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Dallas Police Used Face Recognition Software Without Authorization, Installed on Personal Phones

Dallas police officers used unauthorized facial recognition software to conduct between 500 and 1,000 searches in attempts to identify people based on photographs. A Dallas Police spokesperson says the searches were never authorized by the department, and that in some cases, officers had installed facial recognition…Read more...
Tags: Face, Learning, Dallas Police Department, Clearview, Face Id, Surveillance, Mass Surveillance, Melinda Gutierrez, Technology Internet, Articles, Facial Recognition Software, Hoan Ton That, Clearview Ai, Hyper Surveillance, Eric Johnson, Buzzfeed


Report: Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Has Been Used by Over 1,800 Public Agencies

A new series of reports from BuzzFeed News shows the wide net cast by shadowy surveillance firm Clearview AI. Individuals at 1,803 public agencies—many of which are police departments—have used its facial recognition software at some point over recent years, according to data reviewed by the news outlet. Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Buzzfeed, Immigration, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, National Security, Mass Surveillance, BuzzFeed News, Customs Enforcement, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Crime Prevention, Clearview AI, Facial recognition system


Right-Wing 'Troll' Chuck Johnson Claims He Cofounded Facial Recognition Giant Clearview AI

Chuck Johnson, the conservative activist, writer, and founder of several failed web platforms, is known to swim in a cesspool of right-wing drama. The 32-year-old allegedly played a role in former President Trump’s transition team, has connections to Breitbart and Matt Gaetz, and has long enjoyed the role of far-right…Read more...
Tags: Science, Finance, Articles, Peter Thiel, Chuck Johnson, Mass Surveillance, Trump, Breitbart, Richard Spencer, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Matt Gaetz, Business Finance, Businesspeople, Richard Schwartz, Clearview AI


Researchers Are Working on a Virtual Phone Virus That 'Mimics' the Spread of Covid-19

In an effort to assist the evolving science of contact tracing, researchers have created a virtual phone virus that is meant to “mimic” the spread of Covid-19. By “infecting” phones within a controlled environment, the researchers hope to gain a better understanding of the trajectory of viruses as they proliferate…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, Articles, Virus, Public Health, Pandemics, Mass Surveillance, Epidemiology, Contact Tracing, Coronavirus Disease, Zoonoses, Technology Internet, Covid 19 Apps


Clearview AI Thinks The Solution to Dating Is Facial Recognition

Clearview AI, now the byword for unchecked surveillance, has filed a wide-ranging patent application that envisions handing over the most reviled uses of facial recognition technology to just about anyone. The application proposes allowing users to submit a photo and instantly retrieve information including, but…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Learning, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition, Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Crime Prevention, Clearview AI, Hoan Ton That, Facial recognition system


Minneapolis Bans City Cops From Using Face Recognition Tech

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved a new ordinance that prevents the city from buying or using face recognition technology without specific permission. Local police immediately began whining about it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition Software, Minneapolis City Council, Minneapolis Police Department, Video Surveillance, Medaria Arradondo, Clearview AI, Facial recognition system, Automatic Identification And Data Capture


Facebook’s EU-US data transfers face their final countdown

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has agreed to swiftly finalize a long-standing complaint against Facebook’s international data transfers which could force the tech giant to suspend data flows from the European Union to the US within in a matter of months. The complaint, which was filed in 2013 by privacy campaigner Max Schrems, relates to the clash between EU privacy rights and US government intelligent agencies’ access to Facebook users’ data under surveillance programs that were rev...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Nsa, Court, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Nick Clegg, Edward Snowden, Schrems, Mass Surveillance, Zuckerberg, Max Schrems


California’s CA Notify app to offer statewide exposure notification using Apple and Google’s framework

The state of California has now expanded access of its CA Notify app to all in the state, after originally deploying the app in a pilot program at UC Berkeley in November, which later expanded to other UC campuses. The statewide launch of the app, announced by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday, means that the tool based on Apple and Google’s exposure notification API will be available for download and opt-in use to anyone with a compatible iPhone or Android device as of this Thursday...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Health, Google, Android, TC, Apps, Bluetooth, California, Tech, Software, Messages, Api, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Operating Systems


Jackson, Mississippi, Embraces the Surveillance State

Police in Jackson, Mississippi are reportedly asking resident owners of internet-connected security cameras, like Amazon’s Ring devices, to give them unfettered access to their live video feeds for use in a “Real Time Crime Center.” A Ring spokesperson made it extremely clear that Ring was not consulted, nor does it…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Mass Surveillance, Ring, Jackson Mississippi


Edward Snowden Leaks Intent to Become Russian

Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower who leaked a trove of classified National Security Agency secrets to journalists, never quite made it to Ecuador. His attempt to avoid extradition and prosecution by U.S. authorities hit a snag in Russia back in 2013 where he claimed political asylum…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nsa, Russia, Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Edward Snowden, Espionage, Cia, Ecuador, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Mass Surveillance, Edward Snowden Leaks Intent


Europe’s top court limits bulk surveillance by member states

The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to bulk surveillance regimes in member nations, especially the UK, France, and Belgium. In a ruling on Tuesday, the European Court of Justice held that mass surveillance exercises to safeguard national security don’t exempt member states from complying with EU law. The court pronounced two separate but similar and closely linked judgments in three separate cases: one for a UK case and a joint one for a French and Belgian case. The UK case was brought b...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, News, France, Eu, European Union, Belgium, Privacy International, European Court Of Justice, Tribunal, Mass Surveillance, Caroline Wilson, UK France, Investigatory Powers Tribunal, FDN


How the NSA is disrupting foreign hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine research

The headlines aren’t always kind to the National Security Agency, a spy agency that operates almost entirely in the shadows. But a year ago, the NSA launched its new Cybersecurity Directorate, which in the past year has emerged as one of the more visible divisions of the spy agency. At its core, the directorate focuses on defending and securing critical national security systems that the government uses for its sensitive and classified communications. But the directorate has become best known...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, Microsoft, Privacy, Government, Nsa, China, US, Tech, Cyberattack, National Security Agency, Team America, Cyberwarfare, Microsoft Windows, U.s. Government


NSA call records collection ruled illegal by US appeals court

A program run by the National Security Agency that collected details on billions of Americans’ phone calls was ruled illegal by a U.S. appeals court on Thursday. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the NSA’s “bulk collection” of call records violated the law, but the judges fell short of ruling the program unconstitutional. The NSA used new powers in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks — known as Section 215 for its place in the law books — to scoop up billions of phone reco...
Tags: Security, Government, Nsa, US, Tech, United States, Aclu, Edward Snowden, National Security, National Security Agency, Mass Surveillance, Cato Institute, Ninth Circuit, Toomey, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Julian Sanchez


Apple launches COVID-19 ‘Exposure Notification Express’ with iOS 13.7 – Android to follow later this month

Apple and Google are continuing to make good on their planned roll-out of exposure notification technology for helping with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. The two partners are introducing new tools that make it much easier for public health authorities to implement digital exposure notification, without the need for developing and maintaining their own individual apps. Apple makes this possible via the iOS 13.7 system update, out today, while Google is implementing it with an automatica...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Android, TC, Privacy, Virginia, Tech, Smartphones, Software, United States, Oxford, Computing, Operating Systems, Mass Surveillance, Apple Google


Palantir Will Go Public Via Direct Listing, Lost $589 Million Last Year

Data analytics company Palantir—the firm co-founded by venture capitalist Peter Thiel most notorious for its work with the Pentagon, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, and the nation’s police forces—has filed its prospectus to go public, though it’s opting for a direct listing instead of an initial public offering.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Big Data, Surveillance, Peter Thiel, Palantir, Mass Surveillance, Stonks, Pentagon CIA Department of Homeland Security


Leaked S-1 says Palantir would fight an order demanding its encryption keys

Palantir, the secretive data analytics startup founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, would challenge a government order seeking the company’s encryption keys, according to a leaked document. TechCrunch has obtained a leaked copy of Palantir’s S-1, filed with U.S. regulators to take the company public. We’ve covered some ground already, including looking at Palantir’s financials, its customers, and some of the company’s self-identified risk factors. But despite close relationships with ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Verizon, Privacy, Finance, Government, Nsa, Tech, Spokesperson, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi, Law Enforcement, United States, Edward Snowden


Trump Hints He's Open to Pardoning Edward Snowden

Donald Trump—who once demanded that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden be executed for leaking classified intel on dystopian surveillance of U.S. citizens—has mused that Snowden has “not been treated fairly,” spurring a call from GOP Rep. Thomas Massie to finally pardon him.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Snowden, Nsa, Intelligence, Surveillance, Gop, Edward Snowden, Courts, Espionage, Donald Trump, National Security Agency, Pardons, Crimes, Mass Surveillance


Google launches the final beta of Android 11

With the launch of Android 11 getting closer, Google today launched the third and final beta of its mobile operating system ahead of its general availability. Google had previously delayed the beta program by about a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Image Credits: Google Since Android 11 had already reached platform stability with Beta 2, most of the changes here are fixes and optimizations. As a Google spokesperson noted, “this beta is focused on helping developers put the fi...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Bluetooth, Privacy, Tech, Spokesperson, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Api, Operating System, Operating Systems, Sdk, Pixel, Mass Surveillance


First US apps based on Google and Apple Exposure Notification System expected in ‘coming weeks’

Google Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke provided an update about the Exposure Notifications System (ENS) that Google developed in partnership with Apple as a way to help public health authorities supplement contact-tracing efforts with a connected solution that preserves privacy while alerting people of potential exposure to confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the update, Burke notes that the company expects “to see the first set of these apps roll out in the coming weeks” in the U.S., wh...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Android, TC, Apps, Bluetooth, Privacy, US, Tech, Smartphones, Canada, United States, Computing, Api, Operating Systems


What you need to know about police drone surveillance at protests against police brutality

Technology writer Faine Greenwood has a great piece in Slate about the expansion of police drone surveillance fleets. While there are still many, many reasons to worry about abuses of drone technology and mass surveillance in general, Greenwood takes a look at the legal, technical, and practical limitations of these policing methods. Greenwood essentially argues that, as much as American police officers love to think of themselves as special military tactical forces (often treating normal-ass ci...
Tags: Post, News, Police, Surveillance, Drone, Drones, Police Brutality, Drone Video, Policing, Mass Surveillance, Greenwood, Surveillance State, Domestic Surveillance, State Surveillance, Police State Microabuses, Drone Be Evil


Twitter Says Its Partner Dataminr Wasn't Surveilling Protests for Local Cops, Just 'News Alerting'

AI intelligence analysis startup Dataminr monitored nationwide protests against the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd using rarely granted, privileged access to Twitter’s “firehose,” the Intercept reported on Thursday. While this seems like a clear violation of Twitter policies against using its tools for…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Privacy, Minneapolis, Police, Social Media, Intelligence, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Protests, Mass Surveillance, Dataminr, George Floyd


Three GOP Senators Introduce Bill Experts Say Would Basically Ban End-to-End Encryption

A trio of Republican senators have introduced a bill that would force tech firms to engineer backdoors into their encryption techniques whenever a judge asks them to—essentially banning encryption that prevents hackers from stealing stored data and end-to-end encryption that prevents anyone but senders and recipients…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Encryption, Gop, Mass Surveillance, End To End Encryption, Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn, Laed Act


Customs and Border Protection Flew a Predator Surveillance Drone Over Minneapolis Protests Today

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has flown a Predator drone above ongoing protests against police brutality in Minneapolis, .Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Privacy, Minneapolis, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Drones, Protests, CBP, Customs, Mass Surveillance, Customs And Border Protection, Border Protection CBP


Senate narrowly rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ browsing data

Senators have narrowly rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have required the government first obtain a warrant before accessing Americans’ web browsing data. The amendment brought by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) — just seven lines in length — would have forced the government to first establish probable cause — or reasonable suspicion of a crime — to obtain the warrant. That’s a far higher bar than what’s required under existing law, which under the Patriot Act permits...
Tags: Security, Nsa, Senate, Tech, United States, House, Edward Snowden, President, Web Browsing, Wyden, Patriot Act, Bernie Sanders, U.s. Government, Mass Surveillance, Ron Wyden, Steve Daines


Senate rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ web browsing data by one vote

Senators have narrowly rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have required the government first obtain a warrant before accessing Americans’ web browsing data. The amendment brought by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) — just seven lines in length — would have forced the government to first establish probable cause — or reasonable suspicion of a crime — to obtain the warrant. That’s a far higher bar than what’s required under existing law, which under the Patriot Act permits...
Tags: Security, Nsa, Senate, Tech, United States, House, Edward Snowden, President, Web Browsing, Wyden, Patriot Act, Bernie Sanders, U.s. Government, Mass Surveillance, Ron Wyden, Steve Daines


CEO of Surveillance Firm Banjo Resigns After Past Involvement With KKK Comes to Light

The CEO of surveillance firm Banjo, one of the many firms pitching law enforcement agencies across the country on artificial intelligence and big data-backed predictive policing, is leaving the company after an April report outed him as a former neo-Nazi skinhead who was involved in a 1990 Ku Klux Klan drive-by…Read more...
Tags: Utah, Science, Technology, Privacy, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Racism, Kkk, Mass Surveillance, Ku Klux Klan, White Supremacy, Banjo, Algorithmic Bias, Damien Patton


Divesting from one facial recognition startup, Microsoft ends outside investments in the tech

Microsoft is pulling out of an investment in an Israeli facial recognition technology developer as part of a broader policy shift to halt any minority investments in facial recognition startups, the company announced late last week. The decision to withdraw its investment from AnyVision, an Israeli company developing facial recognition software, came as a result of an investigation into reports that AnyVision’s technology was being used by the Israeli government to surveil residents in the...
Tags: Security, TC, Learning, Microsoft, Eric Holder, Israel, Tech, Skills, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, President, West Bank, National Security, Prevention, Smith


Clearview AI Lured Rich Investors by Letting Them Rummage Around in Its Creepy Face Recognition App

Creepy facial recognition firm Clearview AI—which claims to have built an extensive database from billions of photos scraped from the public web—allowed the rich and powerful to use its app as a personal plaything and spy tool, according to reporting from the New York Times on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, New York Times, Facial Recognition, Mass Surveillance, Face Recognition, ClearView, Clearview AI


Report: The NSA's Expensive and Controversial Phone Program Only Netted One Significant Investigation

Around this time last year, the National Security Agency stealthily shut down its disputed mass surveillance program that tracked Americans’ domestic calls and texts. Well, now it would appear that between 2015 to 2019, that program cost $100 million but only resulted in one significant investigation and two unique…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nsa, National Security Agency, Mass Surveillance, Metadata, Cool Return On Investment Bruh


Canadian Privacy Commissioners to Investigate Creepy Facial Recognition Firm Clearview AI

Canadian authorities are investigating shady face recognition company Clearview AI on the grounds that its scraping of billions of photos from the web might violate privacy laws, Reuters reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Surveillance, Canada, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Mass Surveillance, Reuters, Face Recognition, Clearview AI