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

Protect the privacy of your children and cover their webcams

Laptops, smartphones and tablets – most of today’s smart devices come with a built-in camera. Thanks to technological advances, it doesn’t matter if your friend lives down the street or on the other side of the world, their webcam lets you have an (almost) face-to-face chat anytime. Video calls, selfies, vlogging, and the little lenses … More Protect the privacy of your children and cover their webcams

Smartwatch exposes locations and other data on thousands of children

A device that is supposed to help parents keep track of their children and give them a peace of mind can be turned into a surveillance device. Researchers at the AV-Test Institute have uncovered gaping privacy and security holes in the SMA-WATCH-M2 smartwatch that is designed to keep children safe and their parents feeling secure about their … More Smartwatch exposes locations and other data on thousands of children

Stopping stalkerware: What needs to change?

What technology makers and others can – and should – do to counter the kind of surveillance that starts at home. Regardless of whose statistics you read, a disturbingly high percentage of women and men will experience intimate partner violence or harassment in their lifetime. Worryingly, technology is being used more and more frequently as a tool to coerce … More Stopping stalkerware: What needs to change?