Russia’s FindFace Face-Recognition App Is a Privacy Nightmare

Russia’s FindFace Face-Recognition App Is a Privacy Nightmare
May 22 12:39 2016 Print This Article

(WIRED) – THESE LAST FEW months have presented some complicated security stories, and this week we took steps to untangle them. We looked at the many, many ways in which the FBI hacks people, revelations of which have been trickling out for decades. And we broke down just how hackers were able to lift $81 million from a Bangladeshi bank in a matter of hours—well short of their billion-dollar goal, but still a hefty sum, cleverly obtained.

In the world of software, Google has finally offered end-to-end encryption in its messaging products. No, not Hangouts. It’s Allo and Duo, new chat and video apps that use the stalwart end-to-end encryption known as Signal. It’s the same that locks down WhatsApp. On Allo, end-to-end kicks in only when you’re in incognito mode, which we guess is better than nothing. Dating app Grindr, meanwhile, turns out to be decidedly not secure; researchers found that it leaks a user’s exact location, even when a setting intended to mask it has been enabled.

In other research news, a team at Purdue University has developed a new surveillance system that matches up public, unprotected cameras with an incident map of crime and emergencies. It could do wonders for first responders, but gives privacy advocates pause. Lastly, Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning has finally filed an appeal in her case, nearly three years after sentencing.

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