It's simply unacceptable that face recognition is being rolled out across London without any form of public debate
This rebuttal of all the points in Google's privacy gaslighting post yesterday is a really excellent read.
Introducing Small Technology Foundation, Site.js, and Tincan
Yikes. "The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information... was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks." https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/14/major-breach-found-in-biometrics-system-used-by-banks-uk-police-and-defence-firms
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Today, we announce the first release of /e/OS "Pie" on two smartphones!
- OnePlus 6 "enchilada"
- Google Pixel "sailfish"
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"These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly"
With /e/OS and Librem ^^
Need to send a clear message to their bots that they ain't welcome.
Belt / braces / another belt approach seems like it's making things crystal. #bots
Data brokers like @Acxiom need to be investigated! That's why we've written to @DamianCollins & the DCMS committee
Another day, another time that Facebook admits to stealing all your data, even supposed encryption in WhatsApp is worth nothing if they download your chats in an unencrypted fashion back to their servers. Stop using their shit. Please! There are alternatives. Get rid of it. Everything. They'll never learn if people don't make them. Please don't use Instagram, don't use WhatsApp, don't use Facebook. It's much worse for you than you might want to imagine.
I would recommand you this, alternatives are mentioned too!
Need some help getting Oil out of the ground?
The nice people at Google can help because we are #BenevolentTechOverlords
More on Google and the #ClimateEmergency (not forgetting Microsoft and Amazon) in this article
The Verge wrote a piece about Mastodon and Gab. There’s also a paragraph in there about what I had to say about this whole thing. Give it a read if you’ve got a few minutes to spare.
“@DuckDuckGo is a poster child for a future in which companies stand with their users and still make money...They counter the assumption that we’ve all been socialized to accept: that it is normal to hand over all your information." - EFF's @jenuhhveev https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/technology/duckduckgo-private-search.html
Response from UK Home Office to my letter about Police testing of #FacialRecognition in public
I asked how they could justify the tests given little public knowledge or support and no public scrutiny of either testing or how the technology actually works.
I also asked the legal basis for this test especially around GDPR which needs active consent to be given.
They seem to think this is popular, scrutinised and perfectly legal although no mention of GDPR. Human rights act though?!
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