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UK Spies Using Social Media Data for Mass Surveillance

October 18th, 2017

Via: TechCrunch: Privacy rights group Privacy International says it has obtained evidence for the first time that UK spy agencies are collecting social media information on potentially millions of people. It has also obtained letters it says show the intelligence agencies’ oversight body had not been informed that UK intelligence agencies had shared bulk databases […]

LAPD Becomes Nation’s Largest Police Department to Test Drones

October 18th, 2017

Via: Los Angeles Times: After months of often-heated debate, a civilian oversight panel Tuesday signed off on a yearlong test of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will become the largest police department in the nation to deploy the controversial technology. The Police Commission’s 3-1 vote prompted jeers, cursing and a small protest […]

The USA Liberty Act

October 12th, 2017

A double round o’ Freedom Fries for everyone! Via: Register: The US Senate Judiciary Committee has unveiled its answer to a controversial spying program run by the NSA and used by the FBI to fish for crime leads. Unsurprisingly, the proposed legislation [PDF] reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which […]

Google’s Home Mini Needed a Software Patch to Stop Some of Them from Recording Everything

October 11th, 2017

Mmm hmm. Via: The Verge: Categorize this under “one of the worst possible PR nightmares for a Google smart speaker.” According to Artem Russakovskii at Android Police, the Google Home Mini he was reviewing was randomly and near-constantly recording sounds in his home and transmitting them to Google. The company acknowledged the problem and is […]

Our Minds Can Be Hijacked: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia

October 6th, 2017

Via: Guardian: There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein […]

‘Australia Presses for More Facial Recognition in Terror Fight’

October 4th, 2017

Via: New York Times: The Australian government wants to strengthen its counterterrorism efforts by making use of a fundamental part of all Australian citizens: their faces. On Thursday, at a national security meeting in Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to pressure states and territories to hand over the driver’s license photos of every […]

Mystery Surrounds Metal Towers Popping Up In Tunnels & Bridges

September 27th, 2017

Nuke detectors is the obvious guess. But if not that, then what? Via: CBS: Mysterious metal towers are popping up at local tunnels, and soon they’ll start appearing at bridges, too. But even people on the MTA board in charge of the towers can’t say why they’re being used or what’s in them, CBS2’s Dave […]

Japanese Banks Are Planning to Launch J-Coin, a Digital Currency Meant to Kill Off Cash

September 27th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: Japan’s central bank is backing a scheme that could see the the cash-dependent country move toward a digital currency built on blockchain technology. The J Coin, as it’s to be called, is under development by a group of Japanese banks with the blessing of financial regulators. According to the Financial Times […]

Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies

September 25th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: The people of Sweden are breaking up with cash. The number of banknotes and coins in circulation has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, estimates that cash transactions made up only 15 percent of all retail transactions last year, down from 40 percent in 2010, […]

Shocker: U.S. Allies Don’t Trust NSA

September 21st, 2017

Via: Reuters: An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel […]

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