Category: Surveillance

IBM boss joins Tim Cook calls for more oversight following Facebook data scandal, after the Apple CEO warned ‘profound change is needed’

Cheyenne Macdonald | The Daily Mail | Source URL | Blog Archive More and more key players in the tech industry are voicing their concerns over the use of personal data following Facebook‘s massive Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Executives from Apple Inc and IBM Corp have called for more oversight on how personal data […]

‘Europe arrest abuse is key reason for Brexit’ Assange rages at Catalan leader’s arrest

JULIAN Assange today compared the EU to Hitler’s Nazis in a series of rambling tweets attacking the arrest of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. He bizarrely also claimed the use of the cross-border European Arrest Warrant – the method used to detain Assange – was one of the key reasons Britain […]

Police facial recognition smartphones will be used to create secret watchlists

Mass Private I A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement. The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone. “It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition […]

Majority Of Americans Agree In Poll That Deep State Exists — Here Is The Cited Evidence

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL | Blog Archive A majority of Americans believe an unelected faction or cabal of officials is orchestrating policy in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll, Politico reported. The survey of 803 adults was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from March 2nd to 5th. The institute […]

TSA denies accessing data on electronic devices carried by domestic airline passengers

Hugo Martin | Los Angeles Times | Source URL | Blog Archive The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that its airport security agents do not scan or review the data held on electronic devices carried by passengers on domestic flights. The statement came in a letter to the American Civil […]

ACLU sues the TSA for domestic electronics screening details

Mariella Moon | Engadget | Source URL When the TSA launched stricter screening procedures for domestic passengers’ electronic devices last year, it didn’t reveal the whys and hows. That didn’t sit well with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, which has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the organization in an effort […]

Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties, Disproportionately Affects People of Color

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL | Contact | PDF | Blog Archive San Francisco, California—Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes […]

UK police are now using fingerprint scanners on the streets to identify people in less than a minute

Matthew Reynolds Wired (Source) (Blog Archive) Police in the UK have started using a mobile fingerprinting system that lets them check the identity of an unknown person in less than a minute. Fingerprints collected on the street will be compared against the 12 million records contained in national criminal and […]

Florida Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

Mike Maharrey Tenth Amendment Center (Archive) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Yesterday, a Florida Senate committee approved a measure that would ban warrantless location tracking and the use of stingray devices to sweep up electronic communications in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Florida, but will also hinder […]

Equifax compromised half of the country’s information. Trump’s CFPB isn’t looking into it.

Emily Stewart VOX Credit reporting agency Equifax in September revealed that a data breach had left the information of 145 million customers exposed. The company waited weeks before disclosing the incident to the public, during which time three executives sold nearly $2 million worth of the company’s shares. Not even six months later, the Consumer Financial […]

Transparency Advocates Win Release of NYPD “Predictive Policing” Documents

Late last month, a Manhattan judge ordered the New York City Police Department to release documentation about the department’s use of secretive and highly controversial “predictive policing” surveillance technology, scoring a win for advocates of transparency on police policy. The documents came to light as part of a lawsuit against […]

RoboStop: Ford’s AI to leave no hiding place for bad drivers

RT Few drivers would imagine feeling nostalgic for speed cameras. Nevertheless, US automotive giant Ford has revealed its vision for the future of policing in a patent application, not for a cyborg, but an AI-driven cop car. The proposed AI police car is a speed trap, surveillance vehicle and traffic […]

Rise of the spy phones? The next generation of cameras on mobiles could use lasers to see THROUGH walls, claim experts

Daniele Faccio & Stephen Mclaughlin The Conversation via The Daily Mail You may be impressed with the incredible capabilities of cameras on today’s smartphones. But according to imaging experts, that’s nothing compared to what may be around the corner. Researchers claim cameras of the future could have the ability to […]

The Internet of Things: What It Will Do—But What Will It Do To Your Health?

Businesses, industries, state utility commissions, utility companies, especially electric power providers, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are “hell-bent” on pushing the ultimate in surveillance and control technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) that will operate on the new 5G broadband platform and network(s), which use much smaller microwave ‘towers’ placed very close to each […]

Public Knowledge Responds to AT&T’s Call for “Internet Bill of Rights”

Today, AT&T placed full-page advertisements in various papers urging Congress to pass an “Internet Bill of Rights” to “provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies.” Public Knowledge contends that Americans had strong, consistent net neutrality rules until Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai repealed them, and finds AT&T’s vague commitments insufficient for […]

Congress Quietly Pushing Bill to Require National Biometric ID for ‘ALL Americans’

H.R.4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 – is a massive giveaway to the police state which will use a National ID to track Americans. Earlier this month,  Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA-6] introduced H.R.4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, a sweeping bill that entails everything from Education and […]

Google Has An Actual Secret Speech Police

More than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies around the world help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos. All of them have confidentiality agreements barring Google, YouTube’s parent company, from revealing their participation to the public, a Google representative told The […]