maoxian + surveillance   56

A World of Surveillance Doesn’t Always Help to Catch a Thief - The New York Times
Looking at the numbers, I began to wonder: How many times, during that disappointingly banal crime spree, was my thief photographed, tagged, measured or otherwise observed in our semi-constant world of databases? And with a modest effort, how hard would it then be for the police to find him?
surveillance 
december 2016 by maoxian
Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking - ProPublica
After we published this story, Google reached out to say that it doesn’t currently use Gmail keywords to target web ads. We’ve updated the story to reflect that.

REACHED OUT!

To opt-out of Google’s identified tracking, visit the Activity controls on Google’s My Account page, and uncheck the box next to “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services." You can also delete past activity from your account.
google  privacy  surveillance 
october 2016 by maoxian
Advertising's hottest surveillance software is surprisingly legal
The FTC politely told 12 app developers that they needed to let users know that SilverPush was collecting data and selling it to third parties.
surveillance 
march 2016 by maoxian
Surveillance planes spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting - The Washington Post
“Anyone know who has been flying the light plane in circles above the city for the last few nights?”

raising novel civil liberties issues that have so far gotten little scrutiny from courts

cellphone-tracking devices called “IMSI catchers” in airplanes to track the movements of people in U.S. cities.

McNutt said a wider view would be more useful in tracking down people who had committed crimes. “What they need is a system that follows people back to the house they came out of.”

LOL GREAT CLOSING QUOTE
surveillance 
june 2015 by maoxian
Gorilla REPL viewer: stats.cljw
THIS GUY GET A KNOCK ON THE DOOR YET?
surveillance 
june 2015 by maoxian
Can They See My Dick?
WHEN I EMERGE FROM A COLD SHOWER?
surveillance 
april 2015 by maoxian
Sheriffs want to disable police tracking feature on Google Waze app — RT USA
"fears that it undermines safety."

HEE HEE, IT'S CALLED COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE

" Users report police presence through a police icon that tells drivers of an upcoming speed trap or sobriety stop – whether it’s hidden or visible."
apps  surveillance 
january 2015 by maoxian
Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future — Medium
"they took away his passport, put him under house arrest, forbid him to talk with journalists about his arrest, forced him to stop using social media and put up camera’s all around his house."

HE STILL GETS THE CHICKS THOUGH

TL;DR
surveillance  privacy 
january 2015 by maoxian
The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras
"an investigation into paranoia, electromagnetism, and infrastructure."

IN THAT ORDER? IT'S TRUE THAT WHEN WE LIVED IN LONDON I WAS DISTURBED BY THE CAMERAS; OF COURSE IN CHINA IT'S JUST AS BAD (soon coming to the land of the free if not already there)
privacy  surveillance  london 
november 2014 by maoxian
AP Exclusive: Ferguson no-fly zone aimed at media
"restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests."

SEND OUT THE DRONES
surveillance 
november 2014 by maoxian
Man-in-the-middle attack - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a form of active eavesdropping in which the attacker makes independent connections with the victims and relays messages between them, making them believe that they are talking directly to each other over a private connection, when in fact the entire conversation is controlled by the attacker
surveillance 
october 2014 by maoxian
Interesting article on Singapore's surveillance state, the roots of which connect to the infamous US TIA program: foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/…
U.S. officials have come to see Singapore as a model for how they'd build an intelligence apparatus if privacy laws and a long tradition of civil liberties weren't standing in the way.

YA KNOW, THOSE PESKY THINGS

" Ho will not reveal what forms of information he and his colleagues used -- by U.S. standards, Singapore's privacy laws are virtually nonexistent, and it's possible that the government collected private communications, financial data, public transportation records, and medical information without any court approval or private consent -- but Ho claims that the experiment was very encouraging." ... HELPS TO SAY VERY ENCOURAGING IN MR BURNS'S VOICE

"But to purchase a card in Singapore, a customer has to provide a passport number, which is linked to the card, meaning the phone company -- and, presumably, by extension the government -- has a record of every call made on a supposedly disposable, anonymous device." ... ALSO TRUE IN CHINA THOUGH OF COURSE IT IS NOT REALLY ENFORCED HERE (TOTAL CHAOS)
surveillance 
august 2014 by maoxian
Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face - The Atlantic
The very thing that makes you invisible to computers makes you glaringly obvious to other humans.

NOT WHEN EVERYBODY IS WEARING IT
surveillance 
july 2014 by maoxian
Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare state | Technology | The Observer
"we know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."

TL;DR
politics  surveillance  government 
july 2014 by maoxian
If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again : All Tech Considered : NPR
ALL THE RICH PEOPLE I KNOW HAVE PAID SCRUBBING SERVICES TO DO AS MUCH AS THEY CAN TO DISAPPEAR THINGS
privacy  surveillance 
february 2014 by maoxian
Google’s Schmidt Sees Encryption Killing Censorship - Bloomberg
“The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything.” ... YEP, HAS TO BE POINT AND CLICK THOUGH
privacy  surveillance 
november 2013 by maoxian
Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files to Russia - NYTimes.com
"His last target while working as an agency contractor was China, he said, adding that he had had “access to every target, every active operation” mounted by the N.S.A. against the Chinese. “Full lists of them,” he said." ... CHICOMS SHOULD HAVE KIDNAPPED HIM IN HK
china  surveillance 
october 2013 by maoxian
N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens - NYTimes.com
Almost everything about the agency’s operations is hidden, and the decision to revise the limits concerning Americans was made in secret, without review by the nation’s intelligence court or any public debate.
privacy  surveillance 
october 2013 by maoxian
E-ZPasses Get Read All Over New York (Not Just At Toll Booths) - Forbes
“If NYDOT can put up readers,” says Puking Monkey, “other agencies could as well.”
privacy  surveillance 
september 2013 by maoxian
How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch | Technology | theguardian.com
Jessamyn West, a radical librarian, conceived of a brilliant solution, a sign on the wall of her library reading "THE FBI HAS NOT BEEN HERE (watch very closely for the removal of this sign)." After all, she reasoned, if the law prohibited her from telling people that the FBI had been in, that wasn't the same as her not not telling people the FBI hadn't been in, right?
security  surveillance  privacy 
september 2013 by maoxian
NSA surveillance: how to stay secure | Bruce Schneier | World news | theguardian.com
"Since I started working with Snowden's documents, I have been using GPG, Silent Circle, Tails, OTR, TrueCrypt, BleachBit, and a few other things I'm not going to write about. There's an undocumented encryption feature in my Password Safe program from the command line); I've been using that as well." ... WONDER IF HE'S GOING TO GET HIT BY A BUS?
privacy  security  surveillance 
september 2013 by maoxian
NSA Spied on Al Jazeera Communications: Snowden Document - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"In addition to cracking the airline reservation services for Russian airline Aeroflot, accessing "Al Jazeera broadcasting internal communication" was listed as a "notable success," the document shows. The NSA said these selected targets had "high potential as sources of intelligence."" ... ALSO SOME GREAT FALAFEL RECIPES
surveillance  privacy 
september 2013 by maoxian
Schneier on Security: More on the NSA Commandeering the Internet
Lavabit is -- well, was -- an e-mail service that offered more privacy than the typical large-Internet-corporation services that most of us use. It was a small company, owned and operated by Ladar Levison, and it was popular among the tech-savvy. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden among its half-million users.
Last month, Levison reportedly received an order -- probably a National Security Letter -- to allow the NSA to eavesdrop on everyone's e-mail accounts on Lavabit. Rather than "become complicit in crimes against the American people," he turned the service off. Note that we don't know for sure that he received a NSL -- that's the order authorized by the Patriot Act that doesn't require a judge's signature and prohibits the recipient from talking about it -- or what it covered, but Levison has said that he had complied with requests for individual e-mail access in the past, but this was very different.
privacy  security  surveillance 
september 2013 by maoxian
NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests - Washington Wire - WSJ
OF COURSE THEY DO ... I'D SPY ON *TONS OF PEOPLE* IF I WERE IN THAT POSITION
privacy  surveillance 
august 2013 by maoxian
Snowden Spiegel Interview
SNOWDEN'S 15 MINUTES ARE ABOUT UP
privacy  surveillance 
july 2013 by maoxian
WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI | Threat Level | Wired.com
SMART OF THE FEDS, HOPE WIKILEAKS BETTER ABOUT VETTING PEOPLE THAN BOOZ ALLEN
privacy  surveillance  WIKILEAKS 
july 2013 by maoxian
Persuading David Simon (Pinboard Blog)
First, there is the scope of the order. The Baltimore operation, and others like it, were limited to a specific criminal investigation. They were obtained under a warrant setting limits on what would be collected, and for how long.

The NSA program is universal and appears to be open-ended. Information is collected in aggregate. The program operates under the authority of secret court order, not a warrant. It is not clear whether the Administration even believes this type of surveillance requires a court order.

Second is the nature of the body carrying out the surveillance. In Simon's example, this was a municipal police force, overseen by a local court.

In our case, it's the NSA, a Federal agency whose job has traditionally been to collect foreign signals intelligence ①. The operation is overseen by a secret court system called FISC.
privacy  security  surveillance 
june 2013 by maoxian
The Sickening Snowden Backlash - The Daily Beast
"It's appalling to hear the Washington bureaucrats and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it's our leaders and the NSA who have betrayed us"
...
Politico’s Roger Simon called Snowden “the slacker who came in from the cold,” with “all the qualifications to become a grocery bagger.” That people feel comfortable sneering about grocery workers—a respectable job—and writing off Snowden’s years working as a security guard as sloth tells you a bit about the culture of the nation’s capital, doesn’t it?" ... THE ESTABLISHMENT THREATENED, CORPORATE SECURITY STATE AND ITS MEDIA ALLIES IN SMEAR OVERDRIVE
surveillance 
june 2013 by maoxian
Confirmed: The NSA is Spying on Millions of Americans | Electronic Frontier Foundation
issued under 50 USC sec.1861, also known as section 215 of the Patriot Act. ... It’s time to start the national dialogue about our rights in the digital age. And it’s time to end the NSA’s unconstitutional domestic surveillance program.
politics  privacy  surveillance 
june 2013 by maoxian
What We Don't Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic
"The NSA's surveillance of cell-phone calls show how badly we need to protect the whistle-blowers who provide transparency and accountability." ... YOU DON'T NEED TO PROTECT THEM IN THIS CASE SINCE THEY'RE CHINESE GOV'T HACKERS
privacy  surveillance 
june 2013 by maoxian
U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance | Politics and Law - CNET News
"Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center." ... SLIPPED DOWN THAT SLOPE LONG AGO
internet  law  politics  privacy  surveillance 
april 2013 by maoxian
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm | World news | The Guardian
OF COURSE YOU'RE BEING TRACKED, ALWAYS, EVERYWHERE

"photographs users post on social networks sometimes contain latitude and longitude details – automatically embedded by smartphones within "exif header data."

Riot pulls out this information, showing not only the photographs posted onto social networks by individuals, but also the location at which the photographs were taken."
privacy  surveillance 
february 2013 by maoxian
Student Suspended for Refusing to Wear a School-Issued RFID Tracker | Threat Level | Wired.com
GOOD FOR HIM/HER ... WOULD SMACKING IT WITH A HAMMER HELP? GEE, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, TEACH?
privacy  surveillance 
november 2012 by maoxian
n+1: Leave Your Cellphone at Home
CERTAINLY MAKES A DRONE STRIKE EASIER

"When in 2008, President Obama took the reigns from George W. Bush, there was an expectation that much, or at least some, of this activity would be curbed. Yet, as Bamford’s article attests, the goverment’s monitoring and collection of our digital data remains steadfast." ... THANKS FOR NOTHING, BARRY
politics  privacy  surveillance 
september 2012 by maoxian
FinSpy Software Is Tracking Political Dissidents
"The software has been identified as FinSpy, one of the more elusive spyware tools sold in the growing market of off-the-shelf computer surveillance technologies that give governments a sophisticated plug-in monitoring operation. Research now links it to servers in more than a dozen countries, including Turkmenistan, Brunei and Bahrain, although no government acknowledges using the software for surveillance purposes." ... WHERE'S THE COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE VERSION?
apps  privacy  law  Government  surveillance 
september 2012 by maoxian

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