Why your new work colleague could be a robot

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You hear EVA before you see it. A whirring and whizzing noise greets you as you enter the offices of Automata, a start-up robotics company based in London. To one side a robotic arm is going through an intricate set of moves: six joints twisting and turning in a sequence which, in the real world,… Read more »

Why Amazon knows so much about you

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I’ve been a customer since 1999, and rely on it for everything from grass seed to birthday gifts. There are Echo speakers dotted throughout my home, Ring cameras inside and out, a Fire TV set-top box in the living room and an ageing Kindle e-reader by my bedside. I submitted a data subject access request,… Read more »

Privacy watchdogs to probe Clearview AI’s facial-recognition technology

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The federal privacy watchdog and three of his provincial counterparts will jointly investigate Canadian use of facial-recognition technology supplied by U.S. firm Clearview AI. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he will be joined in the probe by ombudsmen from British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. The investigation follows media reports that raised concerns about whether the… Read more »

3 Things We Can All Learn from Microsoft’s Cloud Data Breach

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After Microsoft announced a cloud data breach that resulted in the accidental exposure of 250 million customer support records last week, cloud misconfiguration issues once again burst into the cybersecurity spotlight. On the bright side, Microsoft launched a model response, illustrating how a quick and effective reaction can preserve the public’s trust and prevent a media disaster… Read more »

A vet in your pocket

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Risks and Controls.

Michelle Keith was distressed last April when her basset hound puppy ate some of the big chocolate Easter eggs she had laying on the top of a cupboard. Knowing that chocolate can be toxic for dogs, she knew she had to do something. But she was reluctant to rush Dinah into an emergency clinic at… Read more »

Israeli soldiers duped by Hamas ‘fake women’ phone ruse

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security, Cyberattack, Phishing.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers have had their smartphones hacked by the Hamas militant group posing as women seeking attention, Israel’s military says. A spokesman said the soldiers were sent fake photos of young females and lured into downloading an app without knowing it could access their handsets. He said there was no “significant breach of… Read more »

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

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Federal departments or agencies have mishandled personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians over the past two years, according to new figures tabled in the House of Commons — and not everyone who was swept up in a privacy breach was told about it. The new figures were included in the federal government’s answer to an order paper… Read more »

Why ‘outskilling’ isn’t yet a workplace revolution

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Programmes preparing workers facing layoffs for their next career are on the rise. But experts are cautious to call ‘outskilling’ the perfect solution to the automation takeover. Source: BBC Beyond the 9-to-5 Date: February 14th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200212-the-real-ways-your-career-can-survive-automation Discussion ” As the global march toward automation continues, particularly threatening jobs in factories, retail, food service… Read more »

How ransomware insurance that protects companies and communities can also embolden criminals

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To town councillors in Essex, Ont., it sounded like an expensive, if necessary, proposal. At a public meeting last August, the town’s insurance provider pitched a new type of policy that he said a growing number of municipalities are buying: coverage against cyberattacks. “By purchasing this layer of protection, you can have a little peace of… Read more »