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UK: Politicians Exempt Themselves from New Wide-Ranging Spying Laws

December 4th, 2016

Via: Independent: Politicians have exempted themselves from Britain’s new wide-ranging spying laws. The Investigatory Powers Act, which has just passed into law, brings some of the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to spies in a democratic state. But protections against those spying powers have been given to MPs. Research Credit: Jb

Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off

December 1st, 2016

Via: NPR: Uber’s latest update allows the ride-hailing app to track user location data even when the application is running in the background. The change in location data gathering is quite apparent — after the update is completed, Uber prompts users to accept the new policy by enabling their phones to make the change. Previously, […]

Microsoft Chatbot Censors Topics for Chinese Regime

November 29th, 2016

Via: CNN: “If you like me, why would you talk like this to me?” Ask Microsoft’s Chinese chatbot Xiaoice about Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and that’s how she responds. She also skirts around highly sensitive topics like the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square protests, Chinese President Xi Jinping or even President-elect Donald Trump.

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

November 22nd, 2016

#fuckerberg Via: New York Times: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin. Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper. The social network […]

Trump’s Picks For AG & CIA Happy To Undermine Civil Liberties, Increase Surveillance

November 20th, 2016

Via: TechDirt: This is (unfortunately) not a huge surprise, but it appears that a Trump administration is going to be much worse for civil liberties and surveillance. Earlier today, Donald Trump named his choices to head the CIA — Rep. Mike Pompeo — and to be the next Attorney General — Senator Jeff Sessions — […]

‘Extreme Surveillance’ Becomes UK Law with Barely a Whimper

November 19th, 2016

Via: Guardian: A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, meeting only token resistance over the past 12 months from inside parliament and barely any from outside. The Investigatory Powers Act, given royal assent on Thursday, legalises […]

A Demonstration of Browser Events Used to Monitor Online Behaviour

November 19th, 2016

Via: clickclickclick.click: A browser-based game on online profiling.

Citibank To Stop Accepting Cash At Some Branches

November 17th, 2016

Via: ZeroHedge: Less than a week after India’s surprise move to scrap its highest denomination cash notes, another front in the War on Cash has intensified down under in Australia. Yesterday, banking giant UBS proposed that eliminating Australia’s $100 and $50 bills would be “good for the economy and good for the banks.” (How convenient […]

Titanpointe: The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

November 17th, 2016

Via: The Intercept: Documents obtained by The Intercept from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden do not explicitly name 33 Thomas Street as a surveillance facility. However — taken together with architectural plans, public records, and interviews with former AT&T employees conducted for this article — they provide compelling evidence that 33 Thomas Street has served […]

AT&T And NASA To Build National Drone Tracking System

November 16th, 2016

Via: Vocativ: The largest telecommunications company in the world wants to serve as a watchdog for all drones in the United States — and in the process, play a major role in supervising the national airspace. On Nov. 10, AT&T announced that it was collaborating with NASA to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management […]

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