(NZ) DNA samples taken from minor criminals

Palmerston North police have opted to take dna samples from people convicted of minor offences, prompting an outcry from a human rights lawyer. "Certainly in my area, if somebody is convicted of a specified offence, we will be seeking a dna sample," area commander Inspector Pat Handcock told the Dominion Post. Those who objected to having their dna on record should stay off the police radar.

Google Offers "Latitude" To Track People

Google is releasing free software Wednesday that enables people to keep track of each other using their cell phones. "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.

Facebook Plans to Make Money by Selling Your Data

Starting this spring, companies will be able to selectively target Facebook's members in order to research the appeal of new products through a polling system called Engagement Ads as demonstrated at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree

Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses. The $250 proof-of-concept device - which researcher Chris Paget built in his spare time - operates out of his vehicle and contains everything needed to sniff and then clone RFID, or radio frequency identification, tags.

Under Surveillance: Big Brother State

The Big Brother State is an educational film about how politicians claim to be protecting our freedom … what we refer to as repressive legislation. States [are] gaining more and more control of their citizens at the cost of our privacy and freedom.

When you watch these ads, the ads check you out

Watch an advertisement on a video screen in a mall, health club or grocery store and there's a slim — but growing — chance the ad is watching you too. Small cameras can now be embedded in the screen or hidden around it, tracking who looks at the screen and for how long. The makers of the tracking systems say the software can determine the viewer's gender, approximate age range and, in some cases, ethnicity — and can change the ads accordingly.

Humans 'will be implanted with microchips'

All Australians could be implanted with microchips for tracking and identification within the next two or three generations, a prominent academic says. Michael G Michael from the University of Wollongong's School of Information Systems and Technology, has coined the term "uberveillance" to describe the emerging trend of all-encompassing surveillance.

Spied on since she was 10

You are never too young to be regarded as a potential subversive, a Security Intelligence Service file shows. Maire Leadbeater, now 63 and a long-time activist on peace issues, was an early target because of her Christchurch parents, Elsie and Jack Locke, who were prominent members of the New Zealand Communist Party and community activists.

NSA Whistleblower on Credit Card Data Mining, Illegal Spying

Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice shed new light on the Bush administration's warrantless domestic spying last week when he told MSNBC that the NSA blended credit card transaction records with wiretap data to keep tabs on thousands of Americans.

Google plans to make PCs history?

Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals’ personal data.

The Google Drive, or “GDrive”, could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user’s personal files and operating system could be stored on Google’s own servers and accessed via the internet.

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