Mozilla vs Google: Chrome 94 violates user privacy

Google’s releasing a new version of Chrome isn’t generally great news, but Chrome 94 is an exception.

In fact, Google has implemented the Idle Detection API, a programming interface that allows sites to understand if the user who opened one of their pages is still in front of the computer or smartphone (because he is doing something) or if instead is gone.

The detection of the presence of the user is based on the execution of certain actions: it is in fact possible that the user is not interacting with a given site but is in any case using software or another application; in these cases, however, it is present.

If, on the other hand, nothing has happened for a while, or if perhaps the screensaver has started, Chrome believes that the user has moved away and, through that API, can let the sites know.

Although each site must ask for permission to use the data provided by the API, Mozilla believes that its operation creates “an opportunity for surveillance capitalism” as it “invites sites to invade aspects of the physical privacy of users. , to keep data about the user’s physical behavior for a long time, to learn the daily rhythms (such as the lunch break) and to use this data for a proactive psychological manipulation (for example by acting on the sense of hunger, emotions, choices) »as Tantek Çelik explains.

One might think that, given the rivalry between Mozilla and Google (and the ugly situation in terms of popularity that Firefox has been in for some time), the objections have an ulterior motive, beyond protecting the privacy of users.

Despite the objections, Chrome 94 is now a reality, and soon other Chromium-based browsers will integrate its functions, including the Idle Detection API, unless the various development teams decide to eliminate what they do not share.

However, if sites start using it, and considering the fact that Chrome is the most used browser in the world, it is possible that willy-nilly all browsers must adopt the Idle Detection API to ensure full compatibility with all sites.

The American singer and producer was found guilty of sexual abuse of many young women and underage girls: he faces life imprisonment

At the end of a six-week trial, US R&B singer and producer R. Kelly was found guilty of all nine counts he was charged with, including sexual abuse and exploitation and conspiracy to commit crime. This is Kelly’s first conviction, despite the first allegations of sexual abuse of underage women and girls against him dating back more than 25 years.

A total of 45 witnesses were involved in the trial, which was held in New York. The most crucial testimonies, however, were those of the eleven people – nine women and two men – who had accused Kelly, and who testified against him by describing numerous incidents of violence, threats and abuse, many of which occurred when they were minors.

According to the thesis supported by the prosecutors, with which the jury has shown agreement, for more than ten years Kelly would have used her fame to attract young women and underage girls interested in a career in music and then subject them to severe physical, psychological and sexual.

Among the charges of which he was found guilty there is also that of criminal association: the prosecution in fact claimed that the set of managers and assistants who helped Kelly to meet the girls (and then to ensure that they continued to remain under his control, obeying him without talking to anyone about what they suffered) constituted in fact a criminal organization. Kelly was also found guilty of violating the “Mann act”, a federal law that prohibits transporting a person outside the state borders for “immoral purposes” (the law dates back to 1910 and was made to combat trafficking. of human beings and the exploitation of prostitution).

This was not the first time Kelly had been on trial for sexual abuse of young women and underage girls.

The first time the allegations against him were widely spoken of was in 2000, thanks to a first investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times. Even before that, however, Kelly had been formally accused of having sex with underage girls, settling the lawsuits with compensation.

In 1994, when he was 27, Kelly made a lot of talk when he married singer Aaliyah, then 15: on the marriage certificate, the age of Aaliyah – who died in a plane crash in 2001, at 22 – had been falsified to pretend that she was of age. In 1995 the marriage was canceled. In 2002, however, he was accused of child pornography, when a video began to circulate showing him having sex with a fourteen-year-old girl. However, the girl who had accused him did not testify at the trial and in 2008 Kelly was acquitted of all 14 counts for which he had been indicted.

Things changed for him in 2019, the year in which the documentary Surviving R. Kelly was released, which collected many testimonies of young women who said they had been abused by him and made the allegations against him even more known and discussed. leading to his arrest.

R. Kelly, pseudonym of Robert Sylvester Kelly, is 54 years old and in his career he has achieved 12 platinum discs. He was most famous in the 90s and early 2000s thanks to singles like “I believe I can fly” and “Ignition”. He collaborated among others with rapper Jay-Z for two albums in 2002 and 2004 and with Lady Gaga for the single “Do what you want” in 2013.

As part of this trial, whose verdict will arrive on May 4, Kelly faces life imprisonment. At the same time, he remains involved in another federal trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges, and has also been charged with sex abuse offenses in Illinois and Minnesota.

♬ Imagine Dragons – Lonely

LYRIC

Sometimes, I can get a little
I can get a little lonely
Sometimes, I can get a little
I can get a little lonelySome nights I get a little lonely
It’s even when there’s people all around me
Sometimes I get a little anxious
‘Cause these pills don’t work the way the doctor played itI’m startin’ to spin, needles and pins
Right on the brim, hand on a limb, takin’ it in
Sleep it away, life in a day, and a day in a life
Mixing it up, checkin’ it twice
Trying to breathe, starting to seize
Lights, camera, action and scene
Story of my lifeOh, love (sometimes, I can get a little)
Have mercy (I can get a little lonely)
On me (sometimes, I can get a little)
And keep me company (I can get a little lonely)
Oh, love (sometimes, I can get a little)
Have mercy (I can get a little lonely)
On me (sometimes, I can get a little)
And keep me company (I can get a little lonely)
I said-Sometimes, I smile to keep things easy
I hide in corners, hope that no one sees meSo I’m playin’ a role, ridin’ the boat, stuck in a hole
Takin’ a bow, lookin’ so proud
Look at me now, talkin’ about pills in my mouth
Under the tongue, isn’t it fun?
Trying to breathe, starting to seize
Lights, camera, action and scene
Story of my life, oh-ohOh, love (sometimes, I can get a little)
Have mercy (I can get a little lonely)
On me (sometimes, I can get a little)
And keep me company (I can get a little lonely)
Oh, love (sometimes, I can get a little)
Have mercy (I can get a little lonely)
On me (sometimes, I can get a little)
And keep me company (I can get a little lonely)I said, “Oh, love” (keep me company, I said, help keep me company, I said)
Have mercy (help keep me company, I said, oh, love)
Oh, love, can you please have mercy on me?
(Keep me company, I said, help keep me company, I said)
Can you keep me company? (Help keep me company, I said, help-)
L-O-N-E-L-Why am I so lonely?Oh, love (sometimes, I can get a little)
Have mercy (I can get a little lonely)
On me (sometimes, I can get a little)
And keep me company (I can get a little lonely)
I said, oh, love (sometimes, I can get a little)
Have mercy (I can get a little lonely)
On me (sometimes, I can get a little)
And keep me company (I can get a little lonely)
I said, oh l-