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Facebook and Twitter Face International Scrutiny After Trump Ban - 15 janvier 2021
Human rights groups and activists have spent years urging the companies to do more to remove content that encouraged violence. LONDON — In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Facebook kept up posts that it had been warned contributed to violence. In India, activists have urged the company to combat posts by political figures (...)

WhatsApp Doesn’t Read Your Messages, It Doesn’t Need To - Pen Magnet - 11 janvier 2021
As of this writing, WhatsApp released a newer version of its privacy policy on Jan 4, 2021. Among other things, it mentions : We are one of the Facebook Companies. You can learn more further below in this Privacy Policy about the ways in which we share information across this family of companies. When I (...)

Covid-19 Ushered in a New Era of Government Surveillance - 30 décembre 2020
Government-mandated drone surveillance and location tracking apps could be here to stay In early December, after finding 16 people had illegally crossed the border from Myanmar to Thailand and evaded the mandatory quarantine period, the Thai government said it would start patrolling the border with new (...)

Brazil’s Bolsa Familia Program : the impact on privacy rights - 27 novembre 2020
Our partner organisation InternetLab has been researching the Bolsa Familia Program and its consequences for gender and privacy, here are the first results. Over the last months, the organisation InternetLab has researched privacy, data protection, gender, and social protection, focusing on the beneficiaries of (...)

Facewatch : the Reality Behind the Marketing Discourse - 18 octobre 2020
Key findings Facewatch is allegedly developping a facial recognition technology that will work when people are wearing masks Statements by the CEO of Facewatch and marketing documents suggest the company is partnering with police departments in the UK - but the reality is unclear Beyond the marketing (...)

Droit voisin : Google et les médias français proches d’un accord - 8 octobre 2020
Après des mois de conflit, l’accord couvre le droit voisin réclamé par la presse, mais aussi des contenus pour Showcase, un nouvel espace lancé par le moteur de recherche. Le ton a changé. Après des mois, voire des années, d’épreuve de force et de déclarations martiales, Google et les représentants des médias français sont (...)

Coronavirus is putting Europe’s privacy protectors front and centre – and they’re coming up short - 2 octobre 2020
Coronavirus is putting Europe’s privacy protectors front and centre – and they’re coming up short Coronavirus is putting Europe’s privacy protectors front and centre – and they’re coming up short Wojciech Wiewiórowski felt like his entire life had been leading up to the moment when Covid-19 hit Europe like a tidal wave (...)

Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation - 14 septembre 2020
A 6,600-word internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist details how the social network knew leaders of countries around the world were using their site to manipulate voters — and failed to act. Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections (...)

La montée en puissance des logiciels de reconnaissance ethnique fait craindre des dérives - 29 août 2020
Un certain nombre d’entreprises se vantent de proposer des logiciels capables de repérer l’origine ethnique, mais nombreux sont ceux qui redoutent que ces outils n’alimentent la discrimination Le jour où Revlon a voulu savoir quels rouges à lèvres portaient les femmes issues de différentes origines ethniques et de (...)

From Japan to Brazil and South Africa : how countries’ ‘data cultures’ shape their response to coronavirus - 13 août 2020
Since March, The Correspondent has been tracking how countries are using surveillance technology to respond to the spread of the coronavirus. We’ve already documented how governments have turned to contact-tracing apps, telecom tracking and self-assessment apps to curb the spread of the virus. But it’s clear that (...)

Brazil Bolsonaro : Facebook told to block accounts of president’s supporters - 2 août 2020
Facebook has complied with an order by Brazil’s Supreme Court to block the accounts of a dozen top allies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. The group are accused of spreading fake news against judges. However, the social media giant said the measure was a threat to freedom of speech, and said it would appeal (...)

Après une décision de justice, Twitter et Facebook bloquent des comptes de partisans de Bolsonaro - 30 juillet 2020
Les comptes de seize soutiens et alliés du président brésilien d’extrême droite ont été bloqués dans le cadre d’une enquête sur une campagne présumée de désinformation. Twitter et Facebook ont suspendu, vendredi 24 juillet, les comptes de seize soutiens et alliés du président brésilien Jair Bolsonaro. Une mesure prise en (...)

How Facebook’s Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda - 19 juillet 2020
Some of unit’s clients stifle opposition, stoke extremism. Under fire for Facebook Inc.’s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship. “We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas,” Zuckerberg wrote in (...)

Brad Parscale, le sorcier numérique de Trump - 19 juillet 2020
Donald Trump, en chute dans les sondages depuis le printemps 2020 après sa gestion catastrophique de la pandémie, s’est séparé de son directeur de campagne Brad Parscale quatre mois avant l’élection de novembre. Au centre du système Trump, il a été celui qui a tout misé sur le numérique et la puissance de Facebook dans la (...)

The Microsoft Police State : Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and the Azure Cloud - 15 juillet 2020
Nationwide protests against racist policing have brought new scrutiny onto big tech companies like Facebook, which is under boycott by advertisers over hate speech directed at people of color, and Amazon, called out for aiding police surveillance. But Microsoft, which has largely escaped criticism, is knee-deep in (...)

Allégations d’inconduites sexuelles : Ubisoft dans la tourmente - 9 juillet 2020
Ubisoft, y compris ses studios de Montréal et de Toronto, est prise dans la tourmente #metoo ayant emporté l’industrie du jeu vidéo depuis quelques jours. Plusieurs de ses cadres sont visés par des allégations de harcèlement envers des employées, entre autres choses. Ubisoft a même suspendu vendredi deux de ses (...)

What’s wrong with WhatsApp - 6 juillet 2020
As social media has become more inhospitable, the appeal of private online groups has grown. But they hold their own dangers – to those both inside and out. In the spring, as the virus swept across the world and billions of people were compelled to stay at home, the popularity of one social media app rose more (...)

Facial recognition on trial : emotion and gender “detection” under scrutiny in a court case in Brazil - 3 juillet 2020
We are seeing AI-powered facial recognition systems deployed in increasingly sensitive environments around the world, and often without people’s knowledge or consent. It is critical to ensure these systems do not facilitate human rights violations, in particular of people and communities who are already at risk. (...)

Emotion, Gender Prediction Tech Should Be Banned from Brazil’s Metro : NGO Testifies - 26 juin 2020
Access Now, a non-profit that defends the digital rights of citizens around the world, presents an expert opinion in a lawsuit against São Paulo metro operator ViaQuatro and its use of facial categorization software to predict the age, gender and emotional state of passengers for advertisement purposes. ViaQuatro (...)

COVID-19 : Apps do governo e seus riscos à privacidade - 24 juin 2020
Analisamos políticas e práticas de privacidade de aplicativos oferecidos nos diferentes níveis federativos no enfrentamento à COVID-19. Estratégias fortemente apoiadas no uso da tecnologia são uma marca do enfrentamento à COVID-19 no mundo. O debate sobre a adequação de cada um dos itens desse cardápio de ferramentas para (...)