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Rite Aid Used Facial Recognition in Stores for Nearly a Decade

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Reuters this week published a deep investigation into the use of facial recognition technology by Rite Aid, which the drugstore chain deployed to 200 stores over the last eight years. The tech was installed largely in low-income neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles, alarming civil liberties advocates. Of further concern was that Rite Aid outsourced some of its technology from a company with links to the Chinese government. Rite Aid stopped using facial recognition following Reuters inquiries, but the breadth, focus, and duration of its implementation is still alarming.

The leak itself occurred two weeks ago, but Motherboard has a great dive into the ripples caused by the so-called gigaleak, a trove of historical Nintendo source code, prototypes, emails, and more. The contents of the gigaleak are compelling enough on their own, but so are the tensions its release has caused, especially given Nintendo’s litigious reputation.

Millions of people rely on the Tor for anonymity, and it remains a good bet for most use cases. But security researcher Neal Krawetz this week dropped two apparent zero-day vulnerabilities in the browser. He also plans to disclose three more, one of which could reveal Tor server IP addresses. Krawetz said he went public with the security issues because the Tor Project has been unresponsive when he’s tried to report problems responsibly in the past.

Who among us! This week, newsletter platform SubStack sent an email out to subscribers with an update to its privacy policy. Unfortunately, for a “small percentage” of users it forgot to BCC, leading to a potentially explosive reply-all apocalypse. “We are so sorry this happened—and we are aware of the irony,” the company said in an apologetic tweet. (Anecdotally, the people on those lists showed remarkable restraint.)

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