Axon Partners With a Public Hospital to Re-brand Stun Guns as Lifesaving Devices

Axon Partners With a Public Hospital to Re-brand Stun Guns as Lifesaving Devices By MassPrivateI Last month, an article in the Star Tribune revealed a disturbing partnership between Axon Enterprise Inc. (Taser) and a public hospital. For 14 years Axon has been paying the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) more than $1.1 million to help convince juries and the public that Tasers are lifesaving devices. Axon has been paying two doctors between $20,000- $36,000 a year to write hundreds of Axon-funded stories and serve as Axon medical advisors. Two researchers…

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HOV Lane Discounts to be Replaced With a Customer Rewards Spying Program

HOV Lane Discounts to be Replaced With a Customer Rewards Spying Program By MassPrivateI Corporations will go to incredible lengths to dream up new ways to convince the public to accept government spying. Take the Arlington Texas Department of Transportation’s (DOT) latest idea for example. The Texas DOT is getting rid of HOV lane discounts and replacing them with customer rewards. Motorists are being forced to download an intrusive new “VeriRide” app that takes government snooping to a whole new level. A recent article in the Dallas News titled “HOV rewards…

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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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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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Homeland Security Creates Exclusive “Platinum” Spy On Your Neighbors Cam-Share Club

Homeland Security Creates Exclusive “Platinum” Spy On Your Neighbors Cam-Share Club By MassPrivateI Looking for that special gift for your family this holiday season? Why not sign up for Homeland Security’s “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club. According to an article in The Advocate, DHS and New Orleans law enforcement have just created a “platinum” spying program that encourages homeowners and business owners to spy on everyone in real-time. The New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation’s SafeCam NOLA program, which allows residents to register their cameras with NOPD, recently…

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Surveillance Cameras Equipped With Thermal Imaging Allow Police To Identify People By Their Gender, Body Size And Skin Color

Surveillance Cameras Equipped With Thermal Imaging Allow Police To Identify People By Their Gender, Body Size And Skin Color By MassPrivateI BriefCam’s “Transforming Video into Actionable Intelligence” allows law enforcement and retailers to secretly identify people by their gender, body size, color, direction, speed and more. BriefCam’s Video Synopsis version V allows police and retail stores to use surveillance cameras to identify individuals and cars in real-time. BriefCam is the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions for rapid video review and search, real-time alerting and quantitative video insights. By transforming raw…

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Surveillance Cameras Can Identify Everyone By “Talking To Their Cellphones”

Surveillance Cameras Can Identify Everyone By “Talking To Their Cellphones” By MassPrivateI Surveillance cameras will soon be able to identify everyone by talking to their cellphones. “This system basically allows surveillance cameras to talk to the public through their individual phones,” Purdue University doctoral student Siyuan Cao said.  As the above video illustrates, soon nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes. Purdue University’s SIMBA Labs has developed a camera-to-human surveillance program called PHADE otherwise known as Private Human Addressing. The name of this new program, seems appropriate as…

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DHS Wants To Let Police And Emergency Vehicles Talk To Your Car

DHS Wants To Let Police And Emergency Vehicles Talk To Your Car By MassPrivateI It seems like not a week goes by that I am not warning everyone about another government surveillance program. Sadly, this story is no different and this one might send shivers down your spine. (Happy Halloween.) Government spying on the public is out of control, and perhaps nothing says that more than the latest revelation about DHS’s plan to allow first responders to send digital alerts to every vehicle. All in the name of public safety…

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“Covert” Facial Recognition Street Lights Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

“Covert” Facial Recognition Street Lights Coming to a Neighborhood Near You By MassPrivateI A recent Reuters article reveals that ST Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million to install facial recognition street lights in Singapore. ST’s smart street lights come equipped with sensors, LED screens and covert cameras already installed. Incredibly, ST claims their spying street lights can bring “healthcare benefits to residents.” image credit: WISX Just like smart city projects everywhere, Singapore claims that spying street lights “are not built by the government but by all of us – citizens,…

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Police Use Electronic Ticketing to Fine More People and Increase Profits

Police Use Electronic Ticketing to Fine More People and Increase Profits By MassPrivateI The opening seconds of the Saltus Technologies video says it all. Electronic tickets are about one thing, increasing productivity (profits). “The digiTICKET electronic ticketing solution is an innovative force multiplier for Public Safety – enabling officers to quickly create and submit tickets electronically. “ Enabling police officers to write more tickets increases profits.  According to Saltus, their entire business model appears to be focused on profits. Saltus Technologies is dedicated solely to developing and marketing digiTICKET –…

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