Archive for the 'Surveillance' Category

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Apple Investigating Accessory that Turns iPhone, iPad Into Full-Fledged Touchscreen Laptop

March 23rd, 2017

It’s a shit sandwich all around in the general purpose computing world. It’s a very serious worry, because I see the least capable computer users (most computer users, in other words) fully embracing swipetard devices and operating systems, which are mainly intended to serve as tamper proof vending machines and surveillance platforms. —Windows 10 Is […]

China is Fighting Toilet Paper Thieves with Facial Recognition Software

March 21st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Biometric authentication is moving from phones to laptops and onward to… public bathrooms. Chinese authorities in Beijing are now combating a toilet paper stealing epidemic by locking the supplies away behind a dispenser powered by facial recognition software, according to a report from The New York Times. The unorthodox method ensures that […]

Britain: Full Time Police Drones

March 20th, 2017

Via: Daily Mail: The first 24-hour police drone unit is to be launched, amid fears that forces may have to rely on them because of falling officer numbers. The ‘flying squad’ will pursue suspects, find missing people and help solve murders. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, national spokesman on drones, predicted forces across Britain would […]

Windows 10 Is Bringing Shitty Ads to File Explorer, Here’s How to Turn Them Off

March 18th, 2017

— BEGIN POINTLESS RANT ABOUT HOPELESS SITUATION — It’s just incredible how grim Windows is getting. Linux is still terrible on the desktop, and Apple has abandoned macOS to embrace their primary role as a mobile phone company. Even people who stuck with Apple through the near collapse in the 1990s (that’s when I ditched […]

How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions

March 15th, 2017

Whenever you hear about tips to the police from confidential informants or “concerned citizens,” etc. keep this in mind: U.S. Communications Intelligence Secretly Shared with Law Enforcement for Use Against Americans in Criminal Investigations. So, mass surveillance and civil forfeiture: Is there a link? “It is the height of naivete to think that once collected […]

NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

March 15th, 2017

Are They building electronic dossiers on as many of us as they can? I don’t know, but it sure looks that way. —Cryptogon, 2007: NSA, AT&T and the NarusInsight Intercept Suite In Open Thread: Trump Wiretap Claims, I wrote: Where is the uproar over the spook’s data center in Utah? Man, if you think that […]

New GOP Bill Lets Companies Force Employees to Take Genetic Tests

March 12th, 2017

Via: ExtremeTech: A new bill introduced by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and approved by the House Ways and Means Committee would allow corporations to force employees to undergo genetic testing — and then share those results with third parties. In theory, this is already illegal, thanks to a 2008 law known as GINA. This type of […]

FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

March 11th, 2017

Via: OC Weekly: Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated […]

‘Crime-Fighting Robots Aid Police’

March 10th, 2017

Via: Star Telegram: Maybe someday it will menacingly order citizens to drop their weapons — or else, a la Robocop. But for now, the Knightscope crime-fighting robots, demonstrated for the University of Texas at Arlington Police Department and the media on Thursday, are limited to less aggressive tasks like scanning license plates for unauthorized vehicles […]

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

March 7th, 2017

If you have an active U.S. Government security clearance, you probably shouldn’t click on this. Via: Wikileaks: Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. The first full […]

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