The CIA’s “Signature School” Is Equipping Firefighters With Wearable Emotion/Facial Recognition Devices

The CIA’s “Signature School” Is Equipping Firefighters With Wearable Emotion/Facial Recognition Devices By MassPrivateI Over the years, I have written about the possible dangers of firefighters carrying weapons and being trained like SWAT teams. But this latest story will leave you scratching your head and wondering what the CIA’s “Signature School” has done to America’s firefighters. Last week the University of New Mexico (UNM) announced that they have created a Wearable Emotion Facial Recognition (WEFR) device for firefighters. The article describes an innovative new facial-recognition algorithm formulated for use in firefighting…

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Rentable Facial Recognition Robots That Can Detect Emotion Coming To A Conference Near You

Rentable Facial Recognition Robots That Can Detect Emotion Coming To A Conference Near You By MassPrivateI Conference goers now have to be wary that robots will identify them everywhere they go. Corporations can now rent Chinese-made CloudMinds robots that can identify everyone on the conference floor. (To learn more about CloudMinds and China click here & here.) CloudMinds’ mission is to “make helpful robot services possible and to make them safe, secure and affordable.” While their hidden mission is to help governments identify everyone. According to CloudMinds’ “About Us” page, their so-called…

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Police Use Surveillance Zones To Monitor Private Internet Purchases Or Swaps

Police Use Surveillance Zones To Monitor Private Internet Purchases Or Swaps By MassPrivateI Police departments across the country are creating “Safe Exchange Zones” in front of police stations or inside them to monitor internet purchases or swaps 24/7. According to Newsweek, police have been encouraging the public to conduct internet purchases or swaps at police-run Internet Exchange Zones since at least 2016. “Yes, it’s real,” Charlette Solis, Mobile PD’s public affairs officer, “It’s for people who made transactions in Craigslist or elsewhere to meet up and make that purchase. The Police Department…

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New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers

New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers By MassPrivateI For those of you who miss the good old days when government spies used to bug people’s homes, I give you “Amazon Experience Centers”: new homes pre-equipped with a mind-boggling array of listening devices. Amazon’s ‘Experience Centers’ tagline, “Try smart home devices in person and see how Amazon can simplify your everyday” is less about simplification and more about home surveillance. As NPR notes, builders like Lennar Homes have pre-installed Amazon smart devices in at least 45,000 new…

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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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Special-Ed Students Are Secretly Being Restrained And Labeled “High-Level Threats”

Special-Ed Students Are Secretly Being Restrained And Labeled “High-Level Threats” By MassPrivateI Searchlight New Mexico’s disturbing report about threat assessments in the Albuquerque Public School (APS) system should serve as a wake-up call to everyone. The report reveals that schools across the country have been giving students threat assessments for at least twenty years. Which should come as no surprise to my readers. Three years ago, I wrote about the dangers of using threat assessments on pre-school kids all the way through college. What is happening in the APS system is enough to…

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The “Safe Drivers Act” Is A Real-Time National Driver Surveillance Program

The “Safe Drivers Act” Is A Real-Time National Driver Surveillance Program By MassPrivateI A new Senate bill would create a real-time national driver surveillance program that would allow law enforcement to know anything and everything about a driver at the click of a button. A recent article in WCVB Channel 5 revealed that the “Safe Drivers Act” is designed for one purpose and that is to share everything a motorist has ever done with law enforcement nationwide. Outside the Danvers branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, Congressman…

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Baltimore Governor’s Three Year Plan To Use Police Surveillance Planes To Monitor The Public

Baltimore Governor’s Three Year Plan To Use Police Surveillance Planes To Monitor The Public By MassPrivateI Americans have never seen such a blatant and misleading excuse to use surveillance planes to spy on everyone quite like what is happening in Maryland. Two days ago, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan sent a letter to the Mayor of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department agreeing to send funds to help the city fight crime. Which seems like a laudable thing to do right? But there is a darker side to this story. The…

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Massive 30 State, Real-Time License Plate (ALPR) Database Revealed

Massive 30 State, Real-Time License Plate (ALPR) Database Revealed By MassPrivateI Our worst fears about Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) are much worse than we could have imagined. Two months ago, I warned everyone that police in Arizona were using ALPRs to “grid” entire neighborhoods. But this story brings public surveillance to a whole new level. Last month, Rekor Systems announced that they had launched the Rekor Public Safety Network (RPSN) which gives law enforcement real-time access to license plates. Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be…

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Distracted Driver Cameras To Spread Across North America

Distracted Driver Cameras To Spread Across North America By MassPrivateI Imagine driving down a highway or a city street in North America and wondering if anywhere is safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes. That might soon become a reality if we allow politicians and officials to install distracted driving cameras along every highway and street. An article in iPhone in Canada revealed that an Australian company called Acusensus wants to do just that by expanding Big Brother’s prying eyes to identify distracted drivers in North America. Acusensus, an Australian company that uses…

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