Image of A 'Black Mirror' Episode Is Coming to Life in China: (China's social Credit Score)
A 'Black Mirror' Episode Is Coming to Life in China: (China's social Credit Score)
In another indication that Back Mirror isn't just a sci-fi anthology series and instead a glimpse into our actual future, China is extending its "social credit" system to block accused wrongdoers from traveling on trains and planes.The social credit program has been around since 2014, and has been steadily expanding. According to Wired:    In 2014, the State Council, China’s governi... [Read More]
Image of China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system  --  here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you | Business Insider
China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system -- here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you | Business Insider
The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their “social credit.”The “social credit system,” first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that “keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful,” according to a government document.The program is due to be fully operational by 2... [Read More]
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 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 PressTV-EU court rules UK’s mass snooping illegal
PressTV-EU court rules UK’s mass snooping illegal
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled as illegal the UK government’s plan to conduct an indiscriminate mass gathering of data on British citizens.“EU law precludes national legislation that prescribes general and indiscriminate retention of data,” the court said Wednesday, in response to London’s appeal to a similar ruling by the ECJ's Advocate General in July last year.Last month, the Bri... [Read More]
Image of German gov't approves bill on increased video surveillance in public places — RT News
German gov't approves bill on increased video surveillance in public places — RT News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has passed draft legislation proposed by the Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere that would allow increased video surveillance in various public areas and on transport networks.The amendment to the German private data protection law would make it easier for the operators of various public facilities to set up more sophisticated surveillance systems and in... [Read More]
Image of Fitness tracker Christmas 2016 could bump up insurance premiums and leak personal data on the dark web
Fitness tracker Christmas 2016 could bump up insurance premiums and leak personal data on the dark web
GADGETS to help you lose weight are being used by private companies to track you and could have terrible consequences in the future, experts have warned.They claim companies’ unprecedented access to smartwatches and fitness band data could eventually bump up your insurance premium, affect your job and even lead to your identity being stolen.A report by the Centre for Digital Democracy warned that ... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-UK lawmakers pass draconian snooping bill
PressTV-UK lawmakers pass draconian snooping bill
The British parliament has approved a controversial bill which provides new bulk surveillance powers to police and intelligence services that critics have condemned as the most intrusive of any Western country.The Investigatory Powers Bill is one of the measures the UK parliament passed this week that requires Internet and phone companies to store customers’ communication history for up to a year ... [Read More]
Image of Investigatory Powers Bill: 'Snoopers Charter 2' to pass into law, giving Government sweeping spying powers | The Independent
Investigatory Powers Bill: 'Snoopers Charter 2' to pass into law, giving Government sweeping spying powers | The Independent
The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks.The bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows the Government to force companies to hack into or break things they've sold so they can be spied on – has been fought against by privacy campaigners and technology... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-UK secretly collected Britons’ data for 17 yrs
PressTV-UK secretly collected Britons’ data for 17 yrs
UK spying agencies secretly and unlawfully collected and stored personal data of Britons for 17 years, according to a court ruling.MI5, MI6 and GCHQ collected data on everyone’s communications between 1998 and 2015, according to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the watchdog for intelligence agencies.The agencies tracked individual phone and web use and other confidential information without havi... [Read More]
Image of Swiss voters approve new surveillance law
Swiss voters approve new surveillance law
Voters in Switzerland have supported a new surveillance law which provides the country’s security apparatus with enhanced powers to fight terrorism and cyber crimes.The final results of the referendum, which was conducted on Sunday, showed that 65.5 percent of the participants voted in favor of the proposed law.The voter turnout was only 43 percent of the total number of the registered voters.The ... [Read More]
Image of FBI Director — You Should Cover Your Webcam With Tape
FBI Director — You Should Cover Your Webcam With Tape
Should you put a tape or a sticker over the lens of your laptop's webcam?Yes, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and FBI Director James Comey do that.Covering your laptop's webcam might be a hell cheap and good idea to guard against hackers and intruders who might want to watch your private life and environment through your devices.In fact, Comey recently came out defending his own use of tape to c... [Read More]
Image of UK should continue collecting bulk data: Government review
UK should continue collecting bulk data: Government review
Britain's spy agencies should continue using surveillance powers to collect large amounts of data from emails, the UK government's reviewer of terror legislation says.The report, which was published on Friday by terror laws watchdog David Anderson QC, assesses the operational case for four of the powers in the Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill currently going through Parliament.MI5, MI6 and GCHQ use ... [Read More]
Image of Google reveals plans to put 'eyes in machines' days after HQ was firebombed over surveillance fears
Google reveals plans to put 'eyes in machines' days after HQ was firebombed over surveillance fears
Campaigners slam tech giant's scheme as 'creepy' and urge Brits to cover up cameras on smartphones and computers.by Jasper HamillGoogle is planning to put “eyes in machines” and boost computers’ ability to automatically recognise people, places or objects.The tech giant has just revealed plans to purchase a French firm called Moodstocks which builds software capable of working out what’s happening... [Read More]