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  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • Police caught off guard by huge park gathering where 2 women were shot

    04/21/2014 12:14:12 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 23 replies
    DeKalb County Police say they were caught off-guard Sunday by the unsanctioned party at a public park that ended with two women being shot. “This came really as a surprise to us,” the county’s public safety chief Cedric Alexander told reporters on Monday. But Alexander vowed that they would be prepared in the future. “We’re going to monitor social media going forward so that we can try to get ahead of them as quickly as we can and intervene and try to make sure those illegal crowds do not converge upon a crowd and become a threat to anyone,” he...
  • Fifth-grade teacher charged in child pornography case

    04/18/2014 4:51:28 AM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 04/18/2014 | Martin Finucane
    A fifth-grade teacher in Cambridge who is facing a charge of transportation of child pornography admitted to secretly videotaping children changing in and out of their clothes on more than one occasion, according to federal law enforcement officials. Josh A. Wairi, 27, of Somerville was charged today in federal court in Boston in a criminal complaint filed by a US postal inspector. In the affidavit, the inspector detailed a hunt for Wairi through cyberspace, kicked off by tips from America Online and Dropbox Inc. The search eventually led to Wairi’s Somerville apartment, where law enforcement officials executed a search warrant...
  • Department of Homeland Security cancels national license-plate tracking plan

    02/19/2014 8:09:31 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2014 | Ellen Nakashima and Josh Hicks,
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of a plan by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to develop a national license-plate tracking system after privacy advocates raised concern about the initiative. The order came just days after ICE solicited proposals from companies to compile a database of license-plate information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers. Officials said the database was intended to help apprehend fugitive illegal immigrants, but the plan raised concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.
  • Pandora Knows How You’ll Vote, and It’s Not Keeping Your Secret

    02/19/2014 9:24:08 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 33 replies
    national journal ^ | February 19, 2014 | Alex Brown
    Pandora Knows How You’ll Vote, and It’s Not Keeping Your Secret The online music service is telling campaigns what music you listen to, which they say gives away your party affiliation. The music streaming service announced last week it is launching targeted advertising—allowing candidates to reach voters based on age, location and music preference. According to Pandora, that information can tell with 75-80 percent accuracy how a person will vote.
  • Capital One says it can show up at cardholders' homes, workplaces

    02/17/2014 10:22:16 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 110 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/2014 | LA Times
    Ding-dong, Cap One calling. Credit card issuer Capital One isn't shy about getting into customers' faces. The company recently sent a contract update to cardholders that makes clear it can drop by any time it pleases. The update specifies that "we may contact you in any manner we choose" and that such contacts can include calls, emails, texts, faxes or a "personal visit." As if that weren't creepy enough, Cap One says these visits can be "at your home and at your place of employment." The police need a court order to pull off something like that. But Cap One...
  • What the future holds: US futurist Peter Diamandis on the shape of things to come ("Abundance")

    02/16/2014 11:26:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gulf News ^ | February 12, 2014 | Faisal Masudi and Noor Nazzal, Staff Reporters
    Dubai: At a conference in Dubai this week, an American futurist painted an intriguing, at times unsettling, picture of the coming world. As Dr Peter Diamandis went over his presentation slides at The Government Summit on Tuesday, there were plenty of raised eyebrows. In the future, the slides suggested, privacy will be a thing of the past, robots will take over our jobs, 3D printers will pop out everything from human organs to houses, and man will mine asteroids in deep space for unfathomable mineral wealth. The 58-year-old said hyper-tech breakthroughs are already hurtling us towards that future, today. “The...
  • Video surveillance of Downtown Houston to Expand (180 more cameras, cost $18,000,000 so far)

    12/26/2013 12:58:12 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    Associated Press via KTRH 740AM ^ | Thursday, December 26th 2013 | no byline
    Police surveillance of downtown Houston will expand with the addition of 180 new cameras. The installation of the cameras means police will have nearly 1,000 surveillance feeds available to them. Most cameras are pointed on public areas around downtown, stadiums and the theater district. Police Chief Charles McClelland says Houston has more critical infrastructure than New York City and must rely on video to provide necessary police coverage...
  • Survey: 1 in 6 writers have self-censored because of NSA surveillance

    11/24/2013 10:00:50 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 60 replies
    http://america.aljazeera.com/ ^ | November 21, 2013 | Claire Gordon
    Many groups have claimed that the NSA’s surveillance program is an unconstitutional violation of privacy. But a different type of challenge is growing teeth. Led by civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, more than 20 organizations, with interests ranging from marijuana to guns, are currently suing the federal government. They believe the NSA surveillance program has a chilling effect on speech, thus violating the First Amendment. It’s difficult to prove this, though. There’s no way to quantify the students who don’t join their college’s “legalize marijuana” club, or the number of Arab-Americans who avoid political topics via email. Absences...
  • UrtheCast: Cameras for Live Video Views of Planet Earth To Launch Nov. 25

    11/18/2013 2:08:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    If all goes well, the UrtheCast dual camera system will blast off in a Progress supply ship on Nov. 25, 2013. This will be the world’s first ever high definition, live-streaming video platform of planet Earth from the International Space Station. “Imagine you have a nearly live Google Earth, but it isn’t four year old data – you have data that is being refreshed all the time, with videos coming down over interesting areas where interesting events are going on, showing you what is changing, what is going on,” said George Tyc, the Chief Technology Officer at UrtheCast, in an...
  • Report: Obamacare provision will allow 'forced' home inspections by gov't agents

    11/11/2013 2:26:36 PM PST · by sfimom · 78 replies
    The Examiner.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Citing the Heath and Human Services website, a report posted Wednesday at the Freedom Outpost says that under Obamacare, government agents can engage in "home health visits" for those in certain “high-risk” categories. Those categories include: • Families where mom is not yet 21; • Families where someone is a tobacco user; • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities, and • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
  • A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

    10/27/2013 5:45:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 105 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2013 | By Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car. The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.
  • Homeland Security to test BOSS facial recognition at junior hockey game

    09/21/2013 3:04:07 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 14 replies
    biometricupdate.com ^ | September 21 2013 | Rawlson King
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will test its crowd-scanning facial recognition system, known as the Biometric Optical Surveillance System, or BOSS, at a junior hockey game this weekend, according to the Russian news agency RT. With assistance from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, DHS will test its system at a Western Hockey League game in Washington state. The test will determine whether the system can distinguish the faces of 20 volunteers out of a crowd of nearly 6,000 hockey fans, to evaluate how successfully BOSS can locate a person of interest.
  • FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

    08/03/2013 10:40:40 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    c|net ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | by Declan McCullagh
    CNET has learned the FBI has developed custom "port reader" software to intercept Internet metadata in real time. And, in some cases, it wants to force Internet providers to use the software. The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts. FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception...
  • Your TV might be watching you

    08/02/2013 7:51:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 1, 2013 | Erica Fink and Laurie Segall
    Today's high-end televisions are almost all equipped with "smart" PC-like features, including Internet connectivity, apps, microphones and cameras. But a recently discovered security hole in some Samsung Smart TVs shows that many of those bells and whistles aren't ready for prime time. The flaws in Samsung Smart TVs, which have now been patched, enabled hackers to remotely turn on the TVs' built-in cameras without leaving any trace of it on the screen. While you're watching TV, a hacker anywhere around the world could have been watching you. Hackers also could have easily rerouted an unsuspecting user to a malicious website...
  • Janet Napolitano Denies Existence of ‘Orwellian State’

    06/15/2013 1:15:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Politicker ^ | June 14, 2013 | Jill Colvin
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano weighed in on the NSA intelligence leaks on Friday, telling NY1 that fears over government surveillance were overblown. “I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case,” she told Errol Louis during an appearance on Road to City Hall. Despite civil liberties advocates’ fears that monitoring efforts have gone too far, “there are lots of protections built into the system,” Ms. Napolitano said, pointing to a privacy office embedded in her own department that is “constantly reviewing our policies and...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King On Boston Bombing: "We Need More Cameras" (video at link)

    04/16/2013 11:57:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 16, 2013
    ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Congressman briefly, do you think that this will lead to more cameras? I know it's controversial, there are privacy issues. Boston does have a lot of cameras. European cities, led by London, have the most. Are Americans going to have to get used to more surveillance on a daily basis?
  • IRS Checking Out Your Facebook and Twitter to Help Keep You Honest

    04/06/2013 9:38:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    WHPTV.com ^ | April 3, 2013 | Jesse Knutson
    IRS checking out your Facebook and Twitter to help keep you honest You have less than two weeks to file your taxes and your Facebook or Twitter accounts could end up getting you in big trouble with the IRS. They're looking for tax cheaters. The IRS has been known to check car records, employment documents and other public records. Now, your social media page is on that list too. “I think that’s a little bit ridiculous,” replied one person we talked to. Some of the people we talked to were surprised. “I think it’s still an invasion of privacy,” commented...
  • Pair of Eyes Found in Trash in Kansas City

    03/28/2013 5:35:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    UPI ^ | 03/28/13
    Kansas City, Mo., police are investigating a pair of eyeballs that were found in a gas station trash can, officials said. The eyeballs were discovered at a Conoco gas station at about midnight Thursday, the Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported. Police said they have called all local eye banks and hospitals to see if they were waiting a delivery, but none were expecting any. "We are not sure whether a crime has been committed," said Capt. Steve Young, a police spokesman. "We truly are not sure the eyes are even human." A surveillance video from the gas station shows two...
  • Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns

    01/16/2013 9:49:53 AM PST · by illiac · 87 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here's the relevant passage: PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands. ï‚· Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of...
  • New Jersey Bans Smiling in Driver’s License Photos

    09/20/2012 6:33:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 20, 2012 4:01pm | Colleen Curry
    The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has cracked down on drivers smiling in their driver’s license photos because their smiles could interfere with new facial recognition software. New Jersey resident Velvet McNeil told the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday that when she went to get her license at her local New Jersey motor vehicle center, she was told she could not smile for her photo. Shocked, McNeil said she walked out of the center. …
  • BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored

    09/04/2012 12:36:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    bbc ^ | 9/4/12 | staff
    Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest. A Birmingham University study indicates that an illegal file-sharer downloading popular content would be logged by a monitoring firm within three hours. The team said it was "surprised" by the scale of the monitoring. Copyright holders could use the data to crack down on illegal downloads. The three-year research was carried out by a team of computer scientists who developed software that acted like a BitTorrent file-sharing client and logged all the connections made to it. BitTorrent is a...
  • This Gizmo Will Rat On You, and People Love It.

    07/09/2012 10:26:36 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 63 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 07/09/2012 | Bertel Schmitt
    Privacy is highly valued – until we can sell it for a small discount. Hundreds of thousands of auto insurance customers allowed an electronic ankle bracelet fitted to their car in exchange for a possible insurance discount. A year ago, Progressive offered its “”Snapshot“ device. It plugs into your car’s OBD system keeps and collects data that help Progressive to profile your driving. According to Reuters, Progressive already analyzed more than 5 billion driven miles. The company says its driving-behavior data is twice as good as any other factor in predicting risk, and that bad drivers cost Progressive more than...
  • Wakestock music festival first in UK to use microchips (electronic wristbands for visitors)

    07/09/2012 10:37:13 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | Monday, 9 July 2012 | By Greg Cochrane
    Wristbands fitted with microchips have been worn by everyone at a UK festival for the first time. The technology, which designers claim will cut out fake tickets and queues, was used by 15,000 festival-goers at Wakestock, Cardigan Bay, Wales. Organiser Stuart Galbraith said: "The benefits are huge. This will be the future of festivals." Critics, however, have said they are "uncomfortable" to wear and go against the spirit of festivals. The bands look like standard material festival bands except they're fitted with an RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip, the same technology as London's Oyster card public transport swipe cards. Festival-goers...
  • Feds to remotely delete Coreflood from infected PCs

    04/27/2011 2:45:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 27, 2011 | Geoff Duncan
    In an unusual move, federal authorities will be contacting computer users with systems infected by the Coreflood botnet Trojan and asking them to agree to allow them to send commands to the malware so it will delete itself. The move comes in the in the wake of a coordinated takedown earlier this month by the FBI and other authorities, in which the U.S. government essentially substituted its own command-and-control servers in place of those used by Coreflood and issued commands telling the program to shut down on infected PCs. The move reduced activity from the Coreflood botnet by about 90...
  • Lawmakers push for bipartisan bill to fight online child porn

    03/18/2011 2:36:19 PM PDT · by Raymann · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/18/11 | Jordy Yager
    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is drafting a bill that would require Internet service companies to maintain the computer identification records of users for the FBI to work with in investigating child-pornography suspects. Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) has thrown her support behind the measure, which, with its sponsor, Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (Texas), could prove to be one of the rare pieces of legislation that manages to find bipartisan support in an increasingly divided House. The bill, which Smith is planning to introduce in the next several weeks, would require Internet service providers (ISPs)...
  • Pa. school settles 2 webcam spy lawsuits for $610K

    10/12/2010 5:51:24 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies
    hosted ^ | Oct 11 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia-area school district agreed Monday to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops. The Lower Merion School District admitted it captured thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots from student laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers....
  • Scanner Vans Allow Drive-By Snooping

    09/27/2010 8:29:34 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 19 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 09.27.10, 12:00 AM ET | Andy Greenberg
    Privacy-conscious travelers may cringe to think of the full-body scanners finding their way into dozens of airport checkpoints around the country. Most likely aren't aware that the same technology, capable of seeing through walls and clothes, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets. American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Mass., has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter X-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles or cargo containers to snoop into their contents. And while the biggest buyer of AS&E's machines over the last seven years has been...
  • U.S. Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

    09/27/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Doogle · 21 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 09/27/10 | FOXNEWS
    The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday. National security officials and federal law enforcement argue their ability to eavesdrop on terror suspects is increasingly "going dark," The New York Times reported, as more communication takes place via Internet services, rather than by traditional telephone. The bill, which the White House plans to deliver to Congress next year, would require communication service providers be technically capable of intercepting and decrypting...
  • Gov. Can Now Track Your Phones Without Warrant

    09/08/2010 12:45:06 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | September 8, 2010 | Kevin Parrish
    A new ruling says that--in most cases--government and law agencies don't need a search warrant to track cell phones.Tuesday a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled that--in most cases--the FBI and other police agencies do not need a search warrant in order to track the location of cell phones used by Americans. The three-judge panel of the Third Circuit sided with the Obama Administration (pdf) in the belief that a signed search warrant--one based on a probable cause to suspect criminal activity--isn't necessary when obtaining logs from wireless carriers that depict the whereabouts of a cell phone. However the panel...
  • Warning To All Facebook Users

    08/25/2010 9:35:28 AM PDT · by NoGrayZone · 121 replies
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  • Town uses Google Earth to Spy on Residents

    08/02/2010 3:33:31 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 24 replies · 8+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 8-2-10 | cakid1
    The town is using Google Earth to check on backyard pools. ( Some pools don't have proper permits) And of course that means hefty fines for the owners of the 'illegal pools.'
  • White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

    The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation. The administration wants to add just four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a...
  • Walmart Means To Spy On Clothing Use

    07/23/2010 9:36:19 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 82 replies · 2+ views
    247wallst.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    Walmart Means To Spy On Clothing Use July 23, 2010 by Douglas A. McIntyre Walmart (NYSE: WMT) plans to put radio chips into clothing including underwear. The big box retailer wants to know what and how much people buy so it can order enough inventory.Walmart will be, of course, accused of spying on its customers,but the question is whether there is any harm in it.The move should certainly improve the company’s supply chain management.The new system will allow Walmart to see right down to the size level which clothing in about to go out of stock. If  it is effective,  all the...
  • GM, Ford Announce Plans To Beam Google Maps Directions Directly To Autos

    06/08/2010 1:17:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 64+ views
    xconomy ^ | 6/8/2010 | Howard Lovy 6
    If you drive a General Motors or Ford vehicle and subscribe to proper services, you’ll be able to avoid printing maps and schlepping them to the car before the end of the month. That’s because both auto companies today announced new partnerships with Google that enable users to beam turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps directly to their OnStar or SYNC navigation systems that are built into their cars’ dashboards. If you drive a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury, you’ll click a “Send to SYNC” link on Google Maps results. Once you’re in your car, and if you subscribe to SYNC’s Traffic,...
  • Cellular companies assist police by locating phones (Connecticut)

    05/13/2010 7:00:59 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies · 358+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 13, 2010 | Jonathan Shugarts
    Cell phone companies are making it easier for authorities to solve cases when time is of the essence, turning a simple device most of us keep in our pocket or purse into a potential clue. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile confirmed Wednesday that divisions within their companies now specifically deal with calls from police to find missing people or crime victims. They'll provide authorities with call records and even locations of cell phones should police demonstrate that finding the person is an emergency. Two companies, AT&T and T-Mobile, also confirmed their staff is on hand around the clock to deal with...
  • Kids and the Surveillance Culture

    05/12/2010 7:24:08 AM PDT · by ronnyquest · 31 replies · 611+ views
    SnapScouts ^ | 2010 | MiniTru, LLC
    Want to earn tons of cool badges and prizes while competing with you friends to see who can be the best American? Download the SnapScouts app for your Android phone (iPhone app coming soon) and get started patrolling your neighborhood. It's up to you to keep America safe! If you see something suspicious, Snap it! If you see someone who doesn't belong, Snap it! Not sure if someone or something is suspicious? Snap it anyway! Play with your friends and family to see who can get the best prizes. Join the SnapScouts today! SnapScout Features * Colorful interface and sounds...
  • Google, YouTube received 10,000 government requests for user data

    Google and the Google-owned YouTube received more than 10,000 requests for user data from government agencies in the six months ending Dec. 31, 2009, according to newly released data. "Like other technology and communications companies, we regularly receive requests from government agencies around the world to remove content from our services, or provide information about users of our services and products," Google says on a new site that sheds more light onto government demands for user information and requests to take offensive material off the Web. The vast majority of requests for private user data "are valid and the information...
  • Lawyer: Laptops took thousands of images

    04/16/2010 6:31:41 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 143 replies · 2,772+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 16, 2010 | John P. Martin
    The system that Lower Merion school officials used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats, says a new motion filed in a suit against the district. More than once, the motion asserts, the camera on Robbins' school-issued laptop took photos of Robbins as he slept in his bed. Each time, it fired the images off to network servers at the school district. Back at district offices, the Robbins motion says, employees with access to the images marveled...
  • Scanner nabs unregistered cars, crooks (CT)

    03/31/2010 10:28:28 AM PDT · by Puppage · 53 replies · 1,003+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 3/31/10 | Puppage
    Branford, Conn. (WTNH) - When it comes to fighting crime police will use any tool they can get their hands on. In Branford , they've equipped one of their cars with cameras that act almost like a set of eyes in the back of officer's heads. The electronic eyes are specifically designed to read and remember license plates. They are Branford's newest tools for proactive policing. "Our database is updated every day with the Dept. of Motor Vehicle registration files, so this gives the officer an indication that a vehicle may not be registered properly," Lt. Geoff Morgan, Branford olice,...
  • The Spy at Harriton High

    02/24/2010 7:32:11 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 61 replies · 1,246+ views
    StrydeHax Blog ^ | 21 February 2010 | Stryde
    This investigation into the remote spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the toolchain used to accomplish spying. Taking a look at the LMSD Staff List, Mike Perbix is listed as a Network Tech at LMSD. Mr. Perbix has a large online web forum footprint as well as a personal blog, and a lot of his posts, attributed to his role at Lower Merion, provide insight into the tools, methods, and capabilities deployed against students at LMSD. Of the three network techs employed at LMSD, Mr....
  • Suit: Pa. school spied on students via laptops

    02/18/2010 1:41:55 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 43 replies · 1,887+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 02/18/10 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    A suburban Philadelphia school district used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit. Lower Merion School District officials can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit. * * * The Robbinses said they learned of the alleged webcam images when Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton High School, told their son that...
  • Police 'steal' valuables from cars in a lesson for drivers

    08/25/2009 8:08:27 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 67 replies · 3,973+ views
    daily mail ^ | 3:22 PM on 25th August 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police are removing valuables from unlocked cars to shock motorists into being more careful. Officers in London are taking everything from handbags to satnavs, and leaving a note telling drivers their property is at a local police station.
  • Google Offers "Latitude" To Track People

    02/04/2009 7:55:11 AM PST · by DaveyB · 57 replies · 1,199+ views
    CBS ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | CBS
    CBS) Google is releasing free software Wednesday that enables people to keep track of each other using their cell phones. CNET got a sneak peek at it, and CNET-TV Senior Editor and Early Show contributor Natali Del Conte explained how it works on the show Tuesday. She says "Latitude" uses GPS systems and what's called cell tower triangulation to do the job. The software seeks the closest three cell towers and, with GPS, combines the data to show where someone is. It is designed to work on any phone with Internet capabilities, except the iPhone. "Latitude" is being marketed as...
  • Taxing the Miles You Drive. GPS to Track and Record All Vehicles?

    02/02/2009 9:41:42 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 83 replies · 3,233+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 2-2-09 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Gas prices were too high and we weren't green enough. Fine, buy an electric car or gas saving car and all is fine. Right? Wrong. The Oregon Governor thinks gas taxes are going away. His answer? Tax the miles you drive. Tax the miles you drive with GPS technology. Think they are kidding? They're not.
  • Social services 'set up CCTV camera in couple's bedroom'(U.K)

    11/25/2008 10:10:09 AM PST · by thetru · 35 replies · 2,202+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 23 Nov 2008 | Martin Beckford
    Social services 'set up CCTV camera in couple's bedroom' Social workers set up a CCTV camera in the bedroom of a couple with learning difficulties in order to monitor their behaviour, a new report claims. By Martin Beckford, Social Affairs CorrespondentCouncil staff are said to have spied on the young parents at night as part of a plan to see if they were fit to look after their baby, who was sleeping in another room. The mother and father were forced to cite the (Human Rights Act), which protects the right to a private life, before the social services team...
  • Photo Ticket Cameras to Track Drivers Nationwide

    09/17/2008 1:25:41 PM PDT · by steve-b · 59 replies · 468+ views
    Private companies in the US are hoping to use red light cameras and speed cameras as the basis for a nationwide surveillance network similar to one that will be active next year in the UK. Redflex and American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the top two photo enforcement providers in the US, are quietly shopping new motorist tracking options to prospective state and local government clients.... The technology would be integrated with the Australian company's existing red light camera and speed camera systems. It allows officials to keep full video records of passing motorists and their passengers, limited only by available hard...
  • Bluetooth Big Brother uses mobiles and laptops to track thousands of Britons (without their consent)

    07/21/2008 8:43:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies · 239+ views
    Bluetooth Big Brother uses mobiles and laptops to track thousands of Britons Last updated at 12:04pm on 21.07.08    Thousands of people in Bath are unaware their movements may have been tracked through their bluetooth mobiles Thousands of Britons' movements have been covertly tracked by scanners placed in streets, pubs and offices for a technology experiment.  The Cityware project run by the University of Bath has secretly placed scanners around the Somerset city, with the first 10 installed 2006. The scanners pick up bluetooth radio signals transmitted from mobile phones and laptops. In a scene reminiscent of the Will Smith...
  • Lieberman calls for wider use of surveillance cameras

    07/01/2007 5:34:18 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 39 replies · 931+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2007 | Klaus Marre
    Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Sunday he wants to “more widely” use surveillance cameras across the country. “The Brits have got something smart going in England, and it was part of why I believe they were able to so quickly apprehend suspects in the terrorist acts over the weekend, and that is they have cameras all over London and other of their major cities,” Lieberman said. “I think it’s just common sense to do that here much more widely,” he added. “And of course, we can do it...
  • Personal data found hidden in iTunes tracks

    06/03/2007 1:15:37 PM PDT · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 54 replies · 1,456+ views
    Times Online ^ | June 1, 2007 | Rhys Blakely
    Names, e-mails and other sensitive information embedded in files Fresh privacy fears have been sparked after it emerged that Apple has embedded personal information into music files bought from its iTunes online music store. Technology websites examining iTunes products discovered that personal data, including the name and e-mail addresses of purchasers, are embedded into the AAC files that Apple uses to distribute music tracks. The information is also included in tracks sold under Apple’s iTunes Plus system, launched this week, where users pay a premium for music that is free from the controversial digital rights (DRM) software that is designed...