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Month: February 2020

Privacy: China will investigate all who bought cough or fever-reducing medicine since January 20th

Privacy: China will investigate all who bought cough or fever-reducing medicine since January 20th

Province in China will investigate all those who purchased cough medicine or fever-reducing medicine (e.g. Tylenol) for possibly having coronavirus. They will use detailed purchase records at retail stores and online web outlets and will track down and check each person.

Privacy: Tech companies make it very difficult for consumers to review and delete collected data

Privacy: Tech companies make it very difficult for consumers to review and delete collected data

California’s new privacy law permits consumers to request access to and the deletion of data collected by businesses. To comply with the law, many companies are accused of designing consumer facing user interfaces that are near impossible to use. Some are so bad that consumers have gained access to other’s private data.

Privacy: Android and its app ecosystem are a massive surveillance system, invading all of your privacy

Privacy: Android and its app ecosystem are a massive surveillance system, invading all of your privacy

Behind the scenes, seemingly benign Android apps are scooping up huge amounts of private data about your life and sharing with third parties. We need to assume, apparently, that 100% of Android apps are spyware. This is why Android apps are “free” – when its free, you are the product.

Privacy: Clearview AI has scraped 3 billion face photos from the Internet, mostly from social media

Privacy: Clearview AI has scraped 3 billion face photos from the Internet, mostly from social media

The photos of all of us have been amassed to create a massive database. A photo of our face can be submitted and it will identify the person (claimed 99% accuracy) and return information about each of us and all photos of us they have found online, even back to when we were kids. They scraped all of our photos from – social media posts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more – possibly even personal web sites. If your photo is on social media, you are in their database. There is no way to request removal, even if the photo is of a child whose information is protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Social media: Wanna-be Instagram star forces airliner to turn around and fly 1,000 miles back to airport

Social media: Wanna-be Instagram star forces airliner to turn around and fly 1,000 miles back to airport

Wanne be social media star forces a Canadian airliner to retrace 1,000 miles of flight and return to Canada with 243 passengers on board. His goal was to film a video on board as he falsely claimed he had coronavirus with the goal of creating a social media viral video. He’s now under arrest in Canada and may eventually be sentenced to prison. His actions demonstrate how social media turns people into self absorbed, narcissistic idiots.