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Photos Of Travelers Coming In And Out Of The US Have Been Hacked And Stolen

A Border Patrol database of traveler photos and license plate images was "compromised by a malicious cyber-attack."

Davey Alba • 15 days ago

Ring Is Using Its Customers’ Doorbell Camera Video For Ads. It Says It's Allowed To.

"You hereby grant Ring and its licensees an unlimited, irrevocable, fully paid and royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide rights to exploit Shared Content for any purpose," reads the Amazon-owned doorbell camera company’s terms of service.

Davey Alba • 19 days ago

A New York School District Will Test Facial Recognition System On Students Even Though The State Asked It To Wait

The western New York school district says it is "confident" in its data collection policies.

Davey Alba • 26 days ago

The First Public Schools In The US Will Start Using Facial Recognition Next Week

UPDATE: The New York State Education Department has instructed Lockport to delay its use of facial recognition technology.

Davey Alba • 27 days ago

There’s So Much More Garbage On Facebook Than You Even Realize, And It’s Impossible To Keep Up

There are 1.56 billion daily active users on Facebook, and the platform disabled 2.19 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of 2019. Plus, more disturbing stats from the company's latest Community Standards Enforcement Report.

Davey Alba • One month ago

AOC: Facial Recognition Is Growing Amid "A Global Rise In Authoritarianism And Fascism”

Ocasio-Cortez expressed concerns after a House Oversight Committee hearing on facial recognition Wednesday.

Davey Alba • One month ago

Amazon Now Has A Web Form For People To Report Abuses Of Its Facial Recognition Tech

"This yet again underscores the urgent need for Amazon to get out of the surveillance business. They simply do not know what they are doing," said civil liberties attorney Matt Cagle.

Davey Alba • One month ago

A Multimillion-Dollar Startup Hid A Sexual Harassment Incident By Its CEO — Then A Community of Outsiders Dragged It Into the Light

“Sexual misconduct happens everywhere. But DataCamp was dealing with a community with abnormally high standards and support for each other.”

Davey Alba • One month ago

A ZipRecruiter Executive Has Resigned After Details Of Alleged Sexual Misconduct Surfaced

Eyal Gutentag, CMO of ZipRecruiter, has left the company following a BuzzFeed News story containing new details of alleged sexual misconduct.

Davey Alba • 2 months ago

These Tech Execs Faced #MeToo Allegations. They All Have New Jobs.

Silicon Valley says it’s committed to improving diversity, but high-profile male executives accused of sexual misconduct are getting second chances. Some advocates are wondering why.

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago

Morehouse College Will Admit Transgender Male Students In 2020 — But The Policy Excludes Trans Women

"Morehouse is missing a crucial opportunity to become more inclusive by purposefully excluding trans female students," Tatiana Rafael, a current student who is a trans woman, told BuzzFeed News.

Davey Alba • 2 months ago

Facebook Removes Hundreds Of Pages Engaged In “Inauthentic Behavior” In The Philippines

Facebook said the pages and accounts were “linked to a network organized by Nic Gabunada,” social media director for President Duterte’s 2016 campaign.

Davey Alba • 2 months ago

YouTube Shut Down The Channel SevenSuperGirls After Its Creator Was Convicted Of Child Abuse

"When we’re made aware of serious allegations of this nature we take action, which may include terminating channels upon conclusion of an investigation," YouTube said in a statement.

Davey Alba • 3 months ago

These Senators Want Homeland Security To "Pause" Its Airport Facial Recognition Program

"American travelers [should] fully understand exactly who has access to their facial recognition data, how long their data will be held, how their information will be safeguarded, and how they can opt out of the program altogether.”

Davey Alba • 3 months ago

The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show

“This is opening the door to an extraordinarily more intrusive and granular level of government control.”

Davey Alba • 3 months ago

Democrats Hope Their "Save The Internet" Bill Will Restore Net Neutrality Laws, But It Faces An Uphill Battle

The bill would restore Obama-era protections that prohibited internet providers from charging "fast lane" premiums for services like Netflix and Facebook.

Davey Alba • 3 months ago

As Concerns Over Facial Recognition Grow, Members Of Congress Are Considering Their Next Move

“This is a perfect issue for our committee to look into,” California Rep. Jimmy Gomez told BuzzFeed News.

Davey Alba • 4 months ago

Amazon Filed A Patent Application For Tech That Could Link You To Your Identity And Job

The Rekognition technology could one day scan your face, identify who you are, use visual cues to figure out the kind of work you do, and potentially track you as you move around.

Davey Alba • 4 months ago

The American Hackers Accused Of Murdering A Young Woman In The Philippines Pleaded Not Guilty

Mir Islam and Troy Woody Jr., changed their story yet again about the circumstances surrounding the death of Tomi Masters.

Joseph Bernstein • 4 months ago

"Down The Rabbit Hole I Go": How A Young Woman Followed Two Hackers' Lies To Her Death

Tomi Masters was a 23-year-old from Indiana who moved to California with dreams of making it big in the cannabis business. Then she met a hacker who introduced her to a dark new world of digital manipulation, suspicion, paranoia, and fear — one that swallowed her alive and left her floating in a river in the Philippines.

Joseph Bernstein • 4 months ago