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Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools - BBC News
"We're shutting that down," declared Apple's software chief Craig Federighi, at the firm's developers conference.
apple  surveillance  ads  facebook  safari  ovum 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Zur netzpolitischen Dimension (10) der „PRISM is a Dancer Show“ – netzpolitik.org
Ganze neunzig Minuten lang enthüllen Jan Böhmermann und sein Team unter dem Motto #LassDichÜberwachen öffentliche Geheimnisse des vor Ort anwesenden Publikums. Das Ergebnis ist in mehrfacher Hinsicht sehenswert.
prism  surveillance  tv  germany 
12 weeks ago by yorksranter
'Eradicate the tumours': Chinese civilians drive Xinjiang crackdown
Team members helped build infrastructure, provided job training, and encouraged people to "feel thanks for the party", according to media reports celebrating their work.

But they were also instructed to enter every village household at least once a week to seek evidence of illegal behaviour.
china  xinjiang  xjp  coin  surveillance  bingtuan 
april 2018 by yorksranter
Palantir Knows Everything About You
“The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas became trivial to implement; everyone’s a suspect, so we monitored everything. It was a pretty terrible feeling.”
april 2018 by yorksranter
Police use Experian Marketing Data for AI Custody Decisions – Big Brother Watch
Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ links names to stereotypes: for example, people called ‘Stacey’ are likely to fall under ‘Families with Needs’ who receive ‘a range of benefits’; ‘Abdi’ and ‘Asha’ are ‘Crowded Kaleidoscope’ described as ‘multi-cultural’ families likely to live in ‘cramped’ and ‘overcrowded flats’; whilst ‘Terrence’ and ‘Denise’ are ‘Low Income Workers’ who have ‘few qualifications’ and are ‘heavy TV viewers’.
experian  police  no2id  surveillance 
april 2018 by yorksranter
Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory – Foreign Policy
The effects have been positive, says Yang Lihong, a resident in her 30s who uses a pseudonym. Quality of life in First Morning Light has shot up — along with property prices. Yang, who asked that her real name not be used, says she sees no downsides to the social credit system and has no privacy-related concerns. “I trust the government,” she says. “Who else can you trust if not them?”
idcards  surveillance  china 
april 2018 by yorksranter
China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains - The Verge
Chinese citizens who rank low on the country’s burgeoning “social credit” system will be in danger of being banned from buying plane or train tickets for up to a year
china  xjp  surveillance  socialcredit 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Who Is Reality Winner?
The big meta issue here: the problem is not running away to Russia but running away to civil society. They don't have the public consent they imagine they have
surveillance  snowden  trump 
january 2018 by yorksranter
Jailed for a Text: China’s Censors Are Spying on Mobile Chat Groups - WSJ
Interesting detail: they installed city CCTV outside his front door as overt surveillance
censorship  authoritarianism  china  surveillance 
december 2017 by yorksranter
No data to support that telematics reduces losses: regulator
“There are no studies or reviews that provide actuarial evidence to quantify” the effectiveness of usage-based insurance [UBI] in Ontario, a Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) spokesperson wrote Friday in an e-mail to Canadian Underwriter. Since 2013, FSCO has been letting Ontario auto insurers use UBI to offer discounts based on driving behaviour.
insurance  surveillance  m2m  ovum  ubi 
december 2017 by yorksranter
The 'Internet of Restaurants' Is Coming for Your Info - Pacific Standard
"This is a classic example of how the 'Internet of Things' benefits the companies that control the data," Schneier says. "You get the device, and the manufacturer gets both a maintenance contract and the opportunity to constantly market and upsell." Some of it might be genuinely useful. Regular maintenance of machinery, all the cool point of sale tricks, good marketing strategies, and efficient labor management are likely all useful to restaurant enterprises, at least once they reach a certain size. "But the tech industry," Schneier says, "often is all about the skim. The tech industry is often about grabbing value you didn't know you had," such as consumer data, "and then either selling to you or to others."
restaurants  internet_of_shit  surveillance 
august 2017 by yorksranter
Beijing Has 850,000 Public Security Volunteers Watching Your Every Move | the Beijinger
The importance of self-policing by the public is clear to city authorities like Beijing municipal Party committee secretary Cai Qiru who described the goal to "mobilize the masses to manage the city."
china  im  surveillance 
july 2017 by yorksranter
China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces - WSJ
A national facial-recognition system is still years away, but state-run media reports that Chinese police departments already are making arrests using the technology. At least five cities are using it to identify jaywalkers.
cctv  surveillance  china 
june 2017 by yorksranter
Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data - The New York Times
Yodlee is the biggest aggregator, but it has also been the most controversial because of what it does with the data it collects.

In particular, the company has been criticized for taking the billions of credit card transactions running through its pipes and selling them to hedge funds and other investment firms.
databroker  fintech  creepy  surveillance 
march 2017 by yorksranter
The Long Demise of the German H-List
"exceptionally intrusive information and communications technologies"
armscontrol  surveillance  germany 
march 2017 by yorksranter
Google Home is playing audio ads for Beauty and the Beast - The Verge
“By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and The Beast opens today,” the Assistant says, after covering the usual time, weather, and commute routine. “In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me something about Belle.” Meunier didn’t respond, so Home simply said “Have a good one” and moved on to the day’s news headlines from NPR
advertising  googlehome  surveillance 
march 2017 by yorksranter
Spyware’s Odd Targets: Backers of Mexico’s Soda Tax - The New York Times
Sugar: it really *is* the new cigarettes, right down to the tactics of its lobbyists
sugar  surveillance  mexico  nsogroup  spyware  gsm 
february 2017 by yorksranter
These Adorable Dolls Share Kids' Information With A Defense Contractor - BuzzFeed News
But to use the doll, a child must first answer several questions, including their name, their parents’ names, their school, their hometown, and their physical location.

I-Que Intelligent Robot, sold for $90 on Amazon, also requires a smartphone app connected to the internet in order to function. But it also requests access to the smartphone’s camera, which, the complaint alleges, “is not necessary to the toy’s functions and is not explained or justified.”
creepy  surveillance  internetofshit 
december 2016 by yorksranter
Phone encryption: Police 'mug' suspect to get data - BBC News
they concluded they could stage their own lawful "street robbery" - using a similar snatch technique to a thief - and in June a team set out to do precisely that
met  surveillance  crypto 
december 2016 by yorksranter
UK MoD looks to transfer Army Defender and Islander aircraft to RAF | IHS Jane's 360
A senior MoD source commented that the proposals are gaining traction, although many details - such as basing, unit structure, and whether existing army air and ground crews will transfer to the RAF - are still to be worked out. "Discussions are ongoing," said the source. "For efficiency, it is likely that the operation of FWMAS capability will be rationalised."

Due to the sensitivity of the missions flown by the Islanders and Defenders, many aspects of their operations are shrouded in high levels of secrecy. In its 2016 UK Armed Forces Equipment and Formations report published on 6 September, the ministry said it owned nine Defenders, three Islander AL1s, and three Islanders CC2s, with eight, three and one aircraft respectively in daily use.
islander  c4istar  surveillance  aviation 
october 2016 by yorksranter
How police decoded encryption software to thwart arms traffickers | UK news | The Guardian
Once alerted to suspicions that Shilling was attempting to import firearms from Europe, the NCA, working with Kent police, put him and his associates under surveillance. Their monitoring included the successful decoding of PGP encryption software used by Shilling and Defraine and others on their multiple BlackBerry phones. > does this mean a pgp exploit, the RCMP Blackberry thing, a handling/keymat error, or guff to protect a human tout?
guns  crime  pgp  privacy  charlie  surveillance  security 
june 2016 by yorksranter
For $20M, These Israeli Hackers Will Spy On Any Phone On The Planet - Forbes
Isn't the obvious deduction that one or more of the Israeli MNOs is providing service to them? They have full global roaming, so....alternatively a roaming hub company:-)
israel  ss7  snowden  security  surveillance  gsm 
june 2016 by yorksranter
Exclusive: Canadian Police Obtained BlackBerry’s Global Decryption Key | VICE News
So the Mounties just somehow got the one single encryption key for all the BlackBerries and now someone's got off a mafia slaying as a result
Canada  crime  surveillance  blackberry  crypto  security  hacker  Snowden  stl 
april 2016 by yorksranter
NSA forschte Merkel umfassender aus als bislang bekannt - Politik - Süddeutsche.de
No wonder the US swung away on the economic agenda if they bugged Operation Bin Berlusconi
euro  Europe  austerity  NSA  surveillance  wikileaks 
february 2016 by yorksranter
The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people | Ars Technica UK
Well. all these years I've been joking about the Project Lobster interface to the MQ-8 Reaper aaaand ARRGH.
cdr  surveillance  stellarwind  bayes  probability  drone  uav  terrorism  terrifying 
february 2016 by yorksranter
The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ - The Washington Post
Exactly how Beware calculates threat scores is something that its maker, Intrado, considers a trade secret, so it is unclear how much weight is given to a misdemeanor, felony or threatening comment on Facebook > SEEMS LEGIT
precrime  surveillance  machinelearning  cops  intrado  from twitter_favs
january 2016 by yorksranter
How the world's biggest asbestos factory tried to stop campaigners exposing the killer dust's dangers | Home News | News | The Independent
They also enlisted the help of disgraced Rochdale MP Cyril Smith in a clandestine but ultimately unsuccessful bid to discredit the makers of an award-winning documentary that told how asbestos workers were dying from cancer > was there anything about that guy that wasn't utterly evil?
cyrilsmith  noncesense  asbestos  surveillance  pr 
january 2016 by yorksranter
Revealed: National Crime Agency In Crisis Over Unlawful Searches - BuzzFeed News
But the true reason for the raid was not simply to gather evidence, as the magistrates who signed the search, seizure, and arrest warrants had been told. The real plan was to wait until the brothers were safely in detention and the coast was clear, and then install listening devices in their offices. The secret hope was that the “deliberately boisterous” arrests would cause enough alarm to “provoke” the three men into discussing the crimes they had been wrongly accused of when they were eventually released
cops  nca  met  surveillance  bugged 
december 2015 by yorksranter
Alain Bauer et le consortium de la peur - Les mots sont importants (lmsi.net)
Il obtient à 20 ans – en 1982 – le titre d’administrateur délégué de l’Institut national supérieur d’études de défense (Insed). Dans le même temps, il se fait élire par l’Unef-ID vice-président étudiant de la Sorbonne et à l’administration de la Mutuelle nationale des étudiants de France (Mnef), postes qu’il occupe jusqu’en 1988 [3]. Il raconte comment cette formation syndicale lui a permis d’acquérir « une appréhension tactique du terrain » qu’il recommande à tous les chefs d’entreprise concernés par la « lutte contre le crime [4] » > ouch!
bauer  michelrocard  ps  france  surveillance  cctv 
november 2015 by yorksranter
My wife found my email in the Ashley Madison database
One of the advantages of being Harrowell. I don't get other people's e-mail:-)
culture  database  surveillance  ashleymadison  email 
november 2015 by yorksranter
Snooper’s Charter: Web browsing history stored for a year, no bans on encryption | Ars Technica UK
In her speech, May revealed that, until now, the government has drawn on antiquated powers granted by the Telecommunications Act 1984. > the bit that lets them order you to do anything if you're OFCOM-regulated, whether or not it's anything to do with telecoms.
surveillance  ofcom  gchq  telecomsact84  from twitter_favs
november 2015 by yorksranter
UK spy agencies face ever-shifting threats - FT.com
“The emergence of Isis epitomises the shift in a technological arms race that does not necessarily favour the west any more,” says Nigel Inkster, director of transnational threats at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and former director of operations for MI6. “In many ways, modern [information technology] is now benefiting terrorist organisations more than it is the organisations fighting them.”

> what, Ford Ranger pickups?
4GW  intelligence  stupidity  ISIS  surveillance 
september 2015 by yorksranter
Vodafone's data breach a lesson for tech companies to be open about mistakes | Business | The Guardian
Question: how many News Ltd people were getting CDRs from the original breach and what kind of coincidence is it that someone from a Fairfax paper was targeted?
vodafone  privacy  leveson  cdr  surveillance  pcidss  infosec 
september 2015 by yorksranter
“I Have Nothing To Hide” Really Means “You Can’t Confide Anything In Me”
Falkvinge may be a libertarian but he's got a point here. Anyone who says they have no need for privacy, because they have nothing to hide, is saying they can't be trusted.
surveillance  privacy  trust 
august 2015 by yorksranter
In addition, there is scope to make it easier for UK police authorities to access communications data directly from the US CSPs. There is no bar to this in US law. We have discussed options with the companies to improve the process for making
communications data requests. The companies are developing their own technical solutions to this end, including online portals. We should encourage more of this
surveillance  spook  cdr  sheinwald 
june 2015 by yorksranter
▶ Black Hat USA 2013 - OPSEC failures of spies - YouTube
fascinating the way they thought Analyst's Notebook was just so awesome the Italians and Hezbollah couldn't figure it out.
networks  networkx  hezbollah  cdr  cia  gsm  surveillance 
may 2015 by yorksranter
Vers un blocage des hébergeurs étrangers sans responsable en France ?
Astonishingly stupid. France has responded to Snowden by doubling down hard on mass surveillance
snowden  stl  france  hosting  datacentre  surveillance 
april 2015 by yorksranter
U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades
Interesting! they borrowed the idea from the narcs, who presumably got it from Project GREEN STAR back in the 1970s.
privacy  surveillance  snowden  cdr  dea 
april 2015 by yorksranter
Skip Your Annual Physical - NYTimes.com
studies of annual health exams dating from 1963 to 1999 show that the annual physicals did not reduce mortality overall or for specific causes of death from cancer or heart disease
medicine  doctors  surveillance 
january 2015 by yorksranter
www.culturalcognition.net - Cultural Cognition Blog - What “bodycams” can and can’t be expected to do. . . plus coolest study of the year
Collected without the subjects’ awareness, the eye-tracking data showed that subjects fixed their attention disproportionately on the actor they were motivated to see as the wrongdoer—e.g., the police officer in the case of subjects predisposed to distrust the police in study 1, or the citizen identified as an “out-group” member in study 2
cognition  vision  racism  cops  cctv  surveillance 
january 2015 by yorksranter
U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans - Bloomberg
The heavily-redacted reports include examples of data on Americans being e-mailed to unauthorized recipients, stored in unsecured computers and retained after it was supposed to be destroyed, according to the documents. They were posted on the NSA’s website at around 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Last year, an analyst “mistakenly requested” surveillance “of his own personal identifier instead of the selector associated with a foreign intelligence target,” according to another report.
surveillance  stl  from twitter_favs
december 2014 by yorksranter
How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide - The Intercept
There must be a ridiculous amount of this stuff happening at MWC every year.
gsm  nsa  mwc  surveillance  snowden 
december 2014 by yorksranter
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