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Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law
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Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner said Clearview AI violated domestic privacy laws by collecting images from Websites without Australians' consent...

Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks
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Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks

Microsoft warns the Russia-based agency Nobelium has targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations, in its latest cyberattack.

Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown
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China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules to more strictly control the development and use of algorithmic models.

Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images
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Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images

An open letter from more than 90 policy and rights groups worldwide calls on Apple to drop a plan to scan children's messages for nudity and adults' phones for...

U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls
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U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has asked for a report on using artificial intelligence to analyze prison inmates' phone calls to help prevent violent crime...

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones
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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT
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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data
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France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data

The French government says Google and Microsoft cloud computing technology could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to...

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect
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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.

U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash
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U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash

Several U.S. banks are rolling out artificial intelligence systems to analyze customer preferences, monitor employees, and detect suspicious activity near ATMs....

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes
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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI
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Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI

Human rights groups are worried about a potential "digital dictatorship" in Myanmar due to the use of artificial intelligence to monitor citizens' movements.

White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch
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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch

The White House has advised computer network operators to further efforts to determine whether their systems were targeted by an attack on Microsoft's Outlook email...

 Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection
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Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection

After the 2011 earthquake, local governments have partnered with companies and researchers to improve residents' lives

Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers
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Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers

Researchers discovered that code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has been used to support Chinese hacking operations.
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