Archiv: (mass-)identification / screening / profiling


16.11.2020 - 11:14 [ NLTimes.nl ]

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

According to the Danish broadcaster, the NSA and Danish military service FE signed an agreement in 2008, which stated that the Americans would help Denmark tap internet cables in the European country. In return, the NSA gained access to internet cables to Eastern Europe. Together they processed the data in a data center near Copenhagen Airport, which was built for that purpose.

But the United States also used that internet access to spy on Denmark itself, and surrounding countries including the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, the whistleblower, a former employee of the FE, said to DR.

16.11.2020 - 11:11 [ privateinternetaccess.com ]

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

(26.08.2020)

The government in Denmark has fired 3 top officials from the country’s foreign intelligence agency, the Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (FE), following revelations from a whistleblower. The officials, including the head of the agency, Lars Finden, have been “relieved of duty for the time being” following the release of a trove of documents. The documents detailed that the FE has been illegally spying on Danish citizens in the last six years and were released by an unnamed whistleblower to the independent regulator of Danish security services which is known as Tilsynet med Efterretningstjenesterne (TET).

10.11.2020 - 18:15 [ University of Oxford ]

Science reveals secrets behind the success of Game of Thrones

In other words, Martin keeps his characters’ networks within the limits that his readers’ human minds were designed by evolution to cope with.

06.11.2020 - 18:15 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Downing Street REJECTS calls to end lockdown despite four more sets of real-world data showing second wave of Covid was dropping and R rate was stable BEFORE crippling restrictions based on flawed projections

Downing Street today refused calls for England’s second lockdown to be cut short and insisted it will run until December 2, despite four more sets of real-world data that show the second wave was already shrinking before the Government pushed the panic button on a drastic month-long shutdown.

Promising figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which runs a massive government surveillance scheme that randomly swabs tens of thousands of people to track the size of the outbreak – suggest that the country’s coronavirus outbreak has shrunk.

06.11.2020 - 17:06 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Has a New Secret Contact-tracing App. This Is What We Know

Aside from the ministers, the meeting was attended by professionals from numerous agencies, including the Shin Bet, the Health Ministry, the Privacy Protection Authority, the treasury, the Justice Ministry, the National Security Council, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Public Security Ministry, the Economy Ministry and the army’s Home Front Command.

22.10.2020 - 08:53 [ theHill.com ]

Obama tears into Trump at Philadelphia rally: ‚The next 13 days will matter for decades to come‘

Obama framed the election as a battle for democracy.

“Our democracy is not gonna work if the people who are supposed to be our leaders lie every day and just make things up,” Obama said. “This notion of truthfulness and democracy and citizenship and being responsible — these aren’t Republican or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. … We need to reclaim them.”

15.10.2020 - 04:10 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

Facebook & Twitter are extensions of the Surveillance State & the Intelligence Community. This is straight up 100% censorship and as always , will come back to be used against the left, i mean, it already is being used against the left, you all just don’t notice or care.

03.10.2020 - 19:12 [ Ansa.it ]

Extending COVID emergency not abuse of power – Conte

Conte said the government would consult with parliament over extending the emergency until January 31.

03.10.2020 - 18:46 [ medicalxpress.com ]

‚Hi, this is the army‘: In Spain, troops tackle track-and-trace

At the headquarters of Spain’s armed forces in central Madrid is a room with a sign on the door reading „Epidemiological surveillance department“.

Inside, a team of around a dozen people, headsets on, are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, each making between 70 and 80 daily calls to identify those who’ve been in touch with someone who’s tested positive for COVID.

„I’m a contact tracer for the region of Madrid, I got your number from someone who has tested positive. Firstly, where are you right now?“ says one, using a phrase that will be repeated throughout the day.

24.09.2020 - 11:30 [ Vice.com ]

Cellebrite Sold Phone Hacking Tech to Repressive Regimes, Data Suggests

A Motherboard investigation found that US state police agencies had collectively spent millions of dollars on Cellebrite products. US federal agencies, such as the FBI and Secret Service, are also Cellebrite customers.

24.09.2020 - 11:21 [ Haaretz.com ]

Putin Investigators Targeting LGBTQs, Navalny, Use Israeli Phone-hacking Tech

Carmil resents a comparison with the NSO Group. “I know the people at NSO and appreciate their know-how, but Cellebrite works in the legitimate world of the police force, whose abilities are closely controlled, unlike the world of NSO customers and others who engage in illegal and concealed activity. Cellebrite is totally on the good side, where court orders are used. We do not make tools for breaking into private entities or espionage organizations.”

23.09.2020 - 04:38 [ International Telecommunication Union ]

The ITU 2020 Global CyberDrill, September-November 2020

The main objectives of this CyberDrill are as follows:

– Provide situational awareness to key public and private sector participants who lead their firms, organizations, or jurisdictions during a cyber disruption;- Bring the CERT/CIRT/CSIRT community together in a unified exercise to build global response and recovery capabilities;
– Test operational resiliency key concepts across CSIRT/CIRT/CERT community;
– Identify, exercise, and foster the improvement of processes, procedures, interactions and information sharing mechanisms that exist or should exist among CERTs/CSIRTs, SOCs, agencies, public bodies, and across regional organizations responsible for crisis management and regulatory bodies;
– Exercise coordination mechanisms, information sharing efforts, the development of shared situation awareness, and decision-making procedures of the cybersecurity community during cyber events; and,
– Raise awareness of other cyber exercise initiatives.​

23.09.2020 - 04:30 [ Nigerian Army Resource Centre / Twitter ]

Happening now at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre is CYBER drill by Organization Of Islamic Conference and Computer Emergency Response Team ( OIC CERT) . The Drill is aimed at intimating the ICT Department of the Center on the need to be Cyber security conscious.

23.09.2020 - 04:30 [ Oman News Center / Youtube ]

The Sultanate hosts the 8th Arab Regional & OIC-CERT Cyber Drill

The Sultanate hosts the 8th Arab Regional & OIC-CERT Cyber Drill
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23.09.2020 - 04:16 [ mcit.gov.eg ]

Egypt Partakes in ITU 2020 Global CyberDrill- Arab Regional Dialogue

Egypt, represented by the Egyptian Computer Emergency Response Team (EG-CERT), is participating in the “CyberDrill 2020 – Arab Region Regional Dialogue: CIRTs and lessons learned from COVID-19 crisis,” organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), online, on September 22.

The Global CyberDrill is a capacity building event which aims to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of participating teams and promote collective efforts by national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).

05.09.2020 - 11:52 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 2 in 3 voters say it’s ‚likely‘ that people lie when taking political surveys

Sixty-six percent of registered voters in the Aug. 29-31 survey said it is either very or somewhat likely that a significant number of people lie when talking political surveys, compared to 34 percent who said it is unlikely.

27.08.2020 - 23:16 [ Mint Press ]

Cyber Command Gets New Surveillance Powers Under Guise of Battling Election Meddling

Domestically, the potential targeting of American citizens as foreign actors or agents was moved forward by Bill Barr’s Justice Department in June, in response to the Minneapolis riots, Barr released a statement naming “Antifa and other similar groups” as possible targets of its 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) offices. In the same statement the top prosecutor invoked the National Guard, which would be “deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order” if necessary.

21.08.2020 - 16:58 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

FYI: Constitution was „Shredded“ on 9-11, U now live in a 100% surveillance state, U have no right to privacy, U have no 4th Amendment protections, & the Democrats voted for it, and Obama/Biden renewed it! & then repealed Habeas Corpus!

18.08.2020 - 16:43 [ @jvgraz / Twitter ]

We believe you Michelle. Remember when we thought it couldn’t get worse after Bush and your husband proved us all wrong?

16.08.2020 - 07:09 [ Cory Doctorow / Wired ]

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever – The power to end it is in your hands.

(28.07.2020)

What I showed those journalists was proof, in the form of the government’s own classified documents, that the self-described “Five Eyes”—the state security organs of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada—had together conspired to weaken their laws. They had forced clandestine access to the networks of their largest telecommunications and internet titans (some of whom hadn’t needed much in the way of arm-twisting) in pursuit of a single goal: the transformation of the free and fragmented internet into history’s first centralized means of global mass surveillance.

16.08.2020 - 06:49 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

National Security apparatchiks like @AmbassadorRice (no longer an Ambassador) have wanted Snowden in prison for years because he exposed how they secretly and illegally converted the internet into their spying playground. As for her claim that pardoning Snowden is a GOP view:

16.08.2020 - 06:15 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Employees of the US government violated the Constitution and lied to Congress and the American people about it. @Snowden exposed them. This is bigger than him. If he’s punished for his service to the Constitution, there will be more violations of the Constitution, and more lies.

05.08.2020 - 08:42 [ Browserleaks.com ]

HTML5 Canvas Fingerprinting

Canvas is an HTML5 API that is used to draw graphics and animations on a web page via scripting in JavaScript.

But apart from this, the canvas can be used as additional entropy in the web browser’s fingerprinting and used for online tracking purposes.

05.08.2020 - 07:48 [ Browserleaks.com ]

WebRTC Leak Test

To disable RTCPeerConnection and protect IP addresses leakage, go to about:config and toggle media.peerconnection.enabled to false.

To disable Media Devices, toggle media.navigator.enabled as well as media.peerconnection.enabled both to false.

05.08.2020 - 07:41 [ SpyOff.com ]

Turn off WebRtc and surf anonymously

(20.12.2017)

This little practical test proves that a simple script on a web page is sufficient to find out the actual IP address of a user.

25.07.2020 - 11:51 [ Techdirt ]

Japan’s Top Court Says 45 Million Twitter Users Must Check That Anything They Retweet Is Not A Copyright Infringement

The case concerns a photo of a flower, originally posted on a web site in 2009, with the photographer’s name and copyright notice. As often happens, the photo was then tweeted without the photographer’s consent, and was further retweeted.
(…)
As a result, the Japanese High Court ordered Twitter to hand over the email addresses of all those who had posted the image.

24.07.2020 - 17:07 [ ABC News 7 New York ]

Coronavirus News: NJ COVID-19 cluster linked to house party, patients not cooperating

All of the new cases are teens between the ages of 15 and 19, and Middletown health officials say they are running into resistance while trying to track the cases.

24.07.2020 - 17:00 [ New York Post ]

COVID-19 cluster linked to NJ house party, parents not cooperating with tracers

Authorities said 20 partygoers between the ages of 15 and 19 are believed to have been exposed to the global pandemic at a house party on West Front Street in the city on July 11, ABC News reported Thursday.

24.07.2020 - 17:00 [ Fox News ]

Coronavirus cluster linked to New Jersey house party, parents not cooperating with contact tracers

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

23.07.2020 - 19:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Anti-government Protesters Say Police Tried to Recruit Them as Informants

The police are monitoring online social networks like Facebook and Twitter to try to identify activist leaders and the future direction of the protests, according to sources in law enforcement who spoke on condition of anonymity.

21.07.2020 - 21:23 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Approves ‚Restrained‘ Bill on Digital Tracking in Coronavirus Fight

The Shin Bet would now be allowed to track people for the coming three weeks, beginning Tuesday. The law will remain in effect until January 2021.

The law also requires the Health Ministry to respond within 24 hours to appeals by people sent into quarantine based on the Shin Bet’s data, following public criticism of its accuracy.

14.07.2020 - 21:22 [ Times of Israel ]

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Thousands of Israelis were mistakenly forced into quarantine by a contact tracing program that gives the Shin Bet security agency access to the phones of confirmed coronavirus carriers, a Knesset committee heard Tuesday.

In the first week of the renewal of the Shin Bet tracing system last month, tens of thousands of people in Israel received text messages warning them that they had been in contact with a confirmed carrier of the coronavirus.

09.07.2020 - 19:13 [ Raul Diego / Mint Press ]

Fourth Reich? Mass-Tracking COVI-PASS Immunity Passports Slated to Roll Out in 15 Countries

COVI-PASS will determine whether you can go to a restaurant, if you need a medical test, or are due for a talking-to by authorities in a post-COVID world. Consent is voluntary, but enforcement will be compulsory.

05.07.2020 - 10:29 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Obama advises Kanye West on 2020 White House run

(Oct 10, 2015)

The president spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco, where the hip hop artist will later perform. Mr. Obama has a few political nuggets to pass on for West’s 2020 bid for the presidency.

02.07.2020 - 16:41 [ DailyMail..co.uk ]

Is there a secret Covid tracker on your phone? Android and iPhone users say new feature has suddenly appeared on their handsets – without anyone installing it

Proponents are hailing the arrival of the system as a step towards stamping out the virus and ending lockdown.

The function is automatically disabled in countries without contact-tracing apps, such as Britain and the US.

02.07.2020 - 16:23 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Could ‚immunity passports‘ create an antibody elite?

Getting to that „new normal“ as quickly as possible is the target for governments around the globe, Many find antibody-testing the entire population a tantalising idea where infection rates are high.

In Germany, the country’s disease control and prevention agency, the Robert Koch Institute, is conducting large-scale random antibody testing.

27.06.2020 - 09:42 [ theIntercept.com ]

Controversial Data-Mining Firm Palantir Vanishes From Biden Adviser’s Biography After She Joins Campaign

In the run-up to the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is putting together a foreign policy team for a potential future administration. Among those described as being part of the team is Avril Haines, former deputy director of the CIA during the Obama administration. According to an NBC News report from last week, Haines has been tapped to work advising on policy, as well as lead the national security and foreign policy team.

In addition to her past national security work and impressive presence in the D.C. think tank world, Haines has in the past described herself as a former consultant for the controversial data-mining firm Palantir.

25.06.2020 - 22:11 [ Max Blumenthal / MondoWeiss.net ]

From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American domestic security

(December 2, 2011)

Back in New York, the NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. The unit was developed with input and intensive involvement by the CIA, which still refuses to name the former Middle East station chief it has posted in the senior ranks of the NYPD’s intelligence division. Since 2002, the NYPD has dispatched undercover agents known as “rakers” and “mosque crawlers” into Pakistani-American bookstores and restaurants to gauge community anger over US drone strikes inside Pakistan, and into Palestinian hookah bars and mosques to search out signs of terror recruitment and clandestine funding. “If a raker noticed a customer looking at radical literature, he might chat up the store owner and see what he could learn,” the Associated Press reported. “The bookstore, or even the customer, might get further scrutiny.”

The Israeli imprimatur on the NYPD’s Demographics Unit is unmistakable. As a former police official told the Associated Press, the Demographics Unit has attempted to “map the city’s human terrain” through a program “modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.”

25.06.2020 - 13:30 [ theIntercept.com ]

FBI Expands Ability to Collect Cellphone Location Data, Monitor Social Media, Recent Contracts Show

On May 26, as demonstrations around the country erupted over the police killing of George Floyd, the FBI signed an expedited agreement to extend its relationship with Dataminr, a company that monitors social media.

A few days later, the agency modified an agreement it signed in February with Venntel, Inc., a Virginia technology firm that maps and sells the movements of millions of Americans. The company purchases bulk location data and sells it largely to government agencies.

25.06.2020 - 10:00 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson confronted over claim no country has working coronavirus app – after 12m downloads in Germany

Speaking afterwards, a Labour spokesman said: “If you want other examples, Singapore has launched an app, South Korea has also got an app. So there are a number of countries that are far, far ahead of us.”

25.06.2020 - 08:45 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Gives Initial Approval for Comprehensive Digital Tracking by Security Service in Coronavirus Fight

Ministers Gabi Ashkenazi, Avi Nissenkorn, Amir Peretz and Izhar Shay opposed resuming the tracking, which was stopped on the order of the High Court of Justice, before the process of finding a civilian alternative is exhausted. Ashkenazi said he didn’t think the current level of new cases justified the resumption of this surveillance. Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman warned that codifying the surveillance in law could expose his organization’s technology and work methods. Netanyahu said in response that “the enemy is already familiar” with the system in question.

23.06.2020 - 23:27 [ DPolG Hamburg / Twitter ]

#DPolGHH „In den #USA haben Mathematiker zum Boykott der Polizei aufgerufen. In einem gemeinsamen Aufruf fordern mehrere Wissenschaftlerinnen & Wissenschaftler dazu auf, die Zusammenarbeit mit der #US-#Polizei einzustellen.“ #PredictiveProfiling

20.06.2020 - 17:47 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Germany’s hate speech law gets stricter, raises privacy concerns

Despite already having some of the strictest laws in the world surrounding “hate speech,” Germany is looking to tighten the leash further where it comes to social media. The new provision, when passed, will require online platforms to directly report to the federal police when any criminal activity is reported by users on these platforms.

19.06.2020 - 10:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Facebook monitors the offline behaviour of users to determine if they should be categorised as a ‚Hate Agent‘ and banned

(14.06.2020)

The company also confirmed that their robust decision-making process involves checking their users‘ activity on other social media sites.

18.06.2020 - 18:00 [ BBC ]

UK virus-tracing app switches to Google-Apple model

The UK follows Germany, Italy and Denmark among others in switching from a so-called „centralised“ approach to a „decentralised“ one.

The government is expected to confirm the news shortly.

13.06.2020 - 11:41 [ The Hill ]

The militarized policing they don’t want you to see

At this moment where police have exposed the degree of power that they possess and use to exert force on the American public, it has never been clearer that these surveillance technologies will also suppress dissent. They are just as powerful, and as dangerous as the military helicopters staring down protest crowds today. As lawmakers begin to demilitarize community officers, we must also restrict the excessive power that surveillance technologies give to police.

11.06.2020 - 12:41 [ theHill.com ]

Amazon puts one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon on Wednesday announced that it is placing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology, Rekognition.

„We’ve advocated that governments should put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology, and in recent days, Congress appears ready to take on this challenge,“ the company wrote in a blog post.

10.06.2020 - 13:23 [ Cracked.com ]

5 Realities About The World’s Scariest Police Department

(19.06.2017)

5. The NYPD Now Has Offices All Over The World

Through the International Liaison Program, NYPD detectives are now stationed in 13 cities around the globe, from Paris to Amman to Sydney. If you’re surprised that New York City would have flatfoots permanently operating on the majority of Earth’s continents, you aren’t alone. When bombs went off in Bali in 2005, Indonesian police were understandably „astonished and irritated that the NYPD showed up.“

10.06.2020 - 12:39 [ Salon.com ]

Nine terrifying facts about America’s biggest police force

(28.09.2012)

When asked for details at a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg basically told reporters to fuck off, saying, „The NYPD has lots of capabilities that you don’t know about and you won’t know about.“

The New York Times has reported that the department’s Harbor unit has 6 submarine drones; four cost $75,000 and the two others cost $120,000, according to the Times. They are developing a portable radar that can see under clothes in order to search for weapons. Militaristic „Hercules teams,“ are deployed to random parts of the city armed with automatic weapons and body armor. Their explicitly stated role is to terrify people.

10.06.2020 - 11:49 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence and Counterterrorism

The Deputy Commissioner oversees both the Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis; and the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the first and largest of its kind in the nation.

New York City is home to more than 8 million people and hosts over 58 million visitors from all over the world annually. The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus provide some of the most highly trained and best equipped officers to patrol the city, collect and analyze data, and collaborate with partner agencies.

10.06.2020 - 11:41 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Counterterrorism

The CT Bureau reviews possible terrorist targets and develops innovative, forward-thinking policies and procedures to guard against attacks, training first responders and specialized units and developing intelligence capabilities for detecting and preventing terrorist attacks. The bureau coordinates with federal, state, and other law enforcement agencies in intelligence gathering and sharing, and plays an integral role in the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force.

Critical Response Command (CRC) is one of the Department’s first lines of defense against a terrorist-related attack. A permanent cadre of hand-selected police officers devoted to counterterrorism, CRC members are trained to respond swiftly, with sufficient expertise and force, to the most highly organized and heavily armed attacks. All CRC team members are trained in special weapons and long-range guns, explosive trace detection, radiological and nuclear awareness, biological and chemical weapons awareness, and are equipped with the skills to detect an impending attack and utilize the best possible response to an emerging situation. The team conducts daily counterterrorism deployments to critical infrastructure sites throughout New York City, saturating strategic locations with a uniform presence to disrupt and deter terrorist planning and hostile surveillance operations.

(…)

Domain Awareness System (DAS) is a powerful counterterrorism and policing tool jointly developed and built by the NYPD and Microsoft. As a central platform, DAS is used to aggregate data from internal and external closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, and environmental sensors, as well as 911 calls and other NYPD databases. DAS uses an interactive dashboard interface to display real-time alerts whenever a 911 call is received or a sensor is triggered.

09.06.2020 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Leftists, Apologizing for Your Beliefs Won’t Spare You. Get Off the Defensive

Even if you say “Jewish left” instead of “Israeli left” because it sounds more patriotic, they’ll always have another loyalty test on the way. Because groveling, stammering and apologizing for what you believe in won’t spare you.

The right is ready to go on television, on radio, online, wherever necessary, to defend an apartheid plan, to defend billions being spent at a time of deep recession and to defend a corrupt prime minister. They’re ready to defend the most galling things, and you’re not ready to defend the truth? Try it sometime. Believe me, it’s easier.

09.06.2020 - 06:02 [ Haaretz ]

The Israeli Government Seeks Continuous Coronavirus Emergency

But the fact that the bill authorizes the government to promulgate emergency regulations that critically undermine basic rights (freedom of movement, freedom to demonstrate, the right to privacy, freedom of occupation and more), and to extend them repeatedly, make these rights a dead letter, the “emergency” situation routine and the temporary permanent.

29.05.2020 - 23:34 [ Jason Paladino / Twitter ]

NOW: @CBP Predator Drone #CPB104 circling over Minneapolis at 20K feet. Took off from Grand Forks Air Force Base. #Minneapolisprotests #surveillance #planespotting

29.5.2020Jason

29.05.2020 - 23:29 [ Common Dreams ]

US Border Patrol Denounced as ‚Rogue Agency‘ for Using Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests

Civil liberties advocates sounded the alarm Friday after reporting indicated Customs and Border Protection has been flying an unmanned Predator drone over Minneapolis as the city continues to roil with protest over the police killing of George Floyd earlier this week

29.05.2020 - 22:11 [ Motherboard ]

Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis

The drone flown over Minneapolis is an unarmed version of the aircraft.

The drone was first spotted on a flight tracking tool by members of the ADB-S Exchange, a community of flight watchers who use open-source flight data to monitor America’s skies. Presumably, the drone is surveilling protests there, though CBP did not respond to a request for comment about what the drone is doing there.

28.05.2020 - 22:33 [ Evan Greer / Twitter ]

Here’s what’s happening: late last night @SpeakerPelosi attempted to ram through a reauthorization of #FISA and #PatriotAct surveillance authorities. But she had to cancel the vote at the last minute when it became clear she didn’t have even close to enough votes to pass it.

She’s trying to blame that on Trump tweeting about it, but the reality is that the vote was going to fail anyway because the entire Congressional Progressive Caucus (nearly 100 member of the House) came out against the bill after Pelosi let @RepAdamSchiff
gut a privacy amendment

Now @SpeakerPelosi
is trying to do an end-run around her own party and is going to attempt to sneak the reauthorization through by using an obscure congressional mechanism to reconcile a previous version of the bill the House passed with the version the Senate passed.

28.05.2020 - 22:29 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

Thank you to our GREAT Republican Congressmen & Congresswomen on your incredibly important blockage last night of a FISA Bill that would just perpetuate the abuse that produced the Greatest Political Crime In the History of the U.S., the Russian Witch-Hunt. Fantastic Job!

28.05.2020 - 22:26 [ ]

The House just ditched a bill that would renew and expand the FBI’s surveillance powers after Trump threatened to veto it

The House of Representatives abandoned a plan to pass a reauthorization of the Patriot Act Thursday after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would veto the bill if it passes.

28.05.2020 - 22:18 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards‘: House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill

(27.05.2020)

As Common Dreams reported earlier, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff was a target of specific ire for his role in sabotaging the amendment which sought to strengthen the bill’s privacy protections and judicial oversight. As Gizmodo’s Dell Cameron remarked after the day’s developments, „Although it’s really been something of a mass delusion for a while, the idea that Democrats are somehow better than Republicans on the Fourth Amendment is, as of this week, nothing short of a joke.“

The fact that the GOP-controlled Senate has managed to pass more progressive privacy reforms than the Democratic majority in the House, which has introduced precisely none, should not go unnoticed,“ Cameron added.

27.05.2020 - 21:07 [ CNN ]

Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt

The request to shelve the vote was the latest hurdle for legislation reauthorizing authorities from the 2001 Patriot Act that’s been squeezed both by FISA opponents who have pushed for more civil liberties protections and by the President and his allies furious over the role of the FISA court in the Russia investigation and the misconduct with warrants obtained on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

„I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!“ Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.

27.05.2020 - 20:41 [ theGreggJarrett.com ]

Former CBS Reporter One Of The First ‘To Identify Myself As A Target of Illegal Spying Under Obama Admin’

“I believe many, many others were spied on but do not know” said Attkisson. “It was only thanks to help from intelligence contacts that I even learned that government agents were spying me. Otherwise, I never suspected it or would have known.”

27.05.2020 - 20:27 [ Warren Davidson, U.S. Congressman serving Ohio's 8th District. Constitutionalist and former Army Ranger / Twitter ]

Intel & war hawks fight to keep mass surveillance of American citizens in place, and keep America in more wars in more places. Now they want to stop reforms from becoming law so they can preserve the broken status quo. We need @realDonaldTrump to support these reforms & more.

27.05.2020 - 20:01 [ CBS News ]

House to vote on reauthorizing expired surveillance powers

The House is expected to vote on a bill reauthorizing expired national security surveillance authorities on Wednesday afternoon in a vote by proxy, a controversial rule change which allows members to vote on behalf of their absent colleagues. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pull the bill reauthorizing authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, arguing that voting by proxy is unconstitutional.

26.05.2020 - 15:23 [ the Hill ]

This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House’s proxy voting

The bill initially passed the House in a 278-136 vote in March. But the Senate amended the measure to add more legal protections for certain individuals targeted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The changes forces it to be bounced back to the House, which will need to pass it a second time.

Under a deal struck with leadership, the House is expected to consider an amendment, brought by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), that would block law enforcement from being able to access web browsing data without a warrant.

21.05.2020 - 10:59 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

COVID-19 Patients’ Right to Privacy Against Quarantine Surveillance

Governments around the world are using surveillance technologies to monitor whether COVID-19 patients are complying with instructions to quarantine at home. These include GPS ankle shackles, phone apps that track location, and phone apps that require patients to periodically take quarantine selfies and send them to government monitors.

21.05.2020 - 10:50 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19

Time and again, governments have used crises to expand their power, and often their intrusion into citizens’ lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen this pattern play out on a huge scale. From deploying drones or ankle monitors to enforce quarantine orders to proposals to use face recognition or thermal imaging cameras for monitoring public spaces, governments around the world have been adopting intrusive measures in their quest to contain the pandemic.

21.05.2020 - 08:03 [ Haaretz ]

Spying on Citizens Permanently

Under cover of the public fear of the spread of the pandemic and the fear that there will be additional waves, the government wants to enlarge its tool box and expand its freedom of action.

We must not cooperate with that. It represents an upsetting of the balance between the power of the regime and citizens’ rights.

19.05.2020 - 20:31 [ American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ]

Coalition Letter to House Leadership Concerning Wyden-Daines Amendment to USA Freedom Reauthorization Act

Indeed, this would help address serious concerns among the public that civil liberties are at a heightened riskduring this time of crisis. This is an acute concern for the many groups that the FBI has wrongfully targeted in thepast, including activists, communities of color, and the press.With ample support for this measure secured in the Senate, the decision to seize this moment in defense ofAmericans’ civil liberties is exclusively in your hands.

19.05.2020 - 20:17 [ National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) ]

NCAC Urges Speaker Pelosi to Support Critical Change to Patriot Act

NCAC has joined a coalition of more than 50 civil liberties, civil rights and government transparency organizations in urging Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to include civil liberties reforms in the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, a bill that would extend surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act which expired in March.

The coalition’s letter to Speaker Pelosi calls for support of the Wyden-Daines amendment to the bill, which prohibits the government from surveilling the internet search and browsing history of people in the United States without a warrant. The Patriot Act was never intended to allow the FBI to warrantlessly spy on our search and browsing history – and that is squarely the question before Speaker Pelosi.

This reform is designed to stave off the kind of scandals that led to a dramatic loss of trust in United States intelligence agencies over the past two decades.

19.05.2020 - 19:16 [ Medium.com ]

Open Letter, May 18, 2020, London: Dear Matt Hancock, we are civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers writing to express concerns about the NHS’s plans to build a COVID-19 datastore.

We share the common goal of preserving public confidence in systems that can help make us all safer. Therefore, before the NHS continues its plans, we urge you to provide the public with more information and take appropriate measures to reduce risk of data sharing and keep the aggregated data under democratic control.

In March, the NHS announced a new plan to build a datastore that aggregates COVID-19 health data. Microsoft, Google, Palantir, Faculty and Amazon will assist in the development of the datastore and the processing of the data.

19.05.2020 - 19:10 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Privacy advocates demand clarity over Covid-19 datastore

(yesterday)

In an open letter directly addressed to the health secretary, civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers urged Hancock to give the public more information about the datastore and take appropriate measures to reduce data-sharing risks and keep it under democratic control.

19.05.2020 - 18:45 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps

Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for tracking the spread of COVID-19.

It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.

19.05.2020 - 18:39 [ theVerge.com ]

Peter Thiel’s controversial Palantir is helping build a coronavirus tracking tool for the Trump admin

(21.04.2020)

It is unclear what exactly this data is, where it comes from, or how it’s being used. It’s also unclear if Palantir is the sole technology provider of the tool, or if other partners are involved.

Reports earlier this month first surfaced Palantir’s involvement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UK’s National Health Service regarding coronavirus tracking software and other assistance in combating the global pandemic.

19.05.2020 - 18:15 [ Forbes ]

Facebook: Here’s Proof Israeli WhatsApp Hackers Ran Cyberweapons In America

(24.04.2020)

The tech giant’s counsel filed a response to NSO’s move for dismissal that included two IP addresses and a handful of websites it claims were used by NSO Group to attack WhatsApp users in spring 2019. One was hosted by Amazon Web Services in the U.S., the others by Californian company QuadraNet and a German provider.

19.05.2020 - 18:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

WhatsApp: Israeli firm ‚deeply involved‘ in hacking our users

(29.04.2020)

According to WhatsApp’s filing, NSO gained “unauthorised access” to its servers by reverse-engineering the messaging app and then evading the company’s security features that prevent manipulation of the company’s call features. One WhatsApp engineer who investigated the hacks said in a sworn statement submitted to the court that in 720 instances, the IP address of a remote server was included in the malicious code used in the attacks. The remote server, the engineer said, was based in Los Angeles and owned by a company whose data centre was used by NSO.

18.05.2020 - 19:31 [ PrivateInternetAccess.com ]

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant. Under this new law, all the DOJ has to do is claim that an American citizen is tangentially related to an ongoing investigation and they’d be able to access your internet history that is stored with your internet service provider (ISP) – this gross privacy violating power must be stopped. The bill is currently in the House of Representatives and could be voted on as soon as next week.

18.05.2020 - 19:26 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

(14.05.2020)

Many senators wanted to forbid the government from secretly collecting information about your internet habits, but an amendment failed by just one vote.

17.05.2020 - 17:15 [ USA Today ]

’50 states and 50 different approaches:‘ States scramble to hire COVID-19 contact tracers

Massachusetts has added more than 1,000 workers and sent some into communities with large numbers of cases. California last week began training the first recruits of a planned 20,000-person contact tracing team. And New York plans to add as many as 17,000 contact tracers through a partnership with former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Resolve to Save Lives, headed by former CDC Director Tom Frieden.

17.05.2020 - 17:00 [ S.C. / Twitter ]

UK – We now have an army of snitches – Michael Gove reveals 17,000 coronavirus contact tracers recruited …

17.05.2020 - 16:42 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

Michael Gove heaps praise on under-fire Matt Hancock and reveals 17,000 coronavirus contact tracers now recruited

A senior government source told the Mail on Sunday last week that Mr Hancock was on “borrowed time” and had “fallen out with the most powerful figures in the Government”, including Mr Johnson.

But Mr Gove, who revealed that “just over 17,000 of the contact tracers” had now been recruited – told Sky News’ Niall Paterson: “Here I have to praise the work of the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.”

17.05.2020 - 06:31 [ Cnet.com ]

COVID-19 could set a new norm for surveillance and privacy

The outbreak has also brought new privacy issues, as companies beef up surveillance with tech like thermal cameras and facial recognition in preparation for when people return to their everyday lives.

Surveillance technology has slowly integrated into our daily lives, with facial recognition getting added as a „convenience“ feature for casinos and ordering food. The coronavirus has sped up that process, in the name of public health.

15.05.2020 - 16:00 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Sen. @RandPaul : „The PATRIOT Act in the end is not patriotic.“

15.05.2020 - 15:53 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. It got 59.

The outcome is especially frustrating since four senators didn’t vote on the amendment at all, and at least one would have voted yes. Lamar Alexander couldn’t vote because he’s quarantined. Two others — Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders — didn’t respond to request for comment on where they were during the vote. An aide told Politico that Patty Murray would have voted yes had she been there, but the senator was not in Washington, DC, when the vote occurred.

14.05.2020 - 22:56 [ Wall Street Journal ]

More Than a Dozen Obama Officials Requested ‘Unmasking’ That Identified Michael Flynn in Intelligence Reports

The list includes then-Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan; the requests came after Russian interference in U.S. election.

14.05.2020 - 22:48 [ Fox News ]

Unmasking’ requests number in thousands across administrations, as pols demand details

The numbers reflect how frequently national security and intelligence officials use this tool in their work. Unmasking occurs after U.S. citizens‘ conversations are incidentally picked up in conversations with foreign officials who are being monitored by the intelligence community. The U.S. citizens‘ identities are supposed to be protected if their participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected. However, officials can determine the U.S. citizens‘ names through a process that is supposed to safeguard their rights. In the typical process, when officials are requesting the unmasking of an American, they do not necessarily know the identity of the person in advance.

14.05.2020 - 17:24 [ Daily Mail ]

China brands Britain’s handling of coronavirus as a ‚mess‘ as it blasts Boris Johnson for urging people to get back to work

Beijing’s state-controlled Global Times claimed that Britain would need a ‚miracle‘ to get out of the health crisis as it condemned London’s response to COVID-19 as ‚flippant‘ and ‚ill-prepared‘.

The Communist newspaper slammed Boris Johnson for telling people to go back to work before setting up a track-and-tracing system. It accused the Prime Minister of prioritising the economy over virus control.

13.05.2020 - 09:22 [ FoxWilmington.com ]

Rand Paul, citing Flynn case, proposes FISA amendment to curb surveillance of Americans

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the House-passed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to protect Americans’ privacy, citing the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn as an example of “abuse” and saying it “should never be allowed to happen again.”

Paul, R-Ky., who is an outspoken advocate for privacy reforms, proposed an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 – which passed the House on a bipartisan basis earlier this year – to protect Americans’ privacy, ensure due process and “reassert the Fourth Amendment.”

11.05.2020 - 22:01 [ Dakota Gruener / Harvard.edu ]

Immunity Certificates: If We Must Have Them, We Must Do It Right

(20.04.2020)

Credential Use:

1. When the individual attempts to gain access to, for instance, a place of work, the business will verify1.the validity of the credential, then make a determination to grant or deny access. This verification does not require contacting the issuer of the credential.

2. As part of the process of determining whether to grant or deny access, the verifier can compare the cryptographically verified photo against the individual through manual means or through automated facial recognition.

10.05.2020 - 19:33 [ Daily Mail ]

Minister admits Government could start a new contract tracing app as only 52% of Brits say they would download it when it needs 60% of the population to be effective

He said officials were ‚paying attention‘ to how other countries were using technology to keep on top of the crisis.

Other nations have adopted an app model which stores data in a more favourable way, which has fuelled a backlash over privacy concerns.

The ‚centralised‘ model used by the NHS is believed to have caused reluctance to download the app – which ministers have previously denied is a problem.

10.05.2020 - 16:53 [ the Hill ]

Senate revives surveillance brawl

The Senate is set to revive a fight over a shadowy surveillance court, bringing to a head a months-long stalemate that resulted in the lapse of three intelligence programs.

The looming debate, which will pit some of President Trump’s biggest allies against one another, comes on the heels of growing questions about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court after the Justice Department inspector general found widespread errors as part of an interim report on warrant applications.

10.05.2020 - 16:23 [ the Hill ]

States build contact tracing armies to crush coronavirus

State governments are building armies of contact tracers in a new phase of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a fundamental practice in public health that can at once wrestle the virus under control and put hundreds of thousands of newly jobless people back to work.

California is already conducting contact tracing in 22 counties, and it eventually plans to field a force of 10,000 state employees, who will be given basic training by University of California health experts.

10.05.2020 - 04:59 [ the Hill ]

McConnell urges Senate to reject changes to House-passed surveillance bill

(07.05.2020)

Under a deal struck by Senate leadership, senators will vote on three amendments: One from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) preventing FISA warrants from being used against Americans, one from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on appointing outside advisers, and one from Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to prevent law enforcement from obtaining internet browsing and search history without a warrant.

10.05.2020 - 04:51 [ Reason.com ]

FISA Surveillance and Possible Reforms Are Back on the Senate’s Agenda

(07.05.2020)

Next week the Senate is poised to resurrect some federal surveillance powers that expired in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A handful of senators are hoping to force through reforms to better protect Americans‘ privacy.

06.05.2020 - 18:03 [ InvestmentWatchblog.com ]

France Calls for ‘Health Passports” As Germany Rolls Out ‘Immunity Cards’

(02.05.2020)

The mayor of Nice has urged French PM Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Covid-19 pandemic through “health passports” in the parts of France which border other countries.

06.05.2020 - 15:51 [ i24News.tv ]

Likud, Blue and White agree to revise unity deal after Supreme Court condemnation

The parties also decided that emergency orders instated to fight the coronavirus pandemic would not extend beyond six months.

The bill known as the „Norwegian law,“ which allows any Member of Knesset (Israel Parliament) appointed to a ministerial post to temporarily resign from the legislative chamber, will reportedly be dropped.

05.05.2020 - 14:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Gatekeepers Have Become Enablers of a Dangerous Coronavirus Policy

The moment Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to use “technological methods from the war on terror” to track coronavirus patients, it was clear that it would be impossible to take this candy away from the government’s eager hands. The term “dangerous precedent” was coined for just such situations, in which a tool created for extreme situations slowly makes its way into daily life.

30.04.2020 - 17:27 [ ScientificAmerican.com ]

Will Americans Be Willing to Install COVID-19 Tracking Apps?

Citing an infringement of constitutional rights and freedoms, leaders in the United States have so far been hesitant to adopt such technological approaches, but that may be about to change.

30.04.2020 - 17:20 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Visiting Malls, Markets Will Have to Download Mandatory Coronavirus Tracking App

(29.04.2020)

Shopping malls and markets across Israel, shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, will only be allowed to reopen after the development of a tracking system that would monitor all visitors, Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov said at a Monday meeting.

All customers will be required to install a tracking app on their phone to enter shopping malls and markets, once these reopen.

30.04.2020 - 17:17 [ Indianexpress.com ]

1.5 million Israelis using voluntary coronavirus monitoring app

(01.04.2020)

Around 1.5 million Israelis have downloaded a mobile app in the past week that alerts users who have crossed paths with a coronavirus patient, according to the Health Ministry, helping to improve tracking of the pandemic.T he app “HaMagen” – Hebrew for The Shield – is sparking interest from abroad with approaches from Germany, Italy, Britain, Australia and Chile so far, ministry deputy director general Morris Dorfman said Wednesday.

30.04.2020 - 17:13 [ Time ]

Italy Says App Tracing Contacts of People Infected With COVID-19 Will Be Anonymous

Premier Giuseppe Conte’s Cabinet, at a meeting that ended early Thursday, approved a law, in the form of the decree, that guarantees that those who decide not to use the app won’t suffer limits on their movement or other rights.

30.04.2020 - 15:56 [ the Hill ]

Americans begin to move amid growing frustrations with social distancing

Americans who have endured a month or more of state-ordered lockdowns related to the spread of the coronavirus in recent days have been venturing out of their homes more as they grow frustrated after spending so much time away from their normal lives.

Cellphone data collected by the University of Maryland’s Maryland Transportation Institute shows the percentage of people staying at home in most states peaked around April 14, the Tuesday after Easter.

29.04.2020 - 13:25 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Alleges Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Ran Attack Servers on U.S. Soil

(26.04.2020)

NSO also claimed that it and Q Cyber are entitled to immunity because they operate in the service of foreign countries. Facebook claims that the Israeli companies are not entitled to such immunity under U.S. law.

27.04.2020 - 11:23 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Government Is Invading Our Privacy Under the Guise of Battling Coronavirus

Two weeks ago, the council had already discussed the possibility of a popular revolt and how the government could prevent an uprising against the authorities. Among other things, it considered how the state “could forestall dangers that could lead to widespread social unrest” that might spark protests against the government and state institutions.

It turns out that soldiers and officers from one of Military Intelligence’s classified intelligence gathering units gathered data and analyzed it for the task force that the National Security Council appointed for this purpose.

23.04.2020 - 15:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Tory MPs‘ fury at lockdown limbo: Backbenchers urge ministers to set out detailed plan for easing restrictions as Chief Medical Officer Whitty warns some social distancing will be in place for a YEAR

– Government under pressure to set out a detailed plan to get out of lockdown
– Tory MPs fear without certainty many businesses will not be able to stay alive
– Senior backbenchers believe it is ’silly‘ not to trust the public with all the facts
– Scottish government will today publish its roadmap for easing restrictions
– Came as officials work to set up 15,000 strong coronavirus contact tracing army

22.04.2020 - 18:05 [ Daily Beast ]

Team Trump Turns to Peter Thiel’s Palantir to Track Virus

Palantir, the data-mining firm created by investor Peter Thiel, is best known for its work with global intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies. Now, the company has a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help the federal government create a new data platform called HHS Protect Now.

The Daily Beast has confirmed that Palantir will provide a major aspect of the analytics platform.

17.04.2020 - 11:30 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Is Heading for a Shin Bet Police State

The pattern is familiar and dangerous: Start with ostensibly minimal means for a limited time, then expand the means and duration until they become permanent. Now it’s the fight against the coronavirus, tomorrow it will be the fight against crime – and finally the fight against the government’s opponents. History is paved with examples of emergency measures becoming routine.

16.04.2020 - 14:18 [ Haaretz ]

With No Checks on Power, Israel Also Wants Shin Bet to Map Coronavirus Hot Spots

Haaretz has learned that this deep, dark secret amounts to the addition of another layer of analysis to the information that’s already being collected about us, with the aim of mapping areas where restrictions could, or could not, be lifted. That accompanies the army’s proposal to divide the country into color-coded zones based on the incidence of COVID-19 in each.

14.04.2020 - 21:18 [ Ron Paul / ]

A Healthcare PATRIOT Act?

Federally mandated healthcare IDs and databases will weaken healthcare. Patients must provide details regarding their personal lives and habits so their physicians can make diagnoses. How comfortable would people be sharing this information if they knew it would be stored in a federal “health tracking” database?

04.04.2020 - 18:27 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

How EFF Evaluates Government Demands for New Surveillance Powers

Even in the midst of a crisis, the public must carefully evaluate such government demands, because surveillance invades privacy, deters free speech, and unfairly burdens vulnerable groups. It also metastasizes behind closed doors. And new surveillance powers tend to stick around. For example, nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks, the NSA is still conducting dragnet Internet surveillance.

Thus, when governments demand new surveillance powers—especially now, in the midst of a crisis like the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak—EFF has three questions:

– First, has the government shown its surveillance would be effective at solving the problem?
– Second, if the government shows efficacy, we ask: Would the surveillance do too much harm to our freedoms?
– Third, if the government shows efficacy, and the harm to our freedoms is not excessive, we ask: Are there sufficient guardrails around the surveillance?

01.04.2020 - 13:46 [ Stephen Lendman / GlobalResearch.ca ]

COVID-19 and Economic Duress: A Pretext to Enhance Police State Powers? Suspension of Constitutional Rights During COVID-19?

Crises are times when ruling authorities convince people to sacrifice personal freedoms for greater security — not realizing that both will be lost.

Ruling authorities take advantage of times like now by instituting draconian policies they’re unable to introduce during normal times without risking mass rebellion.

01.04.2020 - 09:40 [ Haaretz ]

Too Big a Brother

Under the cover of the spreading coronavirus, the government is deepening its invasion of the lives of this country’s citizens. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett continues to use his temporary authority in order to promote plans that run roughshod over the right to privacy, while demolishing the distinction, so vital in a democracy, between the army and civil society.

31.03.2020 - 01:07 [ NationalReview.com ]

Rhode Island’s Governor Sends the National Guard Out in a Door-to-Door Search for New Yorkers

For those wondering if this violates the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, the National Guard can be used to assist state and local law enforcement, if invited by the state’s governor.

25.03.2020 - 04:09 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu’s Likud accuses Blue and White of ’stealing the Parliament‘

Other special committees to be established will focus on education, violence in Israeli Arab communities and labor and welfare; the four special panels will need to be approved by the plenum Tuesday.

These included Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense panels, with the latter set to establish a special committee that will supervise the contentious Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)-led coronavirus patients surveillance program.

24.03.2020 - 09:52 [ Axios.com ]

Location data likely to play limited role in fighting coronavirus

As COVID-19 worsens, though, expect to see a greater willingness to trade privacy for effective health surveillance, just as 9/11 led to a tightening of security around airports and other public spaces.

„A situation like the pandemic creates a fundamental shift in how people react to technology. This is the direction we are going to be moving in.“

— Labhesh Patel, chief technology officer at Jumio, an ID verification company

The bottom line: We’ve already given up so much in the fight against COVID-19. Some elements of personal privacy may be the next to go — and don’t expect the surveillance to end when the pandemic does.

24.03.2020 - 09:44 [ Forbes ]

Coronavirus, Surveillance And The Redefinition Of The Social Contract

We should listen to somebody who grew up in a society where there were no civil rights, Angela Merkel, talk about how the current situation justifies restricting our movements. And matters will not stop there: people might have been shocked when they saw China use apps and geolocation to control the movements of its population during the spread of the infection, but we now see Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan following suit: their success is being used to justify population control measures that would be completely unacceptable under normal circumstances.

23.03.2020 - 07:52 [ CNN ]

In the battle against coronavirus, personal privacy is at risk

When Declan Chan arrived in Hong Kong from Zurich on March 17 after six weeks overseas, city officials made him put on a plain-looking white wristband and download an app called StayHomeSafe before he exited the airport.
He was told to register on the app once he got home, which would start a 14-day countdown, and walk to all four corners of his apartment so it could capture the location and confines of his home.

19.03.2020 - 21:57 [ Haaretz ]

Raise the Black Flag at Home. Stand Up to the Tyrant Netanyahu

For years and years, we wondered when the occupation would come home.

It happened this week.

As the settlers once said in a different context: Yesha Zeh Kan – Judea, Samaria and Gaza are here.

One set of laws for the tyrant’s allies. Another set of laws for everyone else. Innocent civilians hounded. Their persecutor – never held accountable.

Raise the black flag. Stand up to the tyrant.

This is the fitting flag for this new Israel.

19.03.2020 - 21:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Using Coronavirus to Hold Onto Power

Panic over the coronavirus, justified as it may be, mustn’t blind the public from seeing how the temporary prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and members of his party are exploiting the crisis to hold onto power. Through their management of the coronavirus crisis, Netanyahu and his government are neutralizing the justice system and quarantining the legislature.

19.03.2020 - 21:50 [ Haaretz ]

‚Total Suspension of Individual Freedom‘: Inside Israel’s Secret Coronavirus Debate

These special means include gathering data about a person’s location via their cellphone and additional technological information using secret tools, and cross-referencing all of the data.

The process identifies all of the contacts coronavirus patients have had and the places they were, whether they are aware of it or not.

19.03.2020 - 15:06 [ Noa Landau נעה לנדאו / Twitter ]

Israeli police tries to stop thousands of cars raising black flags on their way to Jerusalem, to protest anti-democratic measures in midst of #Covid_19 outbreak, such as closure of Knesset. When asked ‘why’, this policeman said ‘because!’

19.03.2020 - 15:04 [ Haaretz ]

Police Arrest Protesters Against ‚Assault on Democracy‘ at Knesset

Protesters said they were angry at anti-democratic measures being taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak, such as this week’s decision to use cyber measures to track the location of people diagnosed with the virus as well as suspected coronavirus patients, in addition to strict restrictions to achieve social distancing, such as barring thousands of people from leaving their homes.

Further, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein dispersed parliament on Wednesday, deepening the paralyzation of Israel’s legislative body, which critics have seen as an attack on the checks and balances within Israel’s democratic institutions.

19.03.2020 - 07:31 [ Haaretz ]

LISTEN: Will Israel’s Cyber Spies Let Bibi Use Coronavirus to Kill Democracy?

Israel, paralyzed by the global COVID-19 crisis and by permanent political crisis, has passed a series of worrying measures to stem the spread of the virus. LISTEN FREE.

18.03.2020 - 19:48 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Coronavirus Coup: Israelis’ Basic Rights Are Now on Life Support

We are about to let the government gain absolute control over our lives – and thus know who we are, where we have been, when and with whom and who we speak to and when – without any form of consent or restriction.

18.03.2020 - 19:12 [ i24news.tv ]

Coronavirus surveillance: What can the Israeli gov’t know about its citizens?

Israel’s interim government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, approved an emergency regulation on Monday, March 16, that allows the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) to track citizens’ cell phones in an unprecedented move to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

12.03.2020 - 13:41 [ New York Times ]

Trial of Programmer Accused in C.I.A. Leak Ends in Hung Jury

Prosecutors were careful to avoid details about specific operations. During cross-examination, Ms. Shroff asked one C.I.A. witness: “Do you recall a time when the C.I.A. covertly tried to read Angela Merkel’s emails?” referring to the German chancellor.

The government objected, and the judge stopped the witness from answering.

12.03.2020 - 13:01 [ DailyDot.com ]

What Chelsea Manning teaches us about the U.S. military’s mental health crisis

(17.01.2017)

In Iraq, a sign hung above the desks of the targeting analysts in the intelligence shop where Manning worked: “If you think for one second you can come in here and bug us with sissy shit you might want to rethink your pathetic life.”

23.02.2020 - 16:57 [ solidus / Twitter ]

Germany prepares for reprisal attacks after Muslim massacre in Hanau. Security being stepped up, authorities monitoring far-left and Islamic groups

22.02.2020 - 19:12 [ theIntercept.com ]

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

According to leaked internal European Union documents, the EU could soon be creating a network of national police facial recognition databases. A report drawn up by the national police forces of 10 EU member states, led by Austria, calls for the introduction of EU legislation to introduce and interconnect such databases in every member state. The report, which The Intercept obtained from a European official who is concerned about the network’s development, was circulated among EU and national officials in November 2019. If previous data-sharing arrangements are a guide, the new facial recognition network will likely be connected to similar databases in the U.S., creating what privacy researchers are calling a massive transatlantic consolidation of biometric data.

19.02.2020 - 17:26 [ theIntercept.com ]

Mike Bloomberg Ran Stasi-Style Police and Surveillance Operations Against Muslim Americans

New York University professor Nikhil Pal Singh, author of “Race and America’s Long War,” dissects Bloomberg’s record, his “racial terror” tactics in New York City, and what his candidacy says about the state of electoral politics in the U.S. Attorney Diala Shamas of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who fought Bloomberg over his Muslim surveillance program, describes the New York Police Department’s “Demographics Unit” that targeted Muslim Americans and their businesses, houses of worship, and restaurants. Shamas compares the surveillance program to some of the activities of the East German Stasi secret police and says Bloomberg’s use of the program should be seen as an ominous sign of what he might do as president.

16.02.2020 - 15:12 [ theIntercept.com ]

Mike Bloomberg in 2014: “We Should Hope” the NSA Is “Reading Every Email”

“Look, if you don’t want it to be in the public domain, don’t take that picture, don’t write it down. In this day and age, you’ve got to be pretty naive to believe that the NSA isn’t listening to everything and reading every email,” Bloomberg said. “And incidentally, given how dangerous the world is, we should hope they are, because this is really serious, what’s going on in the world.”

01.02.2020 - 19:07 [ SBS ]

Kenya’s new digital IDs may exclude millions of minorities

Millions face hurdles in obtaining documents to get a biometric ID card that will be required to function in the country. Without one, “you are totally a living dead,” a human rights advocate said.

30.01.2020 - 22:04 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Recht auf anonyme Kommunikation: Klage gegen Verbot anonymer Prepaid-SIM-Karten gescheitert

Der EU-Abgeordnete Patrick Breyer (Piratenpartei) hatte schon 2012 Beschwerde beim EGMR erhoben, nachdem seine Verfassungsbeschwerde vom Bundesverfassungsgericht abgewiesen worden war. Er begründete diesen Schritt damit, dass die Zwangsidentifizierung beim Kauf einer Prepaidkarte eine freie und unbefangene Kommunikation und Internetnutzung gefährde.

25.01.2020 - 11:50 [ New York Times ]

You Are Now Remotely Controlled

Surveillance capitalists control the science and the scientists, the secrets and the truth.

24.01.2020 - 10:09 [ New York Times ]

DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans

What if the United States government took the DNA of vast numbers of Americans for use without their consent? The Trump administration has just brought us one step closer to that dystopia.

24.12.2019 - 14:39 [ New York Times ]

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

A technical analysis and interviews with computer security experts showed that the firm behind ToTok, Breej Holding, is most likely a front company affiliated with DarkMatter, an Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm where Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency employees and former Israeli military intelligence operatives work. DarkMatter is under F.B.I. investigation, according to former employees and law enforcement officials, for possible cybercrimes. The American intelligence assessment and the technical analysis also linked ToTok to Pax AI, an Abu Dhabi-based data mining firm that appears to be tied to DarkMatter.

24.12.2019 - 14:35 [ New York Times ]

Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

As they go about their daily lives, many Pasadena residents we spoke with, like the rest of us, frequent locations whose populations for one reason or another could be vulnerable — because they attend mosques or synagogues or work at secure facilities, like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We plucked one scientist at the lab out of the data, and when we tracked him down in real life and explained how we did it, he was alarmed. “Somebody who might want to get some information from [the lab] for instance, they might target me,” the scientist told us. “This will be a treasure trove for any spying agency, I would presume.” He asked that we preserve his anonymity in this story.

23.12.2019 - 09:44 [ New York Times ]

Total Surveillance Is Not What America Signed Up For

The largest such file known to have been examined by journalists, it reveals more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

By analyzing these pings, our journalists were able to track the movements of President Trump’s Secret Service guards and of senior Pentagon officials. They could follow protesters to their homes and stalk high-school students across Los Angeles. In most cases, it was child’s play for them to connect a supposedly anonymous data trail to a name and an address — to a real live human being.

18.12.2019 - 13:20 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

So, if Comey & the top people in the FBI were dirty cops and cheated on the FISA Court, wouldn’t all of these phony cases have to be overturned or dismissed? They went after me with the Fake Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary & the DNC, which they illegally presented to FISA…

(today)

….They want to Impeach me (I’m not worried!), and yet they were all breaking the law in so many ways. How can they do that and yet impeach a very successful (Economy Plus) President of the United States, who has done nothing wrong? These people are Crazy!
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18.12.2019 - 12:49 [ Washington Post ]

Surveillance court demands answers from FBI for errors, omissions in Trump campaign investigation

(today)

The inspector general concluded that central to the FBI’s court applications for surveillance of Page were a set of allegations provided by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. The Steele dossier, as it came to be known, contained allegations against Trump, Page and other Trump associates, and those allegations have been the subject of intense political fighting since they became public in early 2017.

18.12.2019 - 12:30 [ New York Times ]

A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers

The authorities can scan your phones, track your face and find out when you leave your home. One of the world’s biggest spying networks is aimed at regular people, and nobody can stop it.

18.12.2019 - 06:29 [ Washington Post ]

FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

(20.11.2019)

The FBI is seeking an interview with a CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump abused his office in his dealings with the Ukrainian president, according to three people familiar with the matter.

18.12.2019 - 06:18 [ theHill.com ]

Judge blasts FBI over misleading info for surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

„The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the OIG report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,“ Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge with the FISC, wrote in the order released by the court.

The judge gave the FBI until Jan. 10 to provide the court a sworn statement detailing how it plans to overhaul its approach to future surveillance applications.

12.12.2019 - 09:21 [ New York Times ]

We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.

At more than 400 pages, the study amounted to the most searching look ever at the government’s secretive system for carrying out national-security surveillance on American soil. And what the report showed was not pretty.

The Justice Department’s independent inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, and his team uncovered a staggeringly dysfunctional and error-ridden process in how the F.B.I. went about obtaining and renewing court permission under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to wiretap Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

25.11.2019 - 19:31 [ CNN ]

He invented the web. Now he’s warning of a looming ‚digital dystopia‘

Ahead of a conference in Berlin Monday, Berners-Lee tweeted a warning of the risks faced.
He wrote: „If we fail to defend the free and open web, we risk a digital dystopia of entrenched inequality and abuse of rights.“
In an earlier statement on his foundation’s website, he called the web „one of the defining opportunities of our time,“ adding that collaborative action must be taken „to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine.“

25.11.2019 - 19:27 [ kiwifarms.net ]

Research paper claims Google has achieved ‚quantum supremacy‘ – a milestone in computing after their quantum processor performed a ‚calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take a state-of-the-art supercomputer 10,000 years‘

(22.09.2019)

The technology carries major national security implications because quantum computers potentially could break traditional internet security programs or other codes.

Developing viable quantum computers has proved to be hugely challenging because they rely on superconductivity that can only be achieved in temperatures close to absolute zero.
Any instability in the qubits, for example from vibrations, can lead to ‘noise’ that causes calculation errors and undermines a quantum computer’s power to solve problems.

Earlier this month, IBM announced it was joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing, backed by a government plan to invest $717million over two years in wider research in the field.

25.11.2019 - 19:23 [ Freeman LaFleur / Twitter ]

A claim by Google researchers that they performed the first quantum computation was briefly posted on a NASA website before being removed.

(21.09.2019)

22.11.2019 - 17:27 [ Ford Fischer ‏/ Twitter ]

219 Dems voted in favor of fully reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act enabling the federal government’s mass surveillance of citizens. Only 10 Repubs voted for it. The “squad” (AOC, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib) joined most Repubs in voting “no.” Gabbard didn’t vote.

(20.11.2019)

22.11.2019 - 17:19 [ Evan Greer / Twitter ]

Wow. House Democrats are ignoring civil liberties & including a three month straight re-authorization of the PATRIOT Act (with zero reform) in the Continuing Resolution. Very cool way to resist Trump by ensuring he continues to have terrifying authoritarian surveillance powers.

12.11.2019 - 17:09 [ Techdirt ]

India Is Stifling Kashmir Journalists And Twitter Is Helping Get The Job Done

The Indian government has asked third party contractors to help it build a massive surveillance network utilizing thousands of cameras and the current cream of the facial recognition crop at the time of deployment. The whole thing needs to be in place less than 8 months after the contract is secured, suggesting the government is more than happy to move forward with whatever it has on hand rather than whatever might actually do the job well.

It’s also climbing the global censorship charts, trailing only Russia, China, and Turkey in various social media platform demographics. But it is the king of Facebook censorship, delivering more takedown demands to Facebook than closest rival, Russia. When you’re out-censoring Russia, you’re playing the censorship game right.

12.11.2019 - 16:59 [ Techdirt ]

Mozilla: ISPs Are Lying About Encrypted DNS, Should Have Privacy Practices Investigated

The effort would effectively let Chrome and Mozilla users opt in to DNS encryption — making your browser data more secure from spying and monetization — assuming your DNS provider supports it. Needless to day, telecom giants that have made billions of dollars monetizing your every online behavior for decades now (and routinely lying about it) don’t much like that.

As a result, Comcast, AT&T, and others have been trying to demonize the Google and Mozilla efforts any way they can,

12.11.2019 - 16:48 [ Washington Post ]

Soldiers with top-secret clearances say they were forced to use an app that could endanger them

“Just being in intelligence, we are trained to be extremely paranoid of everything,” the soldier said. “This is serious operational security not being considered.”

The worst-case scenario, he said, was “our cover might be blown.” While the app said permissions could be disabled, the soldiers said there was a failure of confidence it was secure. Senior leaders checked the phones of subordinates to ensure they had the app installed, soldiers in the unit said.

03.11.2019 - 09:40 [ Observer.com ]

Scariest Takeaways on the Current State of Smartphone Surveillance From Edward Snowden

(28.10.2019)

Snowden’s point: you better not have done anything you’ve regretted in your digital past; you better not have put an unsavory term in a Google Search bar—because there will be a permanent record of that, which can be found and used against you if need be.

Snowden also pointed out that the term for this is “bulk collection,” a euphemism the government uses for mass surveillance work.

“They simply collect it all in advance and hope that one day it will become useful,” he said.

03.11.2019 - 09:35 [ New York Times ]

In Trump’s Twitter Feed: Conspiracy-Mongers, Racists and Spies

Fake accounts tied to intelligence services in China, Iran and Russia had directed thousands of tweets at Mr. Trump, according to a Times analysis of propaganda accounts suspended by Twitter. Iranian operatives tweeted anti-Semitic tropes, saying that Mr. Trump was “being controlled” by global Zionists, and that pulling out of the Iran nuclear treaty would benefit North Korea.

01.11.2019 - 12:32 [ Business Insider ]

Russia officially introduced a ’sovereign internet‘ law to let Putin cut the entire country from the rest of the web

It requires Russian internet providers to install hardware to allow authorities to locate the source of traffic and block it.

01.11.2019 - 12:29 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

China and Russia join to battle ‚illegal internet content,‘ which means what you fear it does

(09.10.2019)

More disturbing were the extraordinary technical capabilities that were used to remove – in real time – any mention of the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Russia wishes to be equally restrictive although it does not appear to have the technical capabilities and it has not put itself behind a national firewall, at least not yet – it is working on it. It has instead focused on removing people’s ability to access information anonymously.

21.09.2019 - 18:32 [ New York Times ]

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley the practice extends — encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities.

The demands can scoop up a variety of information, including usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases. They don’t require a judge’s approval and usually come with a gag order, leaving them shrouded in secrecy. Fewer than 20 entities, most of them tech companies, have ever revealed that they’ve received the subpoenas, known as national security letters.

31.08.2019 - 08:38 [ Project Zero team at Google ]

Implant Teardown

The implant has access to all the database files (on the victim’s phone) used by popular end-to-end encryption apps like Whatsapp, Telegram and iMessage. We can see here screenshots of the apps on the left, and on the right the contents of the database files stolen by the implant which contain the unencrypted, plain-text of the messages sent and received using the apps:

(…)

There’s something thus far which is conspicuous only by its absence: is any of this encrypted? The short answer is no: they really do POST everything via HTTP (not HTTPS) and there is no asymmetric (or even symmetric) encryption applied to the data which is uploaded. Everything is in the clear. If you’re connected to an unencrypted WiFi network this information is being broadcast to everyone around you, to your network operator and any intermediate network hops to the command and control server.

This means that not only is the end-point of the end-to-end encryption offered by messaging apps compromised; the attackers then send all the contents of the end-to-end encrypted messages in plain text over the network to their server.

31.08.2019 - 08:26 [ Project Zero team at Google ]

A very deep dive into iOS Exploit chains found in the wild

I recommend that these posts are read in the following order:

31.08.2019 - 08:20 [ Gizmodo ]

Google Hackers Reveal Websites Hacked Thousands of iPhone Users Silently for Years

“To be targeted might mean simply being born in a certain geographic region or being part of a certain ethnic group,” he said. “All that users can do is be conscious of the fact that mass exploitation still exists and behave accordingly; treating their mobile devices as both integral to their modern lives, yet also as devices which when compromised, can upload their every action into a database to potentially be used against them.”

20.08.2019 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

20.08.2019 - 18:18 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal

However, as Haaretz points out, “it is interesting to discover that Israel’s name is totally absent from the hundreds of thousands of words describing the transaction in detail. The only mention of the country is in one document originating in Switzerland that describes the structure of AGT. It mentions in German that Kochavi is an Israeli citizen.”

The Israeli daily also notes that this deal is not Kochavi’s first project on behalf of the UAE, pointing to the installation of thousands of cameras, sensors and license-plate readers in Abu Dhabi in a bid to turn the capital into a “smart city”.

18.08.2019 - 08:46 [ Spiked ]

‘Nineteen Eighty-Four is now a policing manual’

„The police had 30 tweets of mine. I asked the officer, ‘What’s the worst one you’ve got? Which one comes closest to the edge of being dangerously criminal?’ He said, ‘Well, there is this limerick’. I replied to say that I hadn’t written any limericks. He said, ‘No, but you have retweeted a limerick’. He read it to me, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’. It wasn’t even a limerick. It was a lyric from a feminist song. He told me I had to stop doing this. I asked again if I had done anything wrong. And that is when he said the immortal line: ‘I need to check your thinking.’ „

07.08.2019 - 17:30 [ NewStatesman.com ]

The computer will see you now

“We started 20 years back. I didn’t even know we were doing AI then. It was only three or four years ago when someone said: ‘That’s whatyou’re doing.’”

26.07.2019 - 17:38 [ Cnet.com ]

Facial recognition may be banned from public housing thanks to proposed law

It’s the first time federal legislation has addressed limits on technology and tenants.

26.07.2019 - 17:36 [ WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence / Twitter ]

Congresswomen from the „squad“ are set to propose a bill that would ban facial-recognition technology from HUD-funded housing

21.07.2019 - 14:21 [ CNN ]

An entire nation just got hacked

(21.07.2019)

Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office.
In a country of just 7 million people, the scale of the hack means that just about every working adult has been affected.

20.07.2019 - 23:41 [ theGuardian ]

Anger at UK spy tech sales to Hong Kong

As activists prepare to hold another mass demonstration against the government’s handling of a now-suspended extradition bill, the government’s official logs reveal that in the first quarter of this year the UK approved an export licence for £1.9m of “telecommunications interception equipment” to Hong Kong. This was just weeks before protests against the controversial proposed treaty with mainland China began in March.

09.07.2019 - 05:44 [ Washington Post ]

FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches

Thousands of facial-recognition requests, internal documents and emails over the past five years, obtained through public-records requests by researchers with Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and provided to The Washington Post, reveal that federal investigators have turned state departments of motor vehicles databases into the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.

Police have long had access to fingerprints, DNA and other “biometric data” taken from criminal suspects. But the DMV records contain the photos of a vast majority of a state’s residents, most of whom have never been charged with a crime.

12.06.2019 - 08:57 [ Haaretz ]

Mossad Involved in Anti-boycott Activity, Israeli Minister’s Datebooks Reveal

Strategic affairs minister’s schedules show he met with spy agency’s chief ■ Datebooks also include several meetings devoted to creation of firm to advance ‚mass awareness activities‘

12.06.2019 - 08:55 [ Times of Israel ]

Mossad involved in Israel’s anti-BDS efforts – report

A consumer advocacy group, Hatzlacha, the Consumers’ Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy, appealed under Israel’s freedom-of-information laws to publicize the workday calendars of Israeli ministers in 2018, in a bid to uncover links between top politicians and local and international business interests.

10.06.2019 - 13:10 [ ACLU ]

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

The fact that face recognition technology, which can be readily abused, has been deployed by federal agencies largely in secret should give us all pause. The technology gives government agencies the unprecedented power to track who we are, where we go, and who we know. Companies marketing this technology to the government boast that it can be used to track people in real-time, reconstruct past movements from video footage, or identify a hundred individuals from a single photo. This threatens to create a world where people are watched and identified as they attend a protest, congregate outside a place of worship, visit a medical provider, or simply go about their daily lives.

08.06.2019 - 10:13 [ Matthias Monroy ‏/ Twitter ]

EU surveillance state: This week the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers debated increasing the surveillance in their Member States. US authorities could soon also wiretap legally in Europe. #5G #DataRetention #eEvidence #cloudACT

06.06.2019 - 19:52 [ Techdirt ]

AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.

But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.

The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …

06.06.2019 - 19:22 [ europa.eu ]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United States and for the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime.

28.05.2019 - 09:19 [ Spiked ]

Facial recognition: Britain faces a dystopian future

Automated facial recognition is a grave threat to privacy and the presumption of innocence.

28.05.2019 - 09:02 [ Zero Hedge ]

Warning: Widespread Facial Surveillance Is An „Imminent Reality“

A tech privacy report, that has been swept under the rug by the mainstream media has declared that Americans are about to live through the very world Orwell wrote of. Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country. Ground zero, though, appears to be Detroit.

The “America Under Watch” report is a warning that authorities in select U.S. cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face. Mass surveillance of every single human being living in the U.S. has become a nightmarish dystopian reality.

16.05.2019 - 16:01 [ Aaron Peskin, San Francisco Supervisor ‏/ Twitter ]

The success of San Francisco’s #FacialRecognition ban is owed to a vast grassroots coalition that has advocated for similar policies around the Bay Area for years. Thanks to @ACLU_NorCal @SecureJustice @CAIRSFBA @ColorOfChange @mediajustice and so many others who fought for this.

16.05.2019 - 15:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Big Brother Britain: Extraordinary moment police FINE pedestrian £90 for disorderly behaviour after he tries to cover his face from facial recognition camera on the streets of London

Officers set up the camera on a van in Romford, East London, which then cross-checked photos of faces of passers-by against a database of wanted criminals.

But one man was unimpressed about being filmed and covered his face with his hat and jacket, before being stopped by officers who took his picture anyway.

After being pulled aside, the man told police: ‚If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face. Don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.‘

16.05.2019 - 15:56 [ TicToc by Bloomberg / Twitter ]

„It’s psychologically unhealthy,“ says Supervisor @AaronPeskin San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to ban police use of facial recognition tech

05.05.2019 - 11:51 [ Tionisla ‏/ Twitter ]

Ok, seems #firefox is working as intended now… BUT *having to* enable studies (I never intended to enable) to get it fixed, the fact add-ons are resolved by a central certificate made it clear #Mozilla has a different view on „privacy first“ than me.

01.05.2019 - 14:59 [ Standard.co.uk ]

MI5 boss warns of ’startling‘ IS terror threat to Britain

(today)

Mr Parker said that his staff were doing “extraordinary things” to keep the country safe in the face of such dangers, thwarting plots and saving lives. But he cautioned that the increasingly “vast amounts” of material on smartphones and the scale of social media output meant that more data than ever was being created at the same time as encryption was making it harder for MI5 to access it.

13.04.2019 - 23:52 [ Ne York Times ]

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

Sensorvault, according to Google employees, includes detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and dating back nearly a decade.

The new orders, sometimes called “geofence” warrants, specify an area and a time period, and Google gathers information from Sensorvault about the devices that were there.

31.03.2019 - 18:38 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

U.S. Firms Are Helping Build China’s Orwellian State

(19.3.2019) When a Dutch cybersecurity researcher disclosed last month that Chinese security contractor SenseNets left a massive facial recognition database tracking the movements of over 2.5 million people in China’s Xinjiang province unsecured on the internet, it briefly shone a spotlight on the alarming scope of the Chinese surveillance state.

But SenseNets is a symptom of a much larger phenomenon: Tech firms in the United States are lending expertise, reputational credence, and even technology to Chinese surveillance companies, wittingly or otherwise.

06.03.2019 - 14:09 [ cnet.com ]

Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices

(25.2.2019) Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance said Monday that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning its devices can use fingerprints and security keys for logging in to accounts instead of passwords. The certification was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

06.03.2019 - 14:03 [ Wikipedia ]

FIDO Alliance

FIDO supports a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB security tokens, embedded Secure Elements (eSE), smart cards, and near field communication (NFC).[2] The USB security token device may be used to authenticate using a simple password (e.g. four-digit PIN) or by pressing a button.

06.03.2019 - 14:00 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

(21.11.2018) Microsoft’s corporate veep of all things identity, Alex Simons, trumpeted that the 800 million people who use a Microsoft account will now be able to sign in without username or password.

06.03.2019 - 13:54 [ cbronline.com ]

Android Gets FIDO2 Support: Death to Passwords?

(28.2.2019) The FIDO2 standard comprises the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Authentication specification and the corresponding Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP) from FIDO Alliance. Together these initiatives create an ecosystem of compliant devices that can easily authenticate themselves to online services.

03.03.2019 - 17:40 [ Forbes ]

China Goes ‚1984‘ While America Goes ‚Brave New World‘–But What’s Next?

(11.7.2018)

Postman’s key point was that Big Brother didn’t need to bother watching John Doe or controlling him, because John Doe probably was already willing to be controlled by forces that rendered him harmless to Big Brother. Postman argued that Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was more prescient than Orwell’s 1984, because in his book Huxley portrayed a citizenry perfectly willing to give up its most sacred possessions for trivial things.

03.03.2019 - 17:32 [ Steven Kaufman / Entrepreneur.com ]

‚Social Credit‘ Tech Is Coming: 5 Ways for U.S. Entrepreneurs to Capitalize

(12.10.2018)

This may all sound frightening, but a system devised by human beings to control others can also be controlled, if you know what you’re doing. If you’re a true entrepreneur, then you see the opportunity in every social evolution. And big changes mean even bigger opportunities. Are you ready?

03.03.2019 - 17:27 [ Daily Caller ]

Democratic 2020 Candidate Wants Government-Sponsored ‘Social Credit’ System Comparable To China’s

(17.11.2018)

New York entrepreneur and Democratic 2020 candidate Andrew Yang wants to implement a system in which a government-run mobile app rewards Americans with “digital social credits” (DSCs) for good behavior.

Americans would receive DSCs under Yang’s system for things such as “participating in a town fair,” “fixing a neighbor’s appliance” or “tutoring a student,” his presidential campaign website explains.

03.03.2019 - 17:22 [ Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology ]

Is China’s social credit system really the dystopian sci-fi scenario that many fear?

(6.12.2018)

To use Jamie Horsley’s argument in Foreign Policy, „China’s Orwellian social credit score isn’t real…There is no such thing as a national ’social credit score‘.“

Apart from the (negative) political implications of the work-in-progress social credit system, we should also consider the economic implication of such a system.

03.03.2019 - 17:16 [ Digitaltrends.com ]

We’re closer to China’s disturbing ‘Social Credit System’ than you realize

In addition to more mundane areas like whether you pay your community charge on time, the system’s reputational algorithm will also factor in your choice of online friends. That person who complains about how the government is doing its job could suddenly cost you some serious social cred. Befriend too many wrongthinkers and you could quickly find yourself classed as a wrongthinker too.

03.03.2019 - 17:12 [ fox11online.com ]

Social Credit System being tested in China; could the U.S. be next?

(11.2.2019) „We’re beginning to see it already where insurance companies affect your premium based on whether you’re eating healthy, getting a good night’s sleep or getting enough exercise,“ he said, adding that the need for Congress to act is urgent.

But Chertoff said the emphasis needs to change from how do we keep things confidential, and instead pass laws that focus on who controls the data once it’s been generated.

03.03.2019 - 17:07 [ Washington Post ]

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone

(22. Oktober 2016)

The ambition is to collect every scrap of information available online about China’s companies and citizens in a single place — and then assign each of them a score based on their political, commercial, social and legal “credit.”

The government hasn’t announced exactly how the plan will work — for example, how scores will be compiled and different qualities weighted against one another. But the idea is that good behavior will be rewarded and bad behavior punished, with the Communist Party acting as the ultimate judge.

03.03.2019 - 16:46 [ technode.com ]

Blacklists and redlists: How China’s Social Credit System actually works

(23.10.2018) The idea is simple: By keeping and aggregating records throughout the government’s various ministries and departments, Chinese officials can gain insight into how people behave and develop ways to control them.

The goal writes Rogier Creemers, a postdoctoral scholar specializing in the law and governance of China at Leiden University in The Netherlands, is “cybernetic” behavioral control, allowing individuals to be monitored and immediately confronted with the consequences of their actions. In so doing, authorities can enhance the county’s expanding surveillance apparatus.

03.03.2019 - 16:24 [ New York Times ]

Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

(21.1.2019) The science-fiction future, in which police can swiftly identify robbers and murderers from discarded soda cans and cigarette butts, has arrived. In 2017, President Trump signed into law the Rapid DNA Act, which, starting this year, will enable approved police booking stations in several states to connect their Rapid DNA machines to Codis, the national DNA database. Genetic fingerprinting is set to become as routine as the old-fashioned kind.