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Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.

Landlords are increasingly using facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies to track tenants’ movements and collect their data. The companies selling “proptech” claim their products make residents safer, but some say flaws and biases mean they’re really just accelerating gentrification and invading people’s privacy. Researchers with the AI Now […]
Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.
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The Senate Commerce Committee is demanding answers from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the company’s failure to disclose a microphone inside Nest home security devices

On Monday, the Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding information about the tech giant’s failure to disclose a microphone in its Nest Secure devices to consumers. The letter said it “raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure.” The Senate committee […]
The Senate Commerce Committee is demanding answers from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the company’s failure to disclose a microphone inside Nest home security devices
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Democratic presidential candidates are tearing into Google for the hidden Nest microphone, and calling for tech gadget ‘ingredients’ labels

With Tuesday’s news that Google failed to let consumers know about a hidden microphone in its Nest security devices, some Democratic candidates took the opportunity to voice their stances on consumer privacy. California Senator Kamala Harris told Business Insider: “Americans shouldn’t have to fear that the products in their home […]
Democratic presidential candidates are tearing into Google for the hidden Nest microphone, and calling for tech gadget ‘ingredients’ labels