerland-data-security/

 

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Privacy and security: Is there a difference?

Privacy and security may have some things in common, but are actually quite different concepts.
Privacy and security: Is there a difference?
It is easy to get the two terms confused – and in most conversations, we end up talking about them as if they were the same thing. Privacy and security may have some things in common, but are actually quite different concepts. Security can best be thought of a form of defence. Privacy is more about control and the freedom to make decisions about what you want to reveal.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2016/04/21/privacy-and-security-is-there-a-difference/
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Brussels terror attacks: Why ramping up online surveillance isn’t the answer

Suspicion is infectious.
When misappropriated and misdirected, suspicion becomes racism and prejudice.


ISIL is not only fighting a cultural war; it’s fighting a media war. For that reason maybe we should stop talking about it as though it were a “real” war. As though there were valiant warriors on both sides. As though those responsible for the Brussels bombings are anything more than murderers, plain and simple.
Read more: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/brussels-terror-attacks-surveillance-isnt-the-answer/
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How to take back your privacy on Facebook

Here are 5 simple ways to protect your privacy!!
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With more of our lives going online, and especially on Facebook, it’s more important than ever to have control over who sees what.
Facebook has made several changes to its privacy settings over its lifetime, so it’s worth checking up to see if you’re still only giving the people you want your private information and photos.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/03/18/five-tricks-to-take-back-your-privacy-on-facebook/
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Apple-FBI battle is over but Silicon Valley is still preparing for the privacy war

The FBI revealed it might have a workaround provided by an unnamed third-party.
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This wasn’t the way the fight between Apple and the FBI was supposed to end.
This was supposed to be big: the biggest case Silicon Valley has ever seen. Alliances were formed. Legal briefs were filed. The entire technology industry put aside their fierce rivalries to back Apple in a very public and very controversial fight with the U.S. government, defending the need for strong privacy and encryption even in the face of national security concerns.
Read more: http://evap.mashable.com/2016/03/25/apple-fbi-battle-silicon-valley/#pwOlrcR.skqy
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House Lawmaker Wants to Make it Illegal to Buy a Burner Phone Without ID

The bill will require anyone purchasing a “pre-paid mobile device or SIM card” to provide name, address and date of birth.
House Lawmaker Wants to Make it Illegal to Buy a Burner Phone Without ID
House Representative Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has put forward a bill that will require retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying a prepaid cellphone.
The bill, called Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016, is designed to “close one of the most significant gaps in our ability to track and prevent acts of terror, drug trafficking, and modern-day slavery,” according to Speier.
Read more: http://gizmodo.com/house-lawmaker-want-to-require-personal-information-to-1767368371
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Time for THEM to agree to OUR terms

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We can do for everybody what Creative Commons does for artists: give them terms they can offer—and be can read and agreed to by lawyers, ordinary folks, and their machines. And then we can watch “free market” come to mean what it says, and not just “your choice of captor.”

Try to guess how many times, in the course of your life in the digital world, have “agreed” to terms like these:

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Hundreds? Thousands? (Feels like) millions?

Look at the number of login/password combinations remembered by your browser. That’ll be a fraction of the true total.

Now think about what might happen if we could turn these things around. How about if sites and services could agree to our terms and conditions, and our privacy policies?

We’d have real agreements, and real relationships, freely established, between parties of equal power who both have an interest in each other’s success.

We’d have genuine (or at least better) trust, and better signaling of intentions between both parties. We’d have better exchanges of information and better control over what gets done with that information. And the information would be better too, because we wouldn’t have to lie or hide to protect our identities or our data.

We’d finally have the only basis on which the Seven Laws of Identity, issued by Kim Cameron in 2005, would actually work. Check ’em out:

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Think about it. None of those work unless individuals are in charge of themselves and their relationships in the digital world. And they can’t as long as only one side is in charge. What we have instead are opposites: limited control and coerced consent, maximum disclosure for unconstrained use, unjustified parties, misdirected identity, silo’d operators and technologies, inhuman integration, and inconsistent experiences across contexts of all kinds. (I’ll add links for all of those later when I have time.)

Can we fix this problem, eleven years after Kim came down from the mountain (well, Canada) with those laws?

No, we can’t. Not without leverage.

The sad fact is that we’ve been at a disadvantage since geeks based the Web on an architecture called “client-server.” I’ve been told that term was chosen because “slave-master” didn’t sound so good. Personally, I prefer calf-cow:

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As long as we’re the calves coming to the cows for the milk of “content” (plus unwanted cookies), we’re not equals.

But once we become independent, and can assert enough power to piss off the cows that most want to take advantage of us, the story changes.

Good news: we are independent now, and controlling our own lives online is pissing off the right cows.

We’re gaining that independence through ad and tracking blockers. There are also a lot of us now. And a lot more jumping on the bandwagon.

According to PageFair and Adobe, the number of people running ad blockers alone passed 200 million last May, with annual growth rates of 41% in the world, 48% the U.S. and 82% in the U.K. alone.

Of course the “interactive” ad industry (the one that likes to track you) considers this a problem only they can solve. And, naturally, the disconnect between their urge to track and spam us, and our decision to stop all of it, is being called a “war.”

But it doesn’t have to be.

Out in the offline world, we were never at war with advertising. Sure, there’s too much of it, and a lot of it we don’t like. But we also know we wouldn’t have sports broadcasts (or sports talk radio) without it. We know how much advertising contributes to the value of the magazines and newspapers we read. (Which is worth more: a thick or a thin Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s or New York Times?) And to some degree we actually value what old fashioned Mad Men type advertising brings to the market’s table.

On the other hand, we have always been at war with the interactive form of advertising we call junk mail. Look up unwanted+mail, click on “images,” and and you’ll get something like this:

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What’s happened online is that the advertising business has turned into the “interactive”  junk message business. Only now you can’t tell the difference between an ad that’s there for everybody and one that’s aimed by crosshairs at your eyeballs.

The difference between real advertising and tracking-based junk messages is the same as that between wheat and chaff.

Today’s ad and tracking blockers are are primitive prophylactics: ways to protect our eyeballs from advertising and tracking. But how about if we turn these into instruments of agreement? We could agree to allow the kind of ads that pay the publisher and aren’t aimed at us by tracking.

Here at Customer Commons we’ve been working on those kinds of terms for the last several years. Helping us have been law school students and teachers, geeks and ordinary folks. Last we publishe a straw man version of those terms, they looked like this:

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What those say (in the green circles) is “You (the second party) alone can use data you get from me, for as long as you want, just for your site or app, and will obey the Do Not Track request from my browser.”

This can be read easily by lawyers, ordinary folks and machines on both sides, just the way the graphic at the top of this post, borrowed from Creative Commons (or model for this), describes.

We’re also not alone.

Joining us in this effort are the Identity Ecosystem Working Group, the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, the Consent and Information Sharing Working Group (which is working on a Consent Receipt to give agreements a way to be recorded by both parties), Mozilla and others on the ProjectVRM Development Work list.

Many people from those groups (including Kim Cameron himself) will be at IIW, the Internet Identity Workshop, at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, on the last week of next month, April 26-28. It’s an unconference. No panels, no keynotes, no plenaries. It’s all breakouts, on topics chosen by participants.

The day before, at the same location, will be VRM Day. The main topic there will be terms, and how we plan to get working versions of them in the next three days at IIW.

This is a huge opportunity. I am sure we have enough code, and enough done work on standards and the rest of it, to put up exactly the terms we can offer and publishers online can accept, and will start to end the war (that really isn’t) between publishers and their readers.

Once we have those terms in place, others can follow, opening up to much better signaling between supply and demand, because both sides are equals.

So this is an open invitation to everybody already working in this space, especially browser makers (and not just Mozilla) and the ad and tracking blockers. IIW is a perfect place to show to show what we’ve got, to work together, and to move things forward.

Let’s do it.

 

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