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Facebook Buys Facial Recognition Company

Posted on June 18, 2012

Privacy and civil liberties took another slow goose-step towards tyranny today when Facebook announced it has purchased Face.com in a secretive deal with the Israeli company.   Worse still was the revelation that Face.com’s technology is designed not only  to identify individuals but also their gender and age.  So in terms of adapting this system over time and deploying it on the streets within normal surveillance cameras,  how does one do this without causing too much notice? You slowly and methodically introduce these technologies into social media as “cool apps” or consumer aids and in particular you normalise the use of this technology within the younger generation – who ultimately grow up with this, thinking it’s perfectly reasonable and normal. Facial recognition software has been…

Big Brother DNA Database Swells With Innocent People

Posted on June 5, 2012

The trend of taking DNA swabs from innocent parties, adding it to huge databases and then refusing to delete the DNA data continues.   From the Daily Mail   Almost 165,000 innocent people are estimated to have been added to the police DNA database in the past three years. Despite Coalition promises to wipe the records of those not guilty of crimes, a report suggests that this has so far not happened in the majority of cases.   Between 2009 and 2011, the figures show that 986,767 people were added to the DNA database in total, according to a survey of police forces. This includes the profiles of the convicted and those who were arrested but were later cleared or never charged with a…

Your Phone’s Contents Copied In Minutes

Posted on April 9, 2012

Michigan State Police are reported to be using a state-of-the-art data forensics device during routine traffic stops, which is able to copy your entire mobile phone’s contents in under two minutes.   “The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.” “Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,” ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. “No less should…

New Samsung HDTVs Pose Privacy Threat

Posted on March 29, 2012

New Zealand based blog  Cryptogon is reporting on a new and very disturbing development which could potentially provide a virtual window for hackers and spooks to both hear and see into people’s living rooms, further fuelling the erosion of privacy and civil liberties. Via: HDGuru: Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. While these features give you unprecedented control over an HDTV, the devices themselves, more similar than ever to a personal computer, may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data. “These Samsung TVs locate and make note of registered…