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    [–] The Privacy Paradox: Face Recognition Is Tech’s Next Moral Dilemma LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in privacy

    Christopher Mims writes:

    Companies small and (very) large are selling face-recognition tech to anyone with a credit card, from shopkeepers to federal agents

    ...

    Face recognition is a stark example of a technology that is being deployed faster than society and the law can adopt new norms and rules. It lets governments and private enterprise track citizens anywhere there is a camera, even if they’re not carrying any devices. In general, people who are in public don’t have any legal expectation of privacy and can be photographed or recorded.

    Because of this, the technology has the potential to be more intrusive than phone tracking, the legality of which the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide. There are only two states, Texas and Illinois, that limit private companies’ ability to track people via their faces. No state or federal laws limit the ability of law enforcement to do so.

    ...

    [–] You can still #SaveYourInternet by July 4! LizMcIntyre 4 points ago in privacy

    This is a critically important issue for freedom u/up-sky-7. Thanks for posting about it!

    For those not familiar with this issue AKA Article 13 AKA EU Copyright Directive, here is a good overview from EFF.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Under Article 13 of the proposal, sites that allow users to post text, sounds, code, still or moving images, or other copyrighted works for public consumption will have to filter all their users' submissions against a database of copyrighted works. Sites will have to pay to license the technology to match submissions to the database, and to identify near matches as well as exact ones. Sites will be required to have a process to allow rights holders to update this list with more copyrighted works.

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 1 points ago * (lasted edited 5 hours ago) in privacy

    Hi u/]RiQuY Why is that instance more secure? I thought seax.me was the main site.

    My concern is that if users don't have ONE main trusted search instance, people could fall prey to rogue instances.

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 4 points ago in privacy

    Wire! Yes. No phone number. Not US based.

    [–] Drone Privacy: EPIC v. FAA Tossed by D.C. Circuit Court (EPIC wanted privacy protections in drone regulations) LizMcIntyre 2 points ago * (lasted edited 20 hours ago) in privacy

    Drones are different. You usually see a huge balloon -- and if it's right over your house, you can often hear it.

    Drones can be very small and quiet. Plus, if you saw one hovering in your neighborhood, you might think it belongs to a hobbyist or a real estate agent surveying property. The low cost, ease of use, and multiple purposes makes them an unsurprising site in many situations.

    For all these reasons, drones can be much more stealthy. Regular flotillas of government balloons would stick out like a sore thumb. Distinguishing govt drones from normal drone activity or even spotting them would be difficult--especially if those drones are made to look like and mimic insects. In fact, an insect might even be made to serve as a drone.

    [–] Here's how Apple protects your privacy in Safari with Intelligent Tracking Protection 2.0 LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    Mike Wuerthele of Apple Insider explains:

    The new version of Intelligent Tracking Protection kills the old 24-hour window that Safari used to keep tracking cookies from sites you visit. Instead, a website can request tracking privileges, but the user has to specifically opt in.

    If the user allows the cookie, it is deleted after the user stops visiting the site after 30 days of Safari use. If you go on vacation and don't use Safari at all, those days aren't counted.

    Users can also opt in to permanent tracking, without a 30-day cookie purge. For example, if you subscribe to YouTube Music, the cookies won't be purged —assuming you stay logged into the service and keep using it by actively clicking on a link, using the service, or making an entry in a form on the site.

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in pcmasterrace

    How about Wire? I like that you don't need to use a phone number to sign up.

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in pcmasterrace

    u/Chryseus DuckDuckGo was removed from privacytools over location, but added back. Was this because of the onion option? I hate to see it removed because it's better to go to DDG for Yahoo /Bing search results than to go to Yahoo directly.

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 1 points ago * (lasted edited 21 hours ago) in pcmasterrace

    Startpage is located in the Netherlands, which does not have anything equivalent to the US NSL at this time. Startpage also gives the option of using non-US servers.

    It might surprise you, but I prefer people to go to DuckDuckGo if they want Yahoo /Bing search results because DDG has a better privacy policy. (Privacytools removed DDG because of location, then added them back. I believe DDG got a reprieve because it offers an onion option, but don't quote me on that. I might be mistaken. Maybe you could better explain u/Chryseus)

    • Startpage.com = mainly Google search results in privacy

    • DuckDuckGo = mainly Yahoo search results in privacy

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in pcmasterrace

    Lutris? That's new to me. More info, please.

    [–] PC user's guide to privacy LizMcIntyre 3 points ago * (lasted edited 20 hours ago) in pcmasterrace

    Hi u/TheChiefMeat. I agree that it is better to set up a private instance of searx to avoid potential rogue instances if you have the tech chops. But there are caveats, as Restore Privacy has pointed out.

    [–] What supporting evidence are there whether Startpage or DDG are lying or not? LizMcIntyre 1 points ago in privacy

    That's right u/t1h9k5w2n9s8q1 StartPage is based in the Netherlands (not the UK) and has offices and personnel there. Startpage's original creator heads WebINTENSIVE now, but continues to advise Startpage.

    [–] California net neutrality bill ‘eviscerated’ in Assembly committee meeting. But It's not over! Let's fight for a Strong bill, California! LizMcIntyre 6 points ago in KeepOurNetFree

    This is what AT&T and other ISP's are hoping will happen. Don't forget that the VAST MAJORITY of people support net neutrality. If lawmakers want to keep their jobs...

    This is NOT the time to give up. Far from it.

    [–] Drone Privacy: EPIC v. FAA Tossed by D.C. Circuit Court (EPIC wanted privacy protections in drone regulations) LizMcIntyre 2 points ago in privacy

    Miriam McNabb writes the following at dronelife.com regarding EPIC's concerns:

    ...drones flying too high to be seen may be performing surveillance: instigated by the government, commercial entities, or individuals. “Drones are designed to undertake constant, persistent surveillance to a degree that former methods of video surveillance were unable to achieve.” says EPIC.

    “…The increased use of drones poses an ongoing threat to every person residing within the United States.”