The Actuator – July 1st

I don’t want to alarm you, but it’s now July. I know it doesn’t feel like it should be July, but time continues to march forward. This year is a marathon, not a sprint. I hope wherever you’re reading this post, you’re healthy and well. We’ll get through these challenging times.

As always, here's a bunch of links I hope you find useful. Enjoy!

Google’s Promise to Delete Your Data Has a Major Loophole
It’s the same loophole every company faces—they cannot control the data retention for third parties. Google could, however, maybe not sell our privacy to everyone on Earth.

'The Computer Got It Wrong': How Facial Recognition Led To False Arrest Of Black Man
And so it begins: we have started letting computers decide who to arrest.

There Is No (Real World) Use Case for Face Super Resolution
Tell that to the police, please.

UK’s facial recognition technology ‘breaches privacy rights’
As I was just saying, someone needs to tell the police to avoid using this technology.

New data zooms in on air pollution mapped by Google Street View cars
This sounds like an interesting project. I’d like to see Google collect this data for a long period of time globally.

Hacker Group Stole $200 Million From Cryptocurrency Exchanges
Might be time to consider putting your money somewhere safe. Like a bank.

Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health
I freely admit this has been me at times, especially these past four months. But going forward I’m going to make an effort to read a book and go to sleep early.

I know a honeypot when I see one: