TikTok Can Now Collect Biometric Data

This is probably worth paying attention to:

A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. This includes things like “faceprints and voiceprints,” the policy explained. Reached for comment, TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric data to its list of disclosures about the information it automatically collects from users, but said it would ask for consent in the case such data collection practices began…

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Identifying the Person Behind Bitcoin Fog

The person behind the Bitcoin Fog was identified and arrested. Bitcoin Fog was an anonymization service: for a fee, it mixed a bunch of people’s bitcoins up so that it was hard to figure out where any individual coins came from. It ran for ten years.

Identifying the person behind Bitcoin Fog serves as an illustrative example of how hard it is to be anonymous online in the face of a competent police investigation:

Most remarkable, however, is the IRS’s account of tracking down Sterlingov using the very same sort of blockchain analysis that his own service was meant to defeat. The complaint outlines how Sterlingov allegedly paid for the server hosting of Bitcoin Fog at one point in 2011 using the now-defunct digital currency Liberty Reserve. It goes on to show the blockchain evidence that identifies Sterlingov’s purchase of that Liberty Reserve currency with bitcoins: He first exchanged euros for the bitcoins on the early cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox, then moved those bitcoins through several subsequent addresses, and finally traded them on another currency exchange for the Liberty Reserve funds he’d use to set up Bitcoin Fog’s domain…

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Unique banknote “fingerprints” could be used to spot fakes

Although an increasing number of countries are switching to sturdier, harder-to-copy polymer banknotes, the things still are being counterfeited. A new technology could help weed those fakes out, by taking their fingerprints.Continue ReadingCategory: G… Continue reading Unique banknote “fingerprints” could be used to spot fakes

Can we prevent users from generating a QR code with edited information

Currently there is this design of two apps that work together:

Proof app: On customers phone, takes in a textcode and creates a QR code
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More secure two-factor ID system requires users to make faces

Although facial ID verification tech may seem pretty impressive, it can be thwarted. An experimental new system is claimed to be more foolproof, by requiring users to make specific facial movements.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags… Continue reading More secure two-factor ID system requires users to make faces

Nonprofit organizations asking me to email them a photo of my driver’s license

Recently I’ve had two nonprofit organizations ask me to email them a photo of my driver’s license. No money is changing hands, and both of these are legitimate and well-known nonprofits.
Organization A wanted me to sign a document with a n… Continue reading Nonprofit organizations asking me to email them a photo of my driver’s license