San Diego Has Been Turned Into A Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network

San Diego Has Been Turned Into A Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network By MassPrivateI Can you imagine a city in the United States secretly creating a Chinese-style public surveillance network that can identify everyone? Can you imagine that same city secretly creating a Chinese-style public watchlisting network? Well imagine no more because it has already happened. When I wrote about “covert facial recognition streetlights coming to a city near you” last year, I never would have dreamt that my article would become a reality so quickly. A recent article in the…

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NEC Corporation to Conduct Iris Scans at the South by Southwest Film & Music Festival

NEC Corporation to Conduct Iris Scans at the South by Southwest Film & Music Festival By MassPrivateI In what can only be described as revolting, makers of facial and iris recognition cameras are setting up an exhibit booth at a Film & Music Festival in America’s heartland. Three days ago, the NEC Corporation announced that they will be “participating” in one of the world’s largest events dedicated to the interactive, film and music industries, the “South By Southwest Conference” (SXSW) in Austin, Texas from March 10-13. Why would a facial recognition company…

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Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State By Danny O’Brien Earlier this month, security researcher Victor Gevers found and disclosed an exposed database live-tracking the locations of about 2.6 million residents of Xinjiang, China, offering a window into what a digital surveillance state looks like in the 21st century. Xinjiang is China’s largest province, and home to China’s Uighurs, a Turkic minority group. Here, the Chinese government has implemented a testbed police state where an estimated 1 million individuals from these minority groups have been…

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Apple’s HomePod 2 and Google’s Nest Guard Take Spying on Your Family to the Next Level

Apple’s HomePod 2 and Google’s Nest Guard Take Spying on Your Family to the Next Level By MassPrivateI Who needs Big Brother to spy on you in your home when Siri and Google will do it for them? Two recent stories prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that smart device surveillance is real. According to Mac Rumors, Apple recently applied for a facial recognition and 3D hand gesture patent for their new HomePod 2 smart speaker. A recent article in Gadgets 360 describes the HomePod 2’s facial recognition and hand gesture…

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Orwellian Smartphones Tracking Govt Employees Could Become the Pentagon’s New Employee Access Cards

Orwellian Smartphones Tracking Govt Employees Could Become the Pentagon’s New Employee Access Cards By Aaron Kesel The government wants a phone for its employees that uses an algorithm to track their location, the way they talk, type and even walk, Nextgov reported. A New York-based company called TWOSENSE.AI and the Defense Department are working together on building a software-as-a-service, a B2B hybrid SAAS product to replace the infamous government Common Access Card (CAC) used by active-duty uniformed service personnel, selected reserve, DOD civilian employees and eligible subcontractors. TWOSENSE.AI was awarded a…

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Walgreens, Nestlé, Coors And More Use Iris-Tracking Cameras To Spy On Shoppers

Walgreens, Nestlé, Coors And More Use Iris-Tracking Cameras To Spy On Shoppers By MassPrivateI I hope you had a happy new year, “because I’m about to ruin the image and the style that you’re used to.” Gone are the days when you sent your daughter to the store and worried that some creepy old man might upskirt her, because now retailers will do what no stalker could ever do — take iris and facial images of your kids while they buy ice cream or soda. According to a recent article in…

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Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail — And Getting It Wrong

Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail — And Getting It Wrong By Elias Marat As machine-learning algorithms, big data methods and artificial intelligence are increasingly used in the toolkit of U.S. law enforcement agencies, many are worrying that the existing biases of the criminal justice system are simply being automated – and deepened. Police departments are increasingly relying on predictive algorithms to figure out where to deploy their forces by blanketing cities with a mesh of human-based and computerized surveillance technology including, but not limited to, data-mining, facial…

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Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy By Jennifer Lynch and Adam Schwartz The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is injury enough. In Rosenbach v. Six Flags, a 14 year old brought a challenge against an amusement park for collecting his thumbprint without his informed consent, in violation of Illinois law.…

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Coalition Demands Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Stop Giving Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

Coalition Demands Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Stop Giving Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies By Michael Maharrey The Tenth Amendment Center has joined more than 85 other organizations demanding Microsoft, Google and Amazon stop providing facial recognition surveillance technology to government agencies. The TAC signed on to separate letters to all three companies. MicrosoftAmazonGoogle The coalition makes it clear to each company a decision to provide face surveillance technology to the government threatens basic liberties and will also undermine public trust in its business. “We are at a crossroads with face…

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Future A.I. Won’t Need Facial Recognition to Identify Individuals in a Crowd: Claim

Future A.I. Won’t Need Facial Recognition to Identify Individuals in a Crowd: Claim By Nicholas West People of the future will apparently be no more significant than zebrafish and flies, according to new studies in tracking and surveillance being conducted on those species. As Activist Post has reported many times, current artificial intelligence systems that are increasingly being added to CCTV cameras and other biometric sensors around the world to ID people’s faces are not performing nearly to the standard that should be required for police work.  It appears that…

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