New York Times: Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site’s Photos

New York Times: Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site’s Photos. “Twitter sent a letter this week to the small start-up company, Clearview AI, demanding that it stop taking photos and any other data from the social media website ‘for any reason’ and delete any data that it previously collected, a Twitter spokeswoman said. The cease-and-desist letter, sent on Tuesday, accused Clearview of violating Twitter’s policies.”

It’s not just Google: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM get hospital data, too (Mashable)

Mashable: It’s not just Google: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM get hospital data, too. “The public freaked out in November 2019 at the Wall Street Journal’s revelations that Google was taking in non-anonymous healthcare information from hospital network Ascension. Now, a new report from the Journal shows that the tech giant is far from alone: Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and IBM also have data-sharing agreements with hospitals. The scope of work spelled out in those agreements allows for some information to be shared that could identify patients, too.”

ZDNet: FBI seizes WeLeakInfo, a website that sold access to breached data

ZDNet: FBI seizes WeLeakInfo, a website that sold access to breached data. “US authorities have seized this week the domain of WeLeakInfo.com, an online service that for the past three years has been selling access to data hacked from other websites. The website provided access to people’s cleartext passwords, allowing hackers to purchase a subscription on the site and gain access to billions of user credentials.”

The Guardian: Was anyone ever so young? What 10 years of my Instagram data revealed

The Guardian: Was anyone ever so young? What 10 years of my Instagram data revealed. “In the 10 days leading up to Christmas, I searched on Instagram for three of my exes, an acquaintance I met on a trip to Cuba four years ago, an account dedicated to astrology memes, a past roommate, my own dog’s account (@lucythetherapypup), my best friend’s sweater-wearing poodle, a famous Pomeranian who lives in New York, a bird named Parfait I recently met at a San Francisco market, 10 contestants of the reality TV show Love Island, and the hashtag #wienerdog. I know all of this because Instagram told me.”

Computer Weekly: Sextortion campaign hits Nest home security cameras

Computer Weekly: Sextortion campaign hits Nest home security cameras. “The campaign was uncovered by researchers at email cyber security company Mimecast, which found almost 1,700 examples sent to individuals, mostly in the US, earlier in January. Although in essence a run-of-the-mill extortion racket, it is a more unusual campaign than usual due to a rather more complex methodology that appears to obfuscate the origins of the scam emails and other details that might make it possible to identify those responsible, said Mimecast’s head of data science overwatch, Kiri Addison.”

ZDNet: 49 million user records from US data broker LimeLeads put up for sale online

ZDNet: 49 million user records from US data broker LimeLeads put up for sale online. “A hacker is currently selling a huge database of 49 million business contacts on a underground hacking forum, ZDNet has learned. The hacker claims the data belongs to LimeLeads, a San Francisco-based business-to-business (B2B) leads generator, which +makes its money by renting access to an internal database containing business contacts that can be used for pitches and sales.”

CNET: Google Chrome’s privacy changes will hit the web later this year

CNET: Google Chrome’s privacy changes will hit the web later this year. “Google’s Chrome team, advancing its web privacy effort, later this year will begin testing the ‘privacy sandbox’ proposals it unveiled in 2019. The Chrome tests, which Google announced Tuesday, are part of an effort to make it harder for publishers, advertisers and data brokers to harvest your personal data without your permission and to track you online.”