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ICYMI: Sept 7 - Sept 13

ICYMI: Sept 7 - Sept 13

ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.

How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

Google Street View offers up a window to the world in all its bizarre, intimate, and often raw glory. That window just so happens to peek into your home, as well. What that peek reveals may be more than you've bargained for — think views into bedroom windows, potential fodder for stalkers, and more.

Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. Specifically, you can ask Google to permanently blur your house out — leaving only a smeared suggestion of a building in its place. The entire process is surprisingly easy.

Easy and effective

Portland, Oregon, passes toughest ban on facial recognition in US

The  city council in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday passed the strongest ban on facial recognition in the US, blocking use of the technology by private businesses as well as government agencies in the city.
The bill passed unanimously, and the ban will take effect in January 2021.

Good stuff. Feels even better when you find out Amazon spend $24,000 in lobbying to kill this.

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