Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

“Is it hot in here or am I crazy?”) set off the detector, which analyzes sound but doesn’t take words or meaning into account. Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.,’

https://features.propublica.org/aggression-detector/the-unproven-invasive-surveillance-technology-schools-are-using-to-monitor-students/

The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed

We are now explicitly on notice that the Court will likely abandon its longstanding tolerance of Congress delegating broadly to agencies. What’s at stake is the potential upending of the constitutional foundations of the so-called “administrative state.” Today’s reality is that agencies, not Congress, make most federal laws. As Justice Kagan put it, if the delegation in Gundy were unconstitutional, “then most of Government is unconstitutional.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-supreme-court-is-one-vote-away-from-changing-how-the-us-is-governed

Store clerk, local newspaper apologize for pushing video showing final moments of wounded police officer

A Missouri store clerk has apologized after livestreaming the death of a police officer on Facebook, and a local newspaper has apologized for linking to the video. Bonnette Kymbrelle Meeks, 26, shot and killed North County Police Cooperative officer Michael Langsdorf, 40, on Sunday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch apologized for briefly linking to the two-minute Facebook video showing Langdorf’s final moments, according to the Post-Dispatch.”I don’t know why I went to Facebook. I don’t know,” the store clerk Kashina Harper said, crying. “I regret it. I didn’t know the officer was going to die.”

Source: Store clerk, local newspaper apologize for pushing video showing final moments of wounded police officer

Suits allege Amazon’s Alexa violates laws by recording children’s voices without consent | The Seattle Times

A lawsuit filed in Seattle alleges Amazon is recording children who use its Alexa devices without their consent, in violation of laws governing recordings in at least eight states, including Washington.“Alexa routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents,” according to a complaint filed on behalf of a 10-year-old Massachusetts girl on Tuesday in federal court in Seattle. Another nearly identical suit was filed the same day in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, on behalf of an 8-year-old boy.

Source: Suits allege Amazon’s Alexa violates laws by recording children’s voices without consent | The Seattle Times

The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker – BNN Bloomberg

TECHNOLOGY News Wire OpinionJun 9, 2019The future will be recorded, on your smart speakerStephen L. Carter, Bloomberg News Bloomberg Asia Amazon Global Team Listens to Recordings of Alexa ConversationsApr.10 — Amazon may be listening in to you as customers talk to Alexa. Sources say the company has a team that monitors voice recordings captured in Echo owner’s homes as well as their offices. Bloomberg’s Matt Day reports on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.” (Bloomberg Opinion) — Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in ScienceAlert is even more direct: “Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get.” You get the idea.But the anxiety is much ado about nothing. An Alexa that’s always listening will likely prove more useful than an Alexa that isn’t; and, in any case, always-on devices are certainly our future.

Source: The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker – BNN Bloomberg

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore | WIRED

Those interlocking family trees, connecting people through bits of DNA, have now grown so big that they can be used to find more than half the US population. In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.“The takeaway is it doesn’t matter if you’ve been tested or not tested,” says Erlich, who is now the chief science officer at MyHeritage, the third largest consumer genetic provider behind 23andMe and Ancestry. “You can be identified because the databases already cover such large fractions of the US, at least for European ancestry.”

Source: Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore | WIRED

White House Launches Online Tool to Report Social Media ‘Political Bias’

“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” the official White House account tweeted Wednesday while unveiling the new reporting tool, which also asks people to sign up to receive Trump’s email newsletters so they can stay up to date on his “fight for free speech.” “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-white-house-launches-online-234918052.html?ncid=facebook_yahoonewsf_akfmevaatca