Health/Food Posts Tagged as 'Privacy'
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening.
Sometimes, someone is.
Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.
Passenger Who Said Suitcase Was Robbed and Filled With 'Airport Equipment' Just Took Wrong Bag
American Airlines passenger Anna Knight claims to have been “robbed” of everything in her checked suitcase — but it wasn’t empty when she got it back.
After arriving at Miami International Airport on Wednesday evening, Knight says she retrieved her luggage from baggage claim, and opened her suitcase to find all of her belongings gone. But instead of finding the suitcase empty, it was allegedly stuffed with airline equipment, including harnesses, power strips, orange clothing items typically worn by crew members on the tarmac, and a pair of black work boots.
A Man Says His DNA Test Proves He’s Black, and He’s Suing
In 2014, Ralph Taylor applied to have his insurance company in Washington State certified as a “disadvantaged business enterprise.” The DBE program at the U.S. Department of Transportation was originally designed to help minority- and woman-owned businesses win government contracts. So as proof of his minority status, Taylor submitted the results of a DNA test, estimating his ancestry to be 90 percent European, 6 percent indigenous American, and 4 percent sub-Saharan African.
Government officials reviewing Taylor’s application were not convinced. They saw that he looked white. They noted that he was unable to directly document any nonwhite ancestors. They doubted the underlying validity of the DNA test. And, most relevant to the purpose of the program, they found “little to no persuasive evidence that Mr. Taylor has personally suffered social and economic disadvantage by virtue of being a Black American.” They refused to certify his company. So Taylor decided to sue—out of principle, he says, because other business owners who look white have won DBE certification before. The Seattle Times first reported on the case in detail last week.
Watch This Guy Plead His Case for Legal 'Genital Massages' to a City Council
A few weeks ago, a guy named Chris wandered into a local Lawrence, Kansas, city council discussion about local bodywork licenses. Head bowed reverently over the podium with a prepared speech in hand, Chris stepped up and took a stand for something he apparently truly believed in: the right for massage therapists to give "genital massages."
Amazon Echo secretly recorded a family's conversation and sent it to a random person on their contact list
The Echo device in your room could be secretly recording your conversation — and in some cases, could send it to a random person, according to a report from local Seattle TV network KIRO7.
That's what happened to a family in Portland, who had their conversation at home recorded and sent to a random person on their contact list.
Wi-Fi security has been breached, say researchers
At about 7AM ET this morning, researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security to let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points. The exploit, as first reported by Ars Technica, takes advantage of several key management vulnerabilities in the WPA2 security protocol, the popular authentication scheme used to protect personal and enterprise Wi-Fi networks. “If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected,” say researchers.
So yeah, this is bad.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued the following warning in response to the exploit:
How to tell if you're one of the 143 million Americans affected by the Equifax hack
So Equifax was hacked. Like, badly. But how to tell if you, personally, are affected by the massive data breach? There's a website for that — as long as you don't mind forking over even more information to Equifax.
The credit reporting agency announced Thursday that private identifying information on potentially 143 million US citizens was accessed by "criminals," and that the information in question could include names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even possibly driver's license numbers.
Like we said, it's bad.
But don't worry! Equifax is here to save the day! And, like we said, if you trust them with your personal information (which, maybe not a great idea?), the process of determining if you'll now need to keep an eye out for identity theft should be a breeze.
12 weird butthole facts you might have never wanted to know
There is a gaping hole in your knowledge
Can we all just talk about the amazing science behind your butthole?
Seriously, the human body’s gastrointestinal system has developed a way to take all of the amazing nutrients we need out of food. Before packaging what we don’t need, into neat little parcels we deliver at a socially acceptable point of the day.
Another thing science has given us for buttholes? Biological evidence of why some men love to bottom – hallelujah.
Oh and beyond that; bums are, of course, booty-ful.
So because the peach ?? is such a glorious part of our bodies and you’re butthole deserves a lot of attention; ?? – we’ve put together this guide with everything you need to consider when using your bum.
If men learn to control butthole muscles, you can spunk further...
Gay Star News
A major health insurer outed thousands of customers as HIV positive
One person lost his home after a major health insurer potentially disclosed the HIV status of 12,000 customers.
Aetna sent letters on July 28 to 12,000 customers who are taking medication to treat HIV or for PrEP. The envelopes had plastic windows to show the name and address of the customer, but the windows also revealed part of the first paragraph of the letter. The words “Aetna health plan when filling prescriptions for HIV Medic-” are clearly visible without opening the envelope.
“I know of someone who has been kicked out of his home because somebody who saw his envelope learned his HIV status,” said the Legal Action Center’s legal director Sally Friedman.
French firm under fire for spyware it claims can tell parents if their sons are GAY by searching for 'clues' in their computer and Facebook usage
A French company has come under fire after advertising that its spyware can 'find out if your son is gay.'
Fireworld - which creates 'invisible PC spy software' - posted an article suggesting parents could use its technology to hack their son's Facebook accounts to look for 'clues' to confirm suspicions about their children's sexuality.
The article has since been taken down, but not before it was spotted by a French LGBTQ rights group which is now speaking out against the firm, along with internet commenters and even politicians.