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Privacy News of the Week

Verizon Wireless to allow ‘supercookie’ opt-out The nation’s largest wireless carrier, stung by criticism about its use of “supercookie” trackers on customers’ mobile devices, will start allowing people to opt out of supercookie tracking. The move, announced at the end of January, marks a sharp reversal for Verizon, which until recently had only let customers opt out of marketing programs that […]

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The Future of Payments Is Tokenization

Do you read our weekly “Privacy Week in Review” series? Last week’s edition included an item on a group of researchers who recently demonstrated how to identify people by their anonymized credit card spending records. The upshot of the research: it took only four credit card purchases to identify 90 percent of people in a large dataset. The researchers […]

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Commercial facial-recognition software is here – should you be concerned? Who else but Facebook, with its 1.3 billion users and hundreds of millions of their photos, would have developed an advanced facial-recognition program? The software, called DeepFace, is already in use: If you upload a new picture with other people in it, Facebook will try to identify […]

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Do Not Track – Does It Work?

The last time we wrote about the browser technology known as Do Not Track – over four years ago! – the online privacy space was much simpler. The hope was that DNT, once it was ‘baked in’ to every major browser, would enable internet users to turn off invasive tracking quickly and easily. But that hasn’t happened. […]

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