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Amazon says it has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras. Some politicians are concerned Ring’s video-sharing partnerships with police departments encroach on people’s privacy and civil liberties. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jessica Hill

One Ring to rule them all: Surveillance ‘smart’ tech won’t make Canadian cities safer

Amazon says it's the "new neighbourhood watch" but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
The time we invest in our digital lives is time we don’t get back. But, it’s not impossible to knock your digital-dependance - and the holidays are the best time to start. SHUTTERSTOCK

A month at sea with no technology taught me how to steal my life back from my phone

As the head of a media and communications program, my life's digital-analogue balance was off. Four weeks at sea with no devices refocussed my views – even on things that had been there all along.
Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login. SHUTTERSTOCK

Fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly

While the data from a fingerprint is very hard to retrieve, cybercriminals can get around biometric technology in various ways. And having a weak passcode is like giving them a hall pass.

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