Do you see this? Do you see this fucking shit? This is not fucking okay. 

First off, the fact that people don’t realize that this is not okay is incomprehensible to me. It’s creepy as hell.

I don’t care how public someone makes their life online. In Alfie and Zoe’s case, Alfie does daily vlog. And Zoe posts pretty regularly. They already do a lot for us in terms of content. They work hard to make us happy. They don’t need this kind of shit. 

Youtubers aren’t really considered ‘celebrities’ persay, and don’t have body guards or security, which makes it possible for them to stop on the street when they meet a viewer and do all the meetups they do. Almost any youtuber would be willing to stop real quick at the mall or something if a fan approached them real quick by coincidence. They’ve always been really nice to us, and Alfie and Zoe are no exception to this.

But there’s a line, and going to their house is stepping way past it.

This is their house, their HOME, where they should feel safe and be able to relax. They shouldn’t have to worry about shit like this.

It’s a classic case of treating others the way you would like to be treated. 

How would the fans that did this like it if someone showed up at their house and demanded a selfie? I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be too happy about it. 

Youtubers are people, they’re not fictional characters, they’re not superhuman, not gods or whatever. They are people, human beings just like us who happen to share their lives with a large audience.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that we need to respect them as people. Because they are in no way obligated to continue the youtube lifestyle and if their fans become too much they might stop posting videos and such because they don’t want to deal with it.

As a watcher of both Zoe and Alfie’s videos, I’m 100% ashamed of the part of their fandom that does this. 

This has to stop, sooner rather than later.

Goodbye, anonymity: Latest surveillance tech can search up to 36 million faces per second

Welcome to the next generation in surveillance technology. A Japanese company, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, has unveiled a novel surveillance camera that is able to capture a face and search up to 36 million faces in one second for a similar match in its database.

While the same task would typically require manually sifting through hours upon hours of recordings, the company´s new technology searches algorithmically for a facial match. It enables any organization, from a retail outlet to the government, to monitor and identify pedestrians or customers from a database of faces.

Hitachi’s software is able to recognize a face with up to 30 degrees of deviation turned vertically and horizontally away from the camera, and requires faces to fill at least 40 pixels by 40 pixels for accurate recognition. Any image, whether captured on a mobile phone, handheld camera, or a video still, can be uploaded and  searched against its database for matches.

“This high speed is achieved by detecting faces through image recognition when the footage from the camera is recorded, and also by grouping similar faces,” Seiichi Hirai, Hitachi Kokusai Electric researcher told DigInfo TV.

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Unsurprisingly, Trans Students Have Caused Zero Incidents in Public Bathrooms
Not a single inappropriate act, harassment, or "negative consequence" has been reported.

While critics have tried to claim that allowing transgendered students to use same-sex school facilities is some kind of safety or privacy concern (we’re looking at you Mike Huckabee), a new report shows that there’s actually zero evidence of that being true. None of the 17 largest US school districts’ schools with trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies have reported a single inappropriate act, harassment, or “negative consequence,” according to a report by Media Matters for America.

In these schools, trans students are allowed into the bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams of their choice. In fact, many of the schools within Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington State say their trans-inclusive policies have improved school safety.

I know that if I was a celebrity buying a new house and had privacy concerns for the son I’m trying to get custody of the very first things I would do would be to allow my sister to snapchat the exact location and then confirm the purchase to a celeb news outlet.

I don’t see anything at all odd. Not at all.

Google’s new privacy policy begins. Does it break the law?

Today is the big day. But not everyone is too excited about it.

Google has officially implemented its new, combined privacy policy. On the company’s Privacy Policy page, Google describes everything from how it collects information across its many sites to what it does with all that information.

“The main change is for users with Google Accounts. Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Alma Whitten, director of privacy, product and engineering, wrote in a blog post at the time. “In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.”

But not everyone is too pleased the search giant went forward with the change. In a letter dated February 27 and obtained today by CNET, France’s data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), wrote to Google CEO Larry Page saying that the privacy policy might not be lawful under European Union rules.

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Your devices' latest feature? They can spy on your every move

by H V Jagadish

We now have dozens of smart devices in our houses and even on our bodies. They improve our lives in so many ways – from lowering energy consumption in our homes to egging us on to be active.

But these smart devices respond to whatever commands they are given: we’ve had security experts demonstrate how cars can be hijacked remotely and medical devices in your body can be hacked and turned into lethal weapons. These risks are now well-recognized by technology developers, and there is a great deal of excellent work going on toward how to avoid them.

But there are other dangers we should be more concerned about that are getting less attention. Your gadgets could be providing a window that any hacker could see right through to spy on you.

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Bloomberg journalists piss off big-name banks with privacy breach
  • the company Bloomberg LP, the market data company started by current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 32 years ago, built its success from its Bloomberg Terminal electronic trading platform, as well as its journalistic platform, including its wire service and Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Companies pay as much as $20,000 per year for a single Bloomberg Terminal—and financial companies use many of them, as 310,000 exist worldwide.
  • the problem Apparently Bloomberg journalists have been using this data to monitor big-name subscribers to the Bloomberg Terminal service. Hundreds of the service’s 2,400 journalists worldwide reportedly tracked users of the service through this method, which financial institutions noticed after a journalist pointed out to Goldman Sachs that one of the company’s partners didn’t log into their terminal recently. The incident could prove dangerous to both of Bloomberg’s businesses, as it could damage the credibility of both the wire service and the market data platform. source

Health Insurer Aetna Sued for Alleged HIV Discrimination

Aetna’s new policy will require people with HIV to get their meds through a mail order pharmacy and will charge them more money for meds. Why’s that a problem?

Because: 1) Many people with HIV don’t want their meds delivered to their homes or places of employment in fear of other people seeing their prescriptions. 2) Some people don’t have a permanent mailing address or a reliable place to pick up mail. 3) Many HIV patients prefer seeing a local pharmacist who can help them navigate any side effects or concerns.

Got any more reasons? Let us know.

Dear staff,

Here’s the thing. Your current privacy protections are woefully unfortunate. They’re not enough. You need to come up with a way to block specific IP addresses from viewing certain blogs, to make certain posts “friends only,” or to make the whole blog private. Livejournal figured it out. Facebook figured it out (even if my settings mysteriously change every other month…). Ancient message board systems had a way for admins and moderators to block trolls. I have faith that you can figure it out.

Because people feel threatened on this site. Your current system of “blocking” individuals from following blogs fails to protect the blog itself - that individual can still view the page URL itself, making the block feature actually counter-productive. Because at least when an individual is following a blog, the blog will track what the hell that individual likes or reposts. If we block these individuals, we lose that sense of control. We have no way to protect ourselves.

Reporting these individuals does nothing, either. thiseternaloptimist and her followers have been reporting a handful of fat-fetishizing porn blogs for TWO MONTHS, now. And NOTHING has happened. thiseternaloptimist is uncomfortable with these blogs following her - they stigmatize a certain marginalized group of your users, for their own profit, and against those users wishes - and, I might add, against U.S. harassment laws AND YOUR OWN POLICY:

What Tumblr is not for:

  • Harassment. Don’t attempt to circumvent the Ignore feature or otherwise try to communicate with someone who has asked you to stop.
  • Privacy Violations. Don’t use Tumblr to deceptively obtain personal information. Don’t post content that violates anyone’s privacy, especially personally identifying or confidential information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, unlisted contact information, or private photos of your ex’s junk (no matter how remarkable).

thiseternaloptimist has been asking these blogs FOR TWO MONTHS to stop following her. They have completely ignored her wishes. Again, thiseternaloptimist cannot use the block/ignore function without removing the ONLY SENSE OF CONTROL she has. She does not feel safe with these blogs following her - she feels, at best, objectified, and at worst, is afraid to posts certain items (re: items that would be used by a fat-fetishizer, such as personal photos, conversations about her weight, self-esteem posts) in case they might be used against her by these blogs. It is not thiseternaloptimist’s job to retroactively police these blogs for her photos. It is not her job to simply “not post things” that might be used against her. That reaction is on par with “she was asking to be raped.”

So if she cannot use the block or ignore function without losing all sense of control, and she cannot personally send a request to these blogs because they have the questions feature turned off, and she cannot use the @ - blog tagging feature to draw their specific attention, and she has TRIED REPEATEDLY to publicly ask  them to stop following her, and she and her followers have tried reporting these blogs USING THE REPORTING FUNCTION - at what point do you step in to protect her?

These blogs - appletitelove @bbwcurvygirls @bbwchubbygirls @thickwomenall - are breaking your harassment guidelines by repeatedly ignoring her requests. They’re breaking your privacy guidelines by taking her personal photos for a completely unintended reason, against her wishes. Please step in and step up your privacy controls. Please ANSWER thiseternaloptimist’s requests for help.

Basically, I will now reblog this EVERY DAY, pinging staff every time, until she gets a response. I don’t care if that response is to get me banned - because if that is your response to this situation, I no longer want to be affiliated with this site.

We’ve looked a lot at privacy from the Big Brother standpoint: how the National Security Agency or corporate giants like Google track us online — say for political reasons or to make money from ads.

But there’s another kind of privacy concern that is a lot more intimate. You could call it Little Brother. Though it’s really more like husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their partner — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective.

NPR investigated these tools, also known as spyware, and spoke with domestic violence counselors and survivors around the country. We found that cyberstalking is now a standard part of domestic abuse in the U.S.

Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims

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Sex workers: Clients are seeing you on Facebook! Here’s how to stop it.

Sex workers are seeing their clients pop up in their “people you should know” on personal Facebook accounts, meaning that clients are seeing sex worker’s personal accounts pop up into theirs. This causes major privacy concerns as people in the sex industry have many reasons to maintain anonymity and distance with clients and people who pose as clients, like predators and cops. This phenomenon is happening despite sex workers using the most stringent privacy settings on Facebook and despite using different names and email addresses from their work communications.

Facebook has engineered their own data-mining device that tracks users as they go anywhere and everywhere on the Internet. The main purpose of this device is to give Facebook advertisers higher traffic and sales, collecting information about users so users can be shown targeted ads. (To see more information about how this works you can go here.)
Congress is going to try to expand the Patriot Act tonight and hopes no one will notice
Rep. Justin Amash and the House Freedom Caucus aren’t having it.

In the wake of recent mass shootings, Monday night the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on an expansion of the Patriot Act, which significantly broadened government surveillance powers after 9/11. The proposed bill, H.R. 5606, expands Section 314 of the Patriot Act to cover non-terrorism or money laundering related investigations. Critics claim that the bill is a threat to the privacy of innocent Americans and is being rammed through Congress without debate.

Section 314 encourages law enforcement to share information with financial institutions on money laundering and terrorism. It also encourages financial institutions to share information with each other.

The House Liberty Caucus, led by Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.), has come out in opposition to the bill, raising privacy issues as a concern. It claims that Treasury Department regulations will all but mandate financial institutions share information with the government, compromising the privacy of Americans who are not involved in criminal activity. The original Section 314 of the Patriot Act itself delegates significant authority to the Treasury Department to make regulations.

Rep. Amash and the House Liberty Caucus call the bill unconstitutional and released the following statement Monday:

Under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the government may not conduct unreasonable searches and seizures. With limited exception, a search or seizure is unreasonable if it occurs without probable cause and a warrant. Section 314 of the Patriot Act attempts to sidestep this constitutional protection by treating a domestic criminal investigation like a foreign terrorism investigation, and H.R. 5606 extends the applicability to a much wider range of criminal investigations.

The caucus also opposes the bill because it is not being considered under “regular order.” It has not been heard in committee like most legislation. Instead, it is being brought to the floor under a suspension of the rules.

“Consequently, no amendments will be considered, debate will be limited, and most representatives will not have time to read and understand the bill.” the House Liberty Caucus says in a statement.

Amash also tweeted about the bill today:

In a press release last week announcing the legislation, bill sponsor Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) described the intent behind H.R. 5606 as an attempt “to stop the flow of illicit dollars to criminal and terror organizations.” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is the main co-sponsor of the legislation.

Last year, Rare reported that the FBI has concluded that the Patriot Act’s powers have not helped it crack a single terrorism case. Instead, the Patriot Act has more often been used in non-terrorism related investigations, particularly those relating to the war on drugs.

UPDATE: The bill failed to get the 2/3rds vote needed for passage. It failed with only 229 votes.

How to hide from face-detection technology

If you take Adam Harvey’s advice, here’s what you might wanna wear to a party this weekend: A funny hat, asymmetrical glasses, a tuft of hair that dangles off your nose bridge and, most likely, a black-and-white triangle taped to your cheekbone. Optional: Cubic makeup patterns all around your eyes.

All of these otherworldly fashion accessories – which could leave a person looking kind of like an opulent villain from “The Hunger Games” - have a singular goal: to stop your face from being detected by cameras and computers. Called CV Dazzle (short for “computer vision dazzle;” more on the name later), Harvey’s project is a provocative and largely theoretical response to the rise of surveillance cameras on street corners and face-detecting technology that’s been incorporated into social networking sites like Facebook and Flickr.

The face appendages aim to trick face detection software by obscuring computer-readable parts of your face. According to Harvey, the key part of the face that computers can read is the “nose bridge,” or the area between the eyes. If you can obscure that, you have a good chance of tricking computers into thinking you don’t have a face, he said. Another technique is to create an “anit-face,” which is less terrifying than it sounds since it just means inverting your face’s color scheme. So the black-and-white triangles on the cheeks aim to achieve this effect.

Harvey developed this concept as a grad-student project at New York University starting in 2010. He hopes to soon put out a fashion guide to avoiding face detection and wants to work with fashion designers to create accessories that trick peeping cameras. He’s also working on a computer program that would allow people to draw their own anti-detection fashion, then test it virtually to see if it actually works before they go wandering out of the house with bangs hanging over their noses.

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I just went to an orientation of the juvenile detention center where my new office is located. While we stood in the waiting area before touring secure detention, a TV was playing msnbc and someone, talking about Ferguson, said something about Michel Foucault and surveillance. And then we went into intake where a kid was getting finger printed. It was eerie and hypersignificant.

my friend dated a really awful emotionally abusive asshole whose biggest goal in life was to win american ninja warrior and he also was really concerned with privacy so he deleted every trace of himself on the internet and anyway he competed in ninja warrior and lost and now when you google his name all that comes up are numerous articles detailing how he failed at his dream

Twitter and Facebook - a note on asks.

Hello, friends!

Today I am setting up linked accounts on Twitter and on Facebook! On the theory that people using these platforms might also want bright sparkly binders.

However, I emphatically do not want to compromise anyone’s privacy. So this is just a note to say, if you have any concerns about your ask being published, please tell me, and I will answer it privately. No problem.

In general, I ask for explicit permission to publish an ask if it contains information on your size, or a picture of you in it. Any photos of people on this blog have been taken and published with their permission.

Enjoy the rest of your day!