In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Westerners were astounded that China would require its citizens to show a QR code that "rates people as red, yellow, or green risks. To enter an apartment complex or a market, residents must scan a QR code at a manned checkpoint, letting the system know where they are and producing a one-time color code pass to show the guard.” The … [Read more...] about The New Winkel
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages bank accounts worldwide, one Ontario-based company is looking to create what one housing lawyer called a "blacklist" of renters who missed payments on April 1, raising concerns among privacy experts and tenant advocates. … [Read more...] about Landlord service draws criticism for creating ‘blacklist’ of tenants who missed April 1 rent
It happened again, twice in three days, at the annual general meeting of two different regional non-profit groups: Members were told that they can find critical membership information on the group’s Facebook page. How refreshing it was to see someone else stand up and declare, “I don’t use Facebook. Never have. Never will.” After 15 years of the world being told that … [Read more...] about Mommy, Where’s My Photo Going?
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Shopping centers have always been a great place to escape rainy days, too-hot weather, and boredom. They’re also great places for people watching. But now it turns out that shopping centers are the ones watching people. And since nobody knew they were being watched, there was no way to agree — or disagree — to being spied upon. Privacy … [Read more...] about Watching the watchers