Smart but nosy: Lat­est gad­gets want to peer into our daily lives

Yuma Sun - - DESERT LIFE -

BLOOD DRIVE

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Westwind RV & Golf Re­sort, Coy­ote Room, 9797 S. Frontage Road GO­ING ON: Save a life — make an ap­point­ment to­day INFO: Email ac­tiv­i­[email protected]­winden­ter­prises.com or call (928) 342-4533

CRAFT FAIR, COAT DRIVE

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Desert Rose, 1545 S. 14th Ave. GO­ING ON: Craft fair, donate a new or gen­tly used coat for the Cross­roads Mis­sion INFO: (928) 343-0807

CHIPO­TLE TAKEOVER

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Chipo­tle Mex­i­can Grill, Yuma Palms Mall GO­ING ON: Bring in flyer, show on smart­phone or tell the cashier you’re there for the cause and Chipo­tle will donate 33 per­cent of pro­ceeds to Sad­dles of Joy

BLOOD DRIVE

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Yuma County Adult Pro­ba­tion, Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 410 Maiden Lane GO­ING ON: Do­na­tions are needed to re­build the blood sup­ply af­ter the hol­i­days INFO: Con­tact Frank Silva at [email protected] or call (928) 373-1690

BLOOD DRIVE

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Yuma Re­gional Cor­po­rate Cen­ter, 399 W. 32nd St. GO­ING ON: Jan­uary is na­tional blood donor month — save a life to­day INFO: Con­tact El­iz­abeth Ham­monds at vol­un­teerser­[email protected]­mare­gional.org or call (928) 3361105

TR­ISH HATLEY CON­CERT BLOOD DRIVE

WHEN: 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Gila Ridge High School, 7150 E. 24th St. GO­ING ON: There is no bet­ter gift than the gift of life make an ap­point­ment to­day INFO: Con­tact Kayla Sem­ler at ksem­[email protected]­mau­nion.org or call (928) 502-6400

SUI­CIDE PRE­VEN­TION

WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Foothills Li­brary, 13226 E. South Frontage Road GO­ING ON: Learn how sui­cide is a na­tional and lo­cal pub­lic health prob­lem, how to rec­og­nize some­one at risk of sui­cide and com­mon myths and facts sur­round­ing sui­ci­dal be­hav­ior; free

PADRES IN YUMA

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Well­ton Li­brary, 28790 San Jose Ave. GO­ING ON: This spring marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the San Diego Padres’ in­au­gu­ral spring train­ing sea­son in Yuma; learn about Yuma’s many tries to at­tract pro­fes­sional teams, what Padres’ play­ers and man­age­ment had to say about Yuma and why the long, happy Yuma-Padres re­la­tion­ship ended in 1993; free

“HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH”

WHEN: 4 p.m. WHERE: YRMC Can­cer Cen­ter, 2375 Ridgeview Drive GO­ING ON: Dr. Ab­hi­nav Chan­dra, YRMC Can­cer Cen­ter med­i­cal direc­tor, will present in­for­ma­tion and lead a tour of the cen­ter; pre­sented by YRMC Foun­da­tion Series; num­ber of at­ten­dees is lim­ited; free INFO: To RSVP, call (928) 336-7043 or 336-2445

VIL­LAGE JAZZ

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Vil­lage area of Yuma Palms Re­gional Cen­ter GO­ING ON: Yuma Big Band will per­form, pro­vid­ing big, brassy ex­cite­ment; bring own seat­ing; free INFO: Go to Yu­maJazz.com

THURS­DAYS AT THE THEATRE

WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: His­toric Yuma Theatre, 254 Main St. GO­ING ON: Watch the He­brew, Ara­bic drama with English sub­ti­tles “In Be­tween;” brought by the AWC Foun­da­tion, spon­sored by KAWC Colorado River Pub­lic Me­dia, AWC/ NAU Aca­demic Li­brary and Yuma Art Cen­ter; pro­ceeds go in part to help fund schol­ar­ships for stu­dents at AWC COST: $5 ad­mis­sion, $2.50 AWC/NAU-Yuma, UA Yuma or ASU stu­dents, fac­ulty or staff with ID

LAS VE­GAS — Many of the hottest new gad­gets are also the nosiest ones.

Last week’s CES tech show in Las Ve­gas was a show­case for cam­eras that livestream the liv­ing room, bath­room mir­rors that of­fer beauty tips and giz­mos that track the heart­beats of un­born chil­dren. All will col­lect some kind of data about their users, whether pho­tos or mon­i­tor read­ings; how well they’ll pro­tect it and what ex­actly they plan do with it are the im­por­tant and of­ten unan­swered ques­tions.

These fea­tures can be use­ful — or at least fun — but they all open the door for com­pa­nies and their work­ers to peek into your pri­vate life. Just this week, The In­ter­cept re­ported that Ring, a se­cu­rity-cam­era com­pany owned by Ama­zon, gave a va­ri­ety of em­ploy­ees and executives ac­cess to recorded and some­times live video footage from cus­tomers’ homes.

Our data-driven age now forces you to weigh the use­ful­ness of a smart mir­ror against the risk that strangers might be watch­ing you in your bath­room. Even if a com­pany has your pri­vacy in mind, things can go wrong: Hack­ers can break in and ac­cess sen­si­tive data, or your ex might hold onto a video feed long af­ter you’ve bro­ken up.

“It’s not like all these tech­nolo­gies are in­her­ently bad,” says Franziska Roes­ner, a Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton com­puter se­cu­rity and pri­vacy re­searcher.

But she said the in­dus­try is still try­ing to fig­ure out the right bal­ance be­tween pro­vid­ing use­ful ser­vices and pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s pri­vacy in the process.

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