'Stalkerware' Phone Spying Apps Have Escaped Google's Ad Ban

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Several companies offering phone-spying apps -- known as "stalkerware" -- are still advertising in Google search results, despite the search giant's ban that took effect today, TechCrunch has found. These controversial apps are often pitched to help parents snoop on their child's calls,… Read More »

Posted on 11 August 2020 | 10:30 pm

Police Use of Facial Recognition Violates Human Rights, UK Court Rules

An appeals court ruled today that police use of facial recognition technology in the UK has "fundamental deficiencies" and violates several laws. Ars Technica reports: South Wales Police began using automated facial recognition technology on a trial basis in 2017, deploying a system called AFR Locate overtly at several dozen major events such as… Read More »

Posted on 11 August 2020 | 9:02 pm

Facebook Removed Seven Million Posts In Second Quarter For False Coronavirus Info

Facebook said on Tuesday it removed 7 million posts in the second quarter for sharing false information about the novel coronavirus, including content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures. Reuters reports: It released the data as part of its sixth Community Standards Enforcement Report, which it introduced in 2018 along… Read More »

Posted on 11 August 2020 | 8:25 pm

Xbox Series X Launching In November, But Halo Infinite Is Delayed Until 2021

Microsoft isn't providing a specific release date for its next-gen Xbox Series X console, but the company did reveal it will launch in the month of November. Sadly, Microsoft and 343 Industries also announced today that Halo Infinite is being delayed to 2021. The Verge reports: The lack of Halo Infinite does mean there's no big launch title for… Read More »

Posted on 11 August 2020 | 7:45 pm

TikTok Tracked User Data Using Tactic Banned By Google

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MarketWatch: TikTok skirted a privacy safeguard in Google's Android operating system to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that allows the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found. The tactic, which experts in… Read More »

Posted on 11 August 2020 | 7:02 pm

Russia Claims To Have Registered World's First COVID-19 Vaccine

New submitter Hmmmmmm shares a report from CNBC: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of what Russia claims to be the first vaccine for the coronavirus in the world and said one of his daughters had already taken it. "Although I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity and, I repeat, has passed all… Read More »

Posted on 11 August 2020 | 6:20 pm