The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat
"The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes.
Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance."
Getting a snack and an X-ray
"Stanley sounded alarm after consulting Invenda sales brochures that promised "the machines are capable of sending estimated ages and genders" of every person who used the machines without ever requesting consent."
When local news becomes interesting internationally, it is rarely because it is good. In this case because vending machine companies feel that #surveillance on customers using image recognition is more important than #privacy. The only reason the students knew was that glitchy #software threw an error for:
That will get attention at a university renowned for its computer science programs 🤓
Fixed by gum stuck on the pinhole 📷.
and then you'll get an email from your pharmacy asking if you are in danger of getting diabetes.
"Findings from the Open Rights Group report has revealed a lack of oversight surrounding the data retained by the Prevent programme, and the particular harms against children this could cause."
Our report shows the urgent need for a rethink of Prevent.
#Canada #Surveillance #Biometrics #FacialRecognition #VendingMachines: "Canada-based University of Waterloo is racing to remove M&M-branded smart vending machines from campus after outraged students discovered the machines were covertly collecting facial-recognition data without their consent.
The scandal started when a student using the alias SquidKid47 posted an image on Reddit showing a campus vending machine error message, "Invenda.Vending.FacialRecognitionApp.exe," displayed after the machine failed to launch a facial recognition application that nobody expected to be part of the process of using a vending machine."
New blogpost: Dutch supermarkets using AI surveillance https://www.bijt.org/wordpress/2024/02/24/dutch-supermarkets-using-ai-surveillance/ #DigitalSupermarkets #surveillance #UrbanAI
An online dump of Chinese hacking documents offers a rare window into pervasive state surveillance. The dump of scores of documents includes hundreds of pages of contracts, marketing presentations, product manuals, and client and employee lists. They reveal, in detail, methods used by Chinese authorities used to surveil dissidents overseas, hack other nations and promote pro-Beijing narratives on social media.
#USA #California #PropositionE #SanFrancisco #Surveillance #PoliceState: "In other words, the SFPD could roll out an unapproved method of surveillance, and it would have free rein to operate within the city for up to a year before ever having to ask city officials for permission. And until the city passes a statute that specifically forbids it—that is, forbidding a technology that is by that point already in use—then the SFPD can keep using it indefinitely.
"Let's say the SFPD decides they want to buy a bunch of data on people's geolocation from data brokers—they could do that," says Saira Hussain, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). "They could use drones that are flying at all times above the city. They could use the robot dogs that were piloted at the border. These are all surveillance technologies that the police doesn't necessarily have right now, and they could acquire it and use it, effectively without any sort of accountability, under this proposition."
If those scenarios sound implausible, it's worth noting that they've already happened:" https://reason.com/2024/02/22/proposition-e-would-make-it-easier-for-police-to-surveil-san-francisco/
#Privacy #Surveillance #GeoLocation #DataBrokers #DataBrokerage #Bazze: "A San Francisco-based data broker claiming to have defense agency partnerships in the United States and United Kingdom is advertising access to “real-time” location data and a suite of other information, which Western governments can use to track foreign individuals in sensitive locations overseas. Called Bazze, the company markets a platform that can enable searches for people in embassies, consulates, and military bases, underscoring governments’ growing reliance on data brokers to access vast quantities of intelligence on global citizens from commercial sources.
Bazze is part of an often opaque data broker network that mines information from digital ad firms, cellular providers and public records databases for marketing insights and behavior trends. It claims to offer an easy way to ask targeted questions of disparate data sets that would otherwise need to be analyzed individually. In an interview with Forbes, Bazze founder Samuel Semwangu described the company as a marketplace for data. He was quick to note that it facilitates access only — not analysis. For that, “customers must use other tools and analysis they conduct on their own,” he told Forbes."
The Prospect Weekly Roundup: Is Surveillance Reform Possible?
"The hacking tools are used by Chinese state agents to unmask users of social media platforms outside China such as X, formerly known as Twitter, break into email and hide the online activity of overseas agents. Also described are devices disguised as power strips and batteries that can be used to compromise Wi-Fi networks."
The Prevent duty co-opts teachers, doctors and social workers to report mostly children for being susceptible to radicalisation.
Data is kept and can be shared across multiple databases with little transparency, which can expose young people to prolonged State interference.
Our report into Prevent reveals that data is being retained and shared across databases with potentially harmful outcomes, despite most referrals resulting in no action.
ORG's Sophia Akram explains how data rights are weakened under Prevent.
"Open Rights Group’s report reveals the systemic abuse of data that we at Prevent Watch have documented over the last nine years and emphasises the urgent need to prioritise individual rights, particularly children’s rights, over speculative pre-crime interventions.”
🗣️ Dr Layla Aitlhadj, Director and Senior caseworker at Prevent Watch.
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Today in Labor History February 22, 2004: Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA), a terrorist organization. Meanwhile, the Bush administration was imprisoning citizens and non-citizens indefinitely without trial for being “terrorists” and implementing a massive surveillance program that continues to this day.
Time for us to live up to the moniker:
*Say "Gay" in the classroom
*Refuse to report your trans, nonbinary and GNC students
*Maintain a secret library of banned books
*Teach the scientific consensus that neither sex, nor gender, are binary
*Teach about the history of Palestinian oppression & the ongoing Genocide in Gaza
*Teach a people's and a working-class history
*Teach the history of marginalized and oppressed people
*Teach about U.S. imperialism and its myriad war crimes
#workingclass #LaborHistory #teachers #education #NEA #unions #UnionStrong #terrorism #propaganda #bullying #prison #freespeech #surveillance #GeorgeWBush #evolution #lgbtq #TransRightsAreHumanRights #FreePalestine #censorship #bannedbooks #EndTheOccupation #EndTheSiege8th
We must not conflate solidarity with people in Gaza and opposition to the occupation of Palestine with being a Hamas sympathiser.
Shawcross and the government dangerously blur those lines as they repeatedly nod to responses to the Gaza war as a prism for more Prevent referrals.
🚨 REVEALED 🚨
Data of people referred to Prevent in the UK is being retained and can be shared widely, potentially even if no action is taken.
A new report by ORG exposes how data is used to profile mainly young people for discriminatory surveillance.
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