Skip to comments.Russia's Olympic security to set new surveillance standard at Sochi (background checks, drones)
Posted on 01/13/2014 9:56:28 PM PST by Dave346
Includes monitoring communication, background checks, even drones
When Canadian government officials visited St. Petersburg last year for the G20, they swapped their email addresses with temporary ones and left their Canadian cellphones behind.
The U.S. State Department's bureau of diplomatic security, meanwhile, recently warned that visitors to Russia should have "no expectation of privacy," that all means of communication should be "assumed to be monitored."
Since the Cold War, Russia's reputation as an intrusive state has been well established. But as the Sochi Olympic Games approach, the host country appears to be aiming for surveillance gold.
In fact, security experts are warning athletes, journalists, spectators and government officials that the coming Olympics will see the most invasive security measures the Games have ever seen.
The warnings are based partly on the work of two Russian investigative journalists who uncovered the plan to significantly soup up existing surveillance technology in Sochi in time for the arrival of thousands of foreigners.
With the support of the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab at the Munk school of global affairs, an academic group that looks at technology, human rights and security, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan made their discovery using open source documents relating to preparations for the Games.
They found, for example, that a Russian company promising ultra-fast, free WiFi in Sochi is also installing DPI or Deep Packet Inspection technology.
DPI has legitimate uses, but in this case it is apparently aimed at allowing authorities to filter email for key words and track who's talking to whom, as well as what they're saying.
In short, Soldatov explained to CBC News, every phone call, every email, every social media message in Sochi will be accessible, traceable by Russia's Federal Security Service the FSB the organization in charge of securing the Olympics.
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All needed. And because of the damned pestilence on humanity, moslems.
I’d encrypt end to end and use anomailers....
So we should feel right at home.
“The U.S. State Department’s bureau of diplomatic security, meanwhile, recently warned that visitors to Russia should have “no expectation of privacy,” that all means of communication should be “assumed to be monitored.” “
So is this is the US Governments idea of high comedy? Warning us that we won’t enjoy the same “privacy” we do at home? lol
If the Russians want a peaceful Olympics, don’t let any Mohammadan within 200 miles of Sochi.
Unless 2014 is an earth shaking turnaround year, a warning like that needs to replace the current statement on the Statue of Liberty Past and be posted at every International Airport.
Sounds like what they were doing in Vancouver 4 years ago
In Vancouver the cops were arbitrarily shutting down restaurants and bars early and without warning...and I had some Bharatistani Policewoman question me why I had a 12 pack of Alexander Keith’s IPA (”because they don’t sell it in FL” my reply)
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
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no kidding just go to the local airport . or ‘traffic stop’ that is voluntary