Apple Apologizes for Use of Contractors to Eavesdrop on Siri

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is apologizing for allowing outsiders to listen to snippets of people's recorded conversations with its digital assistant Siri, a practice that undermined its attempts to position itself as a trusted steward of privacy. As part of the ...
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FTC Fines Facebook $5B, Adds Limited Oversight on Privacy

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. "The magnitu...
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Opinion: Don’t Dumb Down Our Smart Speakers

Editor’s note: This commentary is a response to “Legislation seeks to outsmart ‘smart’ speakers,” May 23, 2019. Voice recognition systems have streamlined our daily activities, from turning on the lights to ...
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San Francisco May Ban Face Recognition Tech by Police

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco supervisors will vote on surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments. If approved by the full board, San Francisco would become...