Apr 302017
 April 30, 2017  Posted by  Business, Online, Surveillance

Natasha Lomas reports:

Tinder users have many motives for uploading their likeness to the dating app. But contributing a facial biometric to a downloadable data set for training convolutional neural networks probably wasn’t top of their list when they signed up to swipe.

A user of Kaggle, a platform for machine learning and data science competitions which was recently acquired by Google, has uploaded a facial data set he says was created by exploiting Tinder’s API to scrape 40,000 profile photos from Bay Area users of the dating app — 20,000 apiece from profiles of each gender.

The data set, called People of Tinder, consists of six downloadable zip files, with four containing around 10,000 profile photos each and two files with sample sets of around 500 images per gender.

Read more on TechCrunch.

Apr 302017
 April 30, 2017  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Surveillance, U.S., Workplace

Sean Gallagher reports:

Comparing their actions to the plot this season on the Showtime series Homeland, an attorney for former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed a complaint in federal court against Fox News, current and former Fox executives, Peter Snyder and his financial firm Disruptor Inc., and 50 “John Doe” defendants. The suit alleges that collective participated in a hacking and surveillance campaign against her.


Tantaros’ complaint states that the same day she was fired, a number of e-mails were remotely wiped from her BlackBerry. A forensic analysis of Tantaros’ computer conducted later “revealed that it contained unique surveillance viruses that are not found in any mass malware.” Tantaros believed, “a person working for Fox News was responsible for hacking Ms. Tantaros’ computer so she could be spied on,” according to the lawsuit. Ars contacted Tantaros’ attorney requesting more information on that analysis, but we received only a copy of the complaint with its full set of exhibits, some redacted. None of those exhibits include the forensic data referenced.

Read more on Ars Technica.

Apr 292017
 April 29, 2017  Posted by  Breaches

Michael Dresser reports:

A report released by legislative auditors Friday says the State Board of Elections needlessly exposed the full Social Security numbers of almost 600,000 voters to potential hacking, risking theft of those voters’ identities.

The determination that election officials did not fully protect voters’ personal information was one of several highly critical findings in the report. The audit also faulted state election officials’ handling of issues including ballot security, disaster preparedness, contracting and balancing its books.

Read more on The Baltimore Sun.

Apr 292017
 April 29, 2017  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

May Bulman reports:

Public Health England (PHE) has warned that the sharing of personal information by NHS commissioners and healthcare providers risks undermining public confidence in the NHS and could have “unintended serious consequences” for patients.

In a series of letters published by the Health Select Committee, PHE and the National Data Guardian (NDG) voice concern over a recent memorandum of understanding that allows the Home Office to request non-clinical details from NHS Digital about patients, saying it “creates a real barrier to engagement” with health services among migrant populations.

Read more on The Independent.