SURVEILLANCE

Activists use tech to fuel their movements, and cops turn to Geofeedia to aggregate the data

A burst of fire from an automatic rifle rings out on a deserted city street, and, instantaneously, a gunshot detector working in conjunction with a smart surveillance camera identifies the location of the shooting. The system automatically alerts a social media monitoring website, which establishes a digital, geo-location perimeter on a map of the neighborhood.

Now, any posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other location-tagged social media uploaded in that area will appear on a display at police headquarters. An uploaded Vine from one block away could show someone running away, and give the cops a starting point for their investigation.
READ MORE: https://www.inverse.com/article/8358-your-social-media-posts-are-fueling...

Judge: Stingrays are “simply too powerful” without adequate oversight

A federal judge in Illinois has recently taken the unusual step of issuing three new stringent requirements for the government when it wants to deploy cell-site simulators. The move aims to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of innocent bystanders against unreasonable search and seizure.

Of course, for now, this order only applies to this one judge in the Northern District of Illinois.

These new stingray requirements come just about a month after the Department of Homeland Security imposed its own warrant requirement, following a similar move by the Department of Justice.
READ MORE: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/11/judge-stingrays-are-simply-to...

After Endless Demonization Of Encryption, Police Find Paris Attackers Coordinated Via Unencrypted SMS

In the wake of the tragic events in Paris last week encryption has continued to be a useful bogeyman for those with a voracious appetite for surveillance expansion. Like clockwork, numerous reports were quickly circulated suggesting that the terrorists used incredibly sophisticated encryption techniques, despite no evidence by investigators that this was the case. These reports varied in the amount of hallucination involved, the New York Times even having to pull one such report offline. Other claims the attackers had used encrypted Playstation 4 communications also wound up being bunk.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151118/08474732854/after-endless-dem...

Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda

Government officials are wasting no time in attempting to exploit the tragedy in Paris to pass invasive anti-privacy laws and acquire extraordinary new powers that they have wanted for years. In the process, they are making incredibly dishonest arguments and are receiving virtually no pushback from the media.

Absent any actual information or evidence so far about intelligence failures leading up to the deplorable terrorist attack in Paris, pundits spent the weekend speculating that Edward Snowden and surveillance reform were to blame for the fact that the attack went undetected. Then on Monday, in an epic episode of blame shifting, the CIA director, John Brennan, reportedly said privacy advocates have undermined the ability of spies to monitor terrorists.
READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/17/intelligence-agenci...

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.
READ MORE: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/11/18/australia-war-brandis

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.
READ MORE: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/asio-received-warnings-on-monis-days-before-sy...

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.
READ MORE: http://anonhq.com/investigative-paris-terror-attacks-proof-mass-surveill...

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.
READ MORE: http://www.justiceonline.org/soaw#sthash.6OgYp7e6.dpuf

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
READ MORE: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/did-fbi-pay-university-attack-tor-users

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.
READ MORE: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-now-scanning-cameras-photos-2223...

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