Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data on Millions of Cellphones

"We audit their practices to ensure they are complying with industry codes of conduct,” said Bowden. “No Google data is used. This extensive audit process includes regular reporting, interviews, and evaluation to ensure vendors meet specified requirements around consent, opt-out, and privacy protections." —Ava Kofman, "Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data … Continue reading Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data on Millions of Cellphones

You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

"I don’t want you to conclude that it’s just a matter of aesthetics. Yes, Webster’s [1913] definitions are prettier. But they are also better. In fact they’re so much better that to use another dictionary is to keep yourself forever at arm’s length from the actual language.Recall that the New Oxford, for the word 'fustian,' … Continue reading You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

Protecting Your Online Privacy is Tough—But Here’s a Start

"Algorithms make decisions based on statistical correlations. If you happen to not be a typical individual, showing unusual characteristics, there is a chance that an algorithm will misinterpret your behavior. It may make a mistake regarding your employment, your loan, or your right to cross the border. As long as those statistical correlations remain true, … Continue reading Protecting Your Online Privacy is Tough—But Here’s a Start