New IoT monitors smart device connections

(Apr 12, 2019) Princeton University is offering a new internet-of-things monitor that divulges what connections a user's mobile device is making, Gizmodo reports. In addition to identifying what and who the devices are connecting with, the Princeton IoT Inspector reveals how active devices are, but it will not analyze other people's devices or computers connected to the same network. The tool will gather data about your devices in a Princeton database and use it for an academic report, but that data will then ... Read More

Amazon tunes in to Alexa users

(Apr 11, 2019) Bloomberg reports Amazon employs workers to monitor the use of Alexa to improve the voice assistant's responses and train the product's speech-recognition systems. Prohibiting the use of voice recordings for development purposes is possible in Alexa's privacy settings. “We have strict technical and operational safeguards, and have a zero tolerance policy for the abuse of our system. Employees do not have direct access to information that can identify the person or account as part of this workflo... Read More

Walmart adding robots to workforce

(Apr 10, 2019) The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart is set to introduce robots to its workforce. The retail giant is adding task-specific robots to stores around the U.S. in the coming year, which will give stores the ability to reallocate staff toward other projects. At least 300 stores will add machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Floor-cleaning bots will be deployed in 1,500 stores, while 1,200 stores will take on conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they come... Read More

Video: Headset measures brain activity during workday

(Apr 3, 2019) In a video from Reuters, San Francisco startup EMotiv and SAP are teaming up on a headset that tracks and projects a user's brain activity to increase employee productivity. EMotiv's technology, used to diagnose sleep disorders and epilepsy, will employ a built-in algorithm to collect data on the state of mind and track the brain's ebb-and-flow between focus and distraction. With employee consent, the anonymously collected data, which is compiled in bunches to further protect user privacy, will ... Read More

Study finds more organizations adopting encryption tech

(Mar 29, 2019) A multi-industry survey across 14 countries found organizations are increasingly adopting encryption technology to protect data, improve security, and meet compliance requirements, Computer Weekly reports. The Ponemon Institute’s 2019 Global Encryption Trends Study found the main drivers behind this trend are the need to protect data generated through internet-of-things devices, increase data protection requirements, and avoid reputational damage resulting from a data breach. Barriers to impleme... Read More

Network to provide active resource for municipal leaders

(Mar 29, 2019) The Future of Privacy Forum announced the Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network, a collaborative designed to provide an active resource for municipal leaders as they navigate emerging privacy issues. Formed in partnership with the MetroLab Network and with the support of the National Science Foundation, the network is hoping to share practical guidance and promote fair and transparent data practice to municipal leaders. Meanwhile, several U.S. cities were found to have requested location data from ... Read More

Monitoring systems raise privacy concerns as autonomous car tech grows

(Mar 28, 2019) As autonomous car technology continues to move forward, manufacturers of the vehicles are expected to add more safety-monitoring systems, The New York Times reports. Past attempts at monitoring driver and passenger activity have raised privacy issues among consumers; however, companies such as General Motors and BMW do not collect driver-monitoring information from the cameras and sensors installed in their autonomous vehicles. Privacy concerns may become more prevalent as self-driving cars beco... Read More

Norwegian Consumer Council calls for IoT cybersecurity standards

(Mar 21, 2019) The Norwegian Consumer Council called for binding minimum requirements to be established for internet-connected devices following a survey that found 75 percent of citizens have concerns over the cybersecurity and privacy of connected devices, Telecompaper reports. The council has also urged Norwegian authorities to work with the European Commission to make internet-connected devices more secure. Consumer Director Inger Lise Blyverket said consumers' concerns were “not unfounded” and added that ... Read More

White House launches AI website

(Mar 20, 2019) The White House launched a website created to share artificial intelligence initiatives from within the federal government, VentureBeat reports. The website lists initiatives from the National Institutes of Health on biomedical research and a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation on autonomous vehicles and cites the “Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence” signed by President Donald Trump. AI.gov also notes the National Artificial Intelligence R... Read More

IoT cybersecurity bill set to be introduced on Capitol Hill

(Mar 12, 2019) A bipartisan bill created to address internet-of-things cybersecurity is set to be introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Augusta Free Press reports. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require devices purchased by the U.S. government to meet minimum security requirements. The bill would mandate the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to create recommendations to address cybersecurity and for the Office of Management and Budget to relea... Read More