Secret Service Wants Schools to Report More Weirdos

Secret Service Wants Schools to Report More Weirdos By Joe Jarvis The Secret Service released a report last month analyzing school shootings and violence and recommending how to prevent such attacks. According to the Secret Service, it all boils down to more intrusive surveillance in school and online. Treat everyone who is depressed or anxious like they are going to shoot up the school. The report says that schools should monitor any students in distress, including their social media profiles. Schools should randomly search desks and lockers, and encourage students…

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Amazon Ring’s Data Maps Surveillance Network; Jeff Bezos Embraces Fascism with Amazon Military Support

Amazon Ring’s Data Maps Surveillance Network; Jeff Bezos Embraces Fascism with Amazon Military Support By Aaron Kesel “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”― Benito Mussolini Jeff Bezos has embraced fascism, criticizing Silicon Valley for employees of companies like Google who don’t wish to work with the military. Meanwhile, a Gizmodo investigation has revealed that Amazon’s blanket surveillance network, Ring, has lied and misrepresented “what information, if any, they share with law enforcement.” Bezos made the comments during a Department…

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Genetic Genealogy Company GEDmatch Acquired by Company With Ties to FBI & Law Enforcement—Why You Should Be Worried

Genetic Genealogy Company GEDmatch Acquired by Company With Ties to FBI & Law Enforcement—Why You Should Be Worried By Jennifer Lynch This week, GEDmatch, a genetic genealogy company that gained notoriety for giving law enforcement access to its customers’ DNA data, quietly informed its users it is now operated by Verogen, Inc., a company expressly formed two years ago to market “next-generation [DNA] sequencing” technology to crime labs. What this means for GEDmatch’s 1.3 million users—and for the 60% of white Americans who share DNA with those users—remains to be…

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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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Bill Gates Wants to Export India’s National ID System Around the Globe

Bill Gates Wants to Export India’s National ID System Around the Globe By Daniel Taylor It’s not just a social credit score system spreading around the world from China that threatens the free people of the world; India’s Aadhaar National ID program has the full support of Bill Gates and the World Bank as a model for other countries to follow. Gates said in a 2018 CNBC interview that it was “too bad” if someone thought that Aadhaar was a privacy issue:  The Gates Foundation has pledged to fund…

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Attention: Smart TV Owners –The FBI Has Some Warnings For You

Attention: Smart TV Owners –The FBI Has Some Warnings For You By B.N. Frank Maybe you should have held on to your box TV after all. From Yahoo: But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most other internet-connected devices, manufacturers often don’t put security as a priority. That’s the key takeaway from the FBI’s Portland field office, which just ahead…

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California DMV Rakes In $50 Million Per Year Selling Personal Information

California DMV Rakes In $50 Million Per Year Selling Personal Information By Tyler Durden The California DMV has been selling the personal information of registered drivers to the tune of $50 million per year, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard. In a previous investigation, Motherboard found DMVs in other states have been selling non-optional information drivers must provide in order to obtain a license, such as names, physical addresses and car registration information. And while California didn’t disclose exactly who they’re selling to, other states were making a…

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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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DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information

DEEP DIVE: EFF to DHS: Stop Mass Collection of Social Media Information By Saira Hussain and Sophia Cope The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule expanding the agency’s collection of social media information on key visa forms and immigration applications. Earlier this month, EFF joined over 40 civil society organizations that signed on to comments drafted by the Brennan Center for Justice. These comments identify the free speech and privacy risks the proposed rule poses to U.S. persons both directly, if they are required to fill…

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Patriot Act on Steroids: Surveillance State Beyond Section 215

Patriot Act on Steroids: Surveillance State Beyond Section 215 By Michael Boldin While Constitution supporters are outraged about the latest extension of parts of the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, there is much more that was permanent from day one. Everything from fusion centers and information sharing, to national security letters, TSA enhanced screening and the growth of facial recognition – all come from Patriot – and its successor.  SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes Patriot Act Renewal: A Bipartisan Attack on Liberty Since Day One Let…

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