Category: Surveillance

Police Bodycams Can be Hacked to Doctor Footage

Lily Hay Newman | Wired | Source URL AS THEY PROLIFERATE, police body cameras have courted controversy because of the contentious nature of the footage they capture and questions about how accessible those recordings should be. But when it comes to the devices themselves, the most crucial function they need to perform—beyond recording footage […]

Cyber criminals are using Facebook Messenger to trick people into opening malicious links that harvest their personal data, FBI officials warn

Joe Pinkstone | The Daily Mail | Source URL FBI agents have issued a warning about a new scam that targets instant messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger. The scam attempts to trick users into opening a malicious URL that harvests their personal data and login credentials for social networks, like Facebook. In a […]

Defective Comcast security exposes 26.5m customers’ partial Social Security Numbers and addresses

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Comcast Xfininty’s login page had an easily found bug that allowed anyone to gain access to the partial Social Security Numbers and partial home addresses of over 26.5 million customers. Comcast spokesapologist David McGuire says the company patched the bug quickly after […]

Lawmaker Proposes Implanting Microchips in People to Track Non-Violent Offenders Like “Pets”

A local councilman proposed the idea of implanting microchips in criminals on house arrest—even if they are nonviolent offenders. John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Toledo, Ohio – This Tuesday, Toledo City Councilman Rob Ludeman suggested that criminals be implanted with microchips so they can be […]

SmartDrive claims in-cab truck surveillance cameras are “saving the planet”

Mass Private I Last week I thought I saw it all when, I learned that Waldo Photos is trying to convince parents that “facial recognition at summer camps is fun.” I thought, things could not get any crazier. That was until I heard of a company called SmartDrive Systems (SDS). According to SDS’s own […]

Are police tracking your movements using your mobile phone? Privacy watchdog to challenge five UK forces in court over their failure to deny they use ‘fake cell towers’ to spy on citizens

Harry Petit | The Daily Mail | Source URL Police forces are being challenged over concerns they are using a controversial snooping technology capable of tracking your every movement via a smartphone. Rights charity are taking five UK police forces to court over their failure to confirm or deny whether […]

Japan reveals plan to use facial recognition to monitor athletes, staff, and media across 40 venues during 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Daily Mail | Source URL A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient during the 2020 Games.   The NeoFace technology, developed by NEC Corp., will not be used on spectators.  Instead, it will […]

A police run non-profit has created a national tracking program called “Place of Last Drink”

Mass Private I A non-profit association of law-enforcement personnel is being used to track where people drink and much more. Iowa is preparing to use the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association’s (NLLEA) “Place of Last Drink” or POLD to collect data on businesses and drivers. “Officials with the Iowa agency that approves liquor licenses […]

Federal Whistleblowers Expose TSA’s “Quiet Skies” Secret Surveillance Program for ALL Travelers

Nicholas West | Activist Post | Source URL It appears that, once again, the government narrative that TSA surveillance and groping is needed to keep Americans safe from the terrorists “over there” is nothing but a justification to violate the rights of everyone. Thanks to a group of federal air […]

Facebook suspends another analytics firm amid questions over surveillance

Crimson Hexagon suspended as concerns surface over company’s federal contracts and ties to Russia and Turkey Facebook has suspended a social media analytics firm from accessing user data while it investigates potential violations of its policy barring surveillance. The firm, Crimson Hexagon, boasts an impressive list of blue chip clients and […]

Another Day, Another Pile of Voter Data Left Laying Around On A Public Server

Techdirt | Source URL Leaving private voter or customer data easily accessible on a public-facing server is the hot new fashion trend. You’ll recall that it’s a problem that has plagued the Defense Department, GOP data firm Deep Root Analytics (198 million voter records exposed), Verizon’s marketing partners (6 million users impacted), Time Warner Cable (4 million users […]

LPGA’s facial recognition “hospitality program” to be used to convince fans that everyone is a potential terrorist

Mass Private I | Source URL Golf fans will be happy to know that the Ladies Professional Golf Association ( LPGA) considers every fan a potential terrorist. Last week an article in Sport Techie revealed that the LPGA is using NEC’s biometric NeoFace facial recognition technology to identify every fan. Why would the LPGA use […]

AI is now capable of human-like problem solving and abstract thought, says Google’s DeepMind project after training machines with IQ tests

Tim Collins | The Daily Mail | Source URL AI has moved a step closer to achieving human-like thought, after a new project developed machines capable of abstract thought to pass parts of an IQ test.  Experts from DeepMind, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet, put machine learning systems through their […]

Trump Administration Pushes Warrantless Surveillance Bill, And We Must Stop It

Privacy SOS |Source URL Last week, DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen celebrated US independence by publishing an op-ed in the Washington Post calling on Congress to pass an Orwellian surveillance law. The measure, Senator Ron Johnson’s “S.2836 – Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018,” would enable the government to arbitrarily shoot down drones, and wiretap communications […]