The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Google will no longer allow its account-based sync services on third party Chromium browsers

Google will no longer allow its account-based sync services on third party Chromium browsers

Google will block access to its account-based syncing services for third party web browsers built on Chromium starting on March 15th, 2021.In it, Google Chrome Engineering Director Jochen Eisinger stated that the decision to limit API access was made following a recent audit of third party web browsers powered by Chromium.

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

Tory peers, bishops and crossbenchers could inflict defeat on the government after an outcry over new guidance which allows state agencies to use children as undercover spies as part of the government’s covert intelligence bill.

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services.The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or other non-Russian satellite constellations under development.

Standard Notes Completes Penetration Test and Cryptography Audit

Standard Notes Completes Penetration Test and Cryptography Audit

This release uses the latest state-of-the-art, cryptographer-recommended algorithms for modern day encryption and key generation, designed to withstand the latest advances in cryptographic attacks and brute-forcing.These new releases are backed by two new security audits conducted by two of the world’s leading cryptography research and testing firms: Cure53 and Trail of Bits.

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

The Singapore government has decided to use data gathered by its TraceTogether COVID-19-coronavirus contact-tracing app in criminal investigations.Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan by saying that Singapore’s Criminal Procedure Code means its Police can obtain any data for criminal investigations, including data gathered by TraceTogether.

Why everybody has something to hide

Why everybody has something to hide

Even in liberal states, there is a very different danger: manipulation .With the knowledge of what companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon get through data they can influence what you should buy, what the information, news and books are that you receive and theoretically also what information is better withheld from you.

A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta

A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta

Correlation between uroflowmetry, prostate volume, postvoid residue, and lower urinary tract symptoms as measured by the International Prostate Symptom Score.Random comparison of guaiac and immunochemical fecal occult blood tests for colorectal cancer in a screening population.

T-Mobile data breach exposed phone numbers, call records

T-Mobile data breach exposed phone numbers, call records

T-Mobile states that the data breach did not expose account holders' names, physical addresses, email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax IDs, passwords, or PINs. In a statement to BleepingComputer, T-Mobile stated that this breach affected a "small number of customers (less than 0.2%)."

Privacy Litigation Series: United States vs. Google (Buzz Safari)

Privacy Litigation Series: United States vs. Google (Buzz Safari)

In both cases, FTC found, Google has misled its users and did so violating its own privacy policy.This case was one of the pioneer privacy litigation on the internet where the big tech company was actually held liable and had to pay a fine.

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

Parks attorney, Daniel Sexton of Jersey City, filed suit against the township, the police department and public officials, including Mayor John McCormac, alleging investigators violated his clients rights by relying on facial recognition software that has since been banned by the state.

Hackers Stole emails from Microsoft cloud Services

Hackers Stole emails from Microsoft cloud Services

Microsoft itself stated that it did not identify any vulnerabilities and traces of hacking of the products or cloud service provided.“Our investigation of recent attacks has identified incidents of abuse of credentials to gain access.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

"This legislation requires state education policymakers to take a step back, consult with experts and address privacy issues before determining whether any kind of biometric identifying technology can be brought into New York's schools.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

Revealed: China suspected of spying on Americans via Caribbean phone networks

Revealed: China suspected of spying on Americans via Caribbean phone networks

The alleged attacks appear to be enabling China to target, track, and intercept phone communications of US phone subscribers, according to research and analysis by Gary Miller, a Washington state-based former mobile network security executive.

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

The Open Rights Group complaint alleges that the parties conducted "highly intrusive profiling" without telling voters they were doing so - and that they went far beyond what was "necessary", a key term in data protection law, which states that use of data must be "necessary and proportional".

U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition

U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states accused Facebook on Wednesday of buying up its rivals to illegally squash competition, and they called for the deals to be unwound, escalating regulators’ battle against the biggest tech companies in a way that could remake the social media industry.

Some States Balk After C.D.C. Asks for Personal Data of Those Vaccinated

Some States Balk After C.D.C. Asks for Personal Data of Those Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is instructing states to sign so-called data use agreements that commit them for the first time to sharing personal information in existing registries with the federal government.

The US government admits to using the Patriot Act to collect web browsing information

The US government admits to using the Patriot Act to collect web browsing information

Letters between the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Senator Ron Wyden confirm that the United States government has used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect web browsing information via a FISA court order.

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that highlights their ongoing plans to create a facial recognition database with mugshots of all non-US citizen travelers.

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts General Assembly voted to pass a new police reform bill banning police stations and public agencies from using facial recognition technology throughout the state.

Opinion: What ‘The Social Dilemma’ Documentary Got Wrong

Opinion: What ‘The Social Dilemma’ Documentary Got Wrong

What ‘The Social Dilemma’ does very well is point out and talk about problems with the state of modern internet/social media companies.There is no mention of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) , which in my opinion is the fundamental first step to solving the problems that ‘The Social Dilemma’ outlines.

This Oregon city has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to report people not wearing masks

This Oregon city has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to report people not wearing masks

With a greater focus on enforcing mask wearing on the horizon, the city of Bend has a hotline residents can call about businesses not adhering to the statewide mask mandate.The number is 541-323-7155.Numbers of cases and hospitalizations are surging statewide, and Gov. Kate Brown instituted a freeze that starts Wednesday.

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

In a statement that seems aimed directly at Facebook's complaint about the impact on small businesses, Apple says that advertising that respects privacy was the standard prior to the growth of the internet.

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

United States secret service NSA for years abused a cooperation agreement with Denmark to spy on allies in Europe, including the Netherlands, Danish public broadcaster DR reported based on reports from a whistleblower and confirmation from various sources.

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

An insurance software company called Vertafore, which has legal access to that DMV information, said in a statement the data was inadvertently stored in an unsecured storage service that was hacked between March and August of this year.

Informational privacy: a precondition for democratic participation?

Informational privacy: a precondition for democratic participation?

Democratic theory accords five functions to the public sphere in general and citizen’s participation in particular: the aggregation of political opinions or individual interests; the public deliberation about values and policies; the translation of these public discourses for political institutions; the control of state actors and political officials; and finally a basic social integration of citizens in the sense of a feeling of being connected to a political community through a common democratic project.

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

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