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3 reasons to worry about the FBI's facial recognition program

3 reasons to worry about the FBI's facial recognition program The FBI quietly developed a facial recognition network that allows law enforcement to identify people in the United States without their knowledge.The FBI didn't let citizens know the agency was collecting photos from motor vehicle departments, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

NATO stocks up on data-sucking surveillance drones

NATO stocks up on data-sucking surveillance drones The alliance is buying five Global Hawk surveillance drones, according to The Wall Street Journal.While it's a bit unclear how those surveillance drones will be used, there is a chance they will be deployed in Eastern Europe.

AI surveillance: More security or less privacy?

AI surveillance: More security or less privacy? Development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology continues to become even more impressive and futuristic with Hitachi announcing new detection and tracking technology using AI.It allows AI to distinguish individual people in real-time using a range of features from over 100 categories of characteristics.

The House votes today on stripping away your internet privacy

The House votes today on stripping away your internet privacy If you care at all about the concept of user privacy, you should call your Congressional representative.In October, 2016 the FCC enacted privacy rules that would require ISPs to use an opt-in process in some cases before it sold consumer data to third parties.

How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

How I Let Disney Track My Every Move It’s also communicating with beacons hidden throughout the park to let Disney know what you’re doing and where you’re going.) I realize that this is something I signed up for—Disney will still let you use paper tickets and avoid MagicBands if you like—but I arrived at the park pretty clueless about the extent to which Disney would be tracking my every move.

China installs security cameras in churches by force

China installs security cameras in churches by force According to China Aid, a Christian activist group, officials destroyed parts of the building, including the church's gate, in order to get in.Ningbo, also in Zhejiang province, similarly has a large population of Christians that were affected by the ruling.

Police drones will hover over this year's Boston Marathon

Police drones will hover over this year's Boston Marathon Two drones will buzz above a sea of 30,000 runners at this year's Boston Marathon.They'll hover more than a football field's distance above the starting line during the race, which takes place on April 17, and transmit surveillance video to different public safety stations.

Bose accused of spying on end users, data mining their private records via headphone app

Bose accused of spying on end users, data mining their private records via headphone app According to plaintiff Kyle Zak, the spying began when Bose released a mandatory Bose Connect application that all users must install to “fully operate its wireless products.” What Bose didn’t draw much attention to, according to the suit, is that Bose Connect collects data on all the musical content or audio books that you listen to on its headphones.

Government web surveillance: Scarier than you may think

Government web surveillance: Scarier than you may think According to an Oxford study from 2016, surveillance states promote and breed fear and conformity, and forget about free expression.It has been four years since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the state of global mass surveillance, led by the notorious NSA in America.

Researchers Find 234 Android Apps That Track You (Poorly) With Ultrasonic Waves

Researchers Find 234 Android Apps That Track You (Poorly) With Ultrasonic Waves For example, apps can employ ultrasound cross-device tracking (uXDT) to find out where you are or what you’re watching.The research was funded by the German government, and surveyed top Android apps to see how many were using uXDT technology.

4 Years After Snowden, Top Defense Contractor Still Can't Secure its Files

4 Years After Snowden, Top Defense Contractor Still Can't Secure its Files Analysis of the files showed that they were related to the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).The exact specifications and capabilities of US spy satellites are kept classified.

New CIA Leak Reveals Tool That Can Track Computers via Wi-Fi

New CIA Leak Reveals Tool That Can Track Computers via Wi-Fi A cache of CIA hacking and information gathering tools have been leaking online lately via in infamous WikiLeaks.The leaked documents date from 2013 and focus on using ELSA on Windows 7.

Windows 10 Has Halved Data Collection: Privacy Watchdog

Windows 10 Has Halved Data Collection: Privacy Watchdog When Microsoft launched Windows 10, one of the major flashpoints of disagreement between the company and its users were Microsoft’s Windows 10 data collection practices.The French data privacy watchdog CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés) later announced that it had begun an investigation into Microsoft’s data collection practices and found them to be in violation of French law.

Twitter is better than police at predicting riots, and it's unsettling

Twitter is better than police at predicting riots, and it's unsettling 6 million tweets from the London 2011 riots, has noticed that the micro-blogging platform can be used to detect dangerous situations up to an hour faster than police reports.Last year, Twitter shut off commercial access to social media surveillance company Geofeedia after the ACLU revealed that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram data was being marketed by Geofeedia to police as a way to monitor activists and protests.

Kaspersky Lab is Awfully Tight With Russian Intelligence

Kaspersky Lab is Awfully Tight With Russian Intelligence Yesterday, the Trump Administration released a statement indicating that Kaspersky Lab, one of the largest security companies in the world, would no longer be allowed to sell its products or services to the federal government.According to emails obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek (and confirmed by Kaspersky Lab as genuine), Kaspersky’s ties to the Russian FSB (the successor to the KGB) are much tighter than have previously been reported.

20 Best Tips to Stay Anonymous and Protect Your Online Privacy

20 Best Tips to Stay Anonymous and Protect Your Online Privacy The privacy of average internet denizens has never been in greater peril.ISPs, advertisers, and government agencies from around the world are increasingly interested in tracking every single movement you make online.

Chinese Censors Working Overtime in Wake of Dissident Liu Xiaobo’s Death

Chinese Censors Working Overtime in Wake of Dissident Liu Xiaobo’s Death Last week, Chinese literary critic, writer, poet, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and long-time civil rights activist Liu Xiaobo died of terminal liver cancer.According to the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, there was a significant shift in Chinese censorship patterns following Liu’s death.

China forces its Muslim minority to install spyware on their phones

China forces its Muslim minority to install spyware on their phones China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia.The notice, written in Uyghur and Chinese, was sent by WeChat to residents in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital.

Someone Is Selling A Genuine FBI Surveillance Van On eBay

Someone Is Selling A Genuine FBI Surveillance Van On eBay But if you’re looking for something truly unique to arrive in when you roll up to the club, you may want to get in on the bidding for this 1989 Dodge Ram 350 conversion van.The conversion, in this particular case, was into a rolling surveillance unit for the FBI.