Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognising technology

Microsoft’s chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights. Brad Smith made a case for a government initiative to lay out rules for proper use of facial recognition technology, with input from a bipartisan and expert commission.

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Microsoft advocates for government regulation of facial-recognition technology | ZDNet

On the heels of criticism of its work with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Microsoft is advocating for government to take a role in regulating facial recognition technology.

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Indian startups still don’t take data privacy seriously. Srikrishna Committee may change it soon

BENGALURU: The privacy policies of Indian consumer applications like Paytm and Flipkart do not offer the same range of data ownership and user rights as seen in international policies. This may change as the Srikrishna Committee is in the final stages of drafting the data protection bill, which will address a range of issues like consent, data localisation, ownership, purpose restrictions and the like.

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ISPs Win Landmark Case to Protect Privacy of Alleged Pirates – TorrentFreak

Two Danish ISPs have won their long-running battle to prevent the identities of alleged pirates being handed over to copyright trolls. With the trolls’ activities being described as “mafia-like”, ISPs Telenor and Telia argued that IP address logs should only be used in serious criminal cases.

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Amazon Has A Patent That Would Allow It To Listen In On Your Conversations

Amazon has come under fire after a patent application emerged that would allow the company’s Echo speaker to listen for certain key words during people’s conversations. The patent, filed in the US, describes how the speaker would employ ‘vocal-sniffing’ technology to listen for key words, Amazon could then start deploying advertising that would target those words.

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Amazon Alexa patent sparks privacy concerns

Amazon has reaffirmed its commitment to user privacy after a patent filed by the company emerged that uses ‘voice-sniffing’ technology to listen for key words in conversations. A patent filed in the US describes how listening to conversations with “sniffer algorithms” could be used to learn about customer likes and dislikes for the purpose of targeted advertising and product recommendations.

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Lindsay Lohan loses video game lawsuit

The actress Lindsay Lohan has failed in her latest attempt to sue the maker of the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Six judges at New York state’s Court of Appeals unanimously rejected her privacy case after dismissing a claim that one of the title’s characters was based on her.

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Apple Revamps Privacy Controls to Comply With New European Law

Broad new privacy rules coming amid Facebook data scandal Apple releases operating system updates with privacy screen Apple Inc. is revamping privacy controls for its devices and cloud services to comply with strict new European rules as Facebook Inc. faces a user privacy backlash.

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EU data laws are giving the creeps to social giants

NEW DELHI: As the new European Union data protection regulation comes into being two months from now, episodes such as the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica controversy will be tough to orchestrate, a top executive of the European Commission told ET in an interview, terming the revelations as “worrying”.

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Aadhaar can become a surveillance and privacy disaster: Mozilla Corporation

NEW DELHI: Arguing that digital identity can become a surveillance and privacy disaster, Mozilla Corporation has asked the Justice BN Srikrishna committee to draft a strong data protection law to avoid disaster in an open letter.

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Are Google, Amazon and others getting too big?

The US tech giants Apple, Google’s parent Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are the five biggest companies in the world by market capitalisation. Their increasing dominance is fuelling concerns about competition and data privacy. So are regulators about to get tough?

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Are US judges coming for Australian emails? Microsoft case worries privacy advocates

Australian privacy advocates are concerned about a case that could see data held by American companies seized anywhere in the world. Microsoft has been in a five-year legal standoff with the US Justice Department over whether a warrant issued in the United States as part of a drug trafficking case can be used to access an email held on its servers in Dublin, Ireland.

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