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Agreed...we could use big data and AI for good and probably still put in reasonable privacy guards with sunset clauses etc...
Governments (ones in the UK at least) generally aren't good at putting sunset clauses in place in my limited experience, unless there is a lot of oversight of what they want to put in place and there is enough push back to mean they might lose a vote on the issue. I doubt there'll be either in this case
 
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Governments (ones in the UK at least) generally aren't good at putting sunset clauses in place in my limited experience, unless there is a lot of oversight of what they want to put in place and there is enough push back to mean they might lose a vote on the issue. I doubt there'll be either in this case
Sadly...I think your observation is correct...
 
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On a different note, quick hack that I forgot to mention earlier. If you don't want or have a webcam privacy cover, I've been using little pieces of post-it notes for years. Simple, cheap and easily replaceable, with the bonus that they don't prevent your laptop lid from closing completely
If your system’s so compromised that someone’s remotely controlling your webcam you have bigger problems than them seeing you crack one off. ;)
 
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If your system’s so compromised that someone’s remotely controlling your webcam you have bigger problems than them seeing you crack one off. ;)
Depends if it's compromised by someone malicious (and if so, what their aim is) or if it's compromised by design (management software on a company laptop). I remember reading a few years ago on BoingBoing about a US school district that handed out laptops to their kids which allowed the webcam to be remotely enabled
 
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Depends if it's compromised by someone malicious (and if so, what their aim is) or if it's compromised by design (management software on a company laptop). I remember reading a few years ago on BoingBoing about a US school district that handed out laptops to their kids which allowed the webcam to be remotely enabled
I'd have no problem with that, my company laptop is only used for work, it's not a personal device. As for the kids, surely a school laptop should be used for schoolwork? Depending on the age of the children under parental supervision.
 
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I'd have no problem with that, my company laptop is only used for work, it's not a personal device. As for the kids, surely a school laptop should be used for schoolwork? Depending on the age of the children under parental supervision.
Without going too deeply into that specific scenario, a child's laptop is a lot more likely to be used it their bedroom. That may not be the case with all children and all parents may not allow that, but the majority probably will
 
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Without going too deeply into that specific scenario, a child's laptop is a lot more likely to be used it their bedroom. That may not be the case with all children and all parents may not allow that, but the majority probably will
Obviously that could potentially be exploited in a way no-one would want and is one reason why IMO no internet-connected device should be in a child's bedroom. The temptation for them to be messing about on the computer instead of sleeping being another one.
 
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