Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police

Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police By John Vibes Ring, the home security system developed by Amazon, is planning to build a database of neighborhood watchlists using facial recognition technology. Documents obtained by the Intercept revealed that the company is working with law enforcement on a system that will identify people who are considered “suspicious,” and let Ring owners know when these individuals are near their home, using the facial recognition software built into the security system’s cameras. The software will also give the Ring…

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DHS Expects To Have The Biometrics Data of 259 Million People by 2022

DHS Expects To Have The Biometrics Data of 259 Million People by 2022 By Mac Slavo The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects to have face, fingerprint, and iris scans of at least 259 million people in its biometrics database by 2022. Is there any way to escape the mass surveillance and tracking that George Orwell warned us all about in his iconic book, 1984? The Orwellian police state is upon us, but don’t expect it to improve at all.  In fact, as George Orwell said: “If you want…

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ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition

ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition By Aaron Kesel The ACLU has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies, making claims that the government is improperly withholding information on how it uses a facial recognition database on millions of Americans. The civil rights organization also asks for a “federal court to intervene and order the FBI and related agencies to turn over all records concerning their use of face recognition technology,” according to a legal document. “Because of…

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While You Slept, Government Created Internal Passports

While You Slept, Government Created Internal Passports By Peter C. Earle The deadline of yet another, and perhaps the most insidious, element of the post-9/11 initiatives (a partial list of which includes the establishment of the Transportation Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and a never-ending international war against a nebulously-defined, noncorporeal enemy, “terror”) is less than one year of coming to fruition. Beginning no later than October 1, 2020, citizens of all US states and territories will be required to have a Real ID compliant card or US…

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We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition

We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition By Michael Maharrey We’ve become increasingly comfortable with facial recognition technology. We use it to unlock our phones and to skip the security line at the airport. But the convenience of facial recognition is blinding us to its dangers. Georgetown University School of Law privacy expert Clare Garvie put together a video that explains why you should be concerned about the growing use of facial recognition technology, even if you think you have “nothing to hide.” According to Garvie, police databases…

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Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals

Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals By John Vibes Police and government agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on facial recognition software to hunt for suspects, despite the fact that this technology is notorious for falsely identifying innocent people as criminals. In one of the most recent cases, Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 27 different professional athletes as criminals. While it may be true that professional football players have been known to get in trouble from time to time, this is obviously a failure of the…

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Aruba’s Facial Recognition Will Identify 2 Million Tourists At Car Rental Stations, Hotels And The Airport

Aruba’s Facial Recognition Will Identify 2 Million Tourists At Car Rental Stations, Hotels And The Airport By MassPrivateI Think twice before planning your family vacation to Aruba next year. Big Brother has big plans to monitor American tourists. A recent article in Breaking Travel News, revealed that the government of Aruba and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTCC) are bringing facial recognition CCTV cameras to car rental stations and at least 15 hotels on the island by 2020. (To see a list of Aruba’s 274 hotels and villas, click…

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U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide

U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide By Aaron Kesel A U.S. Senator called for an end to facial recognition in airports due to lack of oversight on the technology. Meanwhile, facial recognition is spreading across the U.S. in schools everywhere according to a report. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up several issues with facial recognition technologies and warned against moving forward without sufficient protections for data being collected, during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science…

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News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine

News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine By Joe Wright For a number of years now, I have been chronicling the ever-widening use of “The Constitution-Free Zone” by Border Patrol agents in the name of immigration enforcement. Papers Please: “Daily Citizenship Checks” on Buses Across Maine Highlight Constitution-Free Zone New York’s Constitution-Free Zone Leading to Warrantless Bus Searches and Detentions Greyhound Bus Under Fire As More Reports Of Immigration Searches and Detentions Surface Citizenship Checkpoints Start to Spread Across The Constitution-Free Zone The…

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Forget Facial Recognition: DHS’ New Database, HART, Also Uses Scars, Tattoos, and Your VOICE to ID You. And Amazon Is Storing All the Data.

Forget Facial Recognition: DHS’ New Database, HART, Also Uses Scars, Tattoos, and Your VOICE to ID You. And Amazon Is Storing All the Data. By Daisy Luther These days, you can’t really go anywhere without encountering cameras.  Going into a store? Chances are there are security cameras. Getting money at an ATM? More cameras. Driving through the streets of a city? More cameras still. Your neighbors may have those doorbells from Amazon that are surveilling the entire neighborhood. And many of these cameras are tied into facial recognition databases, or…

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