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Germany mulls new move to improve snooping on cars and apartments

Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government is considering legal changes that would oblige operators of car and house alarm systems to help law enforcement in their efforts to spy on potential terrorists or criminals, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Friday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a conservative, plans to discuss the issue with security officials across the country next week in a bid to remove what he sees as hurdles to better surveillance, the spokesman said. But those plans have already sparked criticism from Social Democrats (SPD), who are partners in the current German caretaker...

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Are Humans Being Tracked?

Twisted Facts The technology has arrived. Radio frequency identification has revolutionized the way we bank, shop, and communicate in the 21st century, and now it’s set to change the very essence of what it means to be human. RFID is a wireless system that you’re probably familiar with. The technology uses chips called ‘tags’ and ‘readers’ to emit and receive radio signals, which carry information. RFID chips have been around since the 1970s, and they can be found in any environment where you might want to send information from one place to another. The components that make up an...

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Growing private sector use of facial scanners worries privacy advocates

The Hill Privacy advocates fear that the growing use of facial recognition software in the private sector could lead to increased public surveillance and compromise civil liberties. As cruise lines, NFL teams, airlines and retailers like Walmart begin to test and use facial recognition software for their own security systems, experts worry that the technology is ushering in a new erosion of personal privacy. “Biometric surveillance creep is going on in both the government and the private sector,” said Adam Schwartz, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group. Schwartz and other privacy advocates worry...

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Brain control confirmed by Boston University; tested 30 healthy people

World Economic Forum In brief What if you could improve your mental aptitude and performance by directly stimulating specific parts of the brain? That’s what a team of researchers from Boston University wanted to find out, and they developed an experimental procedure that can change how you think. Hitting the right lobes A team of researchers from Boston University (BU) has explored the possibility of enhancing a person’s ability to learn and control their behavior — in short, to change how people think — by stimulating the brain. BU researcher Robert Reinhart used a new form of brain stimulation, called high-definition...

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Who Speaks for The Billions of Victims of Mass Surveillance? Tech Companies Could

EFF Two clocks are ticking for US tech companies in the power centers of the modern world. In Washington, lawmakers are working to reform FISA Section 702 before it expires on December 31st, 2017. Section 702 is the main legal basis for US mass surveillance, including the programs and techniques that scoop up the data transferred by non-US individuals to US servers. Upstream surveillance collects communications as they travel over the Internet backbone, and downstream surveillance (better known as PRISM) collects communications from companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo. Both programs have used Section 702’s vague definitions to justify the wholesale...

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Staying Off Grid When “Nearly Everything Is Chipped, Almost Everything Is Tracked”

Activist Post By Mac Slavo If you weren’t paranoid before, it may be time to start paying attention. “They” are spying on everything you do, and are collecting information about every purchase, appliance, vehicle or place you make, do or interact with. For the first time in history, we have arrived at a time when nearly everything is chipped, and almost everything is tracked. It really is true, and it’s no longer a conspiracy theory. They are spying on everyone, collecting all the available data and tracking you, your family and everyone you know. All the time. And worst of...

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Smart Devices Are Listening To (And Saving) Everything You Say, Here’s How To Stop It

Thanks Rebecca! Activist Post By Rachel Blevins The idea that the smart devices in your home and on your phone are listening to you—and recording what you are saying—is nothing new, and many Americans have become complacent with the breach of their privacy because of the convenience provided by the technology. However, it is still possible to maintain some crucial privacy with some of the most popular apps. Here are a few steps you can take: Facebook No matter what crazy updates or changes the app undergoes, the fact is that Facebook is a monster; and whether they criticize it...

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Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives

Think Progress Don’t use the AncestryDNA testing service without actually reading the Ancestry.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. According to these legal contracts, you still own your DNA, but so does Ancestry.com. The family history website Ancestry.com is selling a new DNA testing service called AncestryDNA. But the DNA and genetic data that Ancestry.com collects may be used against “you or a genetic relative.” According to its privacy policies, Ancestry.com takes ownership of your DNA forever. Your ownership of your DNA, on the other hand, is limited in years. It seems obvious that customers agree to this arrangement,...

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CAN THE NSA USE TELEPATHY TO READ YOUR MIND & INVADE YOUR PRIVACY? A TWEET FROM EDWARD SNOWDEN BEGS THE QUESTION

Collective Evolution As most of you know, Edward Snowden is the former intelligence contractor who leaked the NSA’s mass surveillance program and discovered some of the most solid evidence for the existence of clandestine black budget operations. But did we really need the leak in order to believe this? Prior to his leaks, the issue was still considered a conspiracy theory by many, despite the fact that there was still good evidence for these programs prior to Snowden’s revelations. The United States has a history of government agencies existing in secret for years. The NSA (National Security Agency) was...

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D.C. court rules tracking phones without a warrant is unconstitutional

CBS News Law enforcement use of one tracking tool, the cell-site simulator, to track a suspect’s phone without a warrant violates the Constitution, the D.C. Court of Appeals said Thursday in a landmark ruling for privacy and Fourth Amendment rights as they pertain to policing tactics. The ruling could have broad implications for law enforcement’s use of cell-site simulators, which local police and federal agencies can use to mimic a cell phone tower to the phone connect to the device instead of its regular network. In a decision that reversed the decision of the Superior Court of the District of...

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Radio Interview: Addressing Surveillance at the Local Level

The Tenth Amendment Center If you’ve been following our Activism 101 Podcast, you know that I’ve been involved in local activism taking on the surveillance state in my hometown. Well, I got some great media exposure on a local radio station recently.  Listen to Podcast HERE On Sept. 13, I appeared on Kruser and Krew, on 590 WVLK to talk about surveillance in Lexington and our work to ensure that government agencies using technology that can potentially violate basic privacy rights do so with oversight and transparency. Kruser and I talked about the surveillance cameras recently installed at a local...

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Apple’s New “FaceID” Could Be A Powerful Mass Spying Tool

SHTF Plan On Tuesday, Apple revealed their newest phone. The new line was anticipated by Apple users and is another cult favorite.  But many are rightly skeptical of the “FaceID” feature. FaceID, is a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones for use. Unsurprisingly, this has generated some major anxiety about mass spying and privacy concerns. Retailers already have a desire for facial recognition technology. They want to monitor consumers, and without legally binding terms and Apple could use FaceID to track consumer patterns at its stores or develop and sell data to others. That...

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EFF, ACLU Sue Over Warrantless Phone, Laptop Searches at U.S. Border

EFF Lawsuit on Behalf of 11 Travelers Challenges Unconstitutional Searches of Electronic Devices Boston, Massachusetts—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without warrants at the U.S. border. The plaintiffs in the case are 10 U.S. citizens and one lawful permanent resident who hail from seven states and come from a variety of backgrounds. The lawsuit challenges the government’s fast-growing practice of searching travelers’ electronic devices without a warrant. It seeks to establish that the government must have...

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Congress Quietly Passed a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes—Only 1% Opposed It

The Free Thought Project A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Trump—and it happened with no media coverage and very little fanfare. On the surface, House Joint Resolution 76 looks harmless. The title of the bill claims that its purpose is “Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.” “Whereas the Washington Metropolitan...

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Subliminal Advertising Complaints Submitted to the FCC

The Black Vault Background Subliminal advertising is when certain words or images flash onto a screen faster than the conscious mind can read or decode them or, in printed advertisements, conceals such images and text by distorting them, surrounding them by meaningless squiggles and shapes, or placing them in unexpected locations. In January of 2017, I requests all consumer complaints about subliminal advertising, which are included below: Document Archive  Subliminal Advertising Complaints from 1/1/2015 – 1/18/2017 [12 Pages, 1.9MB] – FCC FOIA...

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TSA FACIAL BIOMETRIC BODY SCANNERS AND GOVERNMENT WATCHLISTS BEING USED IN TRAIN STATIONS

Blacklisted News SOURCE: MASSPRIVATEI The TSA is winning the war on Americans minds as commuters are being tricked into giving away their rights without a fight. The above video warns that facial recognition body scanners are coming to a train station near you… “Soon you might have to pass through one of these to get to your train or subway.” Last week, the TSA  Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ‘voluntarily’ asked commuters to walk through facial recognition body scanners before being allowed to board a train If you watched the video you might have noticed that the mass media (CBS) did not...

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EFF To Court: Border Agents Need Warrants to Search Contents of Digital Devices

Electric Frontier Foundation Whether Conducted Manually or Using Forensic Software, Cell Phone Searches Are Highly Intrusive New Orleans, Louisiana—Searches of mobile phones, laptops, and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders are highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information that require a warrant, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a court filing yesterday. EFF urged the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to require law enforcement officers at the border to obtain a warrant before performing manual or forensic searches of digital devices. Warrantless border searches of backpacks, purses, or luggage are...

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These Lawmakers Are Speaking out Against the FCC’s Plan to Dismantle Net Neutrality

Futurism A group of 10 lawmakers has written a comment regarding the FCC’s plan to move forward with a proposal that kills net neutrality. The plan would give ISPs the ability to limit a person’s control over which legal sites and services they could access online. THE LETTER OF THE LAW Under the leadership of Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans to repeal net neutrality rules that were approved in 2015. These rules classify an internet service provider (ISP) as a “telecommunications service” and not an “information service.” Anyone can comment on the plan, which the FCC is calling “Restoring Internet Freedom,” via the FCC site until August...

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