Category: Technologies

Alexa, Eavesdrop On My House All Day Under The Guise Of Protecting Me From A Heart Attack

Alexa, Eavesdrop On My House All Day Under The Guise Of Protecting Me From A Heart Attack

Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | Source URL Today in “Amazon’s reasons to listen to everything that’s going on inside your household” news, its being reported that products like the Amazon Echo could one day be used to detect signs of cardiac arrest, according to Bloomberg. The first signs of cardiac […]

Privacy fears after used Nest cameras were hit by bug that let their previous owner SNOOP on the person that bought it next

Privacy fears after used Nest cameras were hit by bug that let their previous owner SNOOP on the person that bought it next

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL Google has reportedly fixed an issue in used Nest cameras that had fueled a wave of privacy concerns.  Used versions of Nest smart cameras were hit by a bug that could have potentially allowed the previous owner to snoop on the […]

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

AI lets you put words into the mouths of people talking in videos by adding, deleting or rearranging words from a transcript — but could the technology lead to more creepy deepfakes?

Ian Randall | The Daily Mail | Source URL Actors who flub dialogue may become less of a bane to producers thanks to an AI that allows such to be edited just by retyping a transcript of their lines. The software works by combining existing clips with digital face models […]

Frightening Stuff Hidden in Your Street Light?

Frightening Stuff Hidden in Your Street Light?

Laura Valkovic | Liberty Nation | Source URL Such a benign and banal part of the urban landscape that city-dwellers may not even notice them, street lights are useful for brightening up a road and not much else – or so you might think. People these days are used to […]

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

James Pero | The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon will continue to sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement and other entities after its shareholders shot down a proposal to reel the technology in.   The vote effectively kills two initiatives brought before Amazon’s board. One proposal would […]

Comcast wants to install a motion detector device in homes that can track your bedroom and bathroom habits

Comcast wants to install a motion detector device in homes that can track your bedroom and bathroom habits

Annie Palmer | Daily Mail | Source URL Comcast is reportedly developing a smart home speaker that monitors users health behaviors in the home.  The telecom giant started working on the device more than a year ago and could begin tests later this year, before launching it in 2020, CNBC reported, citing […]

All Four Major Wireless Carriers Hit With Lawsuits Over Sharing, Selling Location Data

All Four Major Wireless Carriers Hit With Lawsuits Over Sharing, Selling Location Data

Karl Bode | TechDirt | Source URL We’ve noted repeatedly that if you’re upset about Facebook’s privacy scandals, you should be equally concerned about the wireless industry’s ongoing location data scandals. Not only were the major carriers caught selling your location data to any nitwit with a checkbook, they were […]

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Sam Biddle | The Intercept | Source URL Last year, a coalition of privacy advocates and child psychologists warned against putting an Amazon Alexa speaker anywhere near your child on the fairly reasonable grounds that developing minds shouldn’t befriend always-on surveillance devices, no matter how cute the packaging. Now, a […]

Amazon is keeping your Alexa data in text form

Victoria Bell | The Daily Mail | Source URL Voice recordings captured by Amazon’s Alexa can be deleted but the automatically produced transcriptions remain in the company’s cloud, according to reports. After Alexa hears its ‘wake’ word, the smart assistant starts listening and transcribing everything it hears. All the voice […]

Quayside, Toronto’s Google-linked smart city, draws opposition over privacy, costs

Quayside, Toronto’s Google-linked smart city, draws opposition over privacy, costs

Amanda Coletta Z | The Washington Post | Source URL TORONTO — The Google sister company promised to transform a dilapidated stretch of the Toronto waterfront into the world’s most technologically advanced neighborhood. Quayside would be outfitted with robotic garbage collection, snow-melting sidewalks and self-driving taxibots. Sensors would capture data on […]