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Sensitive data of more than 250 MILLION people to be handed over to Amazon as the US upgrades security on a system used to identify suspected terrorists, immigrants and criminals

Sensitive data of more than 250 MILLION people to be handed over to Amazon as the US upgrades security on a system used to identify suspected terrorists, immigrants and criminals

Ian Randall | The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon will be looking after biometric data on more than 250 million people as the US Department of Homeland security seeks to upgrade its identification systems. It is part of a plan to replace the department’s existing biometric/biographic database setup with […]

Could Amazon spy on your home? Tech giant’s plans for neighbourhood patrol drones spark fears they could be used to collect data Big Brother-style

Could Amazon spy on your home? Tech giant’s plans for neighbourhood patrol drones spark fears they could be used to collect data Big Brother-style

Diane Apen |The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon is considering launching drones that patrol neighbourhoods and could even call the police if they spot something amiss, according to a patent. The company may set up a subscription service for worried homeowners that means its delivery aircrafts fly overhead looking […]

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 […]

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 Alexa: Illegally Recording Kids, Privacy Advocates Allege

Amazon Alexa: Illegally Recording Kids, Privacy Advocates Allege

Kristin Houser | Futurism | Source URL Creepin’ On Your Kids On Thursday, 19 consumer advocacy and privacy groups announced plans to file a complaint against Amazon with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint alleges that the version of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker designed specifically for use by kids is illegally collecting data on […]

Amazon’s Alexa Reviewers Can Access Customers’ Home Addresses

Bloomberg | Source URL An Amazon.com Inc. team auditing Alexa users’ commands has access to location data and can, in some cases, easily find a customer’s home address, according to five employees familiar with the program. The team, spread across three continents, transcribes, annotates and analyzes a portion of the […]

Scientists Want Orwellian A.I. Sentient Smart Assistants To Snitch On Owners And Discuss Contacting Police

Scientists Want Orwellian A.I. Sentient Smart Assistants To Snitch On Owners And Discuss Contacting Police

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL Smart assistants like Siri, Google Home, and Amazon Echo could soon be implemented with a “moral AI” to decide whether to report their owners for breaking the law. Scientists at the University of Bergen, Norway proposed the incredibly Orwellian idea of inserting morals […]

Scientists Want Orwellian A.I. Sentient Smart Assistants To Snitch On Owners And Discuss Contacting Police

Scientists Want Orwellian A.I. Sentient Smart Assistants To Snitch On Owners And Discuss Contacting Police

Peter Lloyd | Daily Mail | Source URL Smart assistants could soon come with a ‘moral AI’ to decide whether to report their owners for breaking the law.  That’s the suggestion of academics at who say that household gadgets like the Amazon Echo and Google Home should be enhanced with […]

Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones

CNBC | Source URL Artificial fingerprints have been developed by researchers who say they could one day be used to hack into everyday devices. Researchers from New York University and Michigan State University successfully generated what they call “DeepMasterPrints” earlier this year. These are machine-learning methods that act as a […]