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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

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.

Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

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.

Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones
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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones

Vendor-customized Android variants transmit significant amounts of data from mobile phones to the operating system developer and third parties.

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

County DA Pilots Race-Blind Charging Algorithm
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County DA Pilots Race-Blind Charging Algorithm

The Yolo County, CA, District Attorney's Office incorporated a redaction algorithm into its digital case management system to analyze racial bias in charging decisions...

Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels
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Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels

Singapore and Finland have agreed to recognize each other's cybersecurity labels for Internet of Things devices.

Making Self-Driving Cars Human-Friendly
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Making Self-Driving Cars Human-Friendly

A drift diffusion model could make self-driving vehicles safer for pedestrians by helping to predict when people will cross the road.

'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch
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'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch

A spokesman for Check Point said it was the company's "strong suspicion" that Twitch's code had truly been leaked, which was "potentially disastrous."

DeFi Platform Mistakenly Sends $89 Million; CEO Begs Return
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DeFi Platform Mistakenly Sends $89 Million; CEO Begs Return

The decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Compound mistakenly sent users almost $90 million in cryptocurrency due to a bug in a recent update.

Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them
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Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them

The leaders of Venice, Italy, are gathering the cellphone data of tourists and are using it, along with surveillance cameras, to monitor them.

Zuckerberg Hits Back at Facebook Whistleblower Claims
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Zuckerberg Hits Back at Facebook Whistleblower Claims

Frances Haugen's testimony that social networking company puts profit before people just not true."

Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company
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Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

Frances Haugen, who left the social network in May and leaked internal documents, gave senators rare insight into its inner workings.

Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services
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Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted General Motors' Cruise and Alphabet's Waymo autonomous vehicle deployment permits.

Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance
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Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance

A survey of more than 1,000 U.K. residents showed high compliance among the half of participants who had downloaded the National Health Service App.

Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software
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Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software

Google's Open Source Security Team is starting with a $1-million investment, and plans to expand the program's scope based on community feedback.

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow
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Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow

Crafting more difficult algorithms to protect secrets so they are resilient to future quantum computers is creating, in effect, post-quantum cryptography.

Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number
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Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number

The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows.
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