Security

Security tool guarantees privacy in surveillance footage

Surveillance cameras have an identity problem, fueled by an inherent tension between utility and privacy. As these powerful little devices have cropped up seemingly everywhere, the use of machine learning tools has automated ...

Internet

WhatsApp updates terms as moves to monetize app

The popular messaging app WhatsApp asked its some two billion users on Thursday to accept new terms that will allow it to share more information with its parent company Facebook and roll out advertising and e-commerce.

Internet

Peekaboo! Here's a system to guarantee smart home privacy

Many internet-connected devices—let's use smart speakers as an example—share data to the cloud when you interact with them. How do you know your speaker isn't always listening? How do you know it's not sharing more information ...

Computer Sciences

Technique smooths path for AI training in wireless devices

Federated learning is a great tool for training artificial intelligence (AI) systems while protecting data privacy, but the amount of data traffic involved has made it unwieldy for systems that include wireless devices. A ...

Internet

What if opting out of data collection were easy?

While many websites offer users choices to opt out of some of their data collection and use practices, most of these choices are buried deep in the text of long, jargon-filled privacy policies and are never seen by users.

Software

Google to overhaul ad tracking system on Android devices

Google announced plans Wednesday to limit ad tracking on its Android operating system running on billions of devices, a sensitive privacy issue that rival Apple has already moved to address on its iPhones.

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