Not sure about how you use Siri or other voice assistants. For me, it’s in the car mostly or in other locations that just don’t have connectivity in that moment I’d need assistance. Local voice processing – in other words no cloud required – would indeed be a huge step for Apple or the technology as such. It’d also be an improvement looking at it from the privacy perspective.
If only Siri became better in understanding me.
Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, one that would be entirely performed on the user’s device.
Source: Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone
The Citizen Lab, an
interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, focusing on research, development, and high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.
released “Security Planner” early last week. Security Planner is a tool that will guide everybody through their Internet usage habits with only few simple questions
Answer a few simple questions to get personalized recommendations of free and open-source software. It’s confidential — no personal information is stored, and we won’t access any of your online accounts.
With this information, it provides simple steps and personalized safety recommendations to follow for the improvement of individuals privacy online. The recommendations base on free- and open source projects and best practices, aiming to raise awareness and help people maintain better privacy.
Source: Security Planner – Improve your online safety with tools for your needs.
So, this is the future of security with smart devices.
via: Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs
Following the recent debate about ad-technology and how annoying it is and advertisers insight, you may have though it could only get better from there. Turns out, it can be worse if these claims about tracking through inaudible sounds from ads hold true.
Privacy advocates warn feds about surreptitious cross-device tracking.
Quelle: Ars Technica
Even though I’d consider this inacceptible from a consumers perspective, I’d be very curious about the (audio) technology and the kind of insight this provides, from a marketing perspective. Just consider a TV-Ad broadcasting this signal to a room full of people, for one the signal would sure be difficult to detect. And then, all devices carry the same cookie, making it difficult to identify individuals…
Who has your back? Electronic Frontier Foundation updated their scorecard of practices of major Internet companies, with regards to their publicly available policies for 2015.
via: Who Has Your Back? Government Data Requests 2015 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A few days old already, Richard Gutjahr reported Uber has a privacy issue. Apparently, the now 404ed Lost and Found page listed not only lost items, but also usernames and contact details.
via Richard Gutjahr.
Nachdem der Aufschrei hinsichtlich Privacy in Deutschland ja kaum zu überhören war, zeigt ein Tumblr was Facebooks Graph Suche wirklich kann: Actual Facebook Graph Searches