King's Cross developer defends use of facial recognition

King's Cross developer defends use of facial recognition

"These cameras use a number of detection and tracking methods, including facial recognition, but also have sophisticated systems in place to protect the privacy of the general public," it said.

The U.S. military is using solar-powered balloons to spy on parts of the Midwest

The U.S. military is using solar-powered balloons to spy on parts of the Midwest

The purpose of the balloons according to that filing is to “conduct high altitude MESH networking tests over South Dakota to provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.”.

The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons above six US states

The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons above six US states

In an interview with Long Form, Holland Michel, who also authored the book Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All, explained the difference between a standard drone camera, which surveils from 25,000 ft, and the Gorgon Stare’s Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) technology:Think of a traditional camera on a drone as a high powered telescope.

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

The US military is conducting wide area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal.

Oppo's under-screen camera is real and taking photos in Shanghai

Oppo's under-screen camera is real and taking photos in Shanghai

According to Oppo, this zoned-out area features a highly-transparent material plus a redesigned pixel structure for improved light transmittance. Oppo added that the under-screen camera itself also packs a larger sensor with bigger pixels, along with a larger aperture to get as much light as possible.

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

Via complex analysis that no one will understand, taking in data from your fridge, smart car, work calendar, facial expressions, and toilet, your smart TV will fire off a personalized ad about buying that shiny new handgun just at the moment you’re starting to feel… well, in fact, you won’t know what the reason is.

China's People Monitoring Software Being Deployed In Darwin

China's People Monitoring Software Being Deployed In Darwin

With the city's desire to use data from WiFi networks commercially and, potentially, other purposes, it reinforces my view that there is no safe public WiFi if you value privacy.

China’s Big Brother Social Control Goes to Australia

China’s Big Brother Social Control Goes to Australia

Just as in China, the surveillance system is being branded as a “smart city” program, and while Australian officials claim its operations are benign, they’ve announced it functions to monitor cell phone activity and “virtual fences” that will trigger alerts if people cross them.

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

The data Google is turning over to law enforcement is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” It’s collected even when people aren’t making calls or using apps, which means it can be even more detailed than data generated by cell towers.

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

However, people don't necessarily realize that Google keeps the info for an indefinite period, or that the history is detailed enough to provide a picture of street-by-street movements to investigators.

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy

More specifically, Zuckerberg is calling for new regulations in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Although it is good to know who pays for what ads, and who sees them, the real problem lies at the point where Facebook helps advertisers to send micro-targeted political ads to people.

5G means you’ll have to say goodbye to your location privacy

5G means you’ll have to say goodbye to your location privacy

But since 5G towers will need to be everywhere and you’ll only connect to one 5G tower at a time, your mobile network will now be able to pinpoint your location much more accurately–even knowing which building you are in.

Reverse location search warrants: How police departments force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

Reverse location search warrants: How police departments force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

We always push back on overly broad requests to protect our users’ privacy.”] WRAL was able to uncover four instances in which the Raleigh Police Department sought reverse-location data in 2017 for investigations into murder, sexual battery, and the suspected arson.

How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them

How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them

Knowing the Silicon Valley giant held a trove of consumer mobile phone location data, investigators got a Hennepin County judge to sign a "reverse location" search warrant ordering Google to identify the locations of cellphones that had been near the crime scene in Eden Prairie, and near two food markets the victims owned in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users

Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users

Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users Privacy from the redefining-bulwark dept Tim Cushing Tony Webster, writing for MPR News, has obtained court documents showing Minneapolis, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are deploying "reverse warrants" in hopes of tying suspects to crime scenes.

Happy Data Privacy Day: City Planning Now Mines Everyone’s Data All the Time

Happy Data Privacy Day: City Planning Now Mines Everyone’s Data All the Time

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is the go-to story for Data Privacy Day with its new “user-friendly” tool called Replica, which allows city planners see “how, when, and where people travel in urban areas.” The Intercept’s explainer details a troubling use of consumer data.

Cyberstalking: Definition, Laws, and How to Stay Safe

Cyberstalking: Definition, Laws, and How to Stay Safe

Most people are victimized for an average of Cyberstalking is a serious crime with scary statistics. However, most organizations that specialize in this area have definitions that contain the same elements: While stalking can be done by a stranger, most victims know their stalker.

Face-tracking CCTV network for East Perth could be rolled out across entire CBD

Face-tracking CCTV network for East Perth could be rolled out across entire CBD

Thirty new CCTV cameras with facial recognition technology will be installed in East Perth, including near the new Matagarup Bridge, as part of a trial by the City of Perth to boost security in the area.

8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People’s Movements

8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People’s Movements

The business of location data has grown dramatically in recent years, a New York Times investigation found. Rich Harris is a graphics editor on the investigative team at the New York Times, focusing primarily on technology coverage.

So You Want A Facebook Alternative! – Anmol – Medium

So You Want A Facebook Alternative! – Anmol – Medium

Clustrz (www.clustrz.com) — A Platform for High Quality and Insightful Discussions Online, Not based on Selling Ads! But privacy and simple groups based communication is not the only goal of Clustrz. Our view at Clustrz is to provide tools which would allow better insights and higher quality communication online.

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.

Crowd Counting Through Walls with WiFi

Crowd Counting Through Walls with WiFi

Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of crowd counting through walls using only everyday communication signals such as WiFi. The technique, which requires only a wireless transmitter and receiver outside the area of interest, could have a variety of applications, including smart energy management, retail business planning and security.

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops. The system uses a mathematical model to “see” people in the room based on signal strength and attenuation.

China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens

China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens

The Dove program’s bird-like drones have been flown over five provinces so far, and it’s perhaps no coincidence that they’ve been used extensively in one area in particular: Xinjiang, a northwestern region heavily populated by Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority.