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Electronic STALKERS: Amazon and Google are using smart home data to track and record your habits

If you’re one of the millions of mindless American tech dopes out there who just loves owning an Amazon Echo or Google Home device for “convenience,” you should probably know that this always-listening spy module that you forked out a couple hundred bucks for is tracking everything that you and your family do at all times, and sending this information back to the mothership. New reports indicate that artificial intelligence (AI) “voice assistants” like Alexa (Amazon), Cortana (Microsoft), Siri (Apple), and Home (Google) are now being used by Big Tech to pull massive amounts of data about how people live,…

Law Enforcement’s National Threat Assessment Program Predicts If You Pose A Future Threat

It has been nearly two years, since I reported on the dangers of creating a law enforcement run Mental Health Assessment (MHA) program. In Texas, police use MHA’s to “screen” every person they have arrested for mental illness. But the TAPS Act, first introduced in January, would take law enforcement screenings to a whole new level. It would create a national threat assessment of children and adults. In the course of six months the Threat Assessment, Prevention and Safety (TAPS) Act (H.R. 838) has seen support of the bill grow to nearly 80 Congress members. National Threat Assessment Program announced during National Police Week Politicians…

Police To Use TSA-Style Scanners To Spy On People In Public Places

TSA-style body scanners are coming to public spaces, and that should scare the hell out of everyone. If you thought the NYPD’s Z-Backscatter vans and police mini-Z’s were intrusive, you have not seen anything yet. Soon, nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes, as police prepare to use HEXWAVE to spy on people in public spaces. Last week the Salt Lake Tribunerevealed that the Utah Attorney General and law enforcement are partnering with Liberty Defense, a 3D image scanning company that makes its money from scanning the public in real-time. (3D means capturing rich information (size, shape, depth) about the detection space.…

This Creepy AI Predicts What You Look Like Based on Your Voice

A new artificial intelligence created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pulls off a staggering feat: by analyzing only a short audio clip of a person’s voice, it reconstructs what they might look like in real life. The AI’s results aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty good – a remarkable and somewhat terrifying example of how a sophisticated AI can make incredible inferences from tiny snippets of data. In a paper published this week to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes how it used trained a generative adversarial network to analyze short voice clips and “match several biometric…

US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants

The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that’s just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including “social media identifiers,” from almost all U.S. applicants. The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to…

Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment Before You Do

When tenants first walk into their new apartment at the Brandon Place complex in Oklahoma City, they aren’t likely to notice anything out of the ordinary for 2019—there are smart locks on the door with keycode entry, and contemporary thermostats with LCD touch screens. During their move-in briefing, they’re told the unit’s smart systems can be operated from Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN -2.27% Alexa-powered devices. But they aren’t told how hard Amazon worked to get those devices into their new home. While Amazon’s smart-speaker competitors, Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc., are striving to grow their user base by luring individual…

DIY Facial Recognition For Porn Is a Dystopian Disaster

Someone posting on Chinese social network Weibo claims to have used facial recognition to cross-reference women’s photos on social media with faces pulled from videos on adult platforms like Pornhub. In a Monday post on Weibo, the user, who says he’s based in Germany, claimed to have “successfully identified more than 100,000 young ladies” in the adult industry “on a global scale.” According to Weibo posts, the user and some of his programming friends used facial recognition to detect faces in porn content using photos from social platforms. His reasoning for making this program, he wrote, is “to have the…

Apple’s privacy schtick is just an act…iTunes ‘purchase histories sold’ to data slurpers

Apple has been hit with a class-action complaint in the US accusing the iGiant of playing fast and loose with the privacy of its customers. The lawsuit [PDF], filed this month in a northern California federal district court, claims the Cupertino music giant gathers data from iTunes – including people’s music purchase history and personal information – and then sells that info to “data aggregators, data appenders, data cooperatives, list brokers, and other third parties.” “To supplement its revenues and enhance the formidability of its brand in the eyes of mobile application developers, Apple sells, rents, transmits, and/or otherwise discloses,…

Police To Use TSA-Style Scanners To Spy On People In Public Places

TSA-style body scanners are coming to public spaces, and that should scare the hell out of everyone. If you thought the NYPD’s Z-Backscatter vans and police mini-Z’s were intrusive, you have not seen anything yet. Soon, nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes, as police prepare to use HEXWAVE to spy on people in public spaces. Last week the Salt Lake Tribune revealed that the Utah Attorney General and law enforcement are partnering with Liberty Defense, a 3D image scanning company that makes its money from scanning the public in real-time. (3D means capturing rich information (size, shape, depth) about the detection…

If Facebook’s Privacy Practices Anger You, AT&T Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass

Recent privacy conversations have tended to fixate almost exclusively on Facebook and its seemingly-bottomless pit of privacy scandals. But we’ve noted more than a few times how telecom has somehow been excluded from these conversations, despite behavior that’s historically been as bad…or worse. From hoovering up and selling your location data to every Tom, Dick, and Harry on the internet, to trying to charge consumers even more money just to protect their own private data, telecom has a long, thirty-year history just packed with playing fast and loose with your private browsing, location, and other data. And yet while the…

More than 1,700 people walking on a University of Colorado campus were unknowingly photographed as part of a facial recognition research project funded by U.S. intelligence and military agencies

More than 1,700 people walking on a University of Colorado campus were unknowingly photographed as part of a facial recognition research project funded by U.S. intelligence and military agencies, a newspaper reported. Professor Terrance Boult set up a long-range surveillance camera in an office window at the Colorado Springs campus. It captured more than 16,000 images of passers-by during the spring semesters of 2012 and 2013, The Denver Post reported Monday. The research project, which was first reported by the Colorado Springs Independent , received funding from U.S. intelligence and military agencies, including the Office of Naval Research and the…

If Regulators Won’t Stop The Sale of Cell Phone Users’ Location Data, Consumers Must

A Motherboard investigation revealed in January how any cellphone users’ real-time location could be obtained for $300. The pervasiveness of the practice, coupled with the extreme invasion of people’s privacy, is alarming. The reporting showed there is a vibrant market for location data generated by everyone’s cell phones—information that can be incredibly detailed and provide a window into people’s most sensitive and private activities. The investigation also laid bare that cell phone carriers AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and the many third parties with access to the companies’ location data, have little interest or incentive to stop. This market of your…

Apple Is Selling Your iTunes Listening Data Despite Its Privacy Claims…

Apple Inc. was sued by customers who claim the company is unlawfully disclosing and selling information about people’s iTunes purchases as well as their personal data, contrary to the company’s promise in advertising that “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Three iTunes customers from Rhode Island and Michigan sued Friday in federal court in San Francisco seeking to represent hundreds of thousands of residents of their home states who allegedly had their personal listening information disclosed without their consent. The disclosure of iTunes customers’ personal data isn’t only unlawful but can also be dangerous because it allows…

Your Bank May Try to Punish You Because You Are a Conservative

Banks are canceling accounts and preventing conservatives from being allowed to conduct business merely because they are conservatives. This is the latest tactic that liberals are pursuing to destroy conservatives in America. Not satisfied with trying to defeat Republicans and conservatives in the political arena, liberals are working to destroy the very livelihoods of anyone who dares to be a conservative. That’s right. If you dare say you are a conservative, liberals are working to make sure you can’t get a job, can’t get a bank account, you won’t be allowed to make money, and can’t own a business. According…

I do not think most people understand how close the “Mark of the Beast” system is….

I do not think most people understand how close the ” Mark of the Beast” system is. Right now all of your records, your bank account, ownership of property, marriage records, children, your social security, medical records, education records, drivers license, your social media and 100’s of other pieces of data on you are all electronic. They could be made to disappear in a heartbeat, you would not exist in the modern world. You could not buy or sell, you could not travel, go to school, have access to medicine, all of it is in ether world of 1’s and…

The Government Is Serious About Creating Mind-Controlled Weapons

DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research arm, is paying scientists to invent ways to instantly read soldiers’ minds using tools like genetic engineering of the human brain, nanotechnology and infrared beams. The end goal? Thought-controlled weapons, like swarms of drones that someone sends to the skies with a single thought or the ability to beam images from one brain to another. This week, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) announced that six teams will receive funding under the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program. Participants are tasked with developing technology that will provide a two-way channel for rapid and seamless communication…

Social Media Big Data: U.S. Military to Scan 350 Billion Messages

The U.S. military plans to analyze 350 billion social-media posts from around the world to help it track how popular movements evolve. A tender for the project, based at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, calls for screening messages from at least 200 million users from more than 100 countries in more than 60 languages to better understand “collective expression.” Messages, including user names, will be examined for comments, metadata, location and hometown identifiers. While it’s part of an existing Department of Defense Analysis effort to harness big data for social research, “the scale and global reach of this…

Home health spies: AI systems like Amazon’s Alexa to become “virtual medical coaches” that spy on patients in their homes

The future is looking a whole lot less human and a whole lot more robotic, thanks to Big Tech’s proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) spy devices like Amazon’s Alexa that are reportedly well on their way to replacing the entire medical profession. Within the next 20 years, reports indicate, these in-home AI surveillance gadgets, which also include Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, are expected to successfully “learn” how to become “virtual medical coaches” – meaning patients will no longer have to visit flesh-and-blood doctors to manage chronic conditions like diabetes, depression, asthma, and high blood pressure. According to a 100-page…

Meanwhile In China: If You Don’t Recycle, Big Brother Will Get You

Starting in September, residents of Xi’an, located in China’s northwest Shaanxi Province, will receive negative social credit points if they refuse to observe local garbage sorting regulations, according to the CCP-friendly Global Times.  The Xi’an government requires its residents to sort their waste into at least four categories – recyclable, hazardous waste, kitchen and other waste. Those who refuse to fulfill the obligation will be recorded under the personal credit system or will be fined up to 200 yuan ($28). –Global Times “Residents are forbidden from mixing industrial solid waste, construction waste, medical waste and animal carcasses in household garbage. Each residential area…

Amazon preparing a wearable that ‘reads human emotions,’ says report

In a week of eyebrow-raising headlines surrounding the US-China trade spat, this latest report from Bloomberg still manages to stand out: Amazon is said to be working on a wrist-worn, voice-activated device that’s supposed to be able to read human emotions. This would be a rather novel health gadget, of the sort we’re more used to seeing in tenuous crowdfunding campaigns instead of from one of the world’s biggest tech companies. Bloomberg has spoken to a source and reviewed internal Amazon documents, which reportedly show the Alexa voice software team and Amazon’s Lab126 hardware division are collaborating on the wearable…

DARPA Wants to Create Mind-Controlled Weapons of War

Last year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that it was seeking noninvasive ways “to achieve high levels of brain-system communications without surgery.” The techniques would “allow precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons or groups of neurons.” The agency wants to create mind-controlled weapons of war, as it (vaguely) explained in two recent press releases. To achieve this goal, DARPA recently formed a program called Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3). DARPA wants soldiers to be able to control machines with their minds. According to a press release published on May 20, 2019, the agency has awarded funding to six…

AI Surveillance Of Shoppers: Walmart’s Newest Tool To Grab Your Data

Walmart is beginning to use AI surveillance of shoppers on Long Island in a move that is bound to generate some major privacy concerns. In particular, Walmart uses its artificial intelligence (AI) to get vast amounts of data about customer behavior. To elaborate, AI observes shoppers through cameras at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, New York, Tech Crunch reports. So, AI watches shoppers as they buy food for their families. Tech Crunch claims Walmart only uses the data that AI gathers to determine inventory levels. However, Walmart admits to collecting 1.6 terabytes (one million bites) of customer-behavior data per…

Americans believe that they should own the mountains of data produced by their cars, but they don’t

Your car is basically a smartphone with wheels, and it gathers up to 25gb/hour worth of data on you and your driving habits — everything from where you’re going to how much you weigh. Cars gather your financial data, data on the number of kids in the back seat, and, once they’re connected to your phone, data on who you call and text. To the extent that Americans know this is going on, they believe that the data their cars generate rightly belongs to them, and if someone else is accessing it, that it should be with their explicit consent…

Amazon is 3D-scanning people’s bodies in exchange for gift cards

Amazon has been conducting research that involves digital 3D “scans” of people’s bodies in exchange for a $25 Amazon gift card. The e-commerce giant is currently carrying out the image study at two different locations in New York City.  Mashable became aware of the research program after a staff member was targeted with an advertisement on Instagram. The ad led to an online form where would-be participants were able to sign up for a 3D body scan session. The signup page for the study claims that Amazon  takes 3D scans, photos, and videos of study participants, both fully clothed and…

The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld

There’s a long, excellent profile of the new AT&T and its CEO Randall Stephenson in Fortune today, which you should read. AT&T has transformed itself into a media colossus by buying Time Warner, and understanding how the company plans to use its incredible array of content from HBO, CNN, TNT, and others in combination with its huge distribution networks across mobile broadband, DirecTV, and U-verse is important for anyone who cares about tech, media, or both. Seriously, go read it. Here’s the part I want you to pay attention to: two quick paragraphs describing how AT&T sees the future of…

Big Brother Watch? US Navy Seeks to Create Archive of 350 Bln Social Media Posts

This is not the first time that the US government has expressed interest in gathering social media data: last April, the Departments of Homeland Security unveiled its plans to create a database to track more than 290,000 global news sources in over 100 languages. As part of “research efforts” conducted through the Pentagon and analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, the US Department of the Navy has shared a solicitation to contractors, revealing a project to create an archive of 350 billion social media posts related to the “minimum time period” from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2016. “Our research aims to provide enhanced understanding of fundamental social…

Facebook wants to combat fake news with ID checks – with ‘grave implications’ for our privacy

The last time I recall someone demanding: “Show me your ID” was on the streets of Beirut during the final days of the civil war. Now, I get the same thing when I log into Facebook. Facebook started rolling out a new tool in April 2019. Under updated procedures, the social media website would request ID verification for people who wish to advertise or promote political posts or ads. The announcement received very little publicity, but it can be interpreted as Facebook’s latest attempt to curb Russia’s anticipated interference in EU elections and prepare to manage any meddling in the…

Smart City Designed App Will Let Everyone Know If You Are Speeding

A misleading article in WSAZ3 News titled, “New app targets distracted drivers with traffic alerts” would lead you to believe that the makers of the app are actually concerned with everyone’s safety, but of course that is not the case. Have you ever wanted an app that lets Big Brother know when you are speeding and where you are going in real-time? If you have, then your wait is over. A new app called TravelSafely, sends warning signs to your smartphone for everything from your speed in a school zone to a light that’s about to change. “While we often look to…

McDonald’s new drive-thru menus will change based on the weather, traffic, time of day and your personal information

Big — possibly weird — changes are coming to your local McDonald’s drive-thru. On Monday, McDonald’s made its first big move into tech and its largest acquisition since it bought Boston Market in 2000. The company spent $300 million to acquire Dynamic Yield, a New York-based startup that uses artificial intelligence to “personalize customer experiences” — compiling data about how individuals make their sandwich and soda purchase choices and using that data to predict how other individuals will make them. Then, digital menu displays will make super-specific adjustments, store-by-store. So hypothetically, if the McDonald’s next to a high school gets…

Modern cars collect as much as 25 gigabytes of data per hour and it’s much more than performance and maintenance

Cars produced today are essentially smartphones with wheels. For drivers, this has meant many new features: automatic braking, turn-by-turn directions, infotainment. But for all the things we’re getting out of our connected vehicles, carmakers are getting much, much more: They’re constantly collecting data from our vehicles. Today’s cars are equipped with telematics, in the form of an always-on wireless transmitter that constantly sends vehicle performance and maintenance data to the manufacturer. Modern cars collect as much as 25 gigabytes of data per hour, the consulting firm McKinsey estimates, and it’s about much more than performance and maintenance. Cars not only…

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

Among the mega-corporations that surveil you, your cellphone carrier has always been one of the keenest monitors, in constant contact with the one small device you keep on you at almost every moment. A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself. Offered to select Facebook partners, the data includes not just technical information about Facebook members’ devices and use of Wi-Fi and cellular networks,…

Senator proposes strict Do Not Track rules in new bill…‘People are fed up with Big Tech’s privacy abuses’

Online advertising has become more invasive than ever, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced today that he plans to introduce a bill that would create a Do Not Call list but for data tracking. Hawley’s Do Not Track Act would, if approved, allow people using an online service to opt out of any data tracking that isn’t necessary for that particular service to properly work. It would create a national list that would provide people with an option to block any secondary data tracking and penalize companies that continued to collect unnecessary data. “Big tech companies collect incredible amounts of…

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete

Google tracks a lot of what you buy, even if you purchased it elsewhere, like in a store or from Amazon. Last week, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a New York Times op-ed that said “privacy cannot be a luxury good.” But behind the scenes, Google is still collecting a lot of personal information from the services you use, such as Gmail, and some of it can’t be easily deleted. A page called “Purchases ” shows an accurate list of many — though not all — of the things I’ve bought dating back to at least 2012. I made these purchases…

“Treason!” – Barr Finds “Government Power Was Used To Spy On American Citizens

In his first pair of interviews since being sworn in, Attorney General Barr told Fox News and WSJ that he was pursuing the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe – an investigation he has tasked  John Durham, the US Attorney from Connecticut, with leading – because Americans need to know whether the government “put a thumb on the scale” to try and undermine President Trump both during the campaign and during the first two years of his term, just like “we need to ensure that foreign actors don’t influence the outcome of our elections.” Separately, he told WSJ…

Amazon now requiring marketplace sellers to submit video for a facial recognition database

If you wish to sell goods or services within the digital universe of Amazon, which is rapidly gobbling up the entirety of the retail-sphere, then you’re soon going to have to submit to Amazon’s Mark of the Beast, according to new reports. In the very near future, prospective Amazon Marketplace sellers will be required to submit to the Orwellian demands of Jeff Bezos, who reportedly wants to record every seller’s face using his “Rekognition” facial recognition technology in order to “verify” them. Getting approval to sell things on Amazon, in other words, will soon be contingent upon allowing Beelzebezos to…

Scientists create mind-controlled hearing aid

A mind-controlled hearing aid that allows the wearer to focus on particular voices has been created by scientists, who say it could transform the ability of those with hearing impairments to cope with noisy environments. The device mimics the brain’s natural ability to single out and amplify one voice against background conversation. Until now, even the most advanced hearing aids work by boosting all voices at once, which can be experienced as a cacophony of sound for the wearer, especially in crowded environments. Nima Mesgarani, who led the latest advance at Columbia University in New York, said: “The brain area…

Man fined for hiding face from police facial recognition camera

A man was fined £90 for refusing to show his face to police trialling new facial recognition software. The man pulled his jumper up above his chin as he walked past Met Police officers trialling Live Facial Recognition software in east London. BBC cameras filmed as officers swooped on the man, told him to ‘wind his neck in’ then handed him the hefty penalty charge. A campaigner from Big Brother Watch – who were protesting the use of cameras on the day – was also filmed telling an officer: ‘I would have done the same.’ Police said they made three…

Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

If you’re nervous about traffic stops, you have every reason to be. Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly. According to the Justice Department, the most common reason for a citizen to come into contact with the police is being a driver in a traffic stop. On average, one in 10 Americans gets pulled over by police. Indeed, police officers have been given free…

Police Use Lexis Nexis Facial Recognition To Identify Your Family And Friends

What is it going to take for Americans to realize that law enforcement has become an extension of Big Brother? All across the country, police officers are secretly using facial recognition to identify neighbors and people of interest. Police already have a history of abusing criminal record searches like CORI. Ex-State Trooper Michael Szymanski said, “I can’t tell you how many times I saw troopers run their next-door neighbor through CORI, run their old girlfriends’ names, or run someone who they’re having a dispute with,” he said. “I’ve seen a million different guys using CORI inappropriately.” Keep in mind that police…

WhatsApp: Malicious Spyware Has All The Markings Of “Government Sponsored Surveillance”

WhatsApp has asked users to update their systems after a malicious attack.  The cyber attack is complete with all the hallmarks of a “government-sponsored surveillance” attempt. The messaging and audio app owned by Facebook said Monday that malicious hackers were able to install spyware on Android smartphones and Apple iPhones and is asking users to make sure their security is up to date.  But more alarming, is that this looks like the government wants to spy on its own people who use the WhatsApp app. “The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments…

Big Brother backlash? San Francisco becomes first US city to ban facial recognition

The city of San Francisco has voted to ban the use of facial recognition tech by local law enforcement and other agencies, becoming the first to take such a step toward rolling back the tide of intrusive tech-enabled policing. “The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring,” the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance reads. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 1 to pass the legislation. The new law makes it…

Yes, Americans can opt-out of airport facial recognition — here’s how

Whether you like it or not, facial recognition tech to check in for your flight will soon be coming to an airport near you. More than a dozen U.S. airports are already rolling out the technology, with many more to go before the U.S. government hits its target of enrolling the largest 20 airports in the country before 2021. Facial recognition is highly controversial and has many divided. On the one hand, it reduces paper tickets and is meant to be easier for travelers to check in at the airport before their flight. But facial recognition also has technical problems.…

WARNING: Facial recognition is being used EVERYWHERE

In August 2017, a woman contacted the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado with what seemed like a simple case: After a date at a bowling alley, she’d discovered $400 missing from her purse and asked the manager to review the surveillance footage, which showed her companion snatching the cash while she bowled a frame. But despite the clear evidence, the search for the bowling companion floundered. The woman knew only his first name. He’d removed his profile from the dating site on which they’d met. His number, now disconnected, was linked to a hard-to-trace “burner” phone. Security video captured…

Here Come AI-Enabled Cameras Meant to Sense Crime Before it Occurs

In 1787, English philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with an idea for a prison that would cost a fraction of the cost of other contemporary jails to run with virtually no internal crime. His theoretical prison, the panopticon, was curved, the cells facing inward toward a center point where a guard tower would stand. The windows in the guard tower were to be darkened on one side. This way, a single guard would be able to observe the behavior of all the prisoners. But more importantly, the prisoners would never know whether the guard had his or her gaze trained…

Coming to America: Inside China’s Massive Surveillance Operation

The woman remembers the first time she got a smartphone. It was 2011, and she was living in Hotan, an oasis town in Xinjiang, in northwest China. The 30-year-old, Nurjamal Atawula, loved to take pictures of her children and exchange strings of emoji with her husband while he was out. In 2013, Atawula downloaded WeChat, the Chinese social messaging app. Not long after, rumors circulated among her friends: The government could track your location through your phone. At first, she didn’t believe them. In early 2016, police started making routine checks on Atawula’s home. Her husband was regularly called to…

New Version of Microsoft Word will use Artificial Intelligence to Make Sure Your Content is Politically Correct

Microsoft will soon preview a version of Word that will use artificial intelligence to make your writing not just grammatically but politically correct. Microsoft doesn’t call it a “political correctness check,” but that’s essentially what it is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Actually Microsoft calls it “Ideas in Word,” which refers to a series of AI-driven features that help you format your document and write better. For instance, Word will decode acronyms for you, and tell you how long it’ll take to read a given document. It’ll also underline words or phrases that sound insensitive, and suggest corrections.…

Cities Are Tracking Everyone’s Cell Phone Signal

If ever you needed a reason to turn off your cellphone, then maybe this story this will convince you. The Palm Beach Post recently revealed how the City of Palm Beach, Florida wants to track everyone’s cellphones “The idea is to analyze where downtown visitors go — what shops, what public places, and at what time — and how they get there. The city could use it to study traffic flow and gauge the impact of changes it makes to the streetscape, while merchants could use the data to strategize to improve business.” Big Brother and businesses are frothing at…

Offended By What Someone Said? Now You Can Report Them To Law Enforcement

Soon free speech will be a thing of the past in paranoid America. DIGIT Lab’s “Hate Incident Reporting” app promises to turn complete strangers into secret, hate speech/bias spies. Watch what you say, because the person sitting next to you could be reporting you to law enforcement. Gone are the days when Americans were unafraid to voice their opinions or make snide comments in public. Because DIGIT Labs will turn smartphones into bias reporting devices. According to a PHYS.org article, DIGIT LAB’s new app allows strangers to report someone for exercising their first Amendment rights. “The first of its kind, the app accepts…

Google Chrome update will stop all advertisers from tracking you, except Google of course

First, Google wants Chrome users to have more information about the cookies that third-parties set to follow their antics through the internet. The new tool will also give you the option to block all third-party tracking from marketing companies that use your information to make their money. The Journal reports that Google has been working on this tool on and off for six years now. However, recent privacy controversies, such as Facebook’s infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal, have reportedly accelerated the development. The new filters, the newspaper claims, will only be targeted at “profit-seeking companies,” so cookies that, say, store login…

Instagram Induced Migraines and Mind Reading Targeted Ad’s

Alright, let me just preface by saying this story is going to sound a little out there to some of you. To others, you might think “holy shit, this exact same thing has happened to me before!”. ​ This morning started out like any other morning. Rolled out of bed at 8am, showered, grabbed a cup of coffee, cracked open the laptop (work from home), began responding to emails, etc. At around 9am I decided to open some gum I got for Easter which seemed like a normal thing to do. It was Trident Vibes Spearmint Rush in a little…

Forget Facebook, They Want to Revoke Your Access to Banking

The biggest threat that social media censorship poses is not you being unable to access Facebook or Twitter, it’s you not being able to get a mortgage or have a bank account. The end result of Big Tech silencing conservative voices is banks and corporations removing your access to the marketplace and severely restricting your basic right to buy and sell. We have already seen numerous instances of people being deplatformed by BANKS for the political opinions, from Mastercard telling Patreon to remove Robert Spencer’s account, to Martina Markota and Enrique Tarrio having services terminated by Chase Bank over their…

EKG biometrics from B-Secur to be featured in 2020 car models

B-Secur CEO Alan Foreman is meeting with four major U.S. auto manufacturers to pitch the inclusion of the company’s EKG biometric technology in cars and other vehicles to support driver authentication and a range of heath and wellness-related applications. Foreman told Biometric Update in an interview that biometric identification, authentication, and verification are all possible using the electrical signal generated by the heart. B-Secur is working to produce data on how well the technology works for these purposes, but is focussed on applications that go beyond those capabilities. “The premise is that the versatility of EKG biometrics potentially means it…

“Smart” Technology Is Coming for Prisons, Too

Artificial intelligence–connected sensors, tracking wristbands, and data analytics: We’ve seen this type of tech pop up in smart homes, cars, classrooms, and workplaces. And now, we’re seeing these types of networked systems show up in a new frontier—prisons. Specifically, China and Hong Kong have recently announced that their governments are rolling out new artificial intelligence technology aimed at monitoring inmates in some prisons every minute of every day. In Hong Kong, the government is testing Fitbit-like devices to monitor individuals’ locations and activities, including their heart rates, at all times. Some prisons will also start using networked video surveillance systems…

Canada Border Services seizes lawyer’s phone, laptop for not sharing passwords

As more people travel with smartphones loaded with personal data, concern is mounting over Canadian border officers’ powers to search those phones — without a warrant. “The policy’s outrageous,” said Toronto business lawyer, Nick Wright. “I think that it’s a breach of our constitutional rights.” His thoughts follow a personal experience. After landing at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on April 10, he said the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) flagged him for an additional inspection — for no stated reason. Wright had just returned from a four-month trip to Guatemala and Colombia where he studied Spanish and worked remotely. He took no issue when a border…

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

On Thursday, lawyers filed lawsuits against four of the country’s major telecommunications companies for their role in various location data scandals uncovered by Motherboard, Senator Ron Wyden, and The New York Times. Bloomberg Law was first to report the lawsuits. The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters. Motherboard previously paid a source $300 to successfully…

Google Spies On Gamers With “Stadia”, Its New Streaming Service

Google spies on gamers with its new Stadia gaming platform. In fact, Alphabet (the company that owns Google) uses Stadia as a surveillance tool. For instance, Alphabet can learn what games you play, how long you play, and what game system you use through Stadia, Eric Ravenscraft writes at One Zero. Moreover, Ravenscraft believes Stadia will give Google “a surprisingly intimate picture of who you are.” “Google’s going to have players’ data across age, across region, across gender, across genre,” Rachel Kowert predicts. In addition, Kowert thinks Alphabet could monitor players’ social interactions through Stadia as well. Notably, Kowert is the…

Why everyone should name their kids a common name, like John Smith

My darling is showing now. She and I are so excited, nervous, and full of love for each other and love for this new person we are bringing into this world. We are so ready for this new adventure. When we first heard the wonderful news, we started thinking so hard about names. We wondered whether we should we name him after one of our grandpas? Or maybe after one of our grandmas? We also had to decide if he would take my last name or my wife’s. We bought books, ranked favorites, and had violent altercations with passionate truces. …

Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off

Even if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it’s still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move. Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, consumers have chosen to carry these increasingly smart devices with them everywhere they go. Despite surveillance revelations from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, the average smart phone user continues to carry the devices with little to no security or protection from privacy invasions. Americans make up one…

Tech giants pushing for “centralized censorship” to activate coordinated, universal blocking of ALL videos and articles questioning official narratives

After the 2016 Presidential election, independent publishers, conservative bloggers, and free thinkers on the web have faced extreme censorship from the Tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter, etc. These social media juggernauts have the power to stop the flow of any news they consider “fake.” They have filters and algorithms that systematically block specific terms, content, and videos. They have the power to shadow ban users based on the ideas they share, the words they use, and the beliefs they espouse. Social media companies have used “hate speech” policies to marginalize specific viewpoints and have them blocked. There is…

Skip the Surveillance By Opting Out of Face Recognition At Airports

Government agencies and airlines have ignored years of warnings from privacy groups and Senators that using face recognition technology on travelers would massively violate their privacy. Now, the passengers are in revolt as well, and they’re demanding answers. Last week, a lengthy exchange on Twitter between a traveler who was concerned about her privacy and a spokesperson for the airline JetBlue went viral, and many of the questions asked by the traveler and others were the same ones that we’ve posed to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials: Where did you get my data? How is it protected? Which airports…

Microsoft colluding with communist Chinese military to build AI systems that will execute civilians who resist government rule

Microsoft has been working with a Chinese military-run university on researching artificial intelligence that could be used for censorship and surveillance, according to a shocking new report from Financial Times. A series of scientific studies were co-authored by researchers from Microsoft Research Asia and scientists associated with China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). This apparent relationship between Microsoft and a Chinese military university is now giving rise to a tidal wave of concerns. A number of experts have spoken out about the potential risks of U.S.-China academic relations, but there are also serious red flags about the artificial intelligence…

Cameras to watch you from grocery store shelves…

Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you’re craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it’s not there to see if you’re stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you’re buying. It’s a new technology being trotted out to retailers, where cameras try to guess your age, gender or mood as you walk by. The intent is to use the information to show you targeted real-time ads on in-store video screens. Companies are pitching retailers to bring the technology into their physical stores as a way…

Airline passenger pissed because Jet Blue used a face scan and not her ticket or passport to board the plane…

A conversation between a passenger and an airline has gone viral, largely because people find it intensely creepy. MacKenzie Fegan went to the airport last week. As with normal flights, she was expecting at some point to present her boarding card in order to get on her plane. However, she found all she had to do was look at a camera, and at no point was asked for her pass. As convenient as that sounds, she had questions, which she put to the airline, JetBlue, in a now-viral thread. Fegan had several pressing follow-up questions, such as “how” and “who exactly has…

Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been

Do you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement. In a new article, the New York Times details a little-known technique increasingly used by law enforcement to figure out everyone who might have been within certain geographic areas during specific time periods in the past. The technique relies on detailed location data collected by Google from most Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads that have Google Maps and other apps installed. This data resides in a Google-maintained…

Police are now taking roadside blood samples to catch impaired drivers

It was about 6:30 on a Friday night in January when Phoenix Police Det. Kemp Layden pulled over a white Jeep Cherokee that was speeding and weaving in and out of its lane. The 47-year-old driver spoke slowly, his eyes were red and watery, and his pupils were dilated. The inside of the Jeep reeked of marijuana, and the driver failed a field sobriety test, which includes walking heel-to-toe and standing on one leg. He told the officer he had smoked marijuana a few hours earlier and taken a prescription sedative the night before, police say. The man passed a…

Let’s start demanding hardware “off” switches for webcams and smart phone cameras/mics

Where’s my webcam’s off switch? Have you ever noticed that your webcam doesn’t have an “off” switch? I looked on Amazon, and I couldn’t find any webcams for sale that had a simple on/off switch. When I thought I found one, but it turned out just to have a light that turns on when the camera is in use, and off when not—not a physical switch you can press or slide. The “clever” solution is supposed to be webcam covers (something Mark Zuckerberg had a hand in popularizing); you can even get a webcam (or a laptop) with such a…

US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

The Department of Homeland Security says it expects to use facial recognition technology on 97 percent of departing passengers within the next four years. The system, which involves photographing passengers before they board their flight, first started rolling out in 2017, and was operational in 15 US airports as of the end of 2018. The facial recognition system works by photographing passengers at their departure gate. It then cross-references this photograph against a library populated with facesimages from visa and passport applications, as well as those taken by border agents when foreigners enter the country. The aim of the system…