Tech Today: March 12, 2021

Tech Today: March 12, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening in tech today:

Netflix might stop password sharing
The Streamable reports on a new message that some Netflix users are seeing when they log in to an account they’ve borrowed from a friend: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” Netflix has so far been one of the most lax services around password sharing. At one point, I’d lost count of how many friends even had my password (until they started adding weird things to my list).
Given Netflix’s growth in expensive self-produced content, this could very likely be a way to bring in more money for the company.

UK ISPs to test new surveillance system
ISPReview notes that two “unnamed” ISPs in the UK are trialing a new surveillance system that would let the government request Internet Connection Records of anyone for the past 12 months – without a warrant.

iPhone call recorder app exposed recordings
Researcher Anand Prakash at Pingsafe AI discovered and disclosed a bug in the popular “Automatic call recorder” iPhone app that let anyone with a little knowledge get the recordings of any other ACR user. ACR has since been patched and Prakash reports this bug is fixed. But this is a good reminder of how we are putting so much of our data in the hands of others who might not be treating it properly.

NFTs? No Fucking Thanks.
They’ve been around for a bit but Non Fungible Tokens are all the rage these days. Instead of trading cash for a piece of art, you trade a token generated with blockchain technology for the right to say you own the real thing. That ‘thing’ could still be available on the Internet for others to see, though. You just get to say that you own it.
Make sense? Not really. But a piece of digital art just sold for $69 million.
Meanwhile, Wired has reported on the extreme environmental cost of NFT sales: One artist’s sale of 6 videos for ‘thousands of dollars’ consumed 8.7 megawatt-hours of energy.