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Facebook shifts the burden of privacy protections to the consumer once again

It’s easy to criticize Facebook for its consumer “spy glasses,” officially sold as Ray-Ban Stories. …

Deepfake is a terrifying sexual harassment weapon

You’re probably familiar with apps like Photo Lab. You hop in, upload a selfie, then wait a few seconds only to find yourself marveling at what you’d look like in a comic book or an ancient painting.

Now picture a similar app but instead of a cute portrait, you get…

With its new Smart Glasses, the social media giant raises a whole new set of privacy concerns

If you’re an avid user of Facebook, it likely knows you better than you know yourself. …

It’s not a picture, it’s your real license

Apple’s promise of adding driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is coming to fruition and bringing with it a wallet-full of questions.

As soon as I posted the news, people expressed concerns about holding up their phone or, worse, handing it over so an official can ogle your…

Harmful dominance, democratic privacy controls, interop and illegitimate greatness.

In “The New Antitrust/Data Privacy Law Interface,” Temple Law’s Erika M Douglas presents a fascinating look at the tensions between privacy and competition.

It’s only fitting that Douglas published her paper in the Yale Law Journal, as that’s the same journal that kickstarted the modern antitrust revolution when it…

I don’t agree with the “slippery slope” and “backdoor” arguments

I work in cryptography. I’ve published a paper on the topic and hold patents as well. To undersell a bit: I care a great deal about privacy and security. And there’s very rarely any daylight between the opinions I hold and the position of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Yet, everyone…

Apple has been talking and talking and talking about how its upcoming system for protecting children will also leave our privacy intact

What a week it’s been for Apple. It’s trying to do something important: protect children from abuse. But in doing so, revealing its plans well in advance of launching the tools and technology, the normally unflappable Cupertino tech giant opened a Pandora’s Box of questions and concerns.

Since then, it’s…

Protecting our children is the right thing to do, but is this the way to do it?

Apple, the company that famously fought the FBI on backdoor access to anyone’s encrypted iPhone, may be working on a plan to automatically scan photos in the cloud and on your phone for child abuse images.

This, on the face of it, sounds like a solid plan: automated technology that…

The GDPR forbids competition in human rights abuses.

Tech monopoly apologists insist that there’s something exceptional about tech that makes it so concentrated: “network effects” (when a product gets better because more people use it, like a social media service).

They’re wrong.

Tech is concentrated because the Big Tech companies buy up or crush their nascent competitors —…

It’s Apple’s world. We all just have to try and live in it.

Apple’s glitzy developer conference this June, WWDC, gave us our annual peek at the latest and greatest software the company is bringing to our devices, from iOS 15 to major updates to macOS, iPadOS, and more.

This year, as with other years, privacy improvements across Apple’s operating systems were front-and-center…


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