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The Netherlands is known for its elaborate flood-control system, excellent soccer and a very tall populace. And it may one day have a reputation as a world leader in online privacy.
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 […]
Airline frequent fliers targeted by hack Some members of the American Airlines AAdvantage and United Airlines MileagePlus frequent-flier programs saw their accounts get hacked this week. Neither airline’s website was actually hacked. Rather, a small number of usernames and passwords were stolen from elsewhere and used at the MileagePlus and AAdvantage sites. The hackers succeeded […]
Graphic designer Sang Mun introduced a privacy font to thwart the NSA this week, called ZXX. The font has several styles, the most promising of which is called False. False hides its true message in tiny letters scattered inside big letters. In theory, text scanners would only pick up the big letters, and thus nonsense […]
People say that there’s a relevant xkcd for everything in life. The webcomic, written by Randall Munroe, has even tackled privacy: None of these privacy personality types really apply to us: we’d be more like “Optimistic Realists.” We see that privacy is under serious threat, but we think it’s a problem that technology can fix. Not […]