Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

In its press release about the decision, the court found that the privacy rights of the German constitution also protects foreigners in other countries and that the German intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), had no authority to conduct telecommunications surveillance on them:.

Spot is a Cop

Spot is a Cop

According to a report by Boston news station WBUR, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts show that the state’s bomb squad had Spot on loan from Boston Dynamics for three months, from August to November this year.

8chan Is Back With a New Name — and QAnon Is Already Posting

8chan Is Back With a New Name — and QAnon Is Already Posting

The site reappeared after three months after it was taken down in the wake of the El Paso mass shooting, and in spite of efforts to keep it offline led by Frederick Brennan, who founded the forum but who is no longer involved with it.

Tech Tudor: Senate is trying hard to push a mass students surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Tech Tudor: Senate is trying hard to push a mass students surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Recent reports have surfaced that republicans are pushing hard for a Bill by Cornyn entitled, The Response Act which seeks to require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.

The Case for an Outright Ban on Facial Recognition Technology

The Case for an Outright Ban on Facial Recognition Technology

Some experts worry that facial recognition technology is a dangerous enough threat to our basic rights that it should be entirely banned from police and government use.

Massachusetts: Tell Your Lawmakers to Press Pause on Government Face Surveillance

Massachusetts: Tell Your Lawmakers to Press Pause on Government Face Surveillance

Massachusetts residents: tell your legislature to press pause on government use of face surveillance throughout the Commonwealth.The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously in July to ban government face surveillance altogether, becoming the first community on the East coast to do so.

Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

While the law requires that FBI searches of such data be related to investigations in which agents have reasonable suspicion that crimes are occurring or in which national security is at risk, assessments provide an enormous loophole that potentially allows agents to search through the communications of any American without a warrant.

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.

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a pitch from former NBC Chairman Robert Wright, a presidential pal, for a research program aimed at preventing mass shootings by electronically monitoring people who have received psychiatric diagnoses.

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

Aside from assuming a strong link between mental illness and violence, this kind of surveillance creates mistrust in the system, forcing people with mental health issues to consider whether getting help could put them on a federal watch list.

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

The mass surveillance conducted by European governments has on two occasions been struck down by the European Court of Justice.However Danish politicians and telco industry refuse to honor fundamental rights and continue to retain data illegally.You can download the current draft (in Danish) here (pdf).

How much does Google know about you?

How much does Google know about you?

Alex Hern on how Google’s use of personal data has potentially helped create a new age of mass surveillance.But in doing so has it ushered in a new age of mass surveillance?

Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

After two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump said his administration would ask social media companies to develop tools that could detect potential mass shooters.

How To Mass Delete, Unfollow, Unlike, Block, Photos & People

How To Mass Delete, Unfollow, Unlike, Block, Photos & People

How To Mass Delete, Unfollow, Unlike, Block, Photos & People. Either way, this app has proven to save me more time than anything else when it comes to cleaning up my Instagram page so let’s check it out. * Mass delete posts. * Mass unlike posts. * Mass account whitelisting.

Civil Rights Group Wants to Ban Feds From Using Facial Recognition

Civil Rights Group Wants to Ban Feds From Using Facial Recognition

Fight for the Future, one of the main activist groups fighting for net neutrality and against mass surveillance in the past few years, launched a new campaign today, asking for a ban on the use of facial recognition software by the federal government.

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously last week to become the first city on the East Coast to ban government face surveillance. Massachusetts, tell your lawmakers: it’s time to hit the pause button on face surveillance.

A Second U.S. City Has Banned Facial Recognition

A Second U.S. City Has Banned Facial Recognition

The "Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance," which passed through Somerville's City Council on Thursday night, forbids any “department, agency, bureau, and/or subordinate division of the City of Somerville” from using facial recognition software in public spaces.

Yahoo! Japan’s new system looks suspiciously like a social credit score

Yahoo! Japan’s new system looks suspiciously like a social credit score

Japan defended the “opt-out” model – but the company also promised that only the rating score, and not any personal data, would be shared with third parties.

Police can access full details of injured protesters in hospital, says medical sector lawmaker following patient arrests

Police can access full details of injured protesters in hospital, says medical sector lawmaker following patient arrests

Chan said that he received an internal email from the Hospital Authority stating that staff members should label the injured patients accepted on Wednesday using the description “Mass gathering outside Legco” and identify them as “police,” “reporter,” “civilian,” or “others.”.

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks

Across the world, mass surveillance contractors are helping intelligence agencies spy on individuals and ‘communities of interest’ on an industrial scale.

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

In his public ruling, White deemed inadequate the evidence plaintiffs submitted to support claims that the National Security Agency violated the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The public evidence included a 2003 document from a former AT&T technician detailing how the telecom giant routed internet traffic to a secret room at an AT&T facility in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

We’re heartened that the Massachusetts court took these issues seriously and made clear that the police must get a warrant, whether they access historical cell phone location data or whether they cause a phone to send its real-time location.

End the NSA's Invasive Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

End the NSA's Invasive Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

Under the CDR program, the NSA has collected information about millions of Americans’ phone calls. Ever since USA FREEDOM reformed the CDR program in 2015, the civil liberties community and members of Congress have repeatedly asked the NSA for information about how widespread the CDR program is, but the NSA has been unable or unwilling to provide that information.

The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod

The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod

For more than three years, the Massachusetts State Police have been using cameras to record the license plate number of every vehicle that enters and leaves Cape Cod, building a vast and growing database that now counts more than 100 million trips.

NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

A group of bipartisan Senators and House Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records.

School of Privacy - schoolofprivacy/TUMBLR enabled SSL support for blogs!

School of Privacy - schoolofprivacy/TUMBLR enabled SSL support for blogs!

So we have been using tumblr for a long time and a few years back we started requesting support for SSL and they finally made a option feature in your themes settings if you go to edit appearance you can select enable HTTPS which will add full SSL support for your tumblr blog/site.

This Runner Is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder

This Runner Is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder

While detectives were investigating Fellows, they came across a photo of the suspect wearing his Garmin Forerunner during 2015’s Great Manchester 10K ( he ran 47:17 , pictured above) two months before the murder of Massey that July.

Are ‘10-Year Challenge’ Photos a Boon to Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology?

Are ‘10-Year Challenge’ Photos a Boon to Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology?

Rhue , an assistant professor of information systems and analytics at the Wake Forest School of Business, said the #10YearChallenge could conceivably provide a relatively clean data set for a company that wanted to work on age-progression technology.

The Long Fight to Stop Mass Surveillance: 2018 in Review

The Long Fight to Stop Mass Surveillance: 2018 in Review

One of the new bits of evidence we asked the court to take note of in Jewel came from the UK, where NGOs including Big Brother Watch have also been challenging surveillance by the NSA and its closest international partner, GCHQ.

Blank Space: Why Taylor Swift doing facial recognition is a bad idea

Blank Space: Why Taylor Swift doing facial recognition is a bad idea

While Swift is rightly concerned for her safety, the increasing use of facial recognition in public spaces, like concerts or protests, is deeply disturbing.