Posts tagged privacy
“ This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. — Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst.”
This gives a bit more credence to the idea that nothing and nowhere is private anymore.
A full-frontal photo of a Miami woman standing on her front porch with a jug of water was captured by Google ‘street view’ cameras.
Normally, Google is fairly quick to blur any naughty bits or identifying information like faces and license plates, but the Smoking Gun pointed out on Friday, September 9, that the photo had slipped through the hands of Google censors.
According to a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), led by associate professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Alessandro Acquisti, it is now even easier to identify and access your personal information from photos posted on the Internet
….In arguably the most disturbing experiment, Acquisti used students who had their date of birth and hometown publicly posted on their social network profile to predict their Social Security numbers (SSNs). By using techniques from a previous study showing that SSNs can be somewhat accurately guessed using public information, Acquisti correctly identified the first five digits of SSNs in 16 percent of the students. After four attempts, the accuracy rate jumped to 27 percent.