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Starwood Hotels says 500 million guest records stolen in massive data breach – TechCrunch

Starwood Hotels says 500 million guest records stolen in massive data breach – TechCrunch Starwood Hotels has confirmed its hotel guest database of about 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach. The hotel and resorts giant said in a statement that the “unauthorized access” to its guest …

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GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’ – TechCrunch

GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’ – TechCrunch Nobody wants to be a third wheel. Unless you’re a British spy. Two of the most senior officials at British eavesdropping agency GCHQ say one way that law enforcement could access encrypted messages is to simply …

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China can apparently now identify citizens based on the way they walk – TechCrunch

China can apparently now identify citizens based on the way they walk – TechCrunch China is home to the world’s largest network of CCTV cameras — over 170 million — and its police have adopted Google Glass-like ‘smart specs’ to seek out suspects in crowds, but now its surveillance efforts have …

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Some law enforcement drones are dropping out of the sky – TechCrunch

Some law enforcement drones are dropping out of the sky – TechCrunch The U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority is cautioning police departments and other emergency services to suspend operations of a specific drone model after some of the devices lost power unexpectedly and fell while in flight. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) safety …

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Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state – TechCrunch

Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state – TechCrunch It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivity enabling …

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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming …

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Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones – TechCrunch

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones – TechCrunch U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act …

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Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic – TechCrunch

Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic – TechCrunch Creating unbiased, accurate algorithms isn’t impossible — it’s just time consuming. “It actually is mathematically possible,” facial recognition startup Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen told me on a panel at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Algorithms are sets of rules that computers follow in order …

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US government loses bid to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls – TechCrunch

US government loses bid to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls – TechCrunch US government investigators have lost a case to force Facebook to wiretap calls made over its Messenger app. A joint federal and state law enforcement effort investigating the MS-13 gang had pushed a district court to hold …

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Facebook says 50 million accounts affected by account takeover bug – TechCrunch

Facebook says 50 million accounts affected by account takeover bug – TechCrunch Facebook has said the accounts of 50 million users may be at risk after hackers exploited a vulnerability. The company said in a blog post Friday that it discovered attackers exploiting a vulnerability on the site earlier in …

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