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Old 04-20-2018, 05:40 PM
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We are aware that powerful technology can be abused and we spend a lot of time and energy making sure our products are used for the forces of good
And yet you named your company Palantir.

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Old 04-21-2018, 05:40 AM
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tbf the palantirs weren't only used for evil, they had a positive use before Sauron got his hands on them.

But given that in LotR their only appearance was as a tool corrupted by Sauron...
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:42 PM
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You know how you get a rush of adverts for a thing after you've browsed for it? The "no, Google, I bought a toilet seat, I didn't develop a passion for collecting them" syndrome.

What about getting a rush of ads for thing somebody else has browsed for?

Little Miss JoeP needs a place to live when she starts her new job in Other Town. And lo ... I started getting ads from Zoopla (annoying but useful lettings and estate agent site). Not generic ads either, but specific ads for studio flats in Other Town. Including the very one that she has since rented.

She's also buying a second hand car. So I'm getting ads for car comparison sites. I haven't done any searches for cars or flats/houses for 2 years.

Clearly Google's ad backend (I presume this is Google driven as I'm seeing them in things like Android games) has worked out that we have some kind of connection. Probably thinks we are married.

Privacy? Nope. Anonymity? Nope. Share your browsing habits with probable family members in a creepy way? Sure.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:16 PM
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The Game is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates to its Consumer Privacy Hearing | Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:07 PM
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Meanwhile, the EU want to toughen up copyright law to the point where just linking to the title of news article would be illegal without a license

If it passes, this will be the death of 'fair use'.
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Facebook ordered by Germany to gather less data - BBC News

From the linkSpecifically, the FCO has ruled that:
  • Facebook's various services can continue to collect data, but they cannot combine it with the user's main Facebook account unless the member gives their voluntary consent
  • collecting data from third-party websites and assigning it to a Facebook user's account is likewise only allowed if that member has given the firm permission
The watchdog added that an "obligatory tick on the box" to agree to all the company's terms was not a sufficient basis for "such intensive data processing".

The ruling only applies to the firm's activities in Germany, but is likely to influence other regulators. [... Facebook] has one month to challenge the ruling before it becomes legally effective.
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Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls - Motherboard

Holy motherfucking shit. Just zero accountability.
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We don't appear to have a "look what China's doing now" thrad, so here I am.

China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women | World news | The Guardian

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An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status
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The youngest girl in this database is 15y old. The youngest woman with BreedReady:"1" status is 18y. The average age is a bit above 32y, and the most aged woman with a BR:1 is 39 and with a BR:0 is 95y. All are single [89%], divorced [10%] or widow[1%].

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The database, whose server is in China, included fields labeled in English for sex, age, education, marital status, as well as a column titled “BreedReady”, which could be a poor translation of Chinese terms to describe whether a woman has children or is of child-bearing age

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The data breach is alarming in the context of official concerns over China’s falling birthrates. Women rights advocates and critics of China’s use of strict family planning rules worry about how far the government will go to encourage more women to have children.

It is not clear whether the database is related to a dating app, a government registry, or another organisation or company.
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The database, whose server is in China, included fields labeled in English for sex, age, education, marital status, as well as a column titled “BreedReady”, which could be a poor translation of Chinese terms to describe whether a woman has children or is of child-bearing age
I'm not here to tell China how to do their database schema, but if there's already a column for sex and one for age, a third column that is just a function of the other 2 would be redundant. So I'm educated guessing that it means something more specific than "woman of child-bearing age". They've probably searched for baby stuff on Target.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:17 PM
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Yeah, that sounds (and no doubt is) terrible, but it's not like the US is any better. There are plenty of databases here with information like that and worse, just maybe not worded quite so awkwardly in English, for obvious reasons.

I'm no fan of the Chinese surveillance state by any means, but Americans don't have anything to be smug about on that count.
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