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  • Report finds cities in China most monitored in the world: London and Atlanta in the top 10

    08/19/2019 9:29:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 08/19/2019 | Phoebe Zhang
    Chinese cities are the most monitored in the world and – if surveillance cameras are installed at planned rates – can be expected to have one public camera for every two people by 2020, according to a British pro-consumer website. In a ranking based on the number of CCTV cameras per 1,000 people, China has eight of the top 10 most surveilled cities in the world. The only two non-Chinese cities in the top 10 were London in sixth place and Atlanta in the US at No 10. The report by the website Comparitech, which provides information for research and...
  • Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant

    08/06/2019 4:22:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    vice.com ^ | August 5, 2019 | Caroline Haskins
    Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, is teaching police how to convince residents to share camera footage with them. When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to...
  • Apple Contractors Reportedly Overhear Sensitive Information and Sexy Times Thanks to Siri

    07/27/2019 5:33:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 07/27/2019 | Alyse Stanley
    First Amazon, then Google, and now Apple have all confirmed that their devices are not only listening to you, but complete strangers may be reviewing the recordings. Thanks to Siri, Apple contractors routinely catch intimate snippets of users’ private lives like drug deals, doctor’s visits, and sexual escapades as part of their quality control duties, the Guardian reported Friday. As part of its effort to improve the voice assistant, “[a] small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation,” Apple told the Guardian. That involves sending these recordings sans Apple IDs to its international team of contractors...
  • The New Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You

    07/21/2019 8:56:34 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 66 replies
    WSJ ^ | 19 July 2019 | Sarah Krouse
    It’s not just email. Employers are mining the data their workers generate to figure out what they’re up to, and with whom. There’s almost nothing you can do about it. ... Employers are parsing those interactions to learn who is influential, which teams are most productive and who is a flight risk. ... to examine data on the sender, recipient and timing of over 130 million emails—not the content of the messages—from more than 20,000 U.S. employees to see what dots it could connect about relationships. It’s not just emails that are being tallied and analyzed. Companies are increasingly sifting...
  • McCain 2.0 Strikes Again: Dan Crenshaw Supports Gun Confiscation

    08/05/2019 5:04:23 PM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 53 replies
    BLP ^ | Aug 5, 2019 | Jose Nino
    After the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Crenshaw expressed his horror at these atrocities. But he took it a step further. In a tweet he stated that “The solutions aren’t obvious, even if we pretend they are. But we must try. Let’s start with the TAPS Act. Maybe also implement state “red flag” laws, or gun violence restraining orders. Stop them before they can hurt someone. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/838/text” The solutions aren’t obvious, even if we pretend they are. But we must try. Let’s start with the TAPS Act. Maybe also implement state “red flag” laws, or gun violence restraining orders. Stop...
  • Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

    08/02/2019 1:51:09 PM PDT · by familyop · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 2, 2019 | Mark Harris
    ...South Dakota...Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois...the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”,...The balloons are carrying hi-tech radars designed to simultaneously track many individual vehicles day or night, through any kind of weather...Sometimes it’s referred to as ‘combat TiVo’ because when an event happens somewhere in the surveilled area, you can potentially rewind the tape to see exactly what occurred, and rewind even further to see who was involved and where they came from.”
  • Deal with Amazon requires local police to encourage people to buy Ring products

    07/27/2019 3:46:19 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 7/26/2019 | Ayyison Matyrus
    Amazon has struck up deals with local police departments to encourage people to buy its Ring security products in exchange for free Ring video doorbells and access to a special police-focused Ring portal. According to Motherboard, which saw a copy of the agreement between Amazon-owned Ring and the Lakehead, Florida police department, Ring requires police to advertise its products within their communities. In addition to free Ring tech, police departments get access to a portal that allows them to request Ring-recorded footage directly from community members. Motherboard obtained details of a memorandum of understanding and emails between Ring and the...
  • Chain Lightning by Steely Dan

    07/20/2019 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 28, 2008 | thesquonkstear
    "Chain Lightning" by Steely Dan off "Katy Lied" featuring Wilhelm Reich's "The Mass Psychology of Fascism" in poster form as preformed by The extraordinary New York Surveillance Camera Players a combination theater and protest performance group that performs to the surveillance cameras. Photos of include Stalin*, Nixon, Bush and Clintons. According to a group member, a liberal estimate of the number of surveillance cameras in operation in Manhattan is now more than 10,000. This pales in comparison to London, the city with the highest concentration of surveillance cameras, where it is estimated there are 10,000 cameras in operation in London's...
  • A new Senate bill would fundamentally change the internet as we know it

    06/29/2019 7:31:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 20, 2019 | Allison Matyus
    A new bill in the U.S. Senate could cause the internet as we know it to cease to exist by holding major tech companies like Facebook or YouTube liable for anything posted on their platforms. On Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced controversial legislation that would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Known as the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, it has caused bipartisan backlash on how it would affect tech companies, content creators, and everyday users. Tech companies like Twitter or YouTube currently have protection under Section 230 against being held liable for what users...
  • Amazon Explores Having Its Drones Provide 'Home Surveillance' For Customers

    06/22/2019 3:00:24 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 40 replies
    NPR ^ | June 22, 2019 | Bobby Allyn
    Going on vacation and want some extra security around your home? Someday you may be able to call Amazon's surveillance drones. The Seattle tech giant is moving closer to making that scenario a real possibility after winning approval from federal officials this month for a patent for "home surveillance" drones. Company officials stress that the plan is still in its infancy, but the patent papers describe a future in which Amazon customers order drones to hover around a home and scan for things such as a garage door left open, a broken window, graffiti or a fire. As Amazon envisions,...
  • World View reaches new milestone in Stratollite development

    06/06/2019 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    spacenews.com ^ | June 6, 2019 | by Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — World View announced June 5 it performed the longest flight to date of its stratospheric balloon, demonstrating its ability to carry out missions traditionally reserved for satellites. The company said its Stratollite balloon system recently completed a 16-day test flight, taking off May 18 from the company’s headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and landing June 3 in Nevada. Prior to this flight, the longest flight by a Stratollite was five days. In addition to proving its ability for extended flights, the Stratollite also demonstrated its ability to maintain position. That included “multiple” tests where the balloon stayed within an...
  • AG Barr Battles Intel Community And FBI. Illegal Surveillance Had Been Going On For Years.

    05/28/2019 6:22:57 PM PDT · by bitt · 48 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 5/28/2019 | Sara A. Carter
    President Donald Trump’s orders to declassify secret documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation into his campaign in 2016, came after weeks of battles between Attorney General William Barr and senior officials within the bureau, CIA and other agencies, sources with knowledge told SaraACarter.com. Despite the president’s order giving Barr authority over the declassification of the documents related to the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, it won’t be met without a fight. And there’s a reason why. This isn’t just about Trump. It’s about nearly a decade of abuse inside the intelligence community and bureau regarding foreign-intelligence-collection authority....
  • Evidence of Obama Administration Political Surveillance Beginning Mid-2012….

    05/24/2019 6:07:02 PM PDT · by bitt · 94 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 5/24/2019 | SUNDANCE
    Considering the upcoming declassification window…between Trump’s state visit in Japan (5/25 – 5/28) and the state visit with the U.K (6/3 – 6/5). Bucket Five – Intelligence documents that were presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016 that pertain to the FISA application used against U.S. person Carter Page; including all exculpatory intelligence documents that may not have been presented to the FISA Court. Presumably this would include the recently revealed State Dept Kavalac email; and the FBI transcripts from wiretaps of George Papadopoulos (also listed in Carter Page FISA). Now that we have significant research files on the...
  • Ex-FBI lawyer: Carter Page FISA application approved in 'unusual' way by McCabe, Yates, and Baker

    05/23/2019 1:08:12 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 22, 2019 | Jerry Dunleavy
    A former top lawyer for the FBI described to lawmakers the “unusual” way the surveillance request targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page was handled by top leadership at the Justice Department and FBI, according to a transcript released this week. In front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Aug. 31, 2018, former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson said she was normally responsible for signing off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications before they reached the desk of her superiors for approval. Anderson said the “linear path” those applications typically take was upended...
  • Best Sound Bite Ever--From CTH Sundance "Hope Porn". Brilliant.

    05/23/2019 7:55:36 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 4 replies
    CTH ^ | 5/23/19 | Sundance
    "Lastly, CTH doesn’t traffic in ‘hope-porn’..." This is what EXACTLY what CNN/Maddow do. Let's pile on with this term to "Crazy Pelosi". Because this is what 'they' are all doing, absent true substance. Finally, we have a "name". Hope Porn.
  • Breaking. Declassifying Documents.Trump sends out memo

    05/23/2019 5:23:47 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 300 replies
    Just breaking
  • Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

    05/07/2019 6:13:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2019 | Geoffrey A. Fowler
    Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?" Yet that's essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it's hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley's next frontier. Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple's Siri, and until recently Google's Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.
  • Paul Joseph Watson: Forget Facebook, They Want to Revoke Your Access to Banking

    05/06/2019 2:15:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 62 replies
    Summit News ^ | 5/6/19 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Forget Facebook, They Want to Revoke Your Access to BankingSocial media deplatforming is only the beginning; The ultimate social credit score nightmare is coming. The biggest threat that social media censorship poses is not you being unable to access Facebook or Twitter, it’s you not being able to get a mortgage or have a bank account.The end result of Big Tech silencing conservative voices is banks and corporations removing your access to the marketplace and severely restricting your basic right to buy and sell.We have already seen numerous instances of people being deplatformed by BANKS for the political opinions, from...
  • ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR SAYS HE WON’T STOP USING THE WORD ‘SPYING’

    05/01/2019 12:47:19 PM PDT · by onyx · 108 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 1, 2019 | Amber Athey
    Attorney General Bill Barr sparred with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday over the AG’s use of the word “spying” to describe the actions the FBI took against the Trump campaign.Barr alleged during his testimony to the House Appropriations Committee in April that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign as the FBI investigated alleged ties to Russia.Whitehouse grilled Barr about his use of the term “spying” in relation to those efforts, suggesting that the term was not accurate because the activities of the DOJ were “authorized.” “I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,'” Barr said....
  • Chaff and Countermeasures – The DC Outrage Traps…

    04/26/2019 6:55:44 AM PDT · by Bratch · 31 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | April 26, 2019 | sundance
      Yesterday Senators Johnson and Grassley opened the door for the DOJ and FBI to justify the post-election investigation of President Donald Trump, based on a premise of a possible FBI counterintelligence operation ran against the office of the Vice-President, Mike Pence. And lickety-split the outrage voices jumped right to work. Predictable. Discussions, conversations and displays of evidence outlining the efforts of the intelligence community, to defend against the potential of a compromised President, are exactly what the previous administration officials want to see.  This is the conversation President Obama, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes and Denis McDonough would be happy to discuss. Think of the worst...