"I'm a person, not a number" - why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far

"I'm a person, not a number" - why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far

It revealed over 50 per cent of workers think their employer is monitoring them at work – and that many feared new technology was going to make workplace monitoring even worse.

New Boom in Facial Recognition Tech Prompts Privacy Alarms

New Boom in Facial Recognition Tech Prompts Privacy Alarms

Another example comes from Seattle-based tech company RealNetworks, where Mike Vance, senior director of product management, has received dozens of recent queries from K-12 schools across the nation seeking to participate in RealNetworks’ Secure, Accurate Facial Recognition (SAFR) program.

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

If it is retained, use by criminals is not the only risk: the authorities may demand legal access in order to use that data as they wish, including against the person who caused it to be stored.

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

Earlier this week, the DEA issued a solicitation for “concealments made to house network PTZ [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, cellular modem, cellular compression device,” noting that the government intended to give the contract to Obsidian Integration LLC, an Oregon company with a sizable number of federal law enforcement customers.

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Orlando Testing Facial Recognition Technology Provided Free by Amazon

Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

Snowden’s signed declaration, filed on October 31, confirms that one of the documents he leaked, which the EFF relied heavily on for its case, is an authentic draft document written by the then-NSA inspector general in 2009, which exposed concerns about the legality of the Bush’s warrantless surveillance program — Stellar Wind — particularly the collection of bulk email records on Americans.

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General Report from 2009 discussing the mass surveillance program known as Stellar Wind, is actually the same document that he came upon during the course of his employment at NSA contractor.

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

It goes on top of a law passed in 2016 that mandates ISPs store 6 months of IP address connection data and makes it very clear that your internet traffic is available to be monitored.

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

The official statement read in part: “the City of Orlando will continue to test Amazon Rekognition facial recognition software to determine if this technology could reliably identify specific individuals as they come within view of specific cameras.” The documents obtained by Buzzfeed provide a look behind the curtain at communications between the company and the police department, as Orlando’s test pilot was thrust into the national spotlight.

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

The Freedom House report said that Beijing was taking steps to "propagate its model abroad" with large-scale trainings of foreign officials, providing censorship and surveillance technology, and pressuring international companies to comply with Chinese standards even when operating outside the country.

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

While the ACLU has been able to confirm that under Trump, government departments like the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security are accelerating domestic social media surveillance in relation to anticipated anti-Trump protest incidents, these FOIA requests have not revealed the technologies being deployed to do so.

5 Reasons Privacy and IoT Are Incompatible

5 Reasons Privacy and IoT Are Incompatible

It’s in the wake of this heightened awareness of data privacy issues that we look at some of the IoT-based privacy violations of recent times. Data auditing can also offer the potential for abusive behavior tracking, however, auditing also has privacy implications.

Privacy expert resigns from Google-backed smart city over surveillance concerns

Privacy expert resigns from Google-backed smart city over surveillance concerns

Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian resigned last week over concerns that the "treasure trove" of data collected in the $40m smart city project could identify individuals and leave them open to a cyber attack.

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

This legislation comes after the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and the U.K., released a statement calling for government access to encrypted files on the basis of national security and crime prevention.

Eugene police setting up surveillance trailers downtown

Eugene police setting up surveillance trailers downtown

The trailers — loaded with high-definition cameras — were set to debut at Kesey Square on the intersection of Broadway and Willamette Street, at Broadway and Olive Street, and in the Park Blocks at Eighth Avenue and Oak Street, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said Friday.

This Tor-Enabled SIM Card Will Keep You Anonymous On Mobile Networks

This Tor-Enabled SIM Card Will Keep You Anonymous On Mobile Networks

So a UK-based enterprise Brass Horns Communications is currently testing a data only-SIM card that automatically routes all your mobile data traffic through the Tor network. But the best part about the Tor-SIM card is that not even Bras Horn can monitor the traffic that passes through it.

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook has warned that mass data collection from tech companies is "surveillance" as data is "weaponised against us with military efficiency". The Apple chief executive added that companies that harvest data can gather "stockpiles of personal data only serve to enrich the companies that collect them".

From Adam and Eve to Facebook, an history of Privacy

From Adam and Eve to Facebook, an history of Privacy

In this article we will look closely at the tension between the growing awareness towards cases in which privacy is abused; to our legitimate desire to share content, purchase and sell goods, play, research and enjoy all the marvelous opportunities of the world wide web.

The Chinese Surveillance State

The Chinese Surveillance State

I think, Matthew, you and I were talking about this earlier about, what was it, something like 15 million Chinese people have been placed on, because of their low score on one of these systems, they have been banned from being allowed to buy plane tickets or to ride trains.

Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

Five months later—pursuant to a court order in the Robbins case—it informed Hasan for the first time that it had secretly taken the photographs.[18] The district was put on notice of a third parallel suit that a third student intended to bring against the district, for "improper surveillance of the Lower Merion High School student on his school issued laptop", which included taking over 700 webcam shots and screenshots between December 2009 and February 2010.[19]

This SIM Card Forces all of Your Mobile Data Through Tor

This SIM Card Forces all of Your Mobile Data Through Tor

With that in mind, one UK grassroots internet service provider is currently testing a data only SIM card that blocks any non-Tor traffic from leaving the phone at all, potentially providing a more robust way to use Tor while on the go.

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

On Friday, a joint statement said, “In fact, the DoT and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital procedure for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app, which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in the Aadhaar Case.”

Secret Government Report Shows Gaping Holes in Privacy Protections From U.S. Surveillance

Secret Government Report Shows Gaping Holes in Privacy Protections From U.S. Surveillance

The report raises questions about whether the FBI is fully complying with PPD-28 as well as whether it’s seeking to carve out certain surveillance activities from the directive’s modest requirements:

I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.

I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.

Amazon, where I work, is currently allowing police departments around the country to purchase its facial recognition product, Rekognition, and I and other employees demand that we stop immediately.

TSA announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

TSA announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

Today the US Transportation Security Administration released a detailed TSA Biometric Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience, making explicit the goal of requiring mug shots (to be used for automated facial recognition and image-based surveillance and control) as a condition of all domestic or international air travel.

Stop Saying Privacy Is Dead – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Stop Saying Privacy Is Dead – Member Feature Stories – Medium

In our own work, we’ve identified and criticized many different and dangerous ways that industry and government are collecting, using, and sharing our personal information, and this is largely due to infrastructure that has been created for the purpose of exploiting our data.

The Employer-Surveillance State

The Employer-Surveillance State

Michel Anteby, a Boston University sociologist and business scholar who has watched how monitoring affects employees at the TSA and other workplaces, has also noticed that the more employees are watched, the harder they try to avoid being watched, and the harder management tries to watch them.

The currency of the future is personal data

The currency of the future is personal data

Unfortunately, if blockchain startups need regular people to understand and care about new “self-sovereign data” business models, they’re likely to remain as niche as other cypherpunk projects that sought to redistribute the power of the internet.

German Unity Day: Today Is the Day We Got Rid of the Surveillance State GDR.

German Unity Day: Today Is the Day We Got Rid of the Surveillance State GDR.

If you want to know how it feels like to live in a surveillance state, you need to talk to people who did. Let's fight against surveillance online to protect our freedom of speech and our right to privacy!

How An Amateur Rap Crew Stole Surveillance Tech That Tracks Almost Every American

How An Amateur Rap Crew Stole Surveillance Tech That Tracks Almost Every American

Cops alleged Da Boss and his co-conspirators had access to the Holy Grail for any Internet-age scam artist: a surveillance technology that police and debt collectors use to track most of the United States’ 325 million inhabitants via their Social Security numbers, license plates, address histories, names and dates of birth.

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