Category: Surveillance

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine

Meadow Clark | The Organic Prepper | Source URL More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly. What is Project Dragonfly? Dragonfly is a search engine specially built for China. It would unleash more censorship on […]

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology

Steven Musil | cNet | Source URL The tech giant warns the technology could be used to create a 1984-like dystopia. Microsoft is urging governments to enact legislation next year that requires facial-recognition technology to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect individuals’ rights. “The facial […]

Biometric Scanning Has Rolled Out in Atlanta International Airport: “One Look And You’re In”

Meadow Clark | The Organic Prepper | Source URL Atlanta airport’s Terminal F has become the “first biometric terminal” in the United States. And Detroit is next… As of December 1, Delta Airlines rolled out biometric scanning for air travel at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Terminal F. International […]

Homeland Security creates exclusive “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club

Mass Private I | Source URL Looking for that special gift for your family this holiday season? Why not signup for Homeland Security’s “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club. According to an article in the Advocate, DHS and New Orleans law enforcement have just created a “platinum” spying program […]

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Is NOTHING private any more? Shocking extent of how big firms harvest your data – from children’s voice recordings, passport info and even pregnant mothers’ due dates

Sian Boyle | The Daily Mail | Source URL The disturbing scale of the personal data harvested and traded by multinationals can be revealed today. Health details, children’s voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box. Analysis by the Mail found […]

An Eye-Scanning Lie Detector Is Forging a Dystopian Future

Mark Harris | Wired | Source URL Sitting in front of a Converus EyeDetect station, it’s impossible not to think of Blade Runner. In the 1982 sci-fi classic, Harrison Ford’s rumpled detective identifies artificial humans using a steam-punk Voight-Kampff device that watches their eyes while they answer surreal questions. EyeDetect’s […]

Lawsuit: Boston PD’s ‘Gang Database’ Says People Who Wear Nikes And Have Been Beat Up By Gang Members Are ‘Gang Associates’

Lawsuit: Boston PD’s ‘Gang Database’ Says People Who Wear Nikes And Have Been Beat Up By Gang Members Are ‘Gang Associates’

Tim Cushing | Techdirt | Source URL The Chinese government uses a number of measures to keep tabs on citizens. One is what’s known as a “citizen score” — a compilation of all the good/bad habits the government can track that determines whether a person should be viewed as a […]

Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

Heather Haddon & Laura Stevens | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 4.86% is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores, according to people familiar with the matter. If successful, the strategy would further challenge brick-and-mortar retailers racing to make their businesses more convenient. The […]

Will YOUR TV soon start listening to everything you watch? Nielsen expands controversial pilot that allows it to show viewers personalized ads

Will YOUR TV soon start listening to everything you watch? Nielsen expands controversial pilot that allows it to show viewers personalized ads

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL Nielsen could be spying on what you watch to deliver personalized ads during live TV. The TV ratings and data company will study demographic information like consumers’ age and gender to determine which advertising spots would be most effective. After looking […]

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to ‘all the technology we create’

Samantha Masunaga | Los Angeles Times | Source URL As tech companies such as Google wrestle with employee objections to working with the U.S. military, Microsoft Corp.’s president is throwing his company’s support behind the Pentagon. Microsoft is “going to provide the U.S. military with access to the best technology […]

Surveillance cameras equipped with thermal imaging allow police to identify people by their gender, body size and color of their skin

Surveillance cameras equipped with thermal imaging allow police to identify people by their gender, body size and color of their skin

Mass Private I | Source URL BriefCam’s “Transforming Video into Actionable Intelligence” allows law enforcement and retailers to secretly identify people by their gender, body size, color, direction, speed and more.  BriefCam’s Video Synopsis version V allows police and retail stores to use surveillance cameras to identify individuals and cars in real-time. […]

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Phys.org | Source URL Seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators Tuesday, accusing the internet giant of covertly tracking users’ movements in violation of an EU regulation on data protection. The complaints cited a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council that concluded the Internet giant used […]

U.S. Silently Passes And Signs Bill To Create New Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL A bill silently passed through Congress and to U.S. President Donald Trump’s desk that was signed right before Thanksgiving last week, which would re-designate the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into a new agency called the Cybersecurity and […]

Bloomberg’s role-playing workshops convince the public to accept self-guided police drones equipped with microphones

Mass Private I | Source URL Bloomberg is spending six million dollars on a “Mayors Challenge” that will put microphones in police drones. According to an article in WPFL 89.3, Bloomberg Philanthropies wants the Louisville Kentucky Police Department to send out self-guided aerial drones equipped with ShotSpotter microphones across the […]