Singapore has confirmed that its police can access the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing data if they wish. This latest development seems unnecessary at best and evidence of a creeping state panopticon at worst.
Salaat First, an app that reminds Muslims when to pray, has been caught recording and selling users’ location data. The source who provided the dataset of precise user movements was concerned that such sensitive information could potentially be exploited by bad actors.
A US academic has uncovered a 2.4-million-person database compiled using public information from social media. This is exactly what scares us at Self: a future where personal information can be acquired and misused at the drop of a hat.
A report from Motherboard shows how one of their reporters was able to buy 250 followers on TikTok and quickly accumulate thousands of views and likes on one of their videos. Fake social media accounts have been around for years, but this shows that none of these tech companies have been able to get a firm grip on the issue.