California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

The bill would ban the use of facial recognition algorithms in real time, when the body cameras are rolling, and in subsequent forensic analysis of footage.

An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

We took a look at a bug in Supermicro hardware that could let hackers pull off a USB attack virtually.Several DMVs told Motherboard that at least they don't also sell user photos and Social Security numbers, which, thanks?

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

At the time, WIRED wrote : “The complaint claims that a significant portion of popular content on YouTube is designed for kids, whose personal information—including IP address, geolocation, and persistent identifiers used to track users across sites—is unlawfully collected by Google and then used to target ads.” Google’s settlement, which was first reported by Politico, would far exceed the record for children’s privacy violations set by TikTok ’s $5.7 million fine earlier this year.

Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

Employees at a Nuclear Power Plant Mined Cryptocurrency on the Job. Cryptojackers—the hackers who insert themselves into networks to mine cryptocurrency—have targeted critical infrastructure before .The bad news is that they exposed the plant to the broader internet, which is understandably not ideal for high-security nuclear plants.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Three US cities, including San Francisco , recently blocked their agencies from using the technology altogether, while federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in regulating facial recognition.#facial recognition #Artificial Intelligence #algorithms #privacy.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

The Guardian Firewall app runs in the background of an iOS device, and stymies data and location trackers while compiling a list of all the times your apps attempt to deploy them.

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

But Rotenberg notes that without a comprehensive data breach response plan within the federal government, a settlement like Equifax's may not have been much more effective even with an FTC fine.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News

The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News. The FTC took a shot at Mark Zuckerberg, actor Rutger Hauer died, and the comforts of in-game drudgery.

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

“Millions of Americans entrusted personal information to Facebook with the understanding that Facebook would respect the laws governing consumer privacy, but Facebook’s many privacy missteps made clear that it lacked a culture of compliance in this area,” FTC commissioner Christine Wilson said at a press conference announcing the settlement Wednesday.

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

New York's Revenge Porn Law Is a Flawed Step Forward

It is indefensible.” New York Assembly member Edward Braunstein and Mary Anne Franks, the tech and legislative policy advisor for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, first drafted a bill criminalizing nonconsensual pornography in 2013, a time when few other states had similar laws on the books.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

The FTC opened its investigation into Facebook’s data practices last March, one week after news broke that Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign in 2016, had improperly obtained information on tens of millions of Facebook users.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'

The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee that Facebook’s push into finance posed “many serious concerns.” In addition to worries about privacy, money laundering, and consumer protections, Libra poses serious risks to global financial stability due to the enormity of Facebook’s user base, Powell said.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

“I can see why the platforms would be hesitant,” says Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. People who followed IRA or other state-sponsored accounts may have been manipulated, but they weren’t breaking the law or even violating Twitter’s terms of service.

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parents' explicit consent before collecting the personal information of children under 13.

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Myspace Employees Used to Spy on Users

Motherboard reports week that in the golden age of Myspace, employees had access too and abused an administrative tool called Overlord.

Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

Senators Want Facebook to Put a Price on Your Data. Is That Possible?

On Monday, when Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) announced a proposal to force tech companies to tell users the value of their data, he was slightly more generous, ballparking the average at $5 a month.

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

"The net result is that we can perform this computation without exposing any individual data and only getting the aggregate result," says Amanda Walker, a privacy tools and infrastructure engineering manager at Google.

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

A Tour of How We clean stuff .The advanced features inside Google Photos leverage Google's computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to automatically organize your photos, bridling the never-ending torrent of images like Kahleesi taming the Dothraki horde.

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

This question is even more impactful for children and adolescents coming of age in this world—the “AI Generation.” They have gone through the largest “beta test” of all time, and it’s one that did not consider the fact that children make mistakes, they make choices, and they are given space by society to collectively learn from them and evolve.

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Another issue is that antitrust laws are intended to address competition problems, not some of the other concerning practices of big tech companies, like how they handle consumer data . To comprehensively regulate companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the government needs to pass new laws.

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

In a background phone call with WIRED following that keynote, Apple broke down that privacy element, explaining how its "encrypted and anonymous" system avoids leaking your location data willy nilly, even as your devices broadcast a Bluetooth signal explicitly designed to let you track your device.

Apple and New York Are Changing the Privacy Game, and More News

Apple and New York Are Changing the Privacy Game, and More News

Apple (the company) is rolling out a new sign-on feature, the Big Apple (the city) is pushing a groundbreaking privacy law, and Hot Wheels cars are being put to the test. New York is set to pass a landmark privacy law.

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

“The NY Privacy Act, in its current form, is unworkable for businesses that want to comply and fails to provide New York residents meaningful control over how their data is collected, used, and protected,” said John Olsen, a director for the Internet Association, which represents the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.