Category: Surveillance

Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military AI Work to Grow Exponentially

Lee Fang | The Intercept | Source URL FOLLOWING THE REVELATION in March that Google had secretly signed an agreement with the Pentagon to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology for drone warfare, the company faced an internal revolt. About a dozen Google employees have resigned in protest and thousands have signed a petition calling for […]

Mapping DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy, highlighting S&T’s R&D support

Homeland Security Newswire | Source URL Last month at a cybersecurity conference, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen previewed the May unveiling of DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy and issued a stern warning to cybercriminals. The new DHSCybersecurity Strategy was released 15 May. Nielsen said: “I have a news flash for America’s adversaries: Complacency […]

Governments all over the world buy spy products that let them track and eavesdrop on global cellphones, especially US phones

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR] has sent a letter to the DHS with his view that “nefarious actors may have exploited” the cellular phone system “to target the communications of American citizens.” He’s referring to well-understood vulnerabilities in the ancient, creaking SS7 messaging […]

How Do You Get Off the US “Kill List”?

Marjorie Cohn | Truthout | Source URL After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration created a secret “kill list” to step up the targeting of alleged terrorists for assassination. The criteria for inclusion on the list have apparently morphed over three presidential administrations, yet they remain elusive. Last year, two journalists filed a […]

Amazon Is Now A ‘Cheap Mass Surveillance’ Dealer–It’s Selling Facial Recognition To U.S. Cops

Forbes Amazon chief Jeff Bezos received a letter Tuesday from the American Civil Liberties Union and its supporters. It demanded he stop selling a little-known service provided by the tech giant to U.S. law enforcement agencies: facial recognition, powered by artificial intelligence. The tool, dubbed Rekognition, can recognize up to 100 people in […]

This Startup’s Racial-Profiling Algorithm Shows AI Can Be Dangerous Way Before Any Robot Apocalypse

Nextgov | Source URL The new algorithm which promises to accurately look at images of people and determine their ethnic background. The biggest danger AI poses today isn’t the potential of killer robots or Roko’s Basilisk—it’s the potential to scale bias and racism to the size of the internet. The latest […]

Google tries to ease tensions on eve of new EU privacy law

Reuters | Source URL SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google sought to ease online publisher concerns on Thursday about the effects European data privacy rules going into effect in just a few hours will have on their ad business. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the biggest overhaul […]

Google is sued for £3.2BILLION for ‘secretly collecting data from 4.4million iPhone users including race, health, politics and sexuality to divide people into categories for advertisers’

Tim Stickings | The Daily Mail | Source URL Google collected sensitive personal data from 4.4 million iPhone users and used it to divide people into categories for advertisers, the High Court has heard. The tech giant is facing a mass legal action over claims that it bypassed privacy settings on Apple iPhone […]

Report Confirms Deep Flaws Of Automated Facial Recognition Software In The UK, Warns Its Use In The US Is Spreading

Glyn Moody | TechDirt | Source URL Techdirt has written many stories about facial recognition systems. But there’s a step-change taking place in this area at the moment. The authorities are moving from comparing single images with database holdings, to completely automated scanning of crowds to obtain and analyze huge numbers of facial […]