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Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching is nearly as good as human brains

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching software can now ‘recognize’ human faces with an accuracy just a fraction of a percentage point behind human beings – a huge leap forward in the technology, with some potentially alarming implications for privacy.

Brainwave privacy standard “is needed” to prevent spying on EEG scan data, researchers warn

Smartphone apps and home equipment for scanning brainwaves could lead to a future in which governments or companies misuse such data as a way of decoding people’s personality traits, researchers from MIT and the Technical University of Denmark have warned.

Twitter kills off ‘stalker’ bug that let users spy on protected Tweets

Twitter has removed a bug that allowed site users to spy on protected accounts, reading supposedly protected Tweets via SMS or push notifications, regardless of whether users had approved them as followers.

‘Secure’ web browsing can leak private data to employers and ISPs, researchers warn

University of Berkeley researchers have revealed a technique for identifying individual web pages visited ‘securely’ by users, with up to 89% accuracy, revealing data such as health conditions, financial details and sexual orientation.

How can doctors practice better health information security?

Did you know that medical data on 20,000 people may be exposed to abuse today? As a healthcare practitioner, you may not be aware of the value of the data in your care, but criminals certainly are.

January 28 is Data Privacy Day 2014

We want to make sure everyone takes note of Data Privacy Day 2014 (Twitter hashtag #DPD14). It is the perfect time to take a moment to consider the challenges and rewards of data privacy.

Secret radio technology allowed NSA to spy on PCs disconnected from the Internet

A secret technology which relied on radio transmissions has allowed the National Security Agency to spy on computers disconnected from the internet – a security measure known as an ‘air gap’, and commonly used to protect machines containing highly sensitive data.

Yes there is a Data Privacy Day, and it will be here soon

The Target security breach and the Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance have raised awareness of data privacy to new levels, making Data Privacy Day more relevant than ever in 2014. And yes, Data Privacy Day is a real thing, observed on January 28.

Target breached: 5 defensive steps shoppers should take now

Tips for shoppers worried that their credit or debit cards may have been compromised by the massive security breach at Target stores.

ESET’s Threat Trends Predictions 2014: The next battle for internet privacy, a new assault on Androids, and a new wave of hi-tech malware

The 2014 threat trends report from ESET’s global network of cybersecurity experts centers on three key trends, the first and foremost being digital privacy, the others being threats to mobile devices, and new, hi-tech malware targeting PCs and other devices in the home.

Oh look, a hacked package delivery drone

News of Amazon’s plans to use aerial drones to deliver packages raises the prospect of clashing values in areas like use of air space and technology, not to mention privacy and plain old malice.

HIPAA 9/23 compliance deadline looms as breaches continue

This is a quick reminder that the September 23 deadline for compliance with the new HIPAA regulations is rapidly approaching. Organizations that handle protected health information (PHI) need to be sure they are up to speed on the changes and ready to withstand scrutiny. In general, you will need new NPPs and BAAs (Notices of

One in five internet users have had emails or social networks hijacked, Pew study finds

Internet users are becoming more savvy about keeping their private data safe – but many have already fallen victim to crime and scams, a study by the Pew Research Institute’s Internet Project has found. One in five (21%) of internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.

Healthcare IT security: infographic stats point to big privacy holes

An infographic of recent healthcare IT security statistics paints a striking picture of much security work yet to be done, even as new medical privacy regulations go into effect.

FTC issues record $7.5m fine for calls to U.S. veterans on Do Not Call Registry

A telemarketing company has been hit with a $7.5m fine for repeatedly contacting people on the Do Not Call Registry – the largest civil penalty ever issued in a Do Not Call case.

Facebook privacy row as hacker uses Graph Search to list thousands of phone numbers

A hacker has used Facebook’s Graph Search to find and list telephone numbers for thousands of Facebook users without their knowledge.

British cyber intelligence agency admits to basic password security errors

Britain’s hi-tech government intelligence agency GCHQ should know better than to send passwords in plain text via email – but has been doing so due to “legacy systems”, it admitted in a statement this week.

Multi-cursor password system unveiled by Japanese researchers

A prototype multi-cursor system designed to improve the security of on screen password entry has been posted onto DigInfo, the Tokyo based news site that promotes cutting edge technology from Japan.

Survey: US doctors say patients can update electronic records but not get full access

Results from an eight country Accenture survey shows that US doctors surveyed have mixed feelings about electronic patient records (EPR). While some 82 percent want patients to update their own records, only a third (31 percent) believe they should have full access.

Report: Growing use of BYOD in American healthcare a consumer worry

According to the PwC Top Health industry issues of 2013 report, healthcare managers and consumers are increasingly concerned about the rise of healthcare workers using their own devices within hospitals and other healthcare centers.

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