New AI law proposal agrees with the risks and harms of biometric mass surveillance but *fails* to properly ban it.
Companies and authorities aren't prohibited from these practices and the law enforcement ban has way too many exceptions. 🤦
15,000 call on FTC to protect the Right to Repair.
If you own it, you should be able to repair it. https://uspirg.org/news/usp/more-15000-call-ftc-action-right-repair
Looks like the UK has also exported basically zero vaccine.
It looks like there is a lot of wiggle room in these exceptions: https://developer.android.com/training/package-visibility/automatic
I just thought of a potential limitation of #Android's new QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission that might make it almost pointless: apps can create an Intent and query for which apps respond to that Intent.
It seems like with a small set of Intents, you could effectively query for the vast majority of the apps. Can anyone confirm this?
If so, it seems like they've created the INTERNET permission again, as in a permission that only restricts good actors, and bad actors can easily circumvent it.
The Tor Project is hiring for two positions: a Systems Administrator and a Browser Developer. Share these opportunities with your networks:
Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that built a database of 3 billion+ harvested images, wouldn't exist "w/out Facebook, YouTube & Twitter."
@zittrain & @john_bowers_ on how the start-up exploited vulnerabilities & disregarded privacy: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/14/tech-start-up-is-using-photos-id-you-big-tech-could-have-stopped-them/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1384866264179433473
Join today https://copyright.gov/1201/2021/public-hearings/ as one of our attorneys, @copiesofcopies , testifies before Copyright Office regarding our #DMCA exemption request related to #OpenWrt: seeking right to circumvent lock-down on wireless routers. https://sfconservancy.org/news/2020/dec/15/dmca-exemptions-long-form/ has links to written part.
BTW, we're annoyed that USA government refused to provide option to view/hear this w/out proprietary software. We raised this issue, but decided overarching moral imperative is participate for the rights of users despite that.
Big Tech is seeding watered-down “privacy” legislation in states. 14 of 20 proposed state privacy bills were built upon the same framework as a Microsoft and Amazon-supported bill in Virginia—or were even weaker, reports @toddfeathers in @themarkup https://themarkup.org/privacy/2021/04/15/big-tech-is-pushing-states-to-pass-privacy-laws-and-yes-you-should-be-suspicious
“Once you look at the states, and you look at how they behave [in #Assange case], it’s absolutely clear: when they receive evidence for war crimes, they don’t prosecute anybody, they only prosecute the person who has given the evidence. That is not what the rule of law in constitutional democracy looks like, that is what a dictatorship looks like”
This guy is bloody fkn UN rapporteur, eminent doctor in law, not some random raving lunatic...
61 MEPs from different political groups just asked the EU to ban biometric mass surveillance, days before @EU_Commission@twitter.com proposes new laws on AI.
Own a digital device? Big Tech abuses copyright law to block you (and potential competitors and innovators) from tinkering with their products—even the ones you pay for. EFF’s @caragagliano and @mitchstoltz will testify that tech users deserve better. https://www.eff.org/press/releases/video-hearings-tuesday-and-wednesday-eff-will-tell-copyright-office-consumers-should
Die EU-Kommission hält unbeirrt an ihren Plänen zur Abschwächung der Kryptografie (Ende-zu-Ende Verschlüsselung) fest! Nichts an diesem brandgefährlichen Plan ist zu Ende gedacht und es läuft leider auf anlasslose Massenüberwachung für alle hinaus. https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000125893583/massenueberwachung-gegen-kindesmissbrauch-eu-will-verschluesselung-aushebeln
We need 1 million signatures to force the European Commission to listen - will yours be the next one? Join us #ReclaimYourFace
We are now automatically scanning apps for API Key Identifiers like #GoogleAnalytics' ga_trackingId that are used to enable tracking APIs. If your app includes these, it will be marked with the `Trackers` Anti-Feature. To fix that, either remove the tracking API Key entirely or move it out of the build flavor used by F-Droid.
Try out our new #ReproducibleBuilds support! All signature types are supported The "fdroid build" CI job on app merge requests will run a complete test and give rapid results before sending it to the production buildserver.
Another day, more privacy washing from Google.
Google Play Store is labeling apps as "Teacher approved", which is meant to be read as "kid-safe", but advocacy groups have filed an FTC complaint for deceptive labeling, as some of these apps violate COPPA.
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1383416710619795459
Don't be fooled: Google's latest announcement on third-party cookies doesn't mean it will stop tracking you. We’ve built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in Google’s latest tracking experiment: https://amifloced.org/
I should also add that food factories are not necessarily high impact on the environment, if utilized correctly. If an organic food factory replaced a much larger piece of farmland, and that land was returned to an entirely natural state, that will be beneficial. Instead, it is almost always used to grow off-season foods, like strawberries in Spring and Fall. That means it is just increasing negative impacts on the ecosystem.