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Amazon Faces E.U. Inquiry Over Data From Independent Sellers - 18 juillet 2019
Amazon faces a widening inquiry in Europe over whether it unfairly uses data collected from third-party sellers who rely on its platform, the latest move by regulators around the world to curb the growing power of big technology companies. The European Union’s top antitrust regulator said on Wednesday that it had (...)

China Snares Tourists’ Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App - 3 juillet 2019
Border authorities routinely install the app on the phones of people entering the Xinjiang region by land from Central Asia, gathering personal data and scanning for material considered objectionable. China has turned its western region of Xinjiang into a police state with few modern parallels, employing a (...)

Apps That Blast Out Crime Alerts Don’t Have to Rattle You - 25 juin 2019
Neighborhood-watch networks are on the rise, even though crime is not. Here’s how to put the data into perspective. My phone recently buzzed with an alarming notification : Police officers were responding to a shooting about a mile away. A few hours later, another alert popped up, letting me know that two men (...)

Food-Delivery Couriers Exploit Desperate Migrants in France - 23 juin 2019
Aymen Arfaoui strapped on a plastic Uber Eats bag and checked his cellphone for the fastest bicycle route before pedaling into the stream of cars circling the Place de la République. Time was money, and Mr. Arfaoui, a nervous 18-year-old migrant, needed cash. “I’m doing this because I have to eat,” he said, locking (...)

On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles - 6 juin 2019
Christiane C. didn’t think anything of it when her 10-year-old daughter and a friend uploaded a video of themselves playing in a backyard pool. “The video is innocent, it’s not a big deal,” said Christiane, who lives in a Rio de Janeiro suburb. A few days later, her daughter shared exciting news : The video had (...)

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc - 30 mai 2019
For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services. But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know : A key (...)

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook - 9 mai 2019
The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. We met at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy neighborhood. We spent an hour or two together while his toddler daughter cruised around. We talked (...)

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction - 9 mai 2019
They all tell a similar story : They ran apps that helped people limit the time they and their children spent on iPhones. Then Apple created its own screen-time tracker. And then Apple made staying in business very, very difficult. Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most (...)

Facebook Opens a Command Post to Thwart Election Meddling in Europe - 6 mai 2019
The social network took the wraps off a special operations center in Dublin ahead of this month’s European Union voting. Inside a large room in Facebook’s European headquarters in Ireland’s capital, about 40 employees sit at rows of desks, many with two computer screens and a sign representing a country in the (...)

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans : How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority - 29 avril 2019
In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group. The Chinese government has drawn wide international condemnation for its harsh crackdown on ethnic Muslims in its western region, including holding as (...)

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police - 29 avril 2019
The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent. When detectives in a Phoenix suburb arrested a warehouse worker in a murder investigation last December, they credited a new technique with (...)

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation - 15 mars 2019
Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks. A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed (...)

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise - 27 février 2019
The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control. The authorities called it a free health check. Tahir Imin had his doubts. They drew blood from the 38-year-old Muslim, scanned his face, recorded his voice and (...)

Do You Take This Robot … - 21 février 2019
Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying ? When Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old school administrator in Tokyo, strolled down the aisle in a white tuxedo in November, his mother was not among the 40 well-wishers in attendance. For her, he said, “it was not something (...)

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And Amazon Has a Patent for It.) - 11 février 2019
What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong ? What if your supervisor could identify every time you paused to scratch or fidget, and for how long you took a bathroom break ? What may sound (...)

How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises - 10 février 2019
When new employees join Huawei, they are given books about the Chinese telecommunications company’s achievements. One featured accomplishment is how the company has thrived in Europe. A chapter in one of the books describes the hard work of Huawei employees to win over European telecom providers and sell them (...)

How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent - 7 février 2019
If no one reads the terms and conditions, how can they continue to be the legal backbone of the internet ? The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon’s terms and conditions alone out loud takes approximately (...)

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret - 28 janvier 2019
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone (...)

The Follower Factory - 16 janvier 2019
Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market. Celebrities, athletes, pundits and politicians have millions of fake followers. The world’s social media platforms are struggling to respond. But popularity has a price. he real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager (...)

Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race - 9 janvier 2019
The “Dry Alabama” Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink, had a blunt message : Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely. Along with a companion Twitter feed, the Facebook page appeared to be the work of Baptist teetotalers who (...)