Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Coincidentally, EFF had organized a briefing of congressional staff the day after the Times report on the controversial surveillance law used to conduct telephone record surveillance: Section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we told Congress, it is long past time to end the telephone records program for good.

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

WCSO Via public records requests, CNET reviewed seven sheriff's office reports that showed facial recognition being put to use in making an arrest. Deputy Jeff Talbot, Washington County's public information officer, said WCSO has made arrests on "crimes on multiple levels" using Rekognition, not just minor offenses.

ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants

ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents showing how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has gained access to a vast surveillance database of billions of records on vehicle locations and is using the data to track down undocumented immigrants.

Appeals Court Doesn't Buy Government's National Security Assertions; Says Lawsuit Against FBI Can Continue

Appeals Court Doesn't Buy Government's National Security Assertions; Says Lawsuit Against FBI Can Continue

The panel further held that the district court should have reviewed any state secrets evidence necessary for a determination of whether the alleged surveillance was unlawful following the secrecy-protective procedure set forth in FISA.

Trump Administration Aims To Use Facebook To Spy On People Collecting Disability

Trump Administration Aims To Use Facebook To Spy On People Collecting Disability

The aim is to use a form of federal surveillance to monitor social media posts of Social Security disability payment recipients to see whether they’re really disabled.

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

The report notes that law enforcement can use facial recognition technology for four purposes: arrest identification (to confirm an arrestee's ID), field identification (to ID a person stopped by an officer), investigative identification (to obtain images for IDing an unidentified suspect), and real-time surveillance (to match unidentified folks to a watchlist).

Shuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups

Shuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups

A top national security aide to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kevin Owen McCarthyShuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups The Hill's 12:30 Report: House Dems pass electoral reform bill after difficult week House passes sweeping electoral reform bill MORE (R-Calif.) recently revealed on a podcast that, for the past six months, the spy agency hasn't used a program that gathers metadata on domestic text messages and phone calls.

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

Another company in this sector, Orbital Insight , explains its services in the following way: “By applying machine learning and computer vision technologies, we build software that interprets data at petabyte scale to drive better business and policy decisions.” Similarly, SpaceKnow says: Our AI driven platform unlocks the power and potential of geospatial analysis.

The Spy Equipment On Sale to Dictatorships at the UK's Secret Security Trade Fair

The Spy Equipment On Sale to Dictatorships at the UK's Secret Security Trade Fair

Image from Gamma Group’s sales brochures from the Security and Policing exhibition Britain’s biggest arms firm, BAE Systems, have also become the UK’s leading "lawful interception" company.

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Here are four pressing questions about privacy that Mr. Zuckerberg conspicuously did not address: Will Facebook stop collecting data about people’s browsing behavior, which it does extensively?

Report: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

Report: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

In this report we take a hard look at the right to privacy and its reality for women, trans and gender diverse people. We hope this report will be read as a call for action: privacy needs to be reclaimed by women, trans and gender diverse people.

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

Your voice is heard A February 22 China National Computer Emergency Response Team (CNCERT) alert warned that 486 MongoDB database servers out of approximately 25,000 such servers connected to the Internet had "information leakage risks." Apparently, some of those MongoDB servers were part of a social media and messaging collection and processing system used by Chinese law enforcement and security personnel to monitor and investigate citizens' communications.

House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance

House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance

In a discussion recorded for the Lawfare Podcast released on March 2, Luke Murry said that the NSA was no longer collecting call detail records—the metadata associated with phone calls and text messages—and that the Trump administration had not used the program for over six months.

Wyden Calls for Permanent End to NSA Phone Records Program

I will not stop pushing Congress and intelligence leaders to be straight with the American people and end unnecessary surveillance that violates our constitutional freedoms without keeping us any safer.” Last year, Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked the NSA Inspector General to investigate the NSA’s overcollection of phone records.

Adding Surveillance cams to OpenStreet Maps tutorial

Adding Surveillance cams to OpenStreet Maps tutorial

Open Street Map is a map of the entire world. One of the things it can record is the location of surveillance infrastructure such as cameras. Getting Started This section of the tutorial assumes you don’t have an Open Street Map account.

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Earlier this month, security researcher Victor Gevers found and disclosed an exposed database live-tracking the locations of about 2.6 million residents of Xinjiang, China, offering a window into what a digital surveillance state looks like in the 21st century.

After the quantified self, the quantified employee; but what about privacy?

After the quantified self, the quantified employee; but what about privacy?

But technology has moved on in the intervening time, and there are now other ways to keep an eye on employees , as an article in the Washington Post describes: Devices worn on employees’ bodies are an increasingly valuable source of workforce health intelligence for employers and insurance companies.

Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”

Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”

I wanted to get your comment on this latest news headline: “A New York regulator is ramping up a promised investigation of how Facebook gathered sensitive personal information from popular smartphone applications, after a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed many such apps were sending the social-media giant data including users’ body weight and menstrual cycles.” SHOSHANA ZUBOFF: All right, well, so we’re living in a time right now where every week there are a series of mini-scandals.

Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State

Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? What are your most important tech tools for reporting in Shanghai, especially with a government known for surveillance? They also know where journalists live because we register our address with police.

Huawei: ‘U.S. Fears We Will Stop NSA Spying — This Has Nothing To Do With China’

Huawei: ‘U.S. Fears We Will Stop NSA Spying — This Has Nothing To Do With China’

On Wednesday, Guo took things a step further in an article for the Financial Times, by claiming that the US boycotted Huawei because the use of the Chinese firm’s telecommunications tech across the globe would undermine the US government’s surveillance ambitions.

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

Governments Must Face the Facts about Face Surveillance, and Stop Using It

Governments Must Face the Facts about Face Surveillance, and Stop Using It

EFF supports legislative efforts in Washington and Massachusetts to place a moratorium on government use of face surveillance technology. The moratoriums would stay in place, unless lawmakers determined these technologies do not have a racial disparate impact, after hearing directly from minority communities about the unfair impact face surveillance has on vulnerable people.

Facial recognition getting better, but privacy concerns persist

Facial recognition getting better, but privacy concerns persist

The FBI has long used facial recognition technology to identify suspects across the country, sharing that information with various state and local law enforcement agencies.

Shoshana Zuboff Q&A: The Age of Surveillance Capital

Shoshana Zuboff Q&A: The Age of Surveillance Capital

Zuboff, who published her first book in 1989 on the future of technology and data in the workplace, warns in Surveillance Capitalism of a “seventh extinction” that threatens to eradicate “what has been held most precious in human nature.” Given the fragility of the global political and economic order, surveillance capitalism amounts to a “coup from above,” Zuboff argues, an assault on democracy by way of subverting the very idea of what it means to be an individual.

Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop

Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop

Terry Hartmann, vice president of Cognitec Asia Pacific, the company that develops “market-leading face recognition technologies for customers and government agencies around the world”, says using facial detection commercially is no different to Facebook’s manipulation of users’ online search history for targeted advertising.

Surveillance Capitalism, China and Iran Hacking, 'Gangster' Facebook

Surveillance Capitalism, China and Iran Hacking, 'Gangster' Facebook

This is exactly the kind of dystopian scenario my paranoiac mind feared… Robert Hackett @rhhackett robert.hackett@fortune.com Welcome to the Cyber Saturday edition of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily tech newsletter.

The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change

The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change

. Individual users might do well to curtail their use of social media and focus instead on real-world relationships.” Indeed, Facebook has avidly sought to master social-comparison dynamics to manipulate human behavior.

Neighbourhood Watched

Neighbourhood Watched

We are campaigning alongside Liberty for the public to have a greater say as to whether their local police force should be allowed to use such highly intrusive technologies.

Surveillance Capitalism is Ruining The Internet As We Know It

Surveillance Capitalism is Ruining The Internet As We Know It

Surveillance capitalism refers to the business of collecting user data through internet connected products and services and then monetizing that information through ad targeting and other means.

Why a focus on "fake news" and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions

Why a focus on "fake news" and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions

To properly address the problems of manipulation, disinformation, and violent extremism fermenting on online platforms, future regulation must properly acknowledge the role of surveillance capitalism – not just through targeting tools but in the algorithmic construction of online spaces.

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