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FBI Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'Urgent Public Safety Issue' - Slashdot
The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday in remarks that sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security. From a report: The FBI was ...
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1 hour ago by kger
FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' For Making iPhone Cracks Difficult - Slashdot
troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company's security team a bunch of "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for making it more difficult to circumvent the encryption on its devices. Stephen Flatley told the International Conference...
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1 hour ago by kger
NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve - POLITICO
The agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and 'sincerely regrets its failure.'
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1 hour ago by kger
NSA Deletes 'Honesty' and 'Openness' From Core Values - Slashdot
An anonymous shares a report: The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed "honesty" as its top priority. Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty a...
nsa  surveillance 
1 hour ago by kger
US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data | ZDNet
The company embroiled in a privacy row has "direct connections" to all major US wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- and Canadian cell networks, too.
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2 hours ago by kger
Amazon teams up with law enforcement to deploy dangerous new face recognition technology • ACLU of Northern CA
<p>Marketing materials and documents obtained by ACLU affiliates in three states reveal a product that can be readily used to violate civil liberties and civil rights. Powered by artificial intelligence, <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/rekognition/">Rekognition</a> can identify, track, and analyze people in real time and recognize up to 100 people in a single image. It can quickly scan information it collects against databases featuring tens of millions of faces, according to Amazon.

Amazon is marketing Rekognition for government surveillance. According to its marketing materials, it views deployment by law enforcement agencies as a “common use case” for this technology. Among other features, the company’s materials describe “person tracking” as an “easy and accurate” way to investigate and monitor people. Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “people of interest” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments — such as undocumented immigrants or Black activists — will be seen as fair game for Rekognition surveillance. It also says Rekognition can monitor “all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports” — at a time when Americans are joining public protests at unprecedented levels.

Amazon’s Rekognition raises profound civil liberties and civil rights concerns. Today, the ACLU and a coalition of civil rights organizations demanded that Amazon stop allowing governments to use Rekognition.</p>


I think this horse has long since left the stable. If not Amazon, then it will be Facebook; or a Chinese company; or someone else. We're already in the age of facial recognition; it's just going to get better.
amazon  biometrics  surveillance  police 
4 hours ago by charlesarthur
Welcome to the neighbourhood. Have you read the terms of service? | CBC News
Given the value of that data, experts have argued that privacy is only part of a larger discussion. Open government advocates like Bianca Wylie think we need to start with conversations about who owns the data in the first place. Is it the private companies and equipment operators who run the smart cities, or the cities themselves?

"If we don't collect it and own it, then I don't think we can define the privacy stuff," says Wylie, a columnist who writes about civic tech initiatives and an associate at the consulting firm Open North.

Others have argued that even if the information collected isn't personal, there are broader implications that privacy law, or even privacy by design, can't account for — for example, the potential for tech-centric cities to widen the divide between rich and poor.
smartcities  iot  surveillance 
10 hours ago by paulbradshaw
Forensic Architecture: the detail behind the devilry | Art and design | The Guardian
“We’re building a new sub-discipline of architecture,” he adds. “We just have to figure it out.” They use whatever means they can to reconstruct a hybrid of physical and virtual space – the metadata surrounding phone calls and phone-camera videos, meteorology, eyewitness accounts, reconstructions. They might scrape thousands of images of a bombing off social media and match them with material facts to fix facts in space and time, as if with the coordinates of a multidimensional map. They learn from ancient as well as modern methods, such as the memorising techniques of Roman orators and Elizabethan actors, when helping ex-prisoners reconstruct the monstrous and secret prison of Saydnaya in Syria.

They are engaged in a game of wits with military and security services. Their arena is shaped by surveillance and data collection – factors that give rise to well-founded fears that they might be abused by power. Forensic Architecture aims to make these techniques benefit rather than harm human rights. In a world saturated by images, where seemingly almost everything is exposed to view, they try to make visible those things that are kept hidden. They prefer to call their activity “counter-forensics”, “forensics” being “the art of the police”.
surveillance  art  dj  architecture  forensicarchitecture  VR  metadata  humanrights  reconstruction  s 
10 hours ago by paulbradshaw
Browsing Histories – SHARE LAB
This story was based on just a tiny excerpt, a two-hour sample, from the internet browsing history of a Swiss journalist J. B. In late June 2015 he visited the Tactical Tech office in Berlin as he was assigned to lay open his private life and see what can be told from the data he creates on his devices.
A year later, we gathered in Berlin for a week of data investigations and one of the data sets that we explored was the browsing history collection of Mr. J. Our goal was to find out how much we could learn from someone’s browsing history or, to rephrase it, what others can learn by exploiting data from our own browsing history.
dj  Privacy  browser  browsinghistory  Networkanalysis  cookies  sentimentanalysis  ai  nlg  surveillance 
12 hours ago by paulbradshaw

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