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In a 'Dangerous and Sinister Step,' London Police Start Using Live Face Recognition Tech

The dystopian nightmare begins. Today, London’s Metropolitan Police Service announced it will begin deploying Live Facial Recognition (LFR) tech across the capital in the hopes of locating and arresting wanted peoples. Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Metropolitan Police Service, Surveillance State, Live Facial Recognition LFR


How to (Hypothetically) Hack Your School's Surveillance System

This week, hacktivist and security engineer Lance R. Vick tweeted an enticing proposition along with a gut-punch headline: “Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands,” read the Washington Post link. The report revealed nearly instantaneous and…Read more...
Tags: School, Science, Washington Post, Tutorials, Surveillance, Hacking, Surveillance State, Lance R Vick


Ring Camera Hacks, Viral Fakes, and Decade Highlights: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

December always goes by too fast in my opinion. One moment, it’s the first and I have all the time in the world to scope out Christmas presents, and the next moment I’m in a mad dash to slap a bow and some wrapping paper on whatever last-minute gift I managed to grab that morning as I rush out the door to…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Star Wars, Science, Privacy, New York City, Surveillance, Nintendo, Pop Culture, Birds Of Prey, Fake, Spiders, Rings, Surveillance State, Privacy And Security, Nintendo Switch, Best Of Gizmodo


Russia Moves to Ban Sales of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and computers that don’t have Russian-made software pre-installed could not be sold in Russia under new legislation that passed Russia’s lower house in parliament this week, according to a BBC report . The law, which would go into effect in July 2020 if it becomes law, may have…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Russia, Bbc, Surveillance State, Comrade Putin This Is Bonkers, Internet Sovereign Law


Axon Brings License Plate Recognition to Cops' Dash Cams

Axon, a manufacturer of Tasers and police body cameras, announced it is developing a police dash camera that can automatically read license plates, as its ethics board simultaneously released a report that warns of the consequences of this technology.Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance, ALPR, AXON, Surveillance State, Axon Brings License Plate Recognition


Chinese Citizens Will Have to Scan Their Faces to Get Internet Access and New Phone Numbers

Starting December 1, Chinese citizens will have to allow telecommunications carriers to scan their faces when signing up for internet access or to get a new phone number. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, China, Surveillance, Internet Access, Facial Recognition, Surveillance State, New Phone Numbers


California Law Officially Bans Facial Recognition in Police Body Cams

California will block police officers from including facial recognition technology in their body cameras, joining two other states that have created similar laws—Oregon and New Hampshire.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Police Body Cameras, Facial Recognition, Surveillance State, California Law Officially Bans Facial Recognition


FBI Illegally Targeted U.S. Citizens With Warrantless NSA Database Searches, Secret Court Finds

A secretive federal court has ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused the privacy rights of U.S. citizens by searching for their information within the National Security Agency’s databases that should legally only be used to gather foreign intelligence information. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nsa, Surveillance, Fbi, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Surveillance State


Creepy Airport Face Scans Like China's Aren't Just Coming to America—They're Already Here

On Sunday, tech analyst Matthew Brennan tweeted an unsettling video of a facial recognition kiosk at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The kiosk seemed to give Brennan minutely personalized flight information as he walked by after automatically scanning his face in just seconds.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, America, Flight, Airplanes, Facial Recognition, Aren, Brennan, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Surveillance State, Matthew Brennan


NYC's New Tourist Trap Claims the Rights to Every Photo You Take Inside of It

New York City’s newest luxury neighborhood, Hudson Yards, officially opened on Friday and visitors are already scrambling to photograph or mock its gilded pinecone landmark structure dubbed the Vessel.Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Copyright, Hudson Yards, Surveillance State, The Vessel


This Airbnb Spying Nightmare Is a Reminder That Staying in Strangers' Homes Is Still Creepy

Jeffrey Bigham and his family were about a day into their holiday stay at an Airbnb when he noticed the white security camera that blended in with the corner where the wall met the ceiling. Then he found another camera.Read more...
Tags: Science, Spying, Airbnb, Security Cameras, Surveillance State, Jeffrey Bigham


Sydney Airport Kicks Off Test to Replace IDs With Facial Recognition

This week, some passengers traveling through the international airport in Sydney, Australia will be the first guinea pigs in a program that intends to replace the passport with facial scans. The check-in process may surely become less of a headache, but at what price?Read more...
Tags: Science, Airports, Australia, Sydney, Facial Recognition, Passports, Sydney Australia, Surveillance State



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