U.S. Government Using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology

U.S. Government Using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology Activist Post Editor’s Note:  Despite the many warnings about the increased privacy invasion from this technology, as well as evidence showing that it is far from 100% accurate, Americans appear to be choosing perceived security (and convenience) over liberty. According to a recent survey from the Center for Data Innovation, only 1 in 4 Americans is at all concerned about government facial recognition tech, and that number is even lower when it specifically addresses law enforcement. The survey also indicates Americans are more…

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Amazon’s Creepy Facial Recognition Doorbell Will Surveil the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD

Amazon’s Creepy Facial Recognition Doorbell Will Surveil the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD By Meadow Clark At first glance of Amazon’s new patent application, one would be tempted to think it no more than a built-in “smart” security system. But no, this facial recognition surveillance doorbell does a lot more than record would-be thieves. Ding! Dong! Prepare to be downright disturbed. According to a new report, the patent application, made available in late November, would pair facial surveillance such as Rekognition, the product that Amazon is aggressively marketing to law enforcement, with Ring –…

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City of Cambridge Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State

City of Cambridge Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State By Michael Maharrey CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Dec. 17, 2018) – The City of Cambridge, Mass., has passed an ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. On Dec. 10, the Cambridge City Council passed an ordinance requiring its explicit approval before any city government agency can acquire, fund or use surveillance technologies. This includes, but is not limited to, automatic license plate readers, video surveillance, biometric surveillance technology including facial…

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Hundreds of Police Departments Have Secretly Created Public Safety Watchlists

Hundreds of Police Departments Have Secretly Created Public Safety Watchlists By MassPrivateI To everyone who thinks secret watchlists are nothing more than a conspiracy theory, I give you law enforcement’s secret public safety watchlists. The name of the company responsible for creating public safety watchlists should say it all but I digress. A recent article in Xconomy reveals that law enforcement is using Suspect Technologies facial recognition software to create secret public safety watchlists. Suspect Technologies is also working to pilot a real-time service next year by monitoring public surveillance…

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London Begins Testing Facial Recognition In Public Despite Being “Staggeringly Inaccurate”

London Begins Testing Facial Recognition In Public Despite Being “Staggeringly Inaccurate” By Nicholas West It appears that London is ready to roll out the gift of surveillance to its citizens this holiday season.  The Met has announced that several areas around central London will be part of a field trial to be conducted today and tomorrow, despite previous reports that the tech is “staggeringly inaccurate.” In September 2017 I reported about results from a previous test of public facial recognition that was conducted in Britain’s Notting Hill area.  The results…

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Move Over Facial Recognition Tech, They’re Now Data Mining Directly From Our Brains

Move Over Facial Recognition Tech, They’re Now Data Mining Directly From Our Brains By Press For Truth Facial Recognition technology is ancient when compared to what they’re doing in China! China is deploying emotional surveillance technology that mines data from the minds of its citizens and these light-weight sensory helmets have been rolled out on an industrial scale. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth goes over the latest Orwellian news as China is now data-mining info directly from the brains of workers in order to “increase productivity.”…

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Police Use Facial Recognition Doorbells To Create Private Watchlist Networks

Police Use Facial Recognition Doorbells To Create Private Watchlist Networks By MassPrivateI Earlier this year, I reported that Amazon’s spying Ring doorbells are being installed everywhere and how everyone’s privacy is at stake. But a recent CNN article revealed that Amazon wants to turn homeowners’ doorbells into facial recognition devices using their Rekogntion software. An Amazon patent application which was made public on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, describes how a network of cameras could work together with facial recognition technology to identify people. Amazon also wants homeowners to create their…

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TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction

TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction By India McKinney The Transportation Security Administration has set out an alarming vision of pervasive biometric surveillance at airports, which cuts against the right to privacy, the “right to travel,” and the right to anonymous association with others. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included language that we warned would provide implied Congressional endorsement to biometric screening of domestic travelers and U.S. citizens, became law in early October. The ink wasn’t even dry on that bill when the Transportation…

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Smile, Travelers! You’re on Candid DHS Cameras.

Smile, Travelers! You’re on Candid DHS Cameras. By Edward Hasbrouck The Department of Homeland Security has posted the latest update to a series of Privacy Impact Assessments attempting to whitewash the invasions of privacy and human rights inherent in a comprehensive system of automated facial identification of travelers. The latest PIA reveals more than the DHS has previously admitted about the nature and scope of its planned use of automated facial ID technology. The DHS plans to use image data aggregated from commercial surveillance systems operated by airlines and airports,…

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DHS-wide Biometrics Programs, Issues, Detailed in Data Mining Report to Congress

DHS-wide Biometrics Programs, Issues, Detailed in Data Mining Report to Congress By Anthony Kimery The comprehensive, legally mandated new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office’s Data Mining Report to Congress provides detailed updates on modifications, additions, and other developments to numerous department-wide programs that involve extensive data mining of biometric information to support DHS’s mission to protect the homeland, and provides examples of its effectiveness. The annual audit report ensured DHS components’ employment of biometric data mining is conducted in a manner that protects privacy. The report “discusses activities…

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