IOS14 Beta Kicks Mobile Spy Butt

Yes, IOS-14 is your friend. It is about time the default for data collection is set to opt-out. Enough hunting for deep links to cancel automatic opt-in by apps accessing stuff that is none of their business. We need more lawsuits like this one. Conditi v. Instagram, LLC, 20-cv-06534, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)

Instagram was caught red-handed (en flagrant délit) accessing user cam while not in use

This should alert all y’all about the true purpose of every single app you have in your phones. Each app by default 100% does stuff behind your back (watching, collecting, communicating) while you’re using other apps, which means your personal information and all your clients’ confidential information is systematically accessed by several apps, although you can only use one app at a time.

Instagram is the tip of the iceberg

FaceApp, the Russian app that can morph a photographed face into older or younger versions of said face, has access to all your photos and camera. This access is conditional to using the app. Do you think a Russian app would be spying on your photos and access your camera, without you using it? Absolutely. That’s why the app is so consistently amazing and almost entirely free.

If you scan documents with your phone, FaceApp knows about them, because it collects user’s photos for the purpose of “improving your experience” of using the app, which is a redundant rationale of apps serving as a universal excuse to violate user’s privacy.

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La Cour suprême renverse le Renvoi sur la discrimination génétique

Dans Coalition canadienne pour l’équité génétique c. Procureure générale du Québec, et al., 2020 CSC 17, la Cour suprême renverse 5 juges de la Cour d’appel du Québec et confirme que les tests génétiques sont de compétence fédérale.

Le jugement de la Cour d’appel était effectivement surprenant, car il est difficilement conciliable d’avoir 300 pages d’articles 487.XXX dans le Code criminel régissant le type de mandats nécessaires pour procéder des tests génétiques, simplement pour donner carte blanche aux sociétés privées. Si la police a besoin d’un mandat, il serait absurde de permettre aux assureurs et aux compagnies privées de procéder à des tests génétiques sans consentement et d’utiliser les données personnelles issues de tels tests sans consentement.

Aussi, les données personnelles ne sont pas encore reconnues comme étant de la “propriété privée” ou ni même des biens intangibles quelconques, pour pouvoir tomber sous la compétence de 92(13) Loi constitutionnelle 1867. Le jour qu’elles le seront, le public aura encore plus de contrôle (pas moins comme semble raisonner la Cour d’appel) sur ces données, car le public pourra les commercialiser, par opposition à maintenant, où ce ne sont que les compagnies privées qui commercialisent les données qu’elles collectent sur les individus, la plupart du temps en opérant des transferts “transfrontaliers” même lorsque les données sont collectés dans un but soi-disant provincial.

Donc, la loi fédérale sur la protection des données (PIPEDA) trouvera application dans presque 100% des cas, du simple fait que la conservation, communication et utilisation post-collecte des données personnelles (et/ou les inférences découlant de ces données) se font via des chemins qui dépassent les limites des provinces.

Finalement, la santé aussi est une compétence partagée. Même hors pandémie, sans l’argent du fédéral, il serait quasi impossible aux provinces de maintenir un système de santé publique (déjà une formule en extinction, car la plupart des Canadiens n’ont pas accès à un médecin de famille). Donc, tout ce qui entoure les tests génétiques ne pourra jamais devenir une compétence provinciale exclusive.

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Time To End s.230 Communication Decency Act Safe Harbor

The recent move by Twitter to censor political tweets is a move in the right direction. At the danger of shooting oneself in the foot (if you’re a tech giant), it shows that tech companies feel they should be held liable for hate-speech and defamatory content on their platforms. Moreover, tech giants are always solvable and they make money from other people’s content. Twitter censorship is a non-ambiguous signal that Twitter and management disavow their immunity.

Fact checks should be added to all posts on social media platforms, just like it was done with the coronavirus pandemic, always pointing to a central source of truth, like the WHO (regardless of whether or not they know they’re doing), so that users are given the option to explore alternative versions of proposed facts.

Fact-checks are preferable to K-Pop flooding which in itself is reason enough to stop engaging with social media. Fact-checks are also preferable to takedowns.

The complications of ending s.230 safe-harbor are many and will certainly result in various lawsuits, but progress requires some sacrifice, beginning with stripping online platforms of their immunity.

Cubicles Are Back, 9 to 5 is Dead, And Privacy Protection Is In ICU

Staggered shifts, driving alone to work (like a cowboy), no more open space offices… Not only were spaces not “stimulating creativity”, they were recipes for distraction and potential harassment claims. It is a relief to take a break from office proximity, breathing in each other’s faces, sneezing on each other’s hair, invading one another’s personal space, have someone snoop up on ya under pretext to access the shredder… 19th century is officially out of fashion.

For example, from now on, you have to buy individual staplers (or maybe even cars) to all employees you want physically at the office, limit the use of paper, disinfect bathrooms every 2 hours, check temperature, imagine how much that will cost.

The way online exams are being administered around the world right now, requiring 2 cameras filming exam-takers, full screen access by proctors, and 3 videos per student to document what exactly happened during each individual exam sitting, should be a fair example (tip of the iceberg) of how remote work in this profession is about to unroll. Say hello to technical issues.

It is kind of obvious that the remote office may remain the only viable office

After having spent at least two weeks rearranging my physical office space, you know those two decisive walls that the whole world suddenly has access to, I’ve spent half of past week with Adobe, Google, and other usual friends remotely accessing my computer to fix bugs, because new tech issues arise every time you update an app. I’ve learned so much about my own OS just by observing tech support do stuff inside. For hours. At times, we fight for mouse control, because I have more efficient ways to access certain features. If something messes up, we retrieve downgraded versions from TimeMachine and start over again. Time travel has its own way to reveal stuff you had completely forgotten about. And then a whole afternoon is gone. You still have to work past midnight to catch up on actual work.

Tech issues are the new normal. Everybody is learning.

Unless it is beginner luck, technical issues on remote platforms are the norm rather than an exception. It is important to give options for technical support whenever you require people to work or sit an exam remotely.

Exams are guaranteed to be filled with bugs

How many equipment checks and simulations did you perform before rolling out your actual event or exam? If the answer is none, then you can safely postpone and start over.

Simulated exams act weird, too

I was on Emond’s platform this week to answer two sets of 220 questions, barrister exam went perfectly fine, solicitor on the other hand was a mild disaster… You can’t answer 220 questions without a break, so after a 100 questions, you stop the timer and do lunch or lie down and stare in space to recollect your brain. After I returned from break, I logged back into the system to find that 25 of my answers were completely lost, from Q105 where I left off I was sent back to Q80 and what’s even freakier, the timer was running the whole time while I was logged out. Never seen anything like this before. I literally cried for 30 seconds while contacting support. This wasn’t even a real exam.

Bugs are not intentional, but they’re likely to occur. If there are none, fantastic.

I managed to complete the simulated solicitor exam. I could go quite rapidly through the 25 lost questions, because I had already worked with the facts and deliberated on the answers. Another detail I terribly missed is a highlighter tool. Without one you stare at the facts and commit to memory all the facts and complex interactions.

Surprisingly I passed both, what is even more surprising is that I performed better at solicitor, the exam that made me suffer the most, and I was certain to fail. My brain feels as if it ran a marathon.

You may ignore data, but data won’t ignore you

Do you even know how many apps share your clients confidential information with 3rd party apps, simply because you were too lazy to opt out in the thousand different ways you were supposed to? It is likely you didn’t know you had to opt out, because it is not common knowledge. Did you buy work phones and work computers for all your remote employees? If not you may stumble upon some PIPEDA issues such as inadvertent sharing of confidential information.

Clearview AI fait l’objet d’une enquête

Lancée en 2017, la technologie d’intelligence artificielle Clearview AI permet de comparer des photos de suspects à une banque d’images contenant plus de 3 milliards de photos, parmi lesquelles des images obtenues sans autorisation des comptes d’usagers sur les médias sociaux.

Après que le New York Times a fait les pratiques préoccupantes de Clearview AI, ce logiciel de reconnaissance faciale, très populaire auprès des autorités chargés d’appliquer les lois, fait à présent l’objet d’une enquête des commissaires de la vie privée au Canada concernant la cueillette, utilisation et conservation de données personnelles des Canadien(nne)s sans le consentement de ceux et celles-ci.

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L’hygiène numérique, qu’est-ce que c’est?

entrevue avec le ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Navdeep Bains qui priorise le développement des technologies propres au pays afin de adresser les défauts dans la gestion des données à l’ère de l’économie numérique qui menacent les entreprises et la vie privée des Canadiens.