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Amazon is using Pinkertons for union-busting surveillance

Lauren Gurley at Vice's Motherboard has broken the story about the obsessive monitoring of labor and environmental activists at Amazon facilities in Europe by Pinkerton merceneries. From the source: A trove of more than two dozen internal Amazon reports reveal in stark detail the company's obsessive monitoring of organized labor and social and environmental movements in Europe, particularly during Amazon's "peak season" between Black Friday and Christmas. — Read the rest
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Post, News, Surveillance, Unionization, Jeff Bezos, Pinkerton, Pinkertons, Surveillance Capitalism, Lauren Gurley, Union-busting, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice


Delhi HC issues notice in plea challenging govt’s mass surveillance systems NATGRID, Netra, CMS

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Home Ministry, Law Ministry, IT Ministry, Communications Ministry, and Defence Ministry in response to a petition challenging various government surveillance systems such as the Central Monitoring System (CMS), Network Traffic Analysis (NETRA), and National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). LiveLaw first reported this. The plea filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and Delhi-based digital rights group Software Freedom Law Ce...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Amit Shah, Cms, Surveillance, Personal Data, Parliament, Delhi, Skype, Karnataka, Delhi High Court, Bhushan, Medianama, Delhi Haryana


"How is Face Recognition Surveillance Technology Racist?... How is face surveillance an anti-Black technology?"

Question answered at the ACLU website.  First, the technology itself can be racially biased.... Buolamwini and Gebru’s 2018 research concluded that some facial analysis algorithms misclassified Black women nearly 35 percent of the time, while nearly always getting it right for white men.... These error-prone, racially biased algorithms can have devastating impacts for people of color....  Second, police in many jurisdictions in the U.S. use mugshot databases to identify people with face recogni...
Tags: Technology, Law, Police, Surveillance, Fbi, Aclu, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Madison City Council, Buolamwini, Face Recognition Surveillance Technology Racist, Gebru, Across the U S Black, Surveillance of Black


Drone traffic management: Privacy plays catch up in India’s drone automation plans

Provisions under India’s proposed data protection Bill will be followed for maintaining the privacy of individuals whose sensitive personal data has been captured by drones, a new floated by the Civil Aviation Ministry said. However, the paper, which deals with automating and securing drone operations, was silent on the blanket exemptions available to government bodies from adhering to provisions under the bill, and whether there will be any additional safeguards around drone data collected an...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Drones, Bill, Ministry, Civil Aviation Ministry, AAI, Medianama, DGCA, Vodafone Idea, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Aadhaar Payments Bridge, DigitalSky Platform


CBSE rebuffs need for privacy policy of facial recognition tool: ‘it’s a simple face matching process’

Government-run education board CBSE said its facial recognition system does not have a privacy policy because it is a “simple face matching process”, the board said in an filed by Delhi-based digital rights group SFLC.in. CBSE or the Central Board of Secondary Education had rolled out a facial recognition system in October for students to download their academic documents for the 10th and 12th grade. More than 2,300 students had gone through the facial recognition tool, as of November 24, to d...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, RTI, CBSE, NCRB, BANGALORE CITY, SFLC, Central Board of Secondary Education, Tamil Nadu Police, National e Governance Division, IT Ministry However


Tamil Nadu Police nab criminal using face recognition app, questions of safeguards and accountability remain

On a chilly November night, Balaram was moving on a two-wheeler when he was stopped at a vehicle checkpoint by cops in Thiruvallur district. The cops felt something was amiss, their intuition told them Balaram was a potential criminal. They clicked a picture of his face and fed it into a facial recognition app available to them. Indeed, Balaram was present on the criminal database, and had been booked on charges of theft and robbery. He was arrested. “We caught him [Balaram] during the night ear...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Bbc, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Mozilla, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Amazon Web Services AWS, Joshi


French government proposes new ban on filming and photographing police

On November 20, 2020, the French government presented a new security bill. Article 24 of the bill outlaws the dissemination of photos and videos that feature, "the image of the face or any other element of identification of an official of the national police or of a soldier of the national gendarmerie when acting within the framework of 'a police operation' and when this dissemination is made 'with the aim of harming his physical or mental integrity' " Violation of this law is punishable by o...
Tags: Post, News, France, Police, Surveillance, Civil Rights, Innocence Of Muslims, Police State, Muslims, Police abuse, Emmanuel Macron, Police Accountability, Surveillance State, Police State Microabuses, Police State Eh, French Intelligence


Exclusive: Delhi Police working on arming PCR vans with facial recognition software

The Delhi Police is in the process of equipping its beat cops and Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles with remote facial recognition systems. This way, both local cops and first responders will be able to scan people’s faces using remote devices and run them against Delhi Police’s databases, DCP (Operations and Communications) S.K. Singh told MediaNama. This won’t be Delhi Police’s first tryst with widespread use of facial recognition technology. It had earlier used the technology to screen crowd...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, India, Narendra Modi, US, Samsung, Amit Shah, Surveillance, Cctv, John, Parliament, Delhi, New Delhi, Facial Recognition


Facial recognition, vehicle number plate identification: How Noida is ramping up street surveillance

Facial recognition enabled cameras, automatic vehicle number plate identification, and an entire city inundated with surveillance cameras — these are just a few ways in which Noida is planning to surveil its traffic, and commuters. The city administration — the Noida Authority — earlier this month, floated a tender to upgrade its traffic management system, which proposes to install close to 1,000 cameras across the city, which includes CCTV cameras, and separate number plate recognition cameras....
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Cctv, Facial Recognition, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Indian Railways, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Vadodara, Noida, CBSE, National Crime Records Bureau


Who signed the international statement on E2E encrypted platforms on India’s behalf?

There is no clarity on which ministry or Indian government representative signed the international statement on end-to-end encryption (E2E) and public safety — that demanded companies to build backdoors to E2E encrypted platforms — on behalf of India. In response to an Right To Information request, filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation on the matter, the Ministry of External Affairs said that it “could neither trace any records under the jurisdiction of this CPIO [ Central Public Information ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, UK, News, Privacy, China, India, US, Surveillance, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Peter Dutton, Ministry Of Justice, Ministry Of External Affairs, Ministry, US Department of Justice


Neighborhood associations are installing license plate readers to privately police who drives on their streets

A new piece over at OneZero examines the rising trend of local neighborhood associations installing private license plate readers to keep tabs on who comes and goes from their precious white suburbs; ALPR technology, invented in 1976 by the U.K.'s Police Scientific Development Branch, has become a popular law enforcement tool over the past decade and is now commonly used to track down alleged lawbreakers, to gather information about vehicles of interest, and to track down individuals who owe ...
Tags: Post, News, Surveillance, License Plates, Neighborhoods, Neighbors, License Plate Readers, Surveillance State, Neighborhood Watch, Surveillance Marketing, Surveillance culture, Surveillance Urbanism, ALPRs, Surveillance Parenting, U K s Police Scientific Development Branch


NSO Group renews bid to get WhatsApp lawsuit dismissed

The NSO Group has made a fresh bid in an American appeals court to get WhatsApp’s lawsuit against it dismissed. The controversial cybersecurity firm has argued that it is entitled to “foreign sovereign immunity” as it “exclusively [original emphasis]” acts as an agent of foreign sovereigns. The district court, which had dismissed NSO’s appeal to dismiss WhatsApp’s lawsuit, had said that such immunity only extends to companies incorporated in the US, a ruling that the NSO Group has challenged. Wh...
Tags: Travel, Isis, London, News, Israel, US, Whatsapp, Surveillance, United States, Ministry Of Defence, San Diego, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Wall Street Journal, Ghana, Uae


The LAPD banned officers from using facial recognition technology which harvested images from social media by Clearview AI

Chris Wattie/Reuters The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers' use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday. BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that "25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI," a controversial software that scrapes images from social media. The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has use...
Tags: News, Law, Police, Boston, US, Trends, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, Portland Oregon, Lapd, Facial Recognition Technology, Los Angeles Times, Policing, Business Insider, Los Angeles County


The LAPD banned officers from using commercial facial recognition technology after being confronted about its use of Clearview AI, a controversial software that harvested images from social media

Chris Wattie/Reuters The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers' use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday. BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that "25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI," a controversial software that scrapes images from social media. The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has use...
Tags: News, Law, Police, Boston, US, Trends, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, Portland Oregon, Lapd, Facial Recognition Technology, Los Angeles Times, Policing, Business Insider, Los Angeles County


Australian drones monitor beaches, and not just for sharks

Shark-detecting drones have been commonplace over Australian beaches for a while now. The same skyward technology is now spying for large groups of people. As the summer season ramps up down under local officials want to minimize any COVID-19 super spreader crowds. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Australia, Surveillance, Drones, Sharks, Beach, COVID-19, Superspreader, Northern Beaches Council


No, the Council of the European Union is not considering a ban on end-to-end encryption

An Austrian media report incorrectly concluded that the Council of the European Union, one of the three legislative bodies of the European Union, is discussing a resolution to ban end-to-end encryption. The , in fact, states, “Encryption is an anchor of confidence in digitalisation and in protection of fundamental rights and should be promoted and developed”. It sees the increasing adoption of end-to-end encryption by messaging platforms as a “positive[e] reflect[ion]”. The draft resolution ack...
Tags: Travel, Japan, News, Privacy, China, India, US, Eu, European Union, Surveillance, End-to-end Encryption, Commission, New Zealand, European Commission, Council of the European Union, Committee


Telangana has a new tech solution: It wants instant deployment of drones for policing

Keeping with the state’s tradition of extensive use of technology, Telangana’s IT Minister KT Rama Rao has a new pitch: use drones to curb crimes against women. Earlier this week, Rao proposed that drones become “first responders”, and reach a scene of crime — equipped with sirens and cameras. The aerial devices would be able to reach the spot much quicker than the police, he felt. “If that drone goes there, the person who is committing the crime will flee,” Rao said. “It is imperative that we s...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Drones, Delhi Police, Telangana, Rao, Medianama, DGCA, Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA, Digital Sky, KT Rama Rao, Aarogya Setu, Digital Health Stack


"A record-breaking surge in U.S. coronavirus cases is being driven to a significant degree by casual occasions that may feel deceptively safe... dinner parties, game nights, sleepovers and carpools."

"Many earlier coronavirus clusters were linked to nursing homes and crowded nightclubs. But public health officials nationwide say case investigations are increasingly leading them to small, private social gatherings. This behind-doors transmission trend reflects pandemic fatigue and widening social bubbles, experts say — and is particularly insidious because it is so difficult to police and likely to increase as temperatures drop and holidays approach." WaPo reports. It is so difficult to ...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Surveillance, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


"Underbelly" is a trippy animated surveillance fantasy

Trumpeter Steph Richards has been working on a project called SUPERSENSE, and "Underbelly" is an audio-visual-olfactory musing on our surveillance society. Note: strobe effects. The style is evocative of the hand-drawn style used in 1970s children's shows like Electric Company. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Surveillance, Animation, Steph Richards, Electric Company Read


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


Commerce Ministry’s external trade promoter wants to use facial recognition to track employees’ attendance

You are reading it here first: A trade fair body under the Ministry of Commerce wants its employees to mark their attendance using a biometric system, capable of both fingerprint verification, and facial recognition. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), which manages the trade fair complex at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, on Wednesday floated a for procuring eight such devices, out of which five will be deployed at its main office in Delhi, and one each at its regional offices in Mumbai, ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Cctv, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Indian Railways, Telangana, Ministry of Commerce, Commerce Ministry, Vadodara


Bangalore City railway station will soon have face recognition surveillance. It’s Orwellian and expensive

You are reading it here first: Soon, the Bangalore City railway station will be inundated with a myriad of CCTV cameras, all capable of carrying out facial recognition surveillance — at the rate of at least one hundred faces per second, according to a document released by the South Western Railways earlier this month. The surveillance system would be able to generate audio-visual alerts upon spotting a person in a “watchlist”, and display their complete profile and case history from a criminal...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Bangalore, Indian Railways, Telangana, Vadodara, CBSE, National Crime Records Bureau, NCRB, BANGALORE CITY, Bill This, Joint Parliamentary Committee


The NSA is Refusing to Disclose its Policy on Backdooring Commercial Products

Senator Ron Wyden asked, and the NSA didn’t answer: The NSA has long sought agreements with technology companies under which they would build special access for the spy agency into their products, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reporting by Reuters and others. These so-called back doors enable the NSA and other agencies to scan large amounts of traffic without a warrant. Agency advocates say the practice has eased collection of vital intelligence in other co...
Tags: Privacy, Snowden, Nsa, Uncategorized, Surveillance, Terrorism, Edward Snowden, EC, Senate Intelligence Committee, Juniper Networks, Ron Wyden, Agency, Backdoors, Reuters, Bruce Schneier, Neuberger


The govt is now building a central cloud-based tool to monitor TV content

You are reading it here first: The government now wants to build a central cloud-based tool to monitor TV channels and other exclusive services offered by cable TV providers. The surveillance tool should be able to identify the broadcasting of “unauthorised” content on TV channels using artificial intelligence, and flag them for recording which can later be used as legal evidence. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, through Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), earlier...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, India, Surveillance, CBSE, MSO, Press Council of India, Prakash Javadekar, NCRB, Becil, Prasar Bharti, Ministry of Information Broadcasting, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Social media Communications Hub, Jayesh Ranjan India


Central Railways to install facial recognition attendance systems at its premises

You are reading it here first: The Indian Railways’ central division is looking to install facial recognition-based biometric attendance systems at some of its premises. The systems will be installed at some locomotive facilities of the Central Railway in Parel. Aside from ascertaining people’s identity via facial recognition, the tool will also have to generate multi-user attendance reports. This is in line with an increasing trend among Indian government bodies: from organisations that track c...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Indian Railways, Telangana, Vadodara, ClearView, CBSE, Sahu, National Crime Records Bureau, Medianama, Central Railway, NCRB


Should facial recognition software be banned on college campuses?

Students say they were identified with facial recognition technology after a protest at the University of Miami; campus police claim this isn't true. Over 60 universities nationwide have banned facial recognition; a few colleges, such as USC, regularly use it. Civil rights groups in Miami have called for the University of Miami to have talks on this topic. Silicon Valley has led the technological revolution since the early seventies. Journalist Don Hoefler coined the term "Silicon Valley USA...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Government, China, Trust, America, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Aclu, Innovation, Miami, Silicon Valley, Ai, Usc, Ucla, Derek


IMSI-Catchers from Canada

Gizmodo is reporting that Harris Corp. is no longer selling Stingray IMSI-catchers (and, presumably, its follow-on models Hailstorm and Crossbow) to local governments: L3Harris Technologies, formerly known as the Harris Corporation, notified police agencies last year that it planned to discontinue sales of its surveillance boxes at the local level, according to government records. Additionally, the company would no longer offer access to software upgrades or replacement parts, effectively slappi...
Tags: Florida, Privacy, India, Uncategorized, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Canada, Cell Phones, Tracking, Montreal, Gizmodo, Bruce Schneier, IMSI, Harris Corporation, Harris Corp, Stingray IMSI


The govt is normalising drone use, one step at a time

Six years ago, the Indian government had banned the use of drones, calling them a security threat. Today, drones are being pressed into all sorts of applications, including capturing aerial images of “critical infrastructure” facilities such as thermal power plants — considered crucial for the nation’s economy and security. So, what prompted this seismic shift in the government’s attitude? Why does the government trust drones so much now? The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic saw drones dotting sky...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, China, India, Surveillance, Drones, Caa, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Madhya Pradesh, Ministry, Amritsar, Delhi Police, Telangana


American Cops Turn to Canadian Phone-Tracking Firm After Infamous 'Stingrays' Become 'Obsolete'

Law enforcement agencies across the United States are scrambling to secure funding for new cellphone-tracking equipment after the maker of the controversial “Stingray” device quietly announced last year it would no longer sell equipment directly to local law enforcement.Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Surveillance, United States, Civil Liberties, Stingrays


Cops Turn to Canadian Phone-Tracking Firm After Infamous 'Stingrays' Become 'Obsolete'

Law enforcement agencies across the United States are scrambling to secure funding for new cellphone-tracking equipment after the maker of the controversial “Stingray” device quietly announced last year it would no longer sell equipment directly to local law enforcement.Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Surveillance, United States, Civil Liberties, Stingrays