Bits and Bytes

Privacy Today Edition

By Paul Rosenzweig
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:38 AM

.  Tech improvements make privacy harder all the time. "Google Brain, an offshoot of the Silicon Valley behemoth working on a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning, is finding ways around" pixelization.

. "Big data has expanded to the criminal justice system. In , police use computerized “predictive policing” to anticipate crimes and allocate officers. In , Fla., machine-learning algorithms are used to set bond amounts. In states across the country, of the risk of recidivism are being used to set jail sentences."

. "Smart televisions can collect more information about you than you think. That's a lesson that resurfaced this week when TV-maker Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle government charges that its TVs collected . But the truth is, Vizio is not the only TV maker that's getting a look at its users' habits."

.  "Julius Ikena’s trade business is at a standstill because he cannot make electronic payments to his partners. Andrew Mofor cannot get access to the small fortune — 800 euros, or about $850 — that his daughter sent him through an online banking system.  And Angela Atabong, a 29-year-old economics student in ’s capital, can no longer tap out sweet nothings on the internet messaging service WhatsApp to her fiancé, who lives six hours away."