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SSCC 206 - Who gave you permission to use my Wi-Fi? [PODCAST]

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Social media etiquette for Jim Carrey (and everyone else)

What Jim Carrey needs to know about social media privacy

Jim Carrey has apologized for tweeting a photo of a child without asking for permission. He's not the first!

MasterCard to trial pay-by-face for online purchasing

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Stare at the phone and blink to prove you're alive, the company's security researchers decided. But didn't other researchers already foil that one...?

Facebook aiming for faceless facial recognition

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Worried that Facebook can't get your friends right in your selfies when their hair blows around?

There might just be an app for that...

SSCC 203 - What's the worst sort of service to have a password breach? [PODCAST]

Join Sophos security experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin as they dig into the latest security news in our regular "Chet Chat" podcast.

This week: LastPass, Facebook, Windows 10 (and not-quite-the-end of XP), Samsung, and the Android ecosystem.

Privacy groups walk out of US talks on facial recognition guidelines

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Not a single industry representative would agree on the most basic premise: that targets of facial recognition should opt in before companies identify them.

Facebook introduces "Moments" - supposedly a safer way to share photos

Unlike Facebook's "Photo Sync" feature, Moments is a separate photo app that doesn't upload anything until you tell it to.

Paul Ducklin wonders how much safer you'll be from over-sharing your pics...

Russian billboard advertising contraband hides when it recognises cops

Russian billboard advertising contraband hides when it recognises cops

Ban on imported Italian food? No problem! Don Giulio Salumeria got an ad company to rig billboards with facial recognition that spots Russian police uniforms.

Cane uses facial recognition to steer the blind to friends and family

Cane uses facial recognition to steer the blind to friends and family

Students at Birmingham City University in England have created a cane that recognises familiar faces and vibrates to let its blind owner know that they're near people they know.

Microsoft age-guessing tool goes on a metadata-slurping, viral spree

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It will presumably get more accurate with time. But for now, you can see how well it does with your selfies. Or your cat's selfies. Or a snapshot of that face on your toast that sort of looks like a panda.

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

A new lawsuit alleges Facebook violated users' privacy rights to build world's largest privately held database of facial recognition data.

Breakthrough in facial recognition: the 'Deep Dense Face Detector'

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A breakthrough in facial recognition technology means that computers will soon be able to spot faces even if they're tilted or partially blocked: a boon to cloud storage providers, social networks, surveillance and advertisers alike.

Facebook's DeepFace facial recognition technology has human-like accuracy

Facebook's DeepFace facial recognition technology has human-like accuracy

Facebook is going to allow you to blur your face in photos... once it's identified you.

Facial recognition software leads to arrest after 14-year manhunt

Facial recognition software leads to FBI success in 14-year manhunt

A former US resident from New Mexico was captured in Nepal after 14 years on the run. The fugitive's passport photo matched up with a newly issued wanted poster. Does the capture of a suspected child abuser justify the use of a technology that hasn't yet had privacy implications ironed out?

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

Facial recognition - coming soon to a shopping mall near you

Facial recognition - coming soon to a shopping mall near you

Forget monitoring customers' smartphones. Technology giant NEC's Hong Kong branch is promoting a small, "easy to install" appliance which will enable businesses to monitor their customers based on facial recognition.

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

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The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.

Facebook and Apple to help draft facial recognition rules

Facebook and Apple to help draft facial recognition rules

Big players that already have a lot of skin in the game are going to be whispering into the ear of the US Commerce Department. Will privacy be trampled in this facial-scanning gold rush?

San Diego quietly slips facial recognition into the hands of law enforcers

San Diego quietly slips facial recognition into the hands of law enforcers

Police and other authorities are using smartphones and tablets to snap photos in the field, without warrants or asking for subjects' permission to run their images against criminal databases. The program was rolled out without public hearings or notice, and could represent the beginning of a national rollout.

Creepy T-shirts designed to baffle Facebook facial-recognition software

Creepy shirts designed to baffle Facebook facial-reconition software

How do you fight facial recognition? You could always swap out your profile picture for that of your pet, or - this option just in - buy a T-shirt printed with creepily distorted faces of celebrity impersonators, designed to give Facebook's facial recognition technology a migraine.