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Is it 1984 yet?!

Monday, October 30th, 2017

NPR: Aexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

“Earlier this month, the toy-giant Mattel announced it had pulled the plug on plans to sell an interactive gadget for children. The device, called Aristotle, looked similar to a baby monitor with a camera. Critics called it creepy.

“Aristotle […] was designed to “displace essential parenting functions, like soothing a crying baby or reading a bedtime story,” says Josh Golin, executive director of the advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “So that the children would form an attachment to it.” […]

But some of the concerns with Aristotle apply to Alexa and Google Home. In terms of privacy, both Alexa and Google Home are always “listening” to conversations. Once they hear a trigger word — such as “Ok Google” or “Alexa” — the device starts recording the conversation you’re having with it. Then it uploads the conversation to the cloud so it can learn better how to understand you and help you. Both Alexa and Google Home allow you to listen to the conversations, and the companies say you can delete them.”

Call me paranoid, but I would never in a million years install such a device in my home.

“There is no statute of limitation on the truth.”

Friday, October 6th, 2017

The Guardian: Ex-FBI agent opens cold case review into who betrayed Anne Frank. “Vince Pankoke and his team will use new techniques to analyse large amounts of data to solve mystery of diarist’s capture.”

“A retired FBI agent has launched a cold case review into identifying those who may have betrayed the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family to the Gestapo in 1944.

Investigative techniques developed in the past decade, including the crunching of big data to uncover leads, are to be used by a team of 19 forensic experts led by Vince Pankoke.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam has made available its archives and welcomed the initiative, which is being filmed and chronicled online, as the investigators, including historians, psychological profilers and former police detectives, work through the evidence.

The cold case review team has supervised a reconstruction, using actors, of the day of the Frank family’s arrest. One of the founding fathers of the FBI’s behavioural science unit, Roger Depue, is analysing contemporary witness statements and interviews.”

The New York Times: Ultimate Cold Case: Who Betrayed Anne Frank?

“A former FBI agent is heading up a cold case team more than 70 years after Nazi occupation police stormed the secret Amsterdam canal house annex where Anne Frank was hiding and sent her to her death in a concentration camp.

Suspicions that someone betrayed the Frank family are not new, but the latest attempt will seek out new connections in the case of the Jewish girl whose diary has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

Retired agent Vincent Pankoke said he had high hopes of solving one of the biggest World War Two mysteries in the Netherlands with the help of Big Data and modern policing techniques.”

The Washington Post: Who betrayed Anne Frank? Artificial intelligence could finally solve the mystery..

“For nearly 75 years, some of the greatest investigative minds have tried to figure out who tipped off the Nazis about Anne Frank and the seven other Jews who were hiding behind a movable bookcase in Amsterdam.

Now, a former FBI investigator working with a production company hopes the decades-old mystery can be solved with the help of a new mind — an artificial one.”

The effort is crowd-funded, see Cold Case Dairy for more information.

Strenge Datenschutzgesetze sollen Nutzerdaten schützen

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Udo Vetter: Digitale Spracherkennung: Was Sie über Alexa, Siri & Co. wissen sollten.

Rechtsanwalt Udo Vetter erklärt, worauf Nutzer bei Geräten mit Sprachsteuerung achten sollten.

“Sprachsteuerung kommt mittlerweile auch da zum Einsatz, wo man sie vielleicht gar nicht erwartet. Zum Beispiel im Kinderzimmer. Hier hielt die Spracherkennung kürzlich durch Spielzeug Einzug. „Hello Barbie“, eine Puppe, schickte zum Beispiel alles an einen Server in den USA. Eltern erhielten einmal pro Woche einen Mitschnitt von allem, was ihr Kind mit der Puppe „besprochen“ hatte. „Hello Barbie“ bekam für diesen fragwürdigen Umgang mit den Persönlichkeitsrechten von Kindern einen Big Brother Award. […]

Auch sonst tun sich Grauzonen auf. Bei uns steht es etwa unter Strafe, wenn man das nichtöffentlich gesprochene Wort Dritter aufzeichnet. Wer also Besuch hat, muss von sich aus dafür sorgen, dass Freunde oder Partygäste nicht ohne ihr Einverständnis von Siri oder Alexa „belauscht“ werden.

(Nicht wirklich) Neues von der Datenkrake

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Spiegel online: WhatsApp-Nutzern könnten Abmahnungen drohen. “Wer WhatsApp nutzt, stimmt der Weitergabe seines Adressbuches an das Unternehmen zu. Diese Praxis sei illegal, urteilt das Amtsgericht Bad Hersfeld im Fall eines Elfjährigen. Für Nutzer könnte das Folgen haben.”

“Wer über WhatsApp die Telefonnummern seiner Kontakte automatisch an das Unternehmen weiterleitet, ohne die Betroffenen vorher um Erlaubnis zu fragen, begeht eine Rechtsverletzung. Das entschied das Amtsgericht Bad Hersfeld in einem Sorgerechtsstreit (Az. F 120/17 EASO), in dem es auch um die Smartphone-Nutzung eines elf Jahre alten Jungen ging.”

(Siehe auch 31. August 2016, 9. September 2016, 27. September 2016.)

“Facebook sells you out, because that’s exactly how they make money.”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Salim Virani: Get your loved ones off Facebook.

“Facebook is demanding to track what you buy, and your financial information like bank account and credit card numbers. You’ve already agreed to it in the new Terms Of Service. It’s already started sharing data with Mastercard. They’ll use the fact that you stayed on Facebook as “permission” to make deals with all kinds of banks and financial institutions to get your data from them. They’ll call it anonymous, but like they trick your friends to reveal your data to the third-parties with apps, they’ll create loopholes here too.

Facebook is also insisting to track your location via your phone’s GPS, everywhere and all the time. It’ll know exactly who you spend your time with. They’ll know your habits, they’ll know when you call in sick at work, but are really out bowling. “Sal likes 2pm Bowling at Secret Lanes.” They’ll know if you join an addict support group, or go to a psychiatrist, or a psychic, or a mistress. They’ll know how many times you’ve been to the doctor or hospital, and be able to share that with prospective insurers or employers. They’ll know when you’re secretly job hunting, and will sell your endorsement for job sites to your friends and colleagues – you’ll be revealed.

They’ll know everything that can be revealed by your location, and they’ll use it however they want to make a buck.

And – it’ll all be done retrospectively. If you stay on Facebook past January 30th, there’s nothing stopping all of your past location and financial data to get used.”

Link via Garret, who asks: “So, where shall we go, peeps?” – I think most people I’m connected with on FB know about my weblog, or we write emails, or we use Telegram or even Threema to keep in touch. I ripped off the band-aid with WhatsApp last year and haven’t missed it at all. Maybe it’s time for the next step?