Tag Archive for ‘Ken Macon’

OpenAI Adds Former NSA Director to Its Board ➝

Ken Macon, writing for Reclaim the Net:

The inclusion of Nakasone on OpenAI’s board is a decision that warrants a critical examination and will likely raise eyebrows. Nakasone’s extensive background in cybersecurity, including his leadership roles in the US Cyber Command and the Central Security Service, undoubtedly brings a wealth of experience and expertise to OpenAI. However, his association with the NSA, an agency often scrutinized for its surveillance practices and controversial data collection methods, raises important questions about the implications of such an appointment as the company’s product ChatGPT is, through a deal with Apple, about to be available on every iPhone. The company is also already tightly integrated into Microsoft software.

I plan to disable as much of the Apple Intelligence features as I possible can. Not just because of potential privacy implications, but also because I find the entire category to be of questionable usefulness.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org

Android Messages and Dialer Apps Allegedly Send Data to Google ➝

Ken Macon, in reference to a recent report by a Trinity College Dublin professor:

Google’s Dialer and Messaging apps have been collecting and sending data without users’ consent and an opt-out option, according to a new report. The practice potentially violates Europe’s GDPR laws and other privacy laws across the globe. […]

From the Messages app, Google gets a SHA256 hash generated from the content and timestamp. The hash is hard to decipher, but Leith believes it can be reversed allowing the content of the message to be recovered. […]

From the Dialer app, Google logs outgoing and incoming calls, as well as the time and duration of calls.

If this is true, it’s a massive privacy violation. And terrible timing for Google — coming so soon after Google Analytics was deemed illegal in Europe in its current form.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org