New satellites will take us “one step closer to a Big Brother-is-watching kind of world”

Dr. Jim Denison: I’m not alone in my concern: more than half of the mobile devices in the US are Apple devices using its proprietary iOS operating system. Privacy issues are not limited to our mobile phones: for example, one university is racing to remove vending machines that were found to be collecting students’ facial-recognition data without their consent.

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Dr. Jim Denison

My iPhone installed its latest update this morning. These often address security issues with the software; for example, a recent update fixed a bug that allowed Siri, the company’s AI-based virtual assistant, to record people’s conversations without their consent, even if they opted out of it. Apple didn’t disclose whether the latest update addresses such issues, so I guess I’ll have to wait to see if I should be worried.

I’m not alone in my concern: more than half of the mobile devices in the US are Apple devices using its proprietary iOS operating system. Privacy issues are not limited to our mobile phones: for example, one university is racing to remove vending machines that were found to be collecting students’ facial-recognition data without their consent.

Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that new satellites orbiting the Earth at very low altitudes “may result in a world where nothing is really off limits.” The satellites will be able to image objects as small as four inches. The Rest of The Story Here

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