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AI porn sniffing censor...

German Government Now Exporting Anti-Porn Surveillance Tool


Link Here14th February 2024
Full story: Age Verification in Germany...Requiring age verification for adult websites
A moral campaigner who has been waging a one-man War on Porn in Germany, and who developed an AI tool that scans online content to identify porn images, has now exported that technology for use by a Belgian media censor.

Tobias Schmid, director of the State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, announced the tool after supervising its development himself. He named it KIVI, a word play referencing surveillance.

A spokeswoman for the State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia confirmed to NetzPolitik that there were exploratory talks taking place regarding expanding the use of KIVI across Europe. Last week, it was confirmed that Belgium's Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) is also automatically searching the Internet, looking for freely accessible pornography, among other things.

KIVI was developed for Schmid by Berlin-based Condat AG and is currently being used by all 14 state media authorities in Germany. In addition to pornography, KIVI is also trained to detect categories like extremism, hate speech, swastikas or the glorification of drugs.

Belgium's CSA is now scanning X.com for adult content, Meineck reported, noting, From September to December 2023, around 5,000 suspicious activity reports were collected. Examiners viewed around a fifth of it, and around 90% of this content was 'clearly' pornographic, and thus should not be accessible without strict age controls.

 

 

Journey to Fearful...

US politicians propose laws to criminalise commonplace deep fake porn of celebrities


Link Here4th February 2024
Full story: Internet Censorship in US...Left leaning media companies cancel the right
Legislators in the US have introduced the DEFIANCE (Disrupt Explicit Forged Images and Non-Consensual Edits) Act of 2024 aimed at censoring deepfake content on the internet. This legislative response comes in the wake of a disturbing incident involving Taylor Swift, whose likeness was exploited in AI-generated explicit images that circulated widely on social media platforms.

The DEFIANCE Act takes holds creator accountable for the dissemination of digitally forged, sexually explicit content. The primary focus of the legislation is to empower victims, particularly women, allowing them to seek legal recourse against those responsible for creating and spreading deepfakes.

US Senator Josh Hawley, a key proponent of the DEFIANCE Act, emphasized the importance of protecting innocent individuals from being featured in AI-generated pornography. He stated:

Nobody--neither celebrities nor ordinary Americans--should ever have to find themselves featured in AI pornography. Innocent people have a right to defend their reputations and hold perpetrators accountable in court. This bill will make that a reality. Safeguarding Victims

 

 

Coining it in...

Spain announces a plan to required age/identity verification for online porn viewers


Link Here16th December 2023
The government of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez intends to implement age verification to access adult content on the internet across the board to prevent minors from viewing age-restricted websites. Spain's data regulator Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) is developing a process to require web users to utilize a digital ID card.

The Royal Spanish Mint will be directed to develop the digital ID technology following recommendations from the AEPD. One format floated by the agency is that a user will download an app on their mobile device, a QR code, or some other type of digital document verifying their age through a government ID, health or residence cards, a driver's license, or a passport. AEPD claims that this approach minimizes risks of a data breach since third parties--such as a private sector age verification software vendor or a regulated platform--will not be able to access a user's sensitive personally identifiable information.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of sensitive personally identifiable information being safe in the hands of a government agency or private company. Consider a case that occurred in Louisiana, which was the first U.S. state to require an ID to view adult content. Seeking to comply with the law, the tube site Pornhub adopted an age verification solution that integrated with the state's digital identification app, LA Wallet.

Months after the deployment of LA Wallet by Pornhub, the company and the agency administering the digital wallet program were victims of a data breach. A local news report indicates that over 6 million records from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles were exposed by hackers in June 2023. Names, addresses, ID numbers, social security numbers, height, weight and eye colors were exposed in a breach of a file transfer protocol.

Even with the best intention and risk mitigation, AEPD will not be able to completely prevent a breach of data. That is one major concern among critics of age verification.

 

 

Taking the moral high road...

Google limits the authorities access to people's location histories


Link Here16th December 2023
Full story: Gooogle Privacy...Google's many run-ins with privacy

Google announced this week that it will be making several important changes to the way it handles users' "Location History" data. These changes would appear to make it much more difficult--if not impossible--for Google to provide mass location data in response to a geofence warrant , a change we've been asking Google to implement for years.

Geofence warrants require a provider--almost always Google--to search its entire reserve of user location data to identify all users or devices located within a geographic area during a time period specified by law enforcement. These warrants violate the Fourth Amendment because they are not targeted to a particular individual or device, like a typical warrant for digital communications. The only "evidence" supporting a geofence warrant is that a crime occurred in a particular area, and the perpetrator likely carried a cell phone that shared location data with Google. For this reason, they inevitably sweep up potentially hundreds of people who have no connection to the crime under investigation--and could turn each of those people into a suspect .

Geofence warrants have been possible because Google collects and stores specific user location data (which Google calls "Location History" data) altogether in a massive database called " Sensorvault ." Google reported several years ago that geofence warrants make up 25% of all warrants it receives each year.

Google's announcement outlined three changes to how it will treat Location History data. First, going forward, this data will be stored, by default, on a user's device, instead of with Google in the cloud. Second, it will be set by default to delete after three months; currently Google stores the data for at least 18 months. Finally, if users choose to back up their data to the cloud, Google will "automatically encrypt your backed-up data so no one can read it, including Google."

All of this is fantastic news for users, and we are cautiously optimistic that this will effectively mean the end of geofence warrants. These warrants are dangerous. They threaten privacy and liberty because they not only provide police with sensitive data on individuals, they could turn innocent people into suspects. Further, they have been used during political protests and threaten free speech and our ability to speak anonymously, without fear of government repercussions. For these reasons, EFF has repeatedly challenged geofence warrants in criminal cases and worked with other groups ( including tech companies) to push for legislative bans on their use.

However, we are not yet prepared to declare total victory. Google's collection of users' location data isn't limited to just the "Location History" data searched in response to geofence warrants; Google collects additional location information as well. It remains to be seen whether law enforcement will find a way to access these other stores of location data on a mass basis in the future. Also, none of Google's changes will prevent law enforcement from issuing targeted warrants for individual users' location data--outside of Location History--if police have probable cause to support such a search.

But for now, at least, we'll take this as a win. It's very welcome news for technology users as we usher in the end of 2023.


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