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Offsite Article: Facial recognition...


Link Here31st December 2019
Full story: Facial Recognition...An end to privacy and anonymity
People hate it but government's love it, guess who is prevailing?

See article from politico.eu

 

 

Offsite Article: EFF's Year in Review...


Link Here30th December 2019
Full story: DNS Over Https...A new internet protocol will make government website blocking more difficult
Encrypting DNS. By Max Hunter and Seth Schoen

See article from eff.org

 

 

Offsite Article: EFF's Year in Review...


Link Here29th December 2019
Full story: Internet Encryption...Encryption, essential for security but givernments don't see it that way
Fancy New Terms, Same Old Backdoors: The Encryption Debate in 2019. By Joe Mullin

See article from eff.org

 

 

Self financing snooping...

France initiates a program of mass social media surveillance in the name of preventing tax fraud


Link Here28th December 2019
Full story: Comms Snooping in France...French database to monitor political activists
The French government has come up with an innovative way of financing a program of mass social media, surveillance, to use it to detect tax fraud.

The self financing surveillance scheme has now been given the go the constitutional court. Customs and tax officials will be allowed to review users' profiles, posts and pictures for evidence of undisclosed income.

In its ruling, the court acknowledged that users' privacy and freedom of expression could be compromised, but its applied caveats to the legislation. It said authorities would have to ensure that password-protected content was off limits and that they would only be able to use public information pertaining to the person divulging it online. However the wording suggests that the non public data is available and can be used for other more covert reasons.

The mass collection of data is part of a three-year online monitoring experiment by the French government and greatly increases the state's online surveillance powers.

 

 

Offsite Article: How to disappear completely...


Link Here23rd December 2019
The technological lowdown on keeping a digital low profile in a world without privacy. By James Adams

See article from spectator.us

 

 

Tape over the camera...

That FBI warns smart TV users that they may being snooped upon


Link Here3rd December 2019
The FBI in Portland writesL

Smart TVs are called that because they connect to the Internet. They allow you to use popular streaming services and apps. Many also have microphones for those of us who are too lazy to actually to pick up the remote. Just shout at your set that you want to change the channel or turn up the volume and you are good to go.

A number of the newer TV's also have built-in cameras. In some cases, the cameras are used for facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming appropriately. There are also devices coming to market that allow you to video chat with grandma in 42" glory.

Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router.

Hackers can also take control of your unsecured TV. At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you.

TVs and technology are a big part of our lives, and they aren't going away. So how can you protect your family?

  • Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features. Do a basic Internet search with your model number and the words "microphone," "camera," and "privacy."

  • Don't depend on the default security settings. Change passwords if you can -- and know how to turn off the microphones, cameras, and collection of personal information if possible. If you can't turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service.

  • If you can't turn off a camera but want to, a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.

  • Check the manufacturer's ability to update your device with security patches. Can they do this? Have they done it in the past?

  • Check the privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and the streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store that data, and what they do with it.

 

 

Offsite Article: WhatsApp sues Israeli firm...


Link Here1st November 2019
Full story: WhatsApp Censorship...Authorities wound up encrypted communications app
Facebook heroically takes on hacking and snooping specialist NGO who used a vulnerability in Whatsapp to plant snooping software on activist's phones

See article from theguardian.com

 

 

Offsite Article: Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground...


Link Here 15th October 2019
Full story: Internet Encryption...Encryption, essential for security but givernments don't see it that way
The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information. By Edward Snowden

See article from theguardian.com

 

 

Offsite Article: France becomes the first EU country to use facial recognition to create a digital ID card...


Link Here5th October 2019
No doubt soon to be the baseline ID required for logging people's porn browsing in the name of child protection.

See article from bloomberg.com

 

 

A couple of steps ahead of the UK...

China adds new surveillance requirements for internet users to submit to a facial scan before internet connection


Link Here3rd October 2019

China has stepped up its internet censorship by demanding its citizens pass a facial-recognition test to be able to use web services.

People who want to have the internet installed at home or on their phones must have their faces scanned by the Chinese authority to prove their identities, according to a new regulation.

The rule, which will take effect on December 1, is said to be part of the social credit system which rates the Chinese citizens based on their daily behaviour.

Chinese citizens are also banned from re-selling their SIM cards by the regulation to prevent unregistered users from making calls from mobile phones.

China has been building the world's largest facial-recognition surveillance system.The Big-Brother-style scheme is powered by hundreds of millions of AI street cameras aiming to identify any of the country's citizens within three seconds.


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