Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Of course, such measures are effective tools to enforce a quarantine, and to prevent further spread of a deadly virus that is confirmed to have infected almost one million people, according to data from Worldometers.

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

While the details of the new monitoring system have not been confirmed, official statements and leaked plans have indicated they could include mobile apps that track users’ location, CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, QR codes, mobile phone data and credit card records.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

This past Monday, Toronto Mayor Tory announced at a virtual TechTO meetup that the government has been receiving location data from wireless carriers and telecommunication companies in the area to show where people are still congregating and flouting social distancing – The Logic reports.

You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

A corporate sibling of Google had been selected to transform a largely abandoned port area in Toronto into an innovative, sensor-laden, tech-centric city of tomorrow.After admitting that it had underestimated privacy worries with its original plan, the Google sibling, Sidewalk Labs, has retreated.

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

New York City’s restaurants and other retail establishments will no longer be allowed to reject cash payments under legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday.The legislation, which was approved 43-3, also prohibits businesses from charging cash-paying customers a higher price than those using credit.

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

"The company has sold its products to dozens of US agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and ICE.But Special Services Group has gone to great lengths to keep its products secret, even threatening to sue journalists at Vice for reporting on its sales brochure earlier this week.

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

The Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set with more than 50 billion location “pings” from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

"We need solutions that work, and Commissioner Harrison has told the City Council multiple times this year, as recently as October, that there is no evidence the surveillance plane is an effective crime-fighting tool.".

Exhibition in China reflects on loss of anonymity to recognition technology

Exhibition in China reflects on loss of anonymity to recognition technology

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - An art exhibition exploring the impact of facial recognition technology has opened in China, offering a rare public space for reflection on increasingly pervasive surveillance by tech companies and the government.

It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era

It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era

After San Francisco in May placed new controls, including a ban on facial recognition, on municipal surveillance, city employees began taking stock of what technology agencies already owned.

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

Andrey Kaganskikh, the journalist that did the investigation says that the sellers are law enforcement individuals as well as government bureaucrats that can log into the Integrated Center for Data Processing and Storage (YTKD), the very system that keeps the data from cameras in Moscow.

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

PodShare is trying to help make up for the shortage of affordable housing in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles by renting dormitory-style lodging and providing tenants a co-living experience.

Portland plans to propose the strictest facial recognition ban in the country

Portland plans to propose the strictest facial recognition ban in the country

Previous bans, like San Francisco’s, have focused on government because of concerns over how police might abuse the technology if officers place too much trust in its often questionable accuracy.“The technology has high rates of false positives for women and people of color, which means they will be more likely misidentified and targeted for things they didn’t do, or for being in places they weren’t actually in,” Portland city commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says in an email.

Password data for ~2.2 million users of currency and gaming sites dumped online

Password data for ~2.2 million users of currency and gaming sites dumped online

The other contains data for about 800,000 accounts on RuneScape bot provider EpicBot. The databases include registered email addresses and passwords that were cryptographically hashed with bcrypt, a function that's among the hardest to crack.

Spain to track citizen locations for days, without consent, in the name of monitoring “population movements”

Spain to track citizen locations for days, without consent, in the name of monitoring “population movements”

Get Brave For Free Spain is about to run an experiment, tracking its citizens' every move in the real world for several days by using location data transmitted by their mobile phones.

NYPD Forced to Destroy Illegally Stored Juvenile Fingerprints

NYPD Forced to Destroy Illegally Stored Juvenile Fingerprints

"The NYPD's fingerprint database of juveniles included children who were never even prosecuted, children whose cases may have been dismissed or they may have been acquitted," said Lisa Freeman, the director of the Legal Aid Society.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit secured conditional approval to move forward in the process to build a smart city in Toronto after agreeing to develop a smaller area than initially proposed and make concessions on data collection and privacy, the city’s waterfront development board said on Thursday.

Toronto’s City of Tomorrow Is Scaled Back Amid Privacy Concerns

Toronto’s City of Tomorrow Is Scaled Back Amid Privacy Concerns

Waterfront Toronto, the government agency responsible for development of the area, voted unanimously to limit the ambitions of the company, Sidewalk Labs, from its original 190-acre plan to 12 acres.

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Fred Lum. A confidential Sidewalk Labs document from 2016 lays out the founding vision of the Google-affiliated development company, which included having the power to levy its own property taxes, track and predict people’s movements and control some public services.

Victory! Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Face Recognition

Victory! Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Face Recognition

Berkeley has become the third city in California and the fourth city in the United States to ban the use of face recognition technology by the government.

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

The personal details of millions of Sberbank customers may have been leaked, in what would be the largest-ever data breach in Russian banking, according to cyber security experts.Analysts at cybersecurity firm DeviceLock found personal information relating to up to 60 million Sberbank credit card holders for sale on the black market.

Hong Kong Protesters Combat the Surveillance State

Hong Kong Protesters Combat the Surveillance State

Though Hong Kong is politically autonomous under the "one country, two systems" model, local authorities have wired up the city, enabling them to keep an eye on every corner of public life—and protesters suspect they may be sharing that information with the Chinese government.

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

Apple has banned an app that allows people in Hong Kong to keep track of protests and police activity in the city state, claiming such information is illegal.

The Jack Bauers of Europe love facial recognition

The Jack Bauers of Europe love facial recognition

The mayor’s report called for a new regulations that would allow the technology’s roll-out in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, noting that facial recognition was in a legal gray zone, somewhere between narrow data protection requirements and broader national security laws.

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website

He said the protests had hurt Hong Kong's reputation of being a safe city for tourists and businesses.Tsui said that Beijing's efforts may also reflect the Chinese authorities' fear toward the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Navalny Ally ‘Evacuates’ Electronics by Drone as Russian Police Stage Mass Raids

Navalny Ally ‘Evacuates’ Electronics by Drone as Russian Police Stage Mass Raids

A supporter of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has filmed himself "evacuating" his hard drives on a drone as police closed in on his high-rise apartment building during nationwide mass raids.

Cities Asked Ring to Share ‘Registry Lists’ of Customers Who Bought Surveillance Cameras

Cities Asked Ring to Share ‘Registry Lists’ of Customers Who Bought Surveillance Cameras

Cities and local police departments have asked Ring, Amazon's home security company, to share the names, home addresses, and email addresses of every person who has bought a home surveillance camera through taxpayer-funded subsidy programs Motherboard has learned.

Political Confessional: The Man Who Thinks Mass Surveillance Can Work

Political Confessional: The Man Who Thinks Mass Surveillance Can Work

People should be able to say what they want without thinking, “The government is going to get me,” unless I’m talking seriously about committing violence.