e.Woke #75: Data Mining My Data?


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Data for sale! Get your data for sale! This week’s Digital Twilight Zone covers invasion of privacy. What if technology that was supposed to protect you sold you out instead? Read up on how third party trackers and facial recognition seep into our everyday lives.

“Facial recognition cameras to be rolled out in London amid privacy concerns”

What a controversial time to live in the UK! Rachel Thompson of Mashable writes that as “the European Union considers implementing a temporary ban on facial recognition in public places,” the Metropolitan Police Service of London announced that “live facial recognition (LFR) technology will be rolled out across specific locations.” Invasive technology in the hands of the police? I don’t think so! (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“Tinder’s New Panic Button Is Sharing Your Data”

Think twice before swiping right! Tinder’s newest function is “‘a panic button’ that connects each user with emergency responders. With the help of a company called Noonlight, Tinder users will be able to share the details of their date–and their given location–in the event that law enforcement needs to get involved.” It’s not like apps ever took advantage of our personal info, right? Shoshana Wodinsky for Gizmodo takes a deep dive into exactly how much of our personal information Noonlight has access to, and what they do with it.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data”

If you ever used Avast the antivirus giant, you might wanna clear out your cookies. “An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies.” writes Joseph Cox, from VICE. Caught with their hand in the cookie jar, indeed! Check out the article and the statement from Avast. (Photo by Hunter French)

“Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers”

A wolf in sheep’s clothing! Right on the heels of Ring’s hacking scares and potential for racial discrimination comes this investigative report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Bill Budington writes that the EFF “investigation…of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information.” (Photo by Electronic Frontier Foundation)


Overall Mood Meme for this week is…

When you realize your fav app is mining your data

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