Month: January 2019

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

iSpeech George Joseph & Debbie Nathan | The Intercept | Source URL Roughly six months ago at New York’s Sing Sing prison, John Dukes says he was brought out with cellmates to meet a corrections counselor. He recalls her giving him a paper with some phrases and offering him a […]

Appeals Court: Police do not need a reason to place Americans on a Suspicious Person List

Appeals Court: Police do not need a reason to place Americans on a Suspicious Person List

iSpeech.org Mass Private I | Source URL Day by day, year by year our justice system proves the Constitution has essentially become worthless. Two days ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled that police do not need a reason to place a person on the Suspicious Person List. […]

Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

https://www.ispeech.org/text.to.speech TechCrunch | Source URL Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that […]

Brain implants, AI, and a speech synthesizer have turned brain activity into robot words

Brain implants, AI, and a speech synthesizer have turned brain activity into robot words

MIT Technology Review Science Daily Source URL Neural networks have been used to turn words that a human has heard into intelligible, recognizable speech. It could be a step toward technology that can one day decode people’s thoughts. A challenge: Thanks to fMRI scanning, we’ve known for decades that when […]

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

https://www.ispeech.org/text.to.speech EFF | Source URL Today the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy […]