Why Amazon workers sometimes listen in on users’ conversations with Alexa, and what it tells us about the technology that powers “smart” devices
The home-rental start-up says it’s cracking down on hosts who record guests. Is it doing enough?
How companies are using biofeedback to sell more products
Teaching AI to filter out banned content isn’t the solution advocates hoped for—or the one Silicon Valley promised.
In the hospital and at home, illness data can be lucrative.
The controversy around Google’s Nest home-security devices shows that consumers never really know what their personal technology is capable of.
Secretly watching users navigate an app can help companies fix bugs. But it can also be a tool to manipulate customers’ behavior.
Is it too late, too difficult, or too ironic to try to stop it from becoming a city of surveillance?
A new report—and some parents—calls for police to gain broader-than-ever access to students’ data.
Walgreens is exploring new tech that turns your purchases, your movements, even your gaze, into data.
For months, the FBI listened as Mexico’s infamous drug kingpin allegedly trafficked drugs and arranged assassinations. Here’s how.
Workers may not be replaced by robots anytime soon, but they’ll likely face shorter hours, lower pay, and stolen time.
It won’t be the poor.
In Toronto, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, hopes to create the sensor-filled metropolis of tomorrow.
Google wants to scan your clothing and listen to you brush your teeth. Welcome home.
Only 52 percent of the state’s homicides result in an arrest when the victim is black. Could automating police work help?
The nation’s largest police force is changing its body-camera policy after a malfunctioning camera started a fire.
Companies are employing new techniques to detect fraud and tax evasion, from license-plate readers to the way you hold your phone.
Amazon has patented technology that would allow its devices to read your emotional and physical state, and sell advertisements based on them. Are we entering the era of the mood-targeted ad?
For the first time, police have compelled a suspect to unlock his phone using Face ID. The case reveals an interesting inversion: More advanced password technology is less protected from police seizure.