Tag: Mark of the Beast

Is China’s social credit system coming to Australia?

Privacy was not a hot topic in the recent Australian election, but it should have been. This is because the City of Darwin is adapting elements of the Chinese social credit system for use in Australia. The Chinese system’s monitoring of citizens’ behaviour has been widely condemned as “Orwellian”, with frequent comparisons to the dystopian […]

Cashless stores are the hot new thing. Now politicians are stepping in

Crying foul over potential discrimination, state and local governments are cracking down. When Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee heard that a coffee shop and a salad restaurant right near City Hall didn’t accept cash, he thought it sounded unfair. “I can get my coffee and muffin, but the person behind me who has the monetary […]

When IoT systems fail: The risk of having bad IoT data

As the use of internet of things (IoT) devices grows, the data they generate can lead to significant savings for consumers and new opportunities for businesses. But what happens when errors inevitably crop up? No matter what numbers you look at, it’s clear that the internet of things (IoT) continues to worm its way into […]

Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ currency in 2020

Facebook is finalising plans to launch its own crypto-currency next year. It is planning to set up a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by the first quarter of 2020. The social media giant wants to start testing its crypto-currency, which has been referred to internally as GlobalCoin, by the end of this year. […]

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies. The action, which came in an 8-to-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors, makes San Francisco the first major American city to block […]

HMRC to delete 5 million voice records

HMRC have been forced to delete five million voice files that were obtained without consent.  As reported by the BBC, HMRC failed to get the necessary consent from individuals before they were signed up to a voice ID system for telephone enquiries. Because of this breach of privacy rules, they are having to delete all […]

How To Address Looming IoT Security Concerns

As the internet of things (IoT) quickly finds its way into businesses everywhere, concerns about IoT devices’ performance and security have become big barriers obstructing the adoption of transformative systems. For companies to experience the benefits of IoT and capitalize on the potentially massive gains in promised productivity, a new approach to assuring peak performance […]

The Terrifying Future of FedCoin

How crypto could bring one of the most important concentrations of power the world has ever seen. The more I think about crypto, the more I get scared about our future. On the one hand, cryptocurrency seems like a libertarian dream. The technology allows transacting money — or anything of value — over the Internet without any third parties involved. […]

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports. This study is the latest to highlight the potential risks of entrusting sensitive health information to our […]

Consumers Want to Cut Through the Hype About 5G

According to a recent PCMag survey, 71 percent of respondents think 5G is just hype right now, and 41 percent of those who want 5G are concerned they won’t get it where they live. 5G has become one of the most hyped buzzwords in the tech industry, but most consumers are still left wondering exactly […]