Drones have definitely become common in our everyday lives. There are plenty of their possible uses, from taking photos and videos to making tigers exercise. However, not all of the applications are useful or positive. I’ve often heard that you could use a drone to spy on your neighbors, and apparently, some people do it, big time. But this woman decided she doesn’t want to put up with that. So, she takes a gun and opens the drone hunting season.
With facial recognition technology you can take pictures of people in the street, run them through publicly available photographs online, and get a match.
You would have heard this statement if you had been listening to the 20 September 2016 episode of Seriously on BBC Radio 4, called ‘The Online Identity Crisis’. I only heard it yesterday, though, as I caught up with it by podcast. It did, however, set me thinking. Just how likely, or easy, is it that someone should take a photo of me in the street, run said image through facial recognition software, and be able to identify me?
Something tells me the owner of this drone was not quite expecting to capture what he saw when he reviewed the footage from this flight.
While filming a local church at the city of Torzhok, in the Tver Oblast region in Russia, the drone’s camera accidentally caught a couple having sex in the church’s steeple.
As if the facial recognition news coming out of Russia wasn’t creepy enough already, it’s now available in App form to users of popular Russian social media network, Vkontakte.
FindFace, which launched only two months ago, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and discover their identities with 70% reliability and could be the final nail in the coffin for privacy as we know it.
Photojournalist Maya Vidon-White is facing criminal charges over her photo of a man who was killed during the November terror attacks in Paris after the man’s family filed charges against the Paris based photographer.
Stating that the publication of the image caused the family emotional damage, press freedom advocates argue that Vidon-White has been wrongfully targeted using an “obscure” French law.
Its nice to have a drone that can take photos and videos. What could be more fun that taking photos of people on the beach from high above or assaulting drone pilots out for the sake of privacy. I don’t see where this can go wrong. In fact drone shooting privacy is such a concern that governments are putting regulations in place for keeping your privacy private. But, at least you can hear a drone when it is approaching so you can stop doing whatever private business you want off camera, right?
Well, not for long. Researchers at Stanford University have created a spider drone, a drone that can perch on walls and ceilings just like a small flying spider, and just like the spider, the drone can stay very silent, “killing” the motors and only keeping the camera on while it perches.
If you are a French parent who likes posting their kid’s photos all over the internet, we have same bad news for you.
The Telegraph noticed that the privacy laws in France are pretty strict. How strict, you ask? Strict to the point that your offspring can sue you for infringing on their right to privacy if you posted photos of them when they were younger. And this is not a small offence either; penalties could ramp up to €45,000 plus a year in prison (where no photo sharing is allowed at all!). The judge would have to be convinced that you published some of your kids without their consent, but, who decides what’s private? And show me the parent that asks for permission before every my-kid-is-making-soap-bubbles-and-he-is-so-cute photo upload, and I will show you one kid who’s gonna spend years in therapy.
It’s no secret that many couples these days capture intimate photos during their relationship, but what should happen with those photos once the couple breaks up?
In a decision that could criminalize millions of men (and some women), a German judge ruled that a man must delete nude photos of his ex-girlfriend.
According to the ruling, the ex-boyfriend, a photographer, no longer has the right to possess nude photos or videos or the woman as her consent expired when the relationship came apart.
It’s important to note that the man did not intend to share the photos a la ‘revenge porn’, but the ruling could have a major impact on preventing such cases.
Swiss police came up with a new, and highly controversial, plan to get suspects to turn themselves in.
According to Ha’aretz newspaper, the police will release a pixelated photo of suspects to the media, along with a message warning that unless they turn themselves in within a week, unpixelated photos will be published and the public will be asked to identify them.
As you can imagine, the new policy is said to cause quite a stir among politicians and lawyers.
When Larry Breaux heard a drone flying over his California house he decided to grab his shotgun and shoot it out of the sky.
He failed to get a shot off at first and the drone tried to get away, but Breaux following it around the house and hit it with a single shot.
Claiming the drone was sent over his property in a deliberate act of harassment, suspicions have been raised that this might be a brilliant attempt to draw attention to Breaux’s failing Kickstarter campaign.