Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Gofor Envisions a World Where Drones are an On-Demand Service

It’s only an idea, a thought experiment that is equal parts cool and terrifying from a privacy perspective, but the Gofor concept is definitely turning heads. Right now, getting into drone photography is pretty pricey, but Gofor imagines a world where you could rent one right from your smartphone. Read more…

Taking Photos Without Permission is Now Illegal in Hungary, Photographers Outraged

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Effective today, a new civil code in Hungary makes it illegal to take a photograph without obtaining permission from everybody in the photo, making street photographers’ and photojournalists’ jobs infinitely more complicated and opening the door for a landslide of litigation. Read more…

Massachusetts Court Rules that ‘Upskirt’ Photos are Totally Legal

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In what is quite possibly the creepiest photo-related ruling we’ve ever run across, the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston has ruled that ‘upskirt’ photographs taken in public by sneaky perverts are actually 100% legal. Read more…

Victorian Era Detective Cameras and the Birth of Privacy Concerns

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It’s more or less a given these days that cameras are everywhere and privacy is a quaint notion from the past. But it turns out that people were already starting to feel that way in the 1880s, when advancing technology allowed the production of cameras small and fast enough to be hidden by the user and produce shots of unprecedented candidness. Read more…

Photographer and Editor Charged Over Topless Kate Middleton Photos

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An unnamed photographer and the editor of a French celebrity gossip magazine have been charged with privacy violations for publishing topless photos of new royal mom Kate Middleton (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), and more charges are likely to follow. Read more…

The War Against Photography is Growing Alongside the Use of Security Cameras

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The western world was sent into a brief paranoid frenzy when whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked government information about the surveillance of the National Security Agency (NSA). I say brief, because it seems to have been forgotten by a large number of people; it seemed like it was just more news. The revelations, and more that followed, showed how the NSA record phone calls and data and more controversially; that they use information from emails and social networking sites.
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Smile, You’re in a Criminal Database

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Turns out that driver’s license photos are useful for more than acute embarrassment. States, realizing they have a de-facto visual database of most of their residents, are increasingly plugging those photos into facial-recognition software and Facebook to solve crimes — and worrying privacy advocates in the process.
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Photographer Mark Cohen and the Birth of Invasive Street Photography

Many photographers get nervous when the talk turns to street photography. There are step-by-step plans laid out for those who want to get over their fear of street photography, and entire articles dedicated to using telephoto lenses when taking candid street shots so you’re less likely to invade someone’s personal space even as you’re photographing it.

But on the other side of this spectrum are photographers like Bruce Gilden and Eric Kim, who make no apologies about getting in their subjects’ faces and practicing what might be called “invasive street photography.” And if you’ve ever wondered where this cringe-worthy technique was invented, you need look no further than the above video of photographer Mark Cohen. Read more…

New Yorkers Upset Over Photographer’s Secret Snaps Through Their Windows

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Photographer Arne Svenson lives on the second floor of an apartment building in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. For his project “The Neighbors,” he pointed his camera at a luxury apartment building across the street and secretly photographed its inhabitants through open windows.

Those photographs are now being sold for thousands of dollars at a gallery in NYC, but it turns out the subjects aren’t very happy with having their images stealthily snapped and sold.
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Your Wi-Fi-Enabled DSLR Could Be Used by Others to Spy On You

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If you’re the proud owner of a Wi-Fi-connected digital camera, there’s something you need to be aware of: your camera could be used to spy on you.

At the hacker conference Shmoocon 2013 last month, German security researchers Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing reported on findings that Internet-connected cameras can easily be exploited and turned into spy cams.
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