Category: Surveillance

Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

CBS New York | Source URL NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you’re doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy […]

Police use electronic ticketing to fine more people and increase profits

Mass Private I | Source URL The opening seconds of the Saltus Technologies video says it all. Electronic tickets are about one thing, increasing productivity (profits). “The digiTICKET electronic ticketing solution is an innovative force multiplier for Public Safety – enabling officers to quickly create and submit tickets electronically. “ Enabling police […]

DARPA wants massive drone swarms

Next Big Future | Source URL DARPA OFFSET looks to empower dismounted units by transforming how humans and autonomous swarms interact in dynamic and complex urban operations. DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) envisions swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical insights to small ground military units in urban areas where […]

Fort Lauderdale airport is 26th airport in US to have Clear biometric security checks

ABC10 Ft. Lauderdale | Source URL FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is now the 26th airport in the country to have Clear biometric security checks. “They are using their fingerprints or their iris. Quick rapid scan, boarding pass pops down and is approved and they are done,” said Howard Kass, Clear Senior […]

Police facial recognition body cams can be edited by law enforcement

Mass Private I | Source URL Soon nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes. Imagine walking down Main St., and seeing officer friendly approaching you. As the officer approaches you, he or she has already scanned your face against a 15 million person database and knows if you have any […]

The ‘Wild West’ of genetic privacy: New technology enables law enforcement to use DNA from sites like to track down criminals by finding their relatives

Valerie Bauman | The Daily Mail | Source URL Scientists are expanding the methods by which law enforcement can use DNA information gathered through sites like and 23andMe to solve crimes – and they’re raising ethical questions along the way. California detectives have already used DNA obtained through public databases […]

Walmart patents ‘big brother’ internet-connected shopping cart that can measure your heart rate, stress levels and even how fast you are moving through the store

The Daily Mail | Source URL Walmart wants to track how its customers are feeling as they peruse the snack aisle. The retail giant filed a patent for a internet-connected shopping cart that can measure and track biometric data.  Not only can it keep track of your heart rate, but also […]

THE GOOD CENSOR: Tech Companies Should ‘Police Tone’, Give Users ‘Positive Guidelines’

Breitbart | Source URL A 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor,” exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, advises tech companies to “police tone rather than content” and to not “take sides” when censoring users. The document, which can be read in full here, acknowledges that tech platforms including Google […]

Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas

Mai Nguyen | Reuters | Source URL HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam is preparing to strictly enforce a new cybersecurity law requiring global technology companies to set up local offices and store data locally despite pleas from Facebook, Google and other firms, a government document showed. Vietnamese lawmakers approved the new […]

German Art Activists Get Passport Using Digitally Altered Photo of Two Women Merged Together

Motherboard | Source URL Last month, an activist from the German art collective Peng! walked into her local government office in Berlin and applied for a new passport. “I probably have broken the law,” the woman, a chemist living in the Western Saxony region, told Motherboard, “but our lawyers don’t […]

The Government Is Blacklisting People Based on Predictions of Future Crimes

Hina Shamsi | ACLU | Source URL Imagine: You’ve never been charged with any crime, yet the government blacklists you as a terrorism threat and bans you from flying indefinitely. You’re separated from family members, can’t get to weddings or funerals or religious obligations, and lose jobs because you can’t […]

Creating National Biometric System for Patient Matching Will Threaten Privacy and Security

Citizen’s Council For Health Freedom | Source URL Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Responds to New Pew Study on ‘Patient Matching’—Just Another Name for ‘National Patient ID’ ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Pew Research Center last week released a new public opinion report on “patient matching,” a term which is simply a less-offensive […]

Police-Grade Surveillance Technology Comes to the Playground

Sidney Fussel | The Atlantic | Source URL As other elementary schools across the country were preparing for the new school year by cleaning classrooms and training teachers, Hermosa Elementary in Artesia, New Mexico, was also installing a network of wireless microphonesthat could pick up the specific concussive audio signature of […]

Scientists Accuse DARPA of Genetically Modifying Insects for Bioweapon to Spread Agricultural Viruses

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project | Source URL In a scathing report issued this week, researchers with the Science Policy Forum have accused the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of creating a technology—ostensibly used to genetically modify crops with insects—but that could be converted into a […]

Bizarre augmented reality app allows children to play in ‘smart playgrounds’ with virtual adventure games like hunting for dinosaur bones

Harry Petit | The Daily Mail | Source URL A series of ‘smart’ playgrounds that come packed with augmented reality adventures for children played via smartphone app have opened in New Jersey. The free app projects activities and games onto equipment within outdoor play areas in a bid to get […]