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Complaint filed against Alphabets plans to intercept 100s of billions of messages to train Bard

LinkedIn, Alexander Hanff: “Today I filed a complaint [included with lead link] with the Data Protection Commission Ireland as an open letter against Alphabets plans to introduce their Bard AI into Android Messages app and to intercept 100s of billions of confidential communications for the purpose of training their AI. This is a direct breach of Article 5(1) of 2002/58/EC and in many member States constitutes a breach of criminal law for the interception of communications content. Under Article 5(1) the consent of *all parties* involved in a communication is required before it can be intercepted. This means that Alphabet cannot simply rely on the consent of the user of the App and they know this because they were caught breaking the same law in 2010 with their Streetview cars when they intercepted the WiFi communications of EU persons.”

Lawrence school district using AI to look for ‘concerning behavior’ in students’ activity

LJworld.com (read free): “The Lawrence [Kansas] school district has purchased a new system that uses artificial intelligence to look for warning signs of “concerning behavior” in the things students type, send and search for on their district-issued computers and other such devices. The purchase of the software system, called Gaggle, comes at a time when… Continue Reading

Wireless TVs use built-in cameras, NFC readers to sell you stuff you see on TV

Ars Technica: “It’s no secret that TV makers are seriously invested in pushing ads. Using TVs for advertising goes back to 1941 when the first TV commercial aired. But as we trudge our way through the 21st century, TV vendors are becoming more involved in ensuring that their hardware is used to sell stuff and… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 6, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 6, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Canon warns printer users to manually wipe Wi-Fi settings before discarding

Ars Technica: “Printer manufacturer Canon is warning that sensitive Wi-Fi settings don’t automatically get wiped during resets, so customers should manually delete them before selling, discarding, or getting them repaired to prevent the settings from falling into the wrong hands. “Sensitive information on the Wi-Fi connection settings stored in the memories of inkjet printers (home… Continue Reading

A Peek Inside the FBI’s Unprecedented January 6 Geofence Dragnet

Wired – “The FBI’s biggest-ever investigation included the biggest-ever haul of phones from controversial geofence warrants, court records show. A filing in the case of one of the January 6 suspects, David Rhine, shows that Google initially identified 5,723 devices as being in or near the US Capitol during the riot. Only around 900 people… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 8, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 8, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss, highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

The 5 best free speed test apps to check your internet and Wi-Fi network performance

Tech Republic: “In the remote work era, reliable Wi-Fi is a must. From testing network performance to locating nearby connectivity, these are five of the best Wi-Fi apps to consider. Both a speedy and stable internet connection and solid Wi-Fi network are crucial for households in the age of remote work and media streaming. Subpar… Continue Reading