This week, we’re talking about data collection on your face, the US Department of Justice, and the newest cryptocurrency: Whoppercoin.
Companies are “collecting data” on your face, without your consent. Turns out, “most, if not all, people in these photos are unaware that biometric companies around the world are honing facial recognition algorithms on their friends, family, and children.” (via The Verge)
Bad news: the US Department of Justice requested “all information available” on the visitors to disruptj20.org, a website used to plan a protest during Trump’s inauguration. Good news? They dropped the request, after being pressured by DreamHost to narrow the warrant. (via Gizmodo)
In Russia, for every Whopper you purchase, you’ll receive one Whoppercoin. It’s still vague, and it’s still being rolled out, but apparently BK is thinking about bitcoin and any other cryptocurrencies. Supposedly there’s one billion Whoppercoin so far. (via Munchies)
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- How Journalists Can Detect Electronic Surveillance (via International Journalists’ Network)
- 6 Experts on How Silicon Valley Can Solve Online Harassment (via WIRED)
- 10+ Years of Activists Silence: Internet Intermediaries’ Long History of Censorship (via EFF)