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  • Arizona sues Google over tracking user location data without consent

    05/28/2020 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2020 | Alex Swoyer
    Arizona sued Google this week, alleging the big tech company engaged in deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain users’ location data for advertising purposes in order to gain a profit. The 50-page complaint alleges Google tracks the location of its users even if the consumer had disabled the tracker. After a roughly two-year probe, Arizona says Google also makes it confusing and increasingly difficult for a consumer to opt-out of the tracking and information collection. “While Google users are led to believe they can opt-out of location tracking, the company exploits other avenues to invade personal privacy,” Arizona Attorney...
  • Tens of thousands of Americans apply for contact tracing jobs: 5 things to know

    05/19/2020 10:29:42 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 27 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | May 19, 2020 | Kelly Gooch
    As the U.S. aims to reduce the spread of COVID-19, tens of thousands of Americans have applied for contact tracer roles to help track cases and exposure, according to The New York Times. Five things to know about these workers: 1. At least 11,142 contact tracers are working now in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in late April by NPR. The number may be higher since figures for all states in the late April survey have not been updated. 2. Estimates of how many contact tracers are needed nationwide range from 100,000 to 300,000, according to NPR and...
  • How to Disable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications in iOS 13.5

    05/21/2020 3:11:30 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 60 replies
    MacRumors ^ | 4/29/2020 | Juli Clover
    Apple in iOS 13.5 is introducing an exposure notification API designed to allow apps created by public health authorities worldwide to notify people who come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 about their exposure to the virus. Apple's Exposure Notification feature is privacy focused and shares no personally identifiable information or location data with the public health authorities creating the apps, but some users may want to opt out of the feature, which is enabled by default when upgrading to iOS 13.5. Apple in the iOS 13.5 update added a toggle to disable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications for those who...
  • Gretchen Whitmer: State Police ‘Monitoring All of the Conversations’ of Capitol Protesters

    05/14/2020 10:49:36 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 13,2020 | KYLE OLSON
    Michigan state police are “monitoring all of the conversations” of protesters planning to descend on the capitol Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters. “I don’t know the group, I’ve not vetted the data, I can’t vouch for it,” she admitted. Whitmer was then asked if she “wants to see” the Michigan State Police ticket protesters who are violating social distancing orders. “I think the Michigan State Police is monitoring all of the conversations around this event tomorrow – that they are prepared and are working with the attorney general,” she said. She said they are prepared to ticket protesters “if...
  • Illinois hospital responds after video seen of nurse at crowded Wisconsin bar

    05/16/2020 5:38:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 77 replies
    WGN ^ | 14 May 2020 | Dana Rebik
    A hospital based in Illinois has responded after a video was seen of one of their nurses at a crowded Wisconsin bar after the state lifted their stay-at-home orders. Crowds of people, most without masks, packed bars in Wisconsin hours after the state’s supreme court knocked down their stay-at-home order. Among the revelers was a nurse with ties to a local health organization. I’d like to express my regret for not wearing a mask or practicing social dista...
  • Coronavirus-Tracking Rules Put Apps in Privacy Bind

    05/16/2020 10:58:05 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 6 replies
    Govt Tech ^ | May 14, 2020 | GERRIT DE VYNCK, NATALIA DROZDIAK AND HELENE FOUQUET,
    (TNS) — From France to Australia to North Dakota, government apps designed to help authorities track and slow the spread of COVID-19 are struggling to accomplish their goals because of restrictions on data collection built into smartphones by Apple Inc. and Google. That’s leaving public health officials with few options but to use a system designed by Apple and Google themselves. The tech companies say their tools preserve privacy and work seamlessly on devices used by some 3 billion people. Here’s the rub: Those same privacy features lock authorities out of collecting information they can use to track the broader...
  • Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index Week 9: Americans hate contact tracing (though Democrats love it)

    05/15/2020 6:31:16 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 31 replies
    Axios ^ | May 12, 2020 | Margaret Talev
    In a best-case scenario, just half of Americans would participate in a voluntary coronavirus "contact tracing" program tracked with cell phones, according to the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. ... The findings underscore deep resistance to turning over sensitive health information, and mistrust about how it could be used. The only way to get even half of Americans to participate would be for public health officials to run the program, not the White House or tech or phone companies. What they're saying: "The whole concept of American democracy is about local control and civil liberties, individual liberties," said...
  • Washington state directs restaurants to log all eat-in customers in order to reopen

    05/14/2020 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Zenyatta · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/13/2020 | Cammeron Parrish
    Restaurants in Washington state will be required to keep a log of each dine-in customer to facilitate contact tracing during phase two of the state's coronavirus reopening plans. As part of the requirements, the log must be maintained for 30 days and must include each customer's telephone number and email address, and what time they came in to eat, according to officials.
  • Senate rejects tougher standards for collection of search and browsing data

    05/13/2020 11:45:02 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 24 replies
    CNet ^ | May 13, 2020 10:02 a.m. PT | Laura Hautala
    The US Senate voted down an amendment to the USA Patriot Act on Wednesday that would create a tougher standard for government investigators to collect the web search and browsing histories of people in the states. The bipartisan amendment, proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat and Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a Republican, would've required the Department of Justice to show probable cause when requesting approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to collect the data for counterterrorism or counterintelligence investigations. Before the vote, Daines told the Senate the bill was necessary to keep the government from...
  • Twitter Will Now Warn You If You Are About to Post Wrongthink

    05/08/2020 1:51:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/6/2020 | ALLUM BOKHARI
    Are you about to post a tweet containing “harmful” language? Don’t worry — Twitter is experimenting with a feature that will warn you ahead of time, so you don’t accidentally infect any users with your wrongthink. “When things get heated, you may say things you don’t mean,” wrote Twitter’s official support account in a tweet yesterday. To let you rethink a reply, we’re running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it’s published if it uses language that could be harmful.” It’s a bit like “precrime” in the 2002...
  • Shanghai Disneyland Sells Out Of Tickets For Post-Shutdown Reopening

    05/08/2020 2:56:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/8/2020 | Bill Chappel
    It took only minutes for Shanghai Disneyland to run out of tickets to Monday's reopening as people jumped at a chance to visit the amusement park for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak forced it to close in late January. Visitors to the theme park will be required to wear face masks at all times unless they are eating. Shanghai Disneyland said it's taking "a deliberate approach" as it reopens. It will require physical distancing and sharply reduce capacity; some crowd-oriented features, such as children's play areas and theater shows, will remain shut down. There will be no selfies...
  • Twitter: This new workplace monitoring tool issues an alert when anyone is less than six feet apart.

    05/03/2020 1:08:52 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 50 replies
    twitter.com ^ | May 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
    Remember back when you didn't have software monitoring whether you were six feet from the nearest person? The Deep State allies are installing the hardware/software and FAKE LAWS to prevent us from organizing against oppression. Can't meet and discuss "wrong thoughts" if software makes sure you're 6 feet apart, don't congregate in groups, and remember, counties are using cell phone tracking to see who is driving during quarantine, and where they are going, where they are congretating.It is the left's totalitarian dream come true, and they eagerly say that we'll never go back to normal, and we should settle in...
  • Machine learning could check if you’re social distancing properly at work

    05/03/2020 1:04:52 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    technologyreview.com ^ | April 17, 2020 | Karen Hao
    Andrew Ng’s startup Landing AI has created a new workplace monitoring tool that issues an alert when anyone is less than the desired distance from a colleague. Six feet apart: On Thursday, the startup released a blog post with a new demo video showing off a new social distancing detector. On the left is a feed of people walking around on the street. On the right, a bird’s-eye diagram represents each one as a dot and turns them bright red when they move too close to someone else. The company says the tool is meant to be used in work...
  • Democrats Are Using Your Tax Dollars To Silence You and Defeat President Trump in 2020.

    05/02/2020 2:22:58 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    05/02/20 | vanity
    A little background first:The Deep State's  Department of Defence and CIA  (e.g., Clinton, Obama and more) backed the development of LifeLog, a social media site intended to surveille the public electronically by getting them to volunteer and share socially information that the weaponized intel would harvest.See if you can perceive the similarities between DARPA's LifeLog program and Facebook:LIFELOG captures, stores, and makes accessible the flow of one person's experience in and interactions with the world in order to support a broad spectrum of associates/assistants and other system capabilities. The objective of the LifeLog concept was "to be able to trace...
  • Gov. Abbott wants to recruit an army of coronavirus-trackers. Here's how they can help stop the virus in its track.

    04/29/2020 6:37:56 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 64 replies
    KENS5 ^ | April 28, 2020 | Vanessa Croix
    SAN ANTONIO — Governor Greg Abbott identified contact-tracing as a critical element in his plan to reopen Texas—and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed nearly 700 across the state. When a person tests positive for the virus, tracers contact the patient and create a timeline of where that patient has been and with whom he/she has been in contact. “Time is of the essence. We need to identify these contacts as early as possible,” said Anita Kurian, assistant director of the Communicable Disease Division with San Antonio Metro Health. Kurian said the first objective is to...
  • Atlantic Magazine: Hurrah for Pandemic Censorship!

    04/26/2020 4:03:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 26, 2020 | P.J. Gladnick
    A note to Atlantic magazine: George Orwell's 1984 wasn't meant to be a how-to guide..... A couple of people writing at The Atlantic magazine see a fantastic silver lining in the current coronavirus outbreak. Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods see the pandemic as a great opportunity to bring about more censorship along with surveillance of the public as they exulted on Saturday in "What COVID-19 Revealed About the Internet." Just so you would know where they were coming from, the subtitle was "In the debate over freedom versus control of the global network, China was largely correct, and the...
  • Video: New Workplace Monitoring Tool Issues An Alert When Anyone Is Less Than Six Feet Apart

    04/23/2020 8:53:46 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 20 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 04.23.2020 | Natalie D.
    When historians write the book on the COVID-19 pandemic, what we’ve lived through so far will probably take up only the first third or so. The bulk of the story will be what happens next. The world will change a lot and for some reason, our best guess is that the Bill Of Rights will be erased. Our basic human rights are being destroyed every day and the majority of the American people don’t see this as a threat to our Country and our Constitution. New technologies are being created to prevent people from getting closer during their work hours...
  • Machine learning could check if you’re social distancing properly at work

    04/22/2020 7:23:04 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 4-17-20 | unattributed
    Andrew Ng’s startup Landing AI has created a new workplace monitoring tool that issues an alert when anyone is less than the desired distance from a colleague. Six feet apart: On Thursday, the startup released a blog post with a new demo video showing off a new social distancing detector. On the left is a feed of people walking around on the street. On the right, a bird’s-eye diagram represents each one as a dot and turns them bright red when they move too close to someone else. The company says the tool is meant to be used in work...
  • How Wake County is using location data from phones to evaluate stay-at-home, social distancing mandates

    04/17/2020 3:40:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    See BS 17 ^ | 4/16/20 | Mackenzie Stasko
    RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County is relying on cell phone data to see if people are social distancing and following the stay-at-home order. “We have various metrics that we use including anonymous cell phone data that shows that the overwhelming majority of Wake Couny residents are staying at home,” said Wake County Commissioner Chairman Greg Ford. Wake County’s Emergency Operation Center is keeping track by monitoring public websites from Google and Unacast. They compile anonymous cell phone data and break it down by each individual state to track where people go, for how long, and with how many people....
  • Dr. Fauci Has an Astonishing Suggestion for Identifying Those Who Previously Had the Wuhan Coronavirus

    04/11/2020 6:25:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/11/2020 | Beth Baumann
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the White House Coronavirus Task Force is considering issuing certificates of immunity to Americans who have contracted and recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus. He made it clear that testing for the virus and anti-body testing will be done on parallel tracks. This will allow health care workers to know who is actively fighting the virus versus who was asymptomatic. "One does not essentially rule out the other," Fauci explained. "We still rely heavily and appropriately on the test to show that someone is, in fact,...