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Aerial Drones To Patrol Beaches

Posted on September 16, 2012

“Surf Life Saving Australia says unmanned aerial drones will patrol some Queensland beaches this summer.”     From ABC News..   The organisation’s head, Brett Williamson, says the drones will be used on North Stradbroke Island in a trial of the technology. He has told Radio National’s Background Briefing program the drones, which have a wingspan of one metre, use cameras to search for swimmers in distress. Mr Williamson says the drones will be fitted with flotation buoys that can be dropped down to the ocean.   “At the end of the day this is about public safety,” he said.   “It’s not about intruding on anybody’s privacy and, fortunately, with our experience of having the fixed cameras network we haven’t had one problem…

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…

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…