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"FBI’s repeated and unjustified searches of Americans’ information contained in massive databases of communications collected using the government’s #Section702 mass #surveillance program."
 
"FBI’s repeated and unjustified searches of Americans’ information contained in massive databases of communications collected using the government’s #Section702 mass #surveillance program."
 

Is Amazon Watching You? Cloud Cam Footage Reviewed By Humans | Bloomberg

In a promotional video, Amazon.com Inc. says its Cloud Cam home security camera provides “everything you need to monitor your home, day or night.” In fact, the artificially intelligent device requires help from a squad of invisible employees.

Dozens of Amazon workers based in India and Romania review select clips captured by Cloud Cam, according to five people who have worked on the program or have direct knowledge of it. Those video snippets are then used to train the AI algorithms to do a better job distinguishing between a real threat (a home invader) and a false alarm (the cat jumping on the sofa).
#technology #HomeSecurity #webcam #surveillance #security #privacy #Amazon
 
Creeping fascism.

Revealed: anti-terror center helped police track environmental activists

"A federally sponsored anti-terrorism fusion center in Oregon assisted a taskforce monitoring protest groups organizing against a fossil fuel infrastructure project in the state, according to documents obtained by the Guardian."

"The Oregon Titan Fusion Center – part of a network set up to monitor terrorist activities – disseminated information gathered by that taskforce, and shared information provided by private security attached to the gas project with some of the task force members."

"Observers, including the American Civil Liberties Union, argue these efforts break Oregon law."

#surveillance #firstamendment #fourthamendment #oilandgas #climatechange #environment

 
I do not use WhatsApp, for what it's worth, nor any other software owned or operated by Facebook. (I recommend Signal instead of WhatsApp.)

Facebook, WhatsApp Will Have to Share Messages With U.K. Police

"Social media platforms based in the U.S. including Facebook and WhatsApp will be forced to share users’ encrypted messages with British police under a new treaty between the two countries, according to a person familiar with the matter."

"The accord, which is set to be signed by next month, will compel social media firms to share information to support investigations into individuals suspected of serious criminal offenses including terrorism and pedophilia, the person said."

#Facebook #WhatsApp #surveillance #privacy
 
"The F.B.I. has used secret subpoenas to obtain personal data from far more companies than previously disclosed, newly released documents show."

"The requests, which the F.B.I. says are critical to its counterterrorism efforts, have raised privacy concerns for years but have been associated mainly with tech companies. Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley the practice extends — encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities."

"The demands can scoop up a variety of information, including usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases. They don’t require a judge’s approval and usually come with a gag order, leaving them shrouded in secrecy. Fewer than 20 entities, most of them tech companies, have ever revealed that they’ve received the subpoenas, known as national security letters."

"The documents, obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and shared with The New York Times, shed light on the scope of the demands — more than 120 companies and other entities were included in the filing — and raise questions about the effectiveness of a 2015 law that was intended to increase transparency around them."

#FBI #privacy #NSL #FourthAmendment #surveillance

The New York Times: Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies (By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries)

 
"A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a federal government database that compiles people deemed to be 'known or suspected terrorists' violates the rights of American citizens who are on the watchlist, calling into question the constitutionality of a major tool the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security use for screening potential terrorism suspects."

"Being on the watchlist can restrict people from traveling or entering the country, subject them to greater scrutiny at airports and by the police, and deny them government benefits and contracts. In a 32-page opinion, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said the standard for inclusion in the database was too vague."

#surveillance
 

Amazon's doorbell camera Ring is working with police – and controlling what they say | The Guardian

Ring, Amazon’s camera-connected smart doorbell company, has cameras watching hundreds of thousands of doorsteps across the US. It’s also keeping an eye on what local police say online.

Records obtained through an information request show how Ring uses corporate partnerships to shape the communications of police departments it collaborates with, directing the departments’ press releases, social media posts and comments on public posts.
#technology #Ring #security #surveillance
 
"The Department of Justice wants access to encrypted consumer devices, but promises not to infiltrate business products or affect critical infrastructure. Yet that's not possible, because there is no longer any difference between those categories of devices. Consumer devices are critical infrastructure. They affect national security. And it would be foolish to weaken them, even at the request of law enforcement."

#cybersecurity #encryption #surveillance
 
"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has called for a complete ban on police use of facial recognition, as part of his campaign’s broader plan for criminal justice reform. If elected president, Sanders specifically pledges to 'ban the use of facial recognition software for policing'. The plan also calls for ending programs that provide military equipment to local police and establishing federal standards for the use of body cameras."

"Sanders is the first presidential candidate to call for an outright ban on police use of facial recognition, although a number of other Democratic candidates have expressed concerns about how the technology is being used. Last year, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker joined with other senators in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, raising concerns about racial bias in facial recognition algorithms."

#Bernie2020 #facialrecognition #surveillance #privacy
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition 'epidemic' | The Guardian

Privacy campaigners have warned of an “epidemic” of facial recognition use in shopping centres, museums, conference centres and other private spaces around the UK
We're so used to CCTV that I bet many people don't know the difference.

#technology #surveillance #FacialRecognition
 
"The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned. The practice has exposed the Police Department to scrutiny over how the genetic material is collected and whether privacy rights are being violated, civil liberties lawyers said."

"A growing number of law enforcement agencies throughout the country — including police departments in Connecticut, California and Maryland — have amassed genetic databases that operate by their own rules, outside of state and federal guidelines, which tend to be far more strict."

"According to a 2013 survey, 30 states and the federal government permitted the analysis of DNA samples collected from individuals who are arrested or charged, but not convicted, of certain crimes. These databases generally did not include low-level offenders."

"New York State law requires a conviction before someone’s DNA can be included in the state-operated DNA databank. But databases built by local authorities are not subject to the state rules."

#surveillance #privacy #DNA #InformedConsent

The New York Times: N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database. (By JAN RANSOM and ASHLEY SOUTHALL)

 
"Breaking a long silence about a high-profile National Security Agency program that sifts records of Americans’ telephone calls and text messages in search of terrorists, the Trump administration on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the system has been indefinitely shut down — but asked Congress to extend its legal basis anyway."

"In a letter to Congress delivered on Thursday and obtained by The New York Times, the administration urged lawmakers to make permanent the legal authority for the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic communications, the USA Freedom Act. The law, enacted after the intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed the existence of the program in 2013, is set to expire in December, but the Trump administration wants it made permanent."

#NSA #surveillance #FourthAmendment #privacy
 
"One in five California lawmakers were mistaken for convicted criminals in an experiment testing the reliability of facial-recognition software in identifying potentially dangerous suspects. The Los Angeles Times reports that local assemblyman Phil Ting called for the experiment as part of a bill to ban the use of such technology by police and law-enforcement agencies. The experiment incorrectly matched his face to a convicted felon, which he argues could put innocent people in jeopardy if police mistakenly identify them as dangerous criminals. 'The software clearly is not ready for use in a law-enforcement capacity', Ting said. 'These mistakes, we can kind of chuckle at it, but if you get arrested and it’s on your record, it can be hard to get housing, get a job. It has real impacts'. Proponents of the technology argue that it is useful in searching for lost children or elderly people in large group situations."

#facialrecognition #biometrics #surveillance #privacy
 
Monsanto/Bayer Evil Corp.

Monsanto ran a psy-ops war-room to discredit journalists and spy on Neil Young

" Monsanto ran a 'fusion center' (a term borrowed from law-enforcement counter-terrorism operations) that spied on activists and journalists who were investigating the safety of its products, notably the link between its 'Round Up' pesticides and cancers."

"The Guardian reports on internal records that it obtained from the center's operations from 2015-2017, which document the company's 'multi-pronged' plan to discredit Reuters journalist Carey Gillam ahead of the publication of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, her book on the subject, in which the company drafted 'third party talking points' to be fed to people who were not publicly associated with the company, who could then repeat the points in the press as though they had come from disinterested parties."

"The company also bought Google ads targeted against Gillam's name that redirected searchers to smear pages."

#Monsanto #Bayer #evil #surveillance #propaganda
Monsanto ran a psy-ops war-room to discredit journalists and spy on Neil Young
 

#Amazon says #US #government demands for customer #data went up | TechCrunch


https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/01/amazon-prism-transparency-data/

#Surveillance
Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up
 

#Amazon says #US #government demands for customer #data went up | TechCrunch


https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/01/amazon-prism-transparency-data/

#Surveillance
Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up
 
"Many of California’s local law enforcement agencies have access to facial recognition software for identifying suspects who appear in crime scene footage, documents obtained through public records requests show. Three California counties also have the capability to run facial recognition searches on each others’ mug shot databases, and others could join if they choose to opt into a network maintained by a private law enforcement software company.:

"The network is called California Facial Recognition Interconnect, and it’s a service offered by DataWorks Plus, a Greenville, South Carolina–based company with law enforcement contracts in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Barbara."

#FacialRecognition #biometrics #privacy #surveillance
 
Personally, I don't use WhatsApp, primarily because it is owned by Facebook (who I don't trust), but also because of this.

'Five Eyes' nations discuss backdoor access to WhatsApp

"British, American and other intelligence agencies from English-speaking countries have concluded a two-day meeting in London amid calls for spies and police officers to be given special, backdoor access to WhatsApp and other encrypted communications."

"The meeting of the 'Five Eyes' nations – the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – was hosted by new home secretary, Priti Patel, in an effort to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and child abuse."

"Dealing with the challenge faced by increasingly effective encryption was one of the main topics at the summit, officials said, at a time when technology companies want to make their services more secure after a range of security breaches."

"The meetings, however, were held in private with no agenda being made public, making it difficult to conclude exactly what had been discussed by the ministers, officials and intelligence agencies from the countries involved."

#WhatsApp #encryption #subversion #cybersecurity #privacy #surveillance
 
"Last week, Motherboard reported on a public record request that revealed that Amazon had struck confidential deals with local police forces to get them to promote the company's Internet of Things 'Ring' doorbells, and the accompanying 'Neighbors' app that produces a kind of private surveillance mesh overlooking nearby public spaces -- under the terms of the deal, cops would be able to see a map noting locations of Ring surveillance cams and request footage from their owners."

"Now, a further records request shows that one officer who was trained by Amazon for the program was told that 200 law enforcement agencies had struck similar deals."

#Amazon #Ring #surveillance #privacy
Cop says Amazon told him they had "partnered" with 200 US police forces to sell and tap into Ring surveillance doorbells
 

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers | TechCrunch

Civil liberties campaign group Liberty has lost its latest challenge to controversial UK surveillance powers that allow state agencies to intercept and retain data in bulk.

The challenge fixed on the presence of so-called ‘bulk’ powers in the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPA): A controversial capability that allows intelligence agencies to legally collect and retain large amounts of data, instead of having to operate via targeted intercepts.
#technology #surveillance #privacy
UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers
 
I agree with Ron Wyden.

US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors

"In a rebuttal, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said the attorney general’s remarks were 'outrageous, wrongheaded and dangerous'."

"'If we give this attorney general and this president the unprecedented power to break encryption across the board burrow into the most intimate details of every American’s life – they will abuse those powers', the senator said."

#encryption #surveillance #privacy #fourthamendment
US attorney general William Barr says Americans should accept security risks of encryption backdoors
 
I certainly hope this comes as no surprise to anyone...

Google and Facebook Are Quietly Tracking You on Sex Websites

"Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you — even when you’re browsing pornography websites in incognito mode."

"Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear."

#privacy #surveillance
 
Russian Spy Discovers The Hard Way How Much His Smartphone’s #Metadata Reveals About His Activities - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190712/03391842578/russian-spy-discovers-hard-way-how-much-his-smartphones-metadata-reveals-about-his-activities.shtml even worse for us, of course #surveillance
 
Russian Spy Discovers The Hard Way How Much His Smartphone’s #Metadata Reveals About His Activities - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190712/03391842578/russian-spy-discovers-hard-way-how-much-his-smartphones-metadata-reveals-about-his-activities.shtml even worse for us, of course #surveillance
 
"State and federal lawmakers are calling for new rules and investigations surrounding the use of facial-recognition scans of driver’s license databases by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies, fueling a debate over the technology some on Capitol Hill have said represents a 'massive breach of privacy and trust'."

"Public records obtained by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and first reported Sunday by The Washington Post revealed how ICE, the FBI and other agencies had worked for years with state officials to search through millions of license photos without drivers’ knowledge or consent."

#surveillance #facialrecognition #biometrics #privacy
 
#cashless #China #HongKong #protest #privacy #surveillance

Hong Kong Protests Show Dangers of a Cashless Society – Reason.com



Allowing cash to die would be a grave mistake. A cashless society is a surveillance society. The recent round of protests in Hong Kong highlights exactly what we have to lose.
[…]
In Hong Kong, most people use a contactless smart card called an "Octopus card" to pay for everything from transit, to parking, and even retail purchases. It's pretty handy: Just wave your tentacular card over the sensor and make your way to the platform.

But no one used their Octopus card to get around Hong Kong during the protests. The risk was that a government could view the central database of Octopus transactions to unmask these democratic ne'er-do-wells. Traveling downtown during the height of the protests? You could get put on a list, even if you just happened to be in the area.
Hong Kong Protests Show Dangers of a Cashless Society
 
#cashless #China #HongKong #protest #privacy #surveillance

Hong Kong Protests Show Dangers of a Cashless Society – Reason.com



Allowing cash to die would be a grave mistake. A cashless society is a surveillance society. The recent round of protests in Hong Kong highlights exactly what we have to lose.
[…]
In Hong Kong, most people use a contactless smart card called an "Octopus card" to pay for everything from transit, to parking, and even retail purchases. It's pretty handy: Just wave your tentacular card over the sensor and make your way to the platform.

But no one used their Octopus card to get around Hong Kong during the protests. The risk was that a government could view the central database of Octopus transactions to unmask these democratic ne'er-do-wells. Traveling downtown during the height of the protests? You could get put on a list, even if you just happened to be in the area.
Hong Kong Protests Show Dangers of a Cashless Society
 
"Chinese border guards are reportedly installing surveillance apps on the phones of some travelers. According to an investigation by the Guardian, The New York Times and Süddeutsche Zeitung, the app extracts emails, texts and contacts, as well as info about the device. Without notifying phone owners, border guards have installed the app when people attempt to cross from the Kyrgyzstan region to the Xinjiang region, an area where the Chinese government has long restricted the freedoms of the Muslim population."

"Travelers crossing the border have been asked to turn their phones and passwords over to officials. Some Android phones have been returned with an app called Fēng cǎi. According to the Guardian, there's no English translation, but it has to do with bees collecting honey. Cybersecurity experts say the app could be used to search the phone for a list of content that the authorities consider problematic -- anything from texts associated with Islamist extremism to information about fasting during Ramadan and music by the Japanese metal band Unholy Grave. The app hasn't appeared on any iPhones, but those devices are also taken away to a separate room, where they could be plugged in and scanned."

#China #surveillance #privacy
 

Schools are using unproven surveillance technology to monitor students


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20312642
Posted by howard941 (karma: 12197)
Post stats: Points: 139 - Comments: 98 - 2019-06-29T14:04:28Z

\#HackerNews #are #monitor #schools #students #surveillance #technology #unproven #using
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"Oh, well, it’s a great thing that the Gorgon Stare is only used for military operations, you say."

"Yes, but in this era of increasing NSA-style surveillance and diminishing civil liberties, will the Gorgon Stare soon be used to track our movements in American cities? (Insert literally any George Orwell Big Brother quip here.)"

Top Secret Military-Grade Surveillance Drones Might Be Coming To Your Neighborhood

"During this already insane era of dystopian paranoia we live in, let me add one more thing for everyone to worry about: the Gorgon Stare."

"'What’s a Gorgon Stare?' you might ask."

"The Gorgon Stare is the eye-in-the-sky, a military surveillance drone built by the Pentagon, that can simultaneously track 1,000 moving targets. It’s the cute nickname for a type of wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) technology, that allows a camera, which has had its power greatly expanded, to be attached to a drone—and can then watch and record a massive area."

#drone #surveillance #GorgonStare #privacy
 
Quote of the day:

"It's been said before, but this is not a debate. There is no debate. There is no "on the one hand, on the other hand." There is no "privacy v. security." This is "no privacy and weakened security v. actual privacy and actual security." There's literally no debate to be had here. If you understand the issues, encryption is essential, and any effort to take away end-to-end encryption is outlawing technology that keeps everyone safe."

Via Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption

#encryption #privacy #cybersecurity #surveillance
 

Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20254051
Posted by rahuldottech (karma: 800)
Post stats: Points: 153 - Comments: 58 - 2019-06-23T09:00:10Z

\#HackerNews #become #chrome #google #has #its #software #surveillance #switch #time
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Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.
 
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