Online Depression Tests Are Collecting and Sharing Your Data

Casually browsing the web comes with the expectation that you’re probably going to be tracked by data brokers who are thirsty for your internet habits, but one might also expect that on certain corners of the web, your information is treated with more sensitivity. But a new report found that even on mental health websites, your privacy is second to generating those sweet personalised ads. Read More >>

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings in the US Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in America, loved ones grieve, gun control advocates call for common-sense reforms, and politicians suggest new “solutions” that won’t do anything about guns. These proposals frequently focus on mental health, but a new plan before the White House to monitor “neurobehavioural” predictors of violence isn’t just misguided, it’s terrifyingly dystopian. Read More >>

Thieves Steal More Than £168,000 in Apple Products After Smashing Glass Wall With Sledgehammer

Early Tuesday morning, six people broke into two Apple stores in Australia by smashing the glass enclosure with a sledgehammer, according to surveillance footage. Read More >>

Airport Body Scanners Have a Gender Problem

Airport security is famously dehumanising, and reports reveal that for transgender travellers, this can be an especially intrusive and traumatising experience given the current status of screening. From January 2016 through April 2019, nearly 300 civil rights complaints were filed regarding US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening of transgender people. Read More >>

YouTube Is About to Round Down Creators’ Follower Counts

In May, YouTube let creators know that in the near future, all of them with more than 1,000 subscribers would see their follower counts rounded down. The time has come, and the video-sharing service is rolling out this change throughout September. Read More >>

Amazon Search Results for ‘Suicide’ Will Now Include a Helpline Instead of Nooses

After searches for 'suicide' on Amazon brought up a number of items to aid in causing a customer’s own death, the tech giant pledged to add helpline information to the pages of certain products. Read More >>

Woman’s Ex-Husband and His New Girlfriend Ordered to Pay £2.6 Million in Revenge Porn Case

In August, US woman Elizabeth Ann Clark sued her ex-husband Adam Matthew Clark and his new girlfriend for stalking, cyberstalking, revenge porn, and libellous comments, which included allegedly posting fake personal ads of her on Craigslist and Facebook. This included posting a partly nude photo of her online. On Monday, a jury ruled in favour of the plaintiff, and she was awarded $3.2 million (£2.6 million), according to the New York Times. Read More >>

Sweden’s First GDPR Fine Goes to a High School Piloting Facial Recognition Attendance

A school in northern Sweden experimented with facial recognition as a system to document student attendance, and the Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined the municipality 200,000 SEK (about £16,800) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s the first time the country has been fined for violating the digital privacy violation, which began enforcement in May of last year. Read More >>

Apple Says Only In-House Employees Will Listen to Siri Recordings as 300 Contractors Are Reportedly Laid Off

Following public outcry over workers listening to audio captured by voice assistants, Apple announced on Wednesday that it would no longer relegate the task of listening to Siri recordings to contractors, and instead, only Apple employees would review these audio clips. As a result, hundreds of contractors have reportedly lost their jobs. Read More >>

Judge Pauses Roll Out of Facebook’s ‘Clear History’ Tool Over Fears of Evidence Destruction

Facebook showed its whole snooping backside last year during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Mark Zuckerberg promptly promised to deliver users a tool that would give them some more power over how their data is used. More than a year later, and Facebook is finally beginning to roll out such a feature, but a state judge in Texas wants to put it on hold for fear that it’ll help sex traffickers scrub incriminating evidence. Read More >>

Security Installation Man Sentenced To Life in Prison for Secretly Recording Girls at Homes He Serviced

A 39-year-old man in the US state of Oklahoma who installed home security systems for a local company was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for hiding cameras in homes and secretly recording girls who lived there. Read More >>

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A Crackdown on the Use of Face Recognition Tech is Brewing in the EU: Report

European citizens may soon have protections most Americans lack: control over the use of their face recognition data. Read More >>

Second Teen Arrested for Threats Posted on Meme-Sharing Site iFunny

On Monday, a 19-year-old man from the US city of Chicago was arrested after allegedly threatening to “slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor” in the area of an abortion clinic. The threats were reportedly made on iFunny, and he is the second young man this month to be charged over violent comments on the meme-sharing site. Read More >>

Google’s Fix for Misleading Abortion Ads Is Weak and Ineffective

In June, Google began implementing a new policy that required companies running ads with abortion-related keywords to explicitly state whether or not they provide abortion services and then added a disclosure directly on the ad to prevent crisis pregnancy centres from deceiving users. But it appears the policy still allows these dangerously misleading clinics to show up in search results without that clarifying disclosure. Read More >>

Google Will Now Let Visually Impaired Users See Live Edits In Google Docs

There are a lot of improvements to be made on the web to make it more accessible, and a lot of that is contingent on thorny legal issues, so it’s nice to see tech companies take the initiative to inject accessibility improvements directly into their own products. Especially basic but frequently used features like editing in Google Docs. Read More >>