Questions linger after IRS’s about‑face on facial recognition

Why would a tax agency contractor’s privacy policy mention collecting information about my Facebook friends? The IRS has made a U-turn on facial recognition, but what about the Social Security Administration or the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ use of the same contractor? In the last few weeks, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made … More Questions linger after IRS’s about‑face on facial recognition

Trust your surveillance? Why hacked cameras are very bad

When a breach captures a part of us that is unchangeable, does it mean that we have allowed technology to pry too deeply into our lives? We have read about the recently released footage, complete with facial recognition and deep looks into private spaces that were never supposed to be public, and wondered if it’s safe to … More Trust your surveillance? Why hacked cameras are very bad

IoT security: Are we finally turning the corner?

Better IoT security and data protection are long overdue. Will they go from an afterthought to everyone’s priority any time soon? As October draws to a close, so does Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we can all sit back and congratulate each other on a job well done and forget about the need to think about cybersecurity … More IoT security: Are we finally turning the corner?

Portland passes the strictest facial recognition technology ban in the US yet

Oregon’s largest city aims to be a trailblazer when it comes to facial recognition legislation. On Wednesday, The Portland City Council passed what could be considered one of the strictest facial recognition bans in the United States. The legislation bans both city government agencies and private businesses from using the technology on the city’s grounds.  While bans on the public … More Portland passes the strictest facial recognition technology ban in the US yet