Category: Surveillance

Facebook’s new home gadget might have a creepy camera as its main feature

Jared Newman | Fast Company | Source URL After calling off the launch of a smart display device earlier this year, Facebook is reportedly planning to announce it next week. Here are the details from Cheddar‘s Alex Heath, who cites unnamed sources: The main feature will be video chat, and […]

2018: The Rise of Spying Transit Police

Mass Private I | Source URL Today’s Public Transit Police Departments offer a frightening glimpse into the future of commuter surveillance. Last year the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was accused of creating an app that spied on commuters travel plans, texts and emails. At the same time the Los […]

China’s Chilling ‘Social Credit System’ Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It’s Already Switched On

Peter Dockrill | Science Alert | Source URL It’s been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it’s already been switched on. China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t […]

Senators Join Activists, Shareholders, and Tech Workers in Demanding Answers About Face Surveillance

Privacy SOS | Source URL In recent months the ACLU, Amazon shareholders, Microsoft, activists, scholars, and legislators have raised concerns about the use of facial recognition technologies in the United States. Today, despite a total lack of regulation, law enforcement uses face surveillance to identify and track people, private companies use the technology to authenticate customers, and employers […]

Newport Beach police launch true-crime podcast in effort to hasten capture of suspected killer

Hannah Fry | The Los Angeles Times | Source URL Episode 1 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/500472954-nbpd-episode-0-the-prologue.mp3 Episode 2 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/501475386-nbpd-episode-1-something-is-wrong.mp3 Episode 3 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/501479394-nbpd-episode-2-the-story.mp3 After a fruitless years-long search for a fugitive murder suspect, Newport Beach authorities are taking a very different approach toward capturing their man: On Wednesday, they announced the release of a […]

Declassified Documents Expose DOJ Rules for Spying on Journalists with Secret Court

Derrick Broze | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Newly released documents detail never before seen Department of Justice rules relating to conducting surveillance on journalists suspected of being an agent of a foreign government. On Monday the Freedom of the Press Foundation released Department of Justice documents detailing […]

New Mexico Suing Google & Twitter for Knowingly and Illegally Exploiting Children Online

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project | Source URL As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against them and several app developers for illegally collecting data from children under the age of 13 without parental […]

Police Reveal Surveillance of Activists In Tweet About Recent Explosions, Then Commit Obstruction

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL The Massachusetts State Police shared the extent of damage of the gas explosion spreading across Merrimack Valley. But in the process they also shared a bookmarks folder at the top of the browser, which revealed they were spying on activists, Raw Story reported. The state police’s […]

Privacy Violation Alert: Google ADMITS To Changing Phone Settings REMOTELY

Mac Slavo | SHTFPlan | Source URL Google has apologized after admitting to changing the settings on Android users phones remotely and without the phone owners’ permission.  Several Android users noticed their battery saver setting had been activated last week without their consent. Most of the affected posters on Reddit […]

Leave no dark corner

Matthew Carney | ABC.net | Source URL China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment. Dandan Fan is very much the modern Chinese woman. A marketing professional, she’s diligent and prosperous — in […]

Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process

Cora Currier | The Intercept | Source URL THE U.S. GOVERNMENT can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents. Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires […]

Human rights organisations win landmark battle against UK mass surveillance

Liberty Human Rights | Source URL The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that UK laws enabling mass surveillance violate the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. Judges found that: The UK’s historical bulk interception regime violated the right to privacy protected by Article 8 of the European Convention […]

“Flock Safety” and police cam-share programs encourage neighborhoods to spy on the public

Mass Private I | Source URL A recent article in the Outline reveals that a startup company called Flock Safety is encouraging neighborhoods to spy on each other using wireless cameras. Flock bills itself as “a wireless security system for neighborhoods”. The articles warns, “Flock sells security cameras to neighborhoods, and those cameras then record […]

CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance of Students to Sell Services to Evanston Police

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of middle and high school students by its suburban Chicago police customers in an effort to sell their services to Evanston police. Geofeedia provides law enforcement with tools to monitor social media use by mapping location and […]

Are New York’s Free LINKNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements?

Ava Kofman | The Intercept | Source URL LINKNYC KIOSKS HAVE become a familiar eyesore to New Yorkers. Over 1,600 of these towering, nine-and-a-half-foot monoliths — their double-sided screens festooned with ads and fun facts — have been installed across the city since early 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio has celebrated their ability to provide “the […]

Dulles Airport Surprises Passengers with Facial-Recognition Boarding

Aaron Boyd | NextGov | Source URL Airport officials rolled out the system expecting to increase security and decrease boarding times. Some international travelers can leave their boarding passes and passports in their pockets when flying out of Dulles International Airport thanks to a new facial recognition boarding technology that […]

IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Let’s Police Search by Skin Color

The Intercept | Source URL IN THE DECADE after the 9/11 attacks, the New York City Police Department moved to put millions of New Yorkers under constant watch. Warning of terrorism threats, the department created a plan to carpetManhattan’s downtown streets with thousands of cameras and had, by 2008, centralized its video surveillance operations […]

US Army developing laser system to beam power to drones to keep them in the air indefinitely

Mark Prigg | The Daily Mail | Source URL US Army researchers are developing ‘everlasting’ drones that can stay patrolling the skies indefinitely. Instead of returning to base to recharge their batteries, a laser system could simply ‘beam’ power to them. The US Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center […]

Unmanned airship the ‘size of a double-decker bus’ loaded with high-definition cameras could be used by police to spy on people from the sky

Harry Petit | The Daily Mail | Source URL An unmanned airship could revolutionise police and rescue operations by offering silent surveillance from above using an array of high-resolution cameras. The zero-emission vehicle, dubbed Eon, is designed by British aviation firm Avalon Airships to be a fully-autonomous aircraft that lands on […]

Cities across the country are installing “free” spying Smart City Kiosks

Mass Private I | Source URL Two years ago, I wrote an article warning NYC residents that City Bridge was installing spying Smart City Kiosks (SCK) throughout the city. The SCK’s came equipped with cameras, microphones and sensors that created the largest urban spying system in the country. SCK’s collect lot’s […]

An Army of FBI Whistleblowers Are Ready To Testify Against Mueller

Big League Politics via TeaParty.org | Source URL (Big League Politics) – Special counsel Robert Mueller’s record as FBI director is coming under fire from a coalition of whistleblowers who previously served under him and are willing to testify about his allegedly illegal activities. As House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. […]