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A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining public records with information privately acquired from data brokers. For almost as long as it has existed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has drawn criticism for the methods by which its agents pursue and remove undocumented migrants. But a new report published Tuesday sheds new light on the extent to

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Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds

A Mozilla report found that mental health and prayer apps have particularly bad data privacy protections. The apps suck up personal information and have vague privacy policies. As a category, mental health apps have worse privacy protections for users than most other types of apps, according to a new analysis from researchers at Mozilla. Prayer apps also had poor privacy standards, the team found. “The vast majority of

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Hatching finds horror in grotesque acts of self-care and violence

IFC Midnight’s Hatching from director Hanna Bergholm is a disturbing exploration of what happens when you put social media first and being true to yourself second. You don’t need to speak Finnish to understand what sort of social media presence the influencers at the center of director Hanna Bergholm’s psychological body horror Hatching have created for themselves. It’s blonde, blue-eyed, and fixated on

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A ‘liveable future’ depends on slashing emissions this decade, major climate report finds

The world is at a "crossroads" that will determine "a livable future," a major new United Nations climate change report finds. The world needs to slash greenhouse gas emissions in half this decade, a landmark new United Nations report urges. To reach that goal, the globe needs to make a speedy shift to clean energy, reduce energy use, and deploy technologies that can trap

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Kogonada’s After Yang finds beauty in the quiet dystopia of grief

In A24’s After Yang from director Kogonada, Justin H. Min stars as an android at the end of his life as both an appliance and as the foundation of a family. In A24’s After Yang from Columbus director Kogonada, the anthropomorphization of technology has long since given rise to machines that think, feel, and live alongside their flesh and blood makers. It’s been so long since the birth of

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Most Apple Watch users won’t get health benefits from AFib detection, study finds

Most people who use an Apple Watch and connect data to a health center wouldn’t benefit from a heart rhythm notification, a new study shows. They won’t be eligible for treatments. One promised benefit of the Apple Watch is early detection of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heart rhythm. But most people who wear the watch are in a demographic that wouldn’t actually be able to do much with

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DNA from rape kits used to identify crime suspects in San Francisco, investigation finds

The San Francisco district attorney says that the police department was including DNA from rape kits in searches for crime suspects. The practice is likely illegal. The San Francisco Police Department includes DNA collected from rape kits in the database it uses to identify crime suspects, District Attorney Chesa Boudin said on Monday. The practice likely is illegal under the California Constitution, Boudin

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US nuclear power plants contain dangerous counterfeit parts, report finds

Nuclear power plants in the US were found to have counterfeit parts, which could pose significant safety risks. A report by Office of the Inspector General at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission warns that greater oversight is needed. At least some nuclear power plants in the US contain counterfeit parts that could pose significant risks, an investigation by the inspector general’s office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found. Those parts “present nuclear safety and

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Big Tech’s climate goals are weaker than they seem, report finds

Vague commitments and "accounting tricks" make corporate climate pledges seem more ambitious than they really are, a new report finds. The report calls out big tech companies, including Amazon and Google. Tech giants’ climate plans aren’t as aggressive as they sound, according to an assessment of 25 of the world’s biggest companies published on Monday. The plans many companies have put together rely too much on offsetting their emissions

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The Boys’ first season 3 trailer has Homelander doing damage control

Homelander is on the defensive and doing some major damage control in The Boys’ first season 3 trailer ahead of its June 3rd premiere. The superpowered humans of Amazon’s The Boys are a danger in and of themselves, but it’s Vought — the immensely powerful and unscrupulous megacorporation that secretly created them — that poses the largest threat to the world. This has been

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Jeff Bezos is not a poster

Jeff Bezos seems to lack a basic understanding of how Twitter works. He’s tweeting about PowerPoint on a platform where there is no incentive to be reasonable. Friends, I’ve had alerts on for Jeff Bezos’ tweets for a while now, and after some consideration, I’m afraid I have to conclude that this man cannot post. I am, in fact, finding it difficult to believe how bad he is at posting. It’s

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