Russian Company Adds Pre-Crime Emotional Recognition Tech To Surveillance Cameras

Nicholas West
Activist Post

Nearly all areas of the modern world have now adopted some form of surveillance camera apparatus. With the concurrent rise in biometric identification technology, we are now entering the next phase of unprecedented privacy reduction: surveillance cameras equipped with real-time facial recognition, tied into police departments.

Russian company NTechLab made headlines last year for its implementation of FindFace, a software that was applied to Russia’s social media site VKontakte and its nearly 300 million users. The software claimed a 70% success rate in matching any photo taken to a social media profile, allowing strangers to identify one another instantaneously. FindFace was an immediate hit, signing up half a million users in its first two months. Continue reading

Police given access to DHS’s massive biometric database

Mass Private I

According to an article in Texas Public Radio, law enforcement will now have access to DHS’s massive biometric database.

“Texas law enforcement are now getting a big assist from the federal government. Texas is the first and only state to get access to a massive Department of Homeland Security biometric database…” Continue reading

New FBI Boss: Trump Looks At Surveillance State Advocate Mike Rogers

Kurt Nimmo
Another Day in the Empire

President Trump is considering the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to replace James Comey, according to Bloomberg.

Rogers is a seasoned swamp veteran and an ardent supporter of the surveillance state.

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Coca-Cola teams up with grocery giant Albertsons to steal your smartphone information … invasive “Minority Report” marketing goes mainstream

Ethan Huff
NaturalNews

Struggling to maintain its customer base amid lagging sales, soft drink giant Coca-Cola has developed a new program in partnership with grocery supermarkets that invades people’s smartphones in order to steal their private information and send them custom-tailored coupons and other marketing material – this, after previously attempting to boost sales by pushing soda for breakfast.

Albertsons is reportedly the first grocery chain to adopt the technology, which utilizes digital signage placed at grocery end caps that targets shoppers and drives them towards the beverage aisle. Once there, shoppers are offered coupons and other promotions designed to entice them to buy more high-fructose corn syrup-laden soft drinks. Continue reading

Are Microwave Industries And Utilities Operating The Way Talcum Powder Makers Obfuscated?

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

If any readers are “out-of-the-box-thinkers,” as I’m accused of being, then maybe you ought to think about what’s happened,  and even possible, in the legal arena regarding microwave technologies health damages when juxtaposed with Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder product legal liability, lawsuits, judgments and settlements because their product and talc, in particular, was considered a “possible carcinogen,” specifically since 2006.

About 1700 lawsuits have been filed against talcum powder producers J&J, Sanofi US, Imerys Talc, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Chattem.  Imerys, however, mined the talc, a mineral, according to the plaintiffs’ lawsuits, which claimed the talc caused their cancers.  Some talc in its natural form contains asbestos, a cancer-causing agent, which was alleged to have been inhaled by some product users. Continue reading

Android apps secretly tracking users by listening to inaudible sound hidden in adverts

The Independent

An increasing number of Android applications are attempting to track users without their knowledge, according to a new report.

Over recent years, companies have started hiding “beacons”, ultrasonic audio signals inaudible to humans, in their adverts, in order to track devices and learn more about their owners.

Electronic devices equipped with microphones can register these sounds, allowing advertisers to uncover their location and work out what kind of ads their owners watch on TV and which other devices they own. Continue reading

Secret messages hidden in TV adverts can order smartphones to spy on people, researchers warn

Jasper Hamill
UK Sun

SECRET messages hidden in television adverts can order smartphones to quietly spy on their owners.

That’s the shocking revelation in a new piece of research which exposes the scary snooping techniques corporations are using to pry into people’s lives in unprecedented detail.

A team of German academics have noticed a huge growth in the number of Android apps that are designed to look out for inaudible “ultrasonic” signals. Continue reading

Rand Paul: Obama Spied On Me Using NSA Intercepts

Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge

Authored by John Solomon via Circa.com,

Sen. Rand Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate and vocal champion of civil liberties, has received allegations that the Obama administration sought intercepted intelligence from the National Security Agency on him and other members of Congress and has asked President Donald Trump to conduct a formal investigation, Circa has learned.

Paul quietly asked for the probe nearly a month ago in a letter to Trump that was obtained by Circa. Continue reading

Leaked: The UK’s secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

Kieren McCarthy
The Register

The UK government has secretly drawn up more details of its new bulk surveillance powers – awarding itself the ability to monitor Brits’ live communications, and insert encryption backdoors by the backdoor.

In its draft technical capability notices paper [PDF], all communications companies – including phone networks and ISPs – will be obliged to provide real-time access to the full content of any named individual within one working day, as well as any “secondary data” relating to that person.

That includes encrypted content – which means that UK organizations will not be allowed to introduce true end-to-end encryption of their users’ data but will be legally required to introduce a backdoor to their systems so the authorities can read any and all communications.

In addition, comms providers will be required to make bulk surveillance possible by introducing systems that can provide real-time interception of 1 in 10,000 of its customers. Or in other words, the UK government will be able to simultaneously spy on 6,500 folks in Blighty at any given moment.

According to the draft, telcos and other comms platforms must “provide and maintain the capability to disclose, where practicable, the content of communications or secondary data in an intelligible form and to remove electronic protection applied by or on behalf of the telecommunications operator to the communications or data.”

The live surveillance of individuals will require authorization from secretaries of state, overseen by a judge appointed by the prime minister. And there are a few safeguards built into the system following strong opposition to earlier drafts of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Closed doors

What will concern many, however, is how the draft paper and its contents are being handled.

The technical capability notices paper has only been provided to a select few companies – mostly ISPs and telcos – on a short four-week consultation, but a copy of the draft found its way to the Open Rights Group, which popped it online today.

According to the document, it has already passed through the UK’s Technical Advisory Board, which comprises six telco representatives – currently O2, BT, BSkyB, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone and Virgin Media – plus six people from the government’s intercepting agencies, and a board chairman.

That means that the contents have already been largely agreed to by most of the organizations that have been included in the closed consultation.

It is unclear whether the Home Office intends to make it available for public comment after that time or whether it will seek to push it through the legislature before anyone outside the consultation group has an opportunity to review it.

The rules will have to be formally approved by both houses of Parliament before becoming law.

You ain’t see me, right?

The process and the approach seem to be purposefully obscure. The rules come under Section 267(3)(i) of the Investigatory Powers Act – a one paragraph section that refers back to Section 253, which covers “Technical capability notices.”

There is no mention of the technical capability notices paper existing either on the Home Office website or on the Gov.uk consultation website. And the only reason we know about it is presumably because someone at one of the few companies that have been sent the draft rules decided to tell Open Rights Group about it.

But what the nine-page document does is provide the government with the legal authority to monitor anyone in the UK in real time, as well as effectively make strong and unbreakable encryption illegal.

This act of stripping away safeguards on people’s private data is also fantastic news for hackers, criminals, and anyone else who wants to snoop on Brits. The seals are finally coming off.

“This lays bare the extreme mass surveillance this Conservative government is planning after the election,” Liberal Democrat President Sal Brinton told us in a statement.

“It is a full frontal assault on civil liberties and people’s privacy. The security services need to be able to keep people safe. But these disproportionate powers are straight out of an Orwellian nightmare and have no place in a democratic society.”

The Home Office’s private consultation is open until 19 May. If you would like the UK government to know your views, then email investigatorypowers@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. ®

PS: The Home Office ran a short public consultation earlier this year on a code of conduct for government snoops.

Potential for Ultrasonic Beacons to Trigger Smartphone Apps

Cryptogon

Apparently, you have to open some app for the this to happen:

The situation isn’t that worrisome, as users have to open an app with the Shopkick SDK for the beacon to be picked up.

Even so, here’s another one for your already herniating Mobile Phones Are Creepy as Hell file folder.

Via: Bleeping Computer:

A team of researchers from the Brunswick Technical University in Germany has discovered an alarming number of Android applications that employ ultrasonic tracking beacons to track users and their nearby environment.

Their research paper focused on the technology of ultrasound cross-device tracking (uXDT) that became very popular in the last three years.

uXDT is the practice of advertisers hiding ultrasounds in their ads. When the ad plays on a TV or radio, or some ad code runs on a mobile or computer, it emits ultrasounds that are picked up by the microphone of nearby laptops, desktops, tablets or smartphones.

SDKs embedded in apps installed on those devices relay the beacon back to the online advertiser, who then knows that the user of TV “x” is also the owner of smartphone “Y” and links their two previous advertising profiles together, creating a broader picture of the user’s interests, device portfolio, home, and even family members.