This Was Entirely Predictable – Hackers Tricking People Into Facial Scans

This Was Entirely Predictable – Hackers Tricking People Into Facial Scans

Collecting all of that information to verify the age of website visitors creates an extra-large target for that biometric information. When I applied online for unemployment, I had to provide copies of my social security card, driver’s license, and a live facial scan. Remember that this is the same state government with the entire DMV driver’s license database sitting on MoveIt when that tool got hacked, requiring me to store even more of my identity online with a third-party service.

The risk level is outrageous.

Linked – The Making of a Myth: Big Tech, Billionaires, and the Wild West

Linked – The Making of a Myth: Big Tech, Billionaires, and the Wild West

When Big Tech bros talk about being the cowboys of the modern age, the myth is what they want you to believe. They want us to believe that they are so brilliant and creative that they succeed without assistance and will solve any problem without needing oversight or regulation. They’ll forget to mention that the Internet they are building on only exists because of government programs or that many of them have gotten plenty of handouts from government and private equity. They will also not like to be reminded of the many ways they have overstepped and done real harm.

Linked – Surveyed drivers prefer low-tech cars over data-sharing ones

Linked – Surveyed drivers prefer low-tech cars over data-sharing ones

It’s nearly impossible to know how much data is being collected. The obvious answer is to assume everything you do is being tracked somewhere. Online, you bet. In an internet-connected vehicle? Clearly. In a public space that has any surveillance? Probably.

Linked – AI and Mass Spying

Linked – AI and Mass Spying

Imagine, if you will, your smart TV or home assistant listening in on conversations you’ve been having about layoffs in your industry, and that data is shared with a financial institution that then decides that you’re not a good credit risk. The AI took that conversation and combined it with a ton of financial information from other people who work in your industry and made that call. Is it accurate? Probably not, but when you start grabbing data from all over the place and building these huge algorithmic models, things can get a little messy. You become less of an individual and more of a conglomeration of all the people who do things like you, and when you add in a little spying, that can lead to all sorts of disastrous consequences. 

Do we want governments and corporations to have that much power? No, but as Bruce rightly points out, we haven’t done much of anything to stop them from taking it so far.