privacy

D-ID’s Smart Anonymization Solution Removes PII From Video and Photo Content

D-ID’s Smart Anonymization Solution Removes PII From Video and Photo Content

“Smart Anonymization does not profile subjects during the anonymization process and preserves non-identifying attributes like age, gender, and gaze direction, so the videos it creates can still be analyzed for commercial purposes.” D-ID has released a new de-identification solution that removes Personally Identifying Information from video and photo content. Dubbed Smart Anonymization, the platform uses…

FTC Hits Facebook with $5 Billion Fine and New Regulations

FTC Hits Facebook with $5 Billion Fine and New Regulations

The US Federal Trade Commission has formally levied a historic $5 billion fine against Facebook for violating a 2012 FTC order related to user privacy, concluding a lengthy investigation that began in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The FTC determined that Facebook had been misleading its users and sharing personal information with third…

Yoti and AgeID Bring Privacy, Anonymity to Adult Website Access in UK

Yoti and AgeID Bring Privacy, Anonymity to Adult Website Access in UK

“For anyone with the Yoti app, their account will serve as sufficient proof of age, confirming that they are over 18 without revealing their date of birth.” Thanks to Yoti, UK adults are now able to look at pornography anonymously. The company is teaming up with the age verification system AgeID to allow people to…

New Voice Commands Make it Easier to Delete Amazon Alexa Recordings

New Voice Commands Make it Easier to Delete Amazon Alexa Recordings

Amazon is introducing a pair of new voice commands that will make it easier to delete Alexa recordings. From now on, saying “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” will wipe everything the smart speaker picked up on the day in question. Soon, the command “Alexa, delete what I just said,” will allow users to selectively…

Yoti Details Commitment to Ethical Biometric Principles

Yoti Details Commitment to Ethical Biometric Principles

Yoti has come out in support of the Biometrics Institute’s seven ethical principles for biometrics. The recently published principles are designed to guide companies in the biometrics space to ensure that they use the technology for the public good. For its part, Yoti discussed the seven ethical principles in a blog post that outlined the…

NEC Establishes AI and Human Rights Principles

NEC Establishes AI and Human Rights Principles

The NEC Corporation has established a set of human rights principles to guide its business decisions when using biometrics and artificial intelligence. The newly published “NEC Group AI and Human Rights Principles” reflect a commitment to privacy at every stage of development, and are also intended to ensure compliance with international rules and regulations. With…

People Will Trade Personal Data for Convenience and Security: Experian

People Will Trade Personal Data for Convenience and Security: Experian

People are more than happy to share their personal data, just as long as they’re getting something in return.  That’s the main takeaway from Experian’s Global Identity and Fraud Report, which found that growing privacy concerns have not soured people on the overall potential of the digital experience. The vast majority (90 percent) of consumers are…

MIT AI Policy Congress Discusses the Need for Ethical AI Regulation

MIT AI Policy Congress Discusses the Need for Ethical AI Regulation

The inaugural MIT AI Policy Congress recently convened in Massachusetts, bringing together leading researchers, industry insiders, and policy experts for a series of discussions about the future of artificial intelligence. Hosted by MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the conversation stressed the importance of collaboration and…

40 CEOs Sign GSMA’s New Digital Declaration

40 CEOs Sign GSMA’s New Digital Declaration

The GSMA unveiled a Digital Declaration at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, announcing that 40 CEOs have already signed the new initiative. The Declaration was designed as a set of principles to encourage ethical behavior in a rapidly shifting digital landscape.    “A new form of responsible leadership is needed to successfully navigate…

D-ID Launches Anti-Facial Recognition Image Processing Tech

D-ID Launches Anti-Facial Recognition Image Processing Tech

Tel Aviv-based D-ID has officially launched its facial recognition-jamming technology, after showcasing it to attendees of last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 event. The company’s image processing technology is designed to alter images in subtle ways that will disrupt scanning attempts by facial recognition software, while ensuring the images are still recognizable to human eyes.…

iTrue Secures Blockchain-Based Platform With Facial Recognition

iTrue Secures Blockchain-Based Platform With Facial Recognition

A new startup is looking to blockchain and biometrics to enable decentralized app development. Called iTrue Limited, the Hong Kong-based firm is taking the Nuggets approach to user data. Like the Nuggets platform, iTrue incentivizes users to share their personal data by rewarding them for doing so with its ITU cryptocurrency tokens. But they can…

Microsoft Commits to Ethical Use of Face Recognition Deliberations

Microsoft Commits to Ethical Use of Face Recognition Deliberations

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…

iOS 12 Preview Reflects AR, AI Trends

iOS 12 Preview Reflects AR, AI Trends

As is its wont, Apple previewed the next version of its iOS mobile operating system during this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and while it offers a number of new features and capabilities, a few in particular reflect broader trends in the mobile industry. Enhanced Augmented Reality The most eye-catching of those is probably its refined…

Despite Low Trust, Consumers Think Businesses Are Responsible for Protecting Their Data: Survey

Despite Low Trust, Consumers Think Businesses Are Responsible for Protecting Their Data: Survey

“…56 percent of respondents said they use duplicate passwords for multiple accounts, and 41 percent acknowledged that they don’t take advantage of two-factor authentication for their social media accounts.” Consumers are worried about data breaches and say they would stop doing business with a company that suffered one, but they aren’t taking security measures into…

Apple Walks the Walk with Removal of 250 Apps Over Privacy Issues

Apple Walks the Walk with Removal of 250 Apps Over Privacy Issues

Apple has pulled 250 iOS apps from iTunes due to concerns over their collection of users’ personal data. The root of the issue lies in the SDK (software development kit) used by the app developers. Called Youmi, the SDK included code that secretly collected private information like email addresses and uploaded it external servers. It’s possible…

Welcome Home Camera Sports Facial Recognition, Privacy Controls

Welcome Home Camera Sports Facial Recognition, Privacy Controls

A sleek new smart camera for the home is hitting stores in America and the UK. Called “Welcome”, the camera is by consumer electronics company Netatmo. Welcome uses facial recognition technology to identify the individuals recorded on screen. It works in conjunction with a mobile app available for iOS 8 and Android 4.3 and up,…

Another US Lawsuit Fights Biometric Data Collection

Another US Lawsuit Fights Biometric Data Collection

Photo-sharing service Shutterfly is facing a lawsuit over privacy law violations. The lawsuit stems from the company’s use of facial recognition technology. Brian Norberg is seeking $5 million in damages on behalf of himself and any others whose facial biometric data has been captured and used by Shutterfly. His lawsuit emerged from an incident in…

Twitter IoT Integration Could Make User the Medium for Things

Twitter IoT Integration Could Make User the Medium for Things

Twitter could play an important role in the Internet of Things, writes Michael Wolf in an article for Forbes. Wolf believes the social media platform could offer a transformative social aspect to IoT connectivity. Wolf notes that a growing number of connected machines are already using the Twitter API to interact with users, as in…

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