Year: 2019

Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations

Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations

Vasudha Talla | ACLU | Source URL U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using mass location surveillance to target immigrants. And local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are helping — feeding their residents’ personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. Today, […]

Privacy fears as report reveals MILLIONS of online photos are being used to train facial recognition AI without users’ consent

Privacy fears as report reveals MILLIONS of online photos are being used to train facial recognition AI without users’ consent

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL Many facial recognition systems are being trained using millions of online photos uploaded by everyday people and, more often than not, the photos are being taken without users’ consent, an NBC News investigation has found.  In one worrying case, IBM scraped almost a million […]

The European Union’s MANDATORY National Biometric ID Card Will Affect 512 Million People

The European Union’s MANDATORY National Biometric ID Card Will Affect 512 Million People

Mass Private I | Source URL A recent European Union (EU) announcement about national ID’s will destroy millions of people’s privacy and create a near global biometric database. An article in State Watch News revealed that the EU has agreed to create a MANDATORY national biometric ID card. “Measures being negotiated as […]

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel

Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel

AP News | Source URL The Saudi government app Absher is mostly a way for people to pay traffic fines and complete other administrative tasks electronically. But one feature isn’t sitting well with civil-rights advocates: the ability for men to grant or deny a woman permission to travel. Regardless of […]

Here’s why the US is terrified of one Chinese company controlling the world’s 5G networks

Here’s why the US is terrified of one Chinese company controlling the world’s 5G networks

Shona Ghosh | Business Insider | Source URL US lobbying against Chinese firm Huawei, one of the biggest phone makers and telecommunications kit providers in the world, hit a new level this week during the phone industry’s big annual conference. Around 100,000 technology vendors, carriers, and device makers head to […]

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

Motherboard – Vice | Source URL In several cases, a stalker impersonated a US Marshal and reported a fake kidnapping in order to get telecom companies to give them real-time cell phone location data. Motherboard previously reported that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have been selling their customers’ real-time location data, […]

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

Ars Technica | Source URL As the National People’s Congress gathers in Beijing for the beginning of China’s “Two Sessions” political season, state media is making an international propaganda push on social media—including on platforms blocked by China’s “Great Firewall”—to promote China’s “system of democracy.” 70 years in 5 minutes: […]