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Twitter App Security Glitch Could Spell Trouble for Android Users

Twitter recently announced a potential security threat for Android users. An app vulnerability may give hackers backdoor access to otherwise secure account information , such as direct messages, protected tweets, or location details. In addition, such access could allow hackers to take over a user’s account, sending messages on the user’s behalf. Twitter affirmed that there was no proof of hacking, but sought to reassure Android users in a statement posted on its blog, which read, in part: “We have taken steps to fix this issue and are directly notifying people who could have been exposed to this vulnerability either through the Twitter app or by email with specific instructions to keep them safe .” To avoid any possible security issues, Twitter recommends that Android users download the latest version of the app, or use until they are able to do so.  iPhone users were not affected by the security glitch.

Jan 2, 2020

Civil Rights Groups Say Using Algorithms In Risk-Based Bail Assessments Is A Problem

The Advanced Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Color of Change, MoveOn and 115 other groups signed a statement of concern about the use of pretrial “risk assessment” algorithms to determine bail . The amount of state and local governments turning to algorithms to determine pretrial flight and criminal recidivism risks. The algorithm was intended to remove bias from pretrial hearings to reduce jail overcrowding, etc. But i n the statement, the groups explain that our justice system is still disproportionately impacting communities of color.  Because of this, the data entered reflects those flaws. This makes what might be intended to be objective or neutral actually biased tools that will continue to add to the discrepancies in the justice system. The organizations are also calling for the government to follow principles, including the following: If in use, a pretrial risk assessment instrument must be designed and...