Predicting Household Demographics Based on Image Data

Our friends (?) at Facebook have submitted a patent application for technology that claims it can predict who your family and other household members are, based on images and captions posted to Facebook, as well as your device information, like shared IP addresses.

The application, titled Predicting household demographics based on image data, was originally filed May 10, 2017, but made public this week. The system Facebook proposes in its patent application would use facial recognition and learning models trained to understand text to help Facebook better understand whom you live with and interact with most. The technology described in the patent looks for clues in your profile pictures on Facebook and Instagram, as well as photos of you that you or your friends post.

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Facebook Critics File Complaint Calling the Company a “Serial Privacy Violator”

With all of the scandals piling up for Facebook, it’s easy to forget the revelation just last month that over 30 million users had their accounts breached in the largest attack in the platform’s history. However, a coalition of Facebook’s critics has not forgotten, and that group has now filed a complaint against the company with the Federal Trade Commission.

Details may be found in an article in the Facecrooks web site at: http://bit.ly/2Bd9Atd.

New Hampshire Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment on Every Citizen’s Right to Privacy

In the recent referendum, 81 percent of New Hampshire’s voters voted to approve the addition of just 22 words to the state’s constitution:

“Right to Privacy: An individual’s right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent.”

10 other states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina and Washington—have similar provisions expressly referring to a right to privacy.

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One Company Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

“Everything is private information, stored on your computer or a computer you designate,” says George Church, genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, about the approach of Nebula Genomics.

The blockchain was invented in 2008 for the purpose of tracking the exchange of Bitcoins in a manner that cannot be hacked. So far, the blockchain has proven to be the most secure computer method available for tracking information about all sorts of things. Today, the blockchain is used to track financial transactions at major banks, for recording transfers of cryptocurrencies, for tracking the source of fish from the point of being caught to a sushi restaurant, and for the tracking of spare parts sold by large industrial manufacturers.

NOTE: For an explanation of what a blockchain is and how it works, look at Blockchain Explained at https://www.upfolio.com/ultimate-blockchain-guide.

A startup genetics company says it’s now offering to sequence your entire genome at no cost to you. Nebula Genomics, created by the prominent Harvard geneticist George Church and his lab colleagues, seeks to upend the usual way genomic information is owned. In fact, you would retain ownership of the 6 billion bits of your genetic source code instead of giving the information away to some company in the manner that most of today’s DNA databases operate. You might even be able to make money off it, although the amount of money earned probably will be modest. The information would be stored privately in a blockchain that cannot be hacked.

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Unihertz Atom Review: The Million Dollar Tiny Rugged Phone

In the June 19, 2018 edition of this blog, I wrote about a new, tiny cell phone that was expected to ship within a few weeks. My description of the World`s Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone is still available at: https://privacyblog.com/2018/06/19/atom-worlds-smallest-4g-rugged-smartphone/.

The tiny cell phone is now shipping and is immediately available to anyone. It’s tiny size of 97 x 45 x 18 mm (3.8 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches) makes it attractive for many applications. The phone also is “ruggedized” for use outdoors and in harsh environments.

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