The End of Privacy is a Taylor Swift Fan TikTok Account Armed with Facial Recognition Tech (404 Media Article) (www.404media.co)

A viral TikTok account is doxing ordinary and otherwise anonymous people on the internet using off-the-shelf facial recognition technology, creating content and growing a following by taking advantage of a fundamental new truth: privacy is now essentially dead in public spaces.

The End of Privacy is a Taylor Swift Fan TikTok Account Armed with Facial Recognition Tech (www.404media.co)

The 90,000 follower-strong account typically picks targets who appeared in other viral videos, or people suggested to the account in the comments. Many of the account’s videos show the process: screenshotting the video of the target, cropping images of the face, running those photos through facial recognition software, and...

Apple Discusses iPhone Repairability at Keynote for First Time in Its History (www.404media.co)

For the first time, Apple discussed repairability during its iPhone launch event. An engineer mentioned the new iPhone 15 Pro models were designed with a structural frame that makes the back glass easier to replace. This comes after the iPhone 14 introduced a design that allows removal of the front or back. Repair advocates...

U.S., CBP Tells Airports Its New Facial Recognition Target is 75% of Passengers Leaving the US (www.404media.co)

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has told airports it plans to increase its targets for scanning passengers with facial recognition as they leave the U.S., according to an internal airport email. Whitney Merrill, a privacy attorney, encountered a facial recognition system last month when boarding an international United...

Buzzy AI Startup for Generating 3D Models Used Cheap Human Labor (www.404media.co)

An artificial intelligence company, whose founder Forbes included in a 30 Under 30 list recently, promises to use machine learning to convert clients’ 2D illustrations into 3D models. In reality the company, called Kaedim, uses human artists for “quality control.” According to two sources with knowledge of the process...

Lawsuit Alleges Reddit Fired Employee for Taking Medical Leave, ‘Toxic’ Culture (www.404media.co)

A lawsuit was filed against Reddit alleging that the company fired an employee with anxiety for taking medical leave. The employee, Jamie Lee, had worked at Reddit as an accountant for over 4 years with positive reviews. In July 2022, Lee requested 3 days off for her health but was denied. She was later placed on medical leave...

Scientologists Ask Federal Government to Restrict Right to Repair (www.404media.co)

The organization that represents Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s works has petitioned the U.S. government to restrict the right to repair a religious artifact called an E-Meter. This device is core to Scientology practices but the group argues exemptions allowing device hacking should not apply to equipment restricted to...

I Tracked an NYC Subway Rider's Movements with an MTA ‘Feature’ (www.404media.co)

During all this monitoring, I wasn’t anywhere near the rider. I didn’t even need to see them with my own eyes. Instead, I was sitting inside an apartment, following their movements through a feature on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) website, which runs the New York City subway system.

‘Life or Death:’ AI-Generated Mushroom Foraging Books Are All Over Amazon (www.404media.co)

Many mushroom identification and foraging books being sold on Amazon are likely generated by AI with no human authorship. These books could provide dangerous misinformation and potentially lead to deaths if people eat poisonous mushrooms based on the AI’s inaccurate descriptions. Two New York mushroom societies have warned...

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