Google’s New App Policy May Break a Vital Tool for Sex Workers in the UK and Ireland

When President Trump last year passed anti-trafficking legislation in America that led to the erasure of online resources that the country's sex workers relied on to discuss violent clients, sex workers feared for their safety and fought back. The erasure of these online spaces for the community have continued to proliferate the web, and now, due to a new permissions policy from Google, a safety resource used by sex workers in Ireland and the UK is at risk of being broken or removed from the Google Play app store. Read More >>

Facebook Blames Users for Its Latest Privacy Scandal as Lawmakers Ask to Chat

Members of Congress on Tuesday requested a briefing with Facebook over allegations that the social network potentially misled users who discussed their medical conditions in “closed” groups that they believed to be private and anonymous. But Facebook says users who shared information in these groups should have understood that the social network “is not an anonymous platform.” Read More >>

YouTube Updates Its Three-Strikes Policy—But Not the One You’re Mad About

Making bullshit copyright claims to get content removed from YouTube remains a tried-and-true way to screw with creators, which is why the company’s plan to overhaul its “three-strikes” policy sounds like the much-needed improvement users have been asking for. But confusingly, YouTube’s new policy update has absolutely nothing to do with copyright. Read More >>

The Mystery of That Taylor Swift Face Recognition Kiosk Has Been Solved

In December of last year, Rolling Stone reported that at a Taylor Swift concert at the 2018 Rose Bowl there was a mysterious kiosk playing clips of the singer that doubled as a facial recognition system to flag any of Swift’s stalkers. A number of reports covered the alleged kiosk – including Gizmodo – but little was known at the time about the surveillance system. But now we have answers to some key questions about this kiosk, including who was behind it. Read More >>

Actually, Secretly Filming Students’ Cleavage Is Illegal, Canada’s Supreme Court Rules

In 2015, a high school teacher in Ontario, Canada, Ryan Jarvis, was caught secretly recording the chests of female students with a spy pen. But Jarvis was acquitted after the Ontario Court of Appeal reasoned that the students didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy at the public school. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against this decision, declaring that the students did have a right to not be filmed with a spycam. Read More >>

Researchers Study How X-Rays Can Be a Flag for Domestic Violence  

New research published last week may help radiologists identify survivors of domestic abuse through the study of x-rays. Read More >>

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Tinder, Grindr, and Other Dating Services Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation

Dating apps including Tinder and Grindr have failed to prevent child sexual exploitation on their platforms, in part due to weak age verification measures, according to a new report by the Sunday Times. Read More >>

Someone Uploaded Child Pornography to a Blockchain Ledger, and It’s Almost Impossible to Delete

Someone added images of child sexual abuse to an immutable blockchain ledger, the BBC reported. The images were added to the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) core ledger through the payment processing app Money Button. Read More >>

Researchers Create Hotel-Recognition System to Aid Human Trafficking Investigations

Researchers have built a massive dataset of hotel images with the intention of helping law enforcement in human trafficking investigations. The dataset, called Hotels-50k, consists over more than 1 million images from 50,000 hotels globally. Read More >>

Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner and public health services agency are reportedly investigating how the private data of a patient who had an abortion may have landed in the hands of a harasser. Read More >>

Apple Breaks Google’s Employee-Only iOS Apps After Search Giant Broke Its Rules: Reports

Google’s internal iOS apps are now borked just like Facebook’s were yesterday. That’s all thanks to Apple, which revoked Google’s enterprise certificate today after the search company broke its developer rules. Read More >>

Google May Also Be Violating Apple’s Policies Just Like Facebook

Facebook may not be the only tech giant violating Apple’s developer programme policies. Read More >>

Fan Unearths Footage From David Bowie’s 1972 Ziggy Stardust TV Debut—But Can Technicians Restore It?

In June 1972, David Bowie made his debut as Ziggy Stardust on British TV show Lift Off with Ayshea, but years later a technician accidentally wiped the only known footage of the performance instead of converting it to digital. Audio of the show is available online, but a video archive of the iconic moment was seemingly lost in time. On Tuesday, however, it was revealed that a fan had recorded Bowie’s appearance with a home video recorder. And if we’re lucky, it may even appear in a BBC documentary next month. Read More >>

Facebook Shares More Details About the Content Oversight Board You’ll Be Getting Pissed Off About in the Future

Facebook, turns 15-years-old next week, has yet to figure out how to moderate its increasingly destructive platform. In November, the company announced that it had plans to establish an independent board that would help oversee some of the more contentious and complex issues, and on Monday, it released even more details pertaining to this future body of decisionmakers. Read More >>

Very Important Brexit App Still Only Works on Android as Shitshow Continues

There are just 60 days until the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union, and for EU citizens looking to stay living in the UK, the process currently has an exasperatingly dumb roadblock. Read More >>