Story'Faceless Recognition System' can identify you even with your face hidden
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a surprising report from Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster (based on a report in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag):Germany's Interior Minister wants to introduce facial recognition software at train stations and airports to help identify terror suspects following two Islamist attacks in the country last month... "Then, if a suspect appears and is recognised, it will show up in the system," he told the paper. He said a similar system was already being tested for unattended luggage, which the camera reports after a certain number of minutes.The article reports that other countries are also considering the technology. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Thanks to a judge's order, Google must face another proposed class-action lawsuit over its scanning of Gmail. The issue is a lingering headache for the search giant, which has faced allegations for years now that scanning Gmail in order to create personalized ads violates US wiretapping laws.
An anonymous reader writes from InformationWeek: In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Apple's CEO Tim Cook talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, and Steve Jobs -- all without addressing rumors about the company's Project Titan electric car. One of the biggest concerns Tim Cook has is with user privacy. Earlier this year, Apple was in the news for refusing a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to unlock a suspected terrorist's iPhone because Apple argued it would affect millions of other iPhones, it was unconstitutional, and that it would weaken security for everyone. Cook told the Washington Post: "The lightbulb went off, and it became clear what was right: Could we create a tool to unlock the phone? After a few days, we had determined yes, we could. Then the question was, ethically, should we? We thought, you know, that depends on whether we could contain it or not. Other people were involved in this, too -- deep security experts and so forth, and it was apparent from those discussions that we couldn't be assured. The risk of what happens if it got out, could be incredibly terrible for public safety." Cook suggest that customers rely on companies like Apple to set up privacy and security protections for them. "In this case, it was unbelievably uncomfortable and not something that we wished for, wanted -- we didn't even think it was right. Honestly? I was shocked that [the FBI] would even ask for this," explained Cook. "That was the thing that was so disappointing that I think everybody lost. There are 200-plus other countries in the world. Zero of them had ever asked [Apple to do] this." Privacy is a right to be protected, believes Cook: "In my point of view, [privacy] is a civil liberty that our Founding Fathers thought of a long time ago and concluded it was an essential part of what it was to be an American. Sort of on the level, if you will, with freedom of speech, freedom of the press." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Europe will publish draft law to ensure that online messaging services have privacy rules like those for texts and callsWhatsApp, Skype and other online messaging services face an EU crackdown aimed at safeguarding users’ privacy, in a move that highlights the gulf between Europe and the US in regulating the internet.
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Whether they're something as serious as bomb threats or an apparent "joke" like a fake call to the Coast Guard, every year law enforcement agencies spend billions of dollars on hoax calls. Because of the potential seriousness of these calls, agencies are compelled to respond - which often means deploying personnel and wasting valuable resources.
Nanaia Mahuta has become the first female MP to wear a Māori facial tattoo in New Zealand Parliament. The traditional chin tattoo also known as moko kauae is given to high-ranking Māori women to reflect their standing and mana, or power, in the community. Mahuta was tattooed with 13 other Maori women who attended the moko kauae wānanga at Waahi Pā in Huntly last weekend
Move by Nanaia Mahuta hailed as a gesture of rangatiratanga, or self-determination, dissuaded during colonial eraA New Zealand Labour MP has spoken of her pride after becoming the first woman to wear a moko kauae, or traditional female Māori chin tattoo, in parliament.“Moko is a statement of identity, like a passport,” Nanaia Mahuta, from the Waikato-Maniapoto tribe, told the Guardian. “I am at a time in my life where I am ready to make a clear statement that this is who I am, and this is my position in New Zealand.” Continue reading...
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Having nothing to hide doesn't mean you should ignore your privacy. Especially when keeping messages secure and private is so easy.An Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that your SMS messages are not private and once "sent to the ether" are no longer under your control. Vice has a full write up about the decision that interested parties should read, but the short version is this: SMS messages are like email and not subject to the same protection that voice calls have. They aren't a private conversation, and you shouldn't keep thinking they are private. An Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that your SMS messages are not private and once "sent to the ether" are no longer under your control.This has some far-reaching implications for some folks, while others won't care because they "have nothing to hide" or don't care what happens in a Canadian court. But we all should be concerned, and now is a perfect time for you and the people you talk with to switch to something else. P...
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Genome-wide association studies, which try to find correlations between particular genetic variations and disease diagnoses, are a staple of modern medical research. But because they depend on databases that contain people's medical histories, they carry privacy risks.