News Dump Wednesday: The Death Of Privacy Edition
Submitted by gjohnsit on Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:49pm
predictions in a new study by LDV Capital, a VC firm that invests in visual technologies such as computer vision. It polled experts at its own portfolio companies and beyond to predict that by 2022, the total number of cameras in the world will reach about 44 trillion.
Jaw-dropping as that figure is, it doesn’t seem so crazy when you realize that today there are already about 14 trillion cameras in the world, according to data from research firms such as Gartner.
The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.
The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies — Upsight, Unity and Kochava — alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate “commercial exploitation.”
Well, this sounds like potentially a pretty big deal. Facebook is using smartphone location data to recommend new friends to users, which suggests many possible privacy invasions. This is also a technique NSA uses to track surveillance targets.
“Thanks to tracking the location of users’ smartphones, the social network may suggest you friend people you’ve shared a GPS data point with, meaning your friend suggestions could include someone whose face you know, but whose name you didn’t until Facebook offered it up to you,” writes Kashmir Hill at Fusion.
Google recently announced a new advertising program tying consumers’ online behavior to purchases they make in stores.
Through its third-party partnerships, Google has access to 70 percent of U.S. consumers’ debit- and credit-card records. In the past three years of testing, it’s already measured 5 billion store visits. Google executives have heralded the program, which relies on machine learning, as “revolutionary” for both Google and for marketers.
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