Image of David Icke | Welcome To The Minority Report: Thousands Of Stores Plan Facial Recognition Use For Anti-Theft
David Icke | Welcome To The Minority Report: Thousands Of Stores Plan Facial Recognition Use For Anti-Theft
'Hundreds of retail stores and soon thousands are investigating using biometric facial recognition software FaceFirst to build a database of shoplifters to aid in the fight against theft, Peter Trepp CEO of FaceFirst told BuzzFeed News.The software is called FaceFirst and is designed to scan faces as far as 50 to 100 feet away. As customers walk through a store entrance, the video camera captures ... [Read More]
Tencent employs facial recognition to detect minors in top-grossing mobile game ‘Honour of Kings’ | South China Morning Post
Tencent’s stricter controls over underage gamers come amid Beijing’s call to protect children’s health, with the government blaming the country’s widespread myopia on the playing of video games.Tencent Holdings, the world’s top-grossing games publisher, will use facial recognition technology to detect minors amid tighter scrutiny by the Chinese government over concerns excessive video gaming is hu... [Read More]
Image of Facebook 'Portal' gadget will put microphones and cameras in homes | Metro News
Facebook 'Portal' gadget will put microphones and cameras in homes | Metro News
In George Orwell’s 1984, the oppressive rulers of Oceania use devices called telescreens to closely monitor and repress citizens.Now Facebook looks set to follow in the Party’s footsteps by putting its own firm’s microphones and cameras into people’s homes.The social network is planning to release its first ever piece of consumer hardware which will be called Portal and cost a whopping $499 (£368)... [Read More]
Image of Showtime websites secretly mined user CPU for cryptocurrency - The Verge: Sep 2017
Showtime websites secretly mined user CPU for cryptocurrency - The Verge: Sep 2017
This past weekend, Showtime websites were found to be running a script that allows the sites to mine visitors’ extra CPU power for cryptocurrency, as pointed out by users on Twitter. The afflicted sites included showtime.com and showtimeanytime.com, but the script has since been removed following reports from Gizmodo and other sites.The crypto mining Javascript is called Coinhive, and according to... [Read More]
Image of Paul Manafort: Justice Department Should 'Immediately' Investigate Wiretapping by Obama Administration
Paul Manafort: Justice Department Should 'Immediately' Investigate Wiretapping by Obama Administration
Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for President Trump, on Tuesday called for the Justice Department to immediately conduct an investigation into wiretapping by the Obama administration of the Trump campaign.“The U.S. Department of Justice’s Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administration’s effort t... [Read More]
Image of Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are 'surveillance states' and risk more regulation
Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are 'surveillance states' and risk more regulation
Even though he was once an executive at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, favors investing in Amazon instead, he told CNBC's "Fast Money: Halftime Report" on Thursday.President Donald Trump has been a critic of Amazon, tweeting his disdain for coverage from The Washington Post, which is a personal holding of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. But Palihapitiya said he t... [Read More]
Image of “Show Me Your Papers” Becomes “Open Your Eyes” as Border Sheriffs Expand Iris Surveillance
“Show Me Your Papers” Becomes “Open Your Eyes” as Border Sheriffs Expand Iris Surveillance
Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has found little funding for his “big, beautiful wall.” In the meantime, however, another acquisition promised to deter unauthorized immigrants is coming to the border: iris recognition devices. Thirty-one sheriffs, representing every county along the U.S.-Mexico border, voted unanimously on April 3 to adopt tools that will capture, catalogue, and com... [Read More]
Image of The history of warrantless surveillance and how to reform it.
The history of warrantless surveillance and how to reform it.
On June 2, 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the USA FREEDOM Act to reform certain U.S. surveillance authorities. At the time we praised the bill as an important step toward badly needed, comprehensive reform of U.S. surveillance law — the first in decades. We also indicated that the reform process was only just beginning.Today we are renewing our call to reform the law to ensure that human rights fo... [Read More]
Image of Dutch Senate votes in favor of dragnet surveillance powers – Bits of Freedom
Dutch Senate votes in favor of dragnet surveillance powers – Bits of Freedom
Disastrous resultWe’re beyond disappointed that a bill has been passed that faced such overwhelming opposition from experts, civil society and citizens alike. Traditionally, Senate concerns itself with the quality of legislation, compliance with the constitution and international agreements, and the question whether citizens' rights are upheld. The dragnet surveillance bill fails on all counts.Wha... [Read More]
Image of How to turn off Snapchat's Snap Map: Disable Snapchat's Snap Map - Tech Advisor
How to turn off Snapchat's Snap Map: Disable Snapchat's Snap Map - Tech Advisor
Snap Map is for some a great new feature in Snapchat, and others a potential security nightmare. Here's how to turn off Snap Map.Snapchat has added a Snap Map to its feature set that lets you track other Snapchat users on a map. For some it's a great new feature; for others - especially those parents concerned about their young children using the platform - it's borderline creepy.Click here to fin... [Read More]
Image of With a single wiretap order, US authorities listened in on 3.3 million phone calls | ZDNet
With a single wiretap order, US authorities listened in on 3.3 million phone calls | ZDNet
NEW YORK, NY -- US authorities intercepted and recorded millions of phone calls last year under a single wiretap order, authorized as part of a narcotics investigation.The wiretap order authorized an unknown government agency to carry out real-time intercepts of 3.29 million cell phone conversations over a two-month period at some point during 2016, after the order was applied for in late 2015.The... [Read More]
Image of Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack | The Independent
Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack | The Independent
New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said.The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online” and that technology firms were not currently doing enough.The Prime Minister made the comments outside Downing Street on Sunday morning... [Read More]
Image of Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years
Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years
The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S.... [Read More]
Image of Exclusive: Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities| Reuters
Exclusive: Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities| Reuters
The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said.Uber has acknowledged the software, known as "Greyball," helped it identify and circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its servi... [Read More]
Image of Hey Mr. President, tear down the veil of secrecy surrounding unmasked NSA intercepts
Hey Mr. President, tear down the veil of secrecy surrounding unmasked NSA intercepts
Circa has formally requested that the Trump administration declassify records showing how often government officials have searched National Security Agency intercepts for intelligence on U.S. presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, federal judges and doctors and how often such Americans had their identities unmasked by the intelligence community after Barack Oba... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-NSA recorded 151mn phone calls last year
PressTV-NSA recorded 151mn phone calls last year
The US National Security Administration (NSA) recorded 151 million phone calls made by American citizens last year while tracking several terror suspects, a sobering report by the country’s top intelligence officer has revealed.The office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats broke the news in compliance with the USA Freedom Act, which also limited the agency’s powers to collect phone rec... [Read More]
Image of Workplace Surveillance Is The New Office ‘Perk’
Workplace Surveillance Is The New Office ‘Perk’
Americans are offering up more and more personal data at work — and it's about to get much harder to opt outThe snack machine wants to scan Alice’s fingerprints.Alice — not her real name — would prefer not to surrender her biometric data just to get a candy bar, but it’s the preferred option in the break room. She could input a personal code, instead, but either way everything she orders from the ... [Read More]
Image of Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Collects From Your PC
Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Collects From Your PC
Since the launch of Windows 10, there has been widespread concern about its data collection practices, mostly because Microsoft has been very secretive about the telemetry data it collects.Now, this is going to be changed, as Microsoft wants to be more transparent on its diagnostics data collection practices.Till now there are three options (Basic, Enhanced, Full) for Windows 10 users to select fr... [Read More]
Image of UPDATE: President Obama’s Own Defense Deputy Admits Obama White House Spied on Candidate/President-Elect Trump
UPDATE: President Obama’s Own Defense Deputy Admits Obama White House Spied on Candidate/President-Elect Trump
This is stunningly interesting and hopefully will be picked up by MSM and congressional investigators.Sometimes when a person is deep inside an echo-chamber of like-minded ideologues, they  might not realize what they’re saying is rather revealing to those on the outside. That’s the set up for former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas (Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense) appearing on ... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-US lawmakers repeal internet privacy rules
PressTV-US lawmakers repeal internet privacy rules
US lawmakers have voted to roll back rules that could prevent internet service provider (ISP) companies from selling users' data to third parties without their consent.The lawmakers at the US House of Representatives voted 215-205 on Tuesday to overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FFC) rule and sent the legislation to President Donald Trump for signing, following a heated debate over di... [Read More]
Image of Facial Recognition In The Toilet: Asia’s Restrooms Are Going High Tech
Facial Recognition In The Toilet: Asia’s Restrooms Are Going High Tech
It seems everything is receiving a technology upgrade nowadays, and public restrooms might be the next target. Whether it’s to fight toilet paper thieves or show which stalls are occupied, the next time you go pee there may be technology watching over you.Authorities in China are adding facial recognition toilet paper dispensers in some public restrooms to stop visitors from stealing entire rolls ... [Read More]
Image of US Senate Just Voted to Let ISPs Sell Your Web Browsing Data Without Permission
US Senate Just Voted to Let ISPs Sell Your Web Browsing Data Without Permission
The ISPs can now sell certain sensitive data like your browsing history without permission, thanks to the US Senate.The US Senate on Wednesday voted, with 50 Republicans for it and 48 Democrats against, to roll back a set of broadband privacy regulations passed by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) last year when it was under Democratic leadership.In October, the Federal Communications Com... [Read More]