Australians may have to "calibrate their attitudes" on privacy

The US created/funded boogeyman ISIS/ISIL that exists to escalate the bogus war on terror has declared war on Australia. Australians must just accept a government crackdown on their civil liberties to keep them safe from the terrorists that their and other Western governments have created.

ASIO received warnings on Monis days before Sydney siege, inquest told

A national security hotline received 18 warnings about gunman Man Haron Monis in the days before the deadly Sydney siege, an inquest has heard.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Police decided he was not a threat.

Paris Terror Attacks: More Proof That Mass Surveillance Does NOT Work

In the wake of the recent Paris terror attacks, it would be tempting to give in to our instincts. To once again limit our own freedoms. To allow the government still greater control over our lives. To allow them to watch over us… or to just watch us. To give in to fear. When bad guys rear their ugly heads, we assume that government mass surveillance will keep us warm, comfy and safe… but is this true? Let us look at their track-record before we leap into the fire.

Right after France’s 2014 Charlie Hebdo terror attack, Edward Snowden pointed out that mass-surveillance programs don’t work because they are “burying people under too much data”. Indeed, just a year before the attack, France had imposed one of the harshest and most intrusive surveillance laws in the entirety of Europe which would allow them to collect boatloads of data.

FBI used counter-terrorism authority to track pacifist human rights group for 10 years

For a decade, the FBI flagrantly abused its counter-terrorism authority to conduct a widespread surveillance and monitoring operation of School of Americas Watch (SOAW), a nonviolent activist organization founded by pacifists with the aim of closing the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (now renamed) and ending the U.S. role in the militarization of Latin America.

Hundreds of pages of documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, on behalf of SOAW, once again reveal the FBI’s functioning as a political surveillance and intelligence operation and its use of its domestic terrorism authority against peaceful protest in the United States.

Did the FBI Pay a University to Attack Tor Users?

The Tor Project has learned more about last year's attack by Carnegie Mellon researchers on the hidden service subsystem. Apparently these researchers were paid by the FBI to attack hidden services users in a broad sweep, and then sift through their data to find people whom they could accuse of crimes. We publicized the attack last year, along with the steps we took to slow down or stop such an attack in the future

Facebook is now scanning your camera's photos to make sure you send them to your friends

In a bit of "Photo Magic," Facebook is testing a new feature to make it easier to share your photos with friends — before you even upload them to the social network.

Using facial recognition, Facebook Messenger will look through your newly taken photos in your phone's camera roll to identify your friends in them.

If Photo Magic recognizes one of your friends, Messenger will immediately send you a notification to send it to the person in the photo, so you don't have to go the extra step to message or text them later.

Wellington City Council 'Smart City' Surveillance Network Progresses

Mayor Celia Wade Brown is pushing the agenda 21/Smart Cities New World Order agenda of mass interconnected surveillance of the public more and more. She is overseeing the roll-out of mass surveillance technology across the Wellington region.

Not only can big brother see you, he will soon be able hear and smell you too. Plans are underway to bring sophisticated Orwellian technology to the streets of Wellington in an effort to beef up safety.

Cuba St is currently the testbed for a series of cameras with sensors that can detect screaming, smell paint fumes from graffiti and sense people in groups who may end up in fights. The "Living Lab" sensor technology, which is used in Spain and Singapore, will be the first in this country and could spread to other centres if successful. Queenstown has already shown interest in the project.

Tor Wars: The Signal Awakens

Who here thinks that there will be fewer cameras and less biometric analysis in the future? Who here thinks they won’t be fully internetworked? Who here thinks there will never be sky-eye cameras looking down from law-enforcement drones, watching us all? Anyone? Anyone at all? …Didn’t think so.

As a result, in the not-too-distant future, it seems likely that the only real privacy you will have will be online. Maybe, if you’re lucky, inside the walls of your own home. (And perhaps places where you pay for privacy “by the second,” to quote William Gibson’s Neuromancer.) It won’t be long at all before everything you do out in the world can and probably will be mapped, tracked, data-mined, and analyzed. That’s why online privacy is so important, and why threats to it matter.

“Hell No Barbie” Campaign Warns About “Hello Barbie”, a New Doll With Big Brother-ish Capabilities

In an attempt to revitalize its Barbie brand, Mattel will soon launch Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi-connected doll with artificial intelligence. The doll “talks” to children by recording what they say and responding accordingly. All of the children’s interactions with the doll are recorded using a microphone and are sent to a remote server through Wi-Fi. The recorded voices are then interpreted by an algorithm in order to generate an appropriate response. While some might find this innovation fun and interesting, others see in this toy a big-brotherish nightmare: It is programmed to ask personal questions to little girls, record their answers (and everything else the mic picks up) and then transmits the information to a remote location.

Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped

Speaking to PC World, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explained that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. More importantly he also confirmed that, despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped

This backs up detailed data that some had chosen to dismiss as conspiracy theories.

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