Surveillance

Baltimore Police back pilot program for surveillance planes, reviving controversial program

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday he now supports a pilot program to fly three private surveillance planes over the city, reviving a controversial effort that had been shelved since it was revealed to have been used secretly three years ago. Read the full article at The Baltimore Sun.

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Join EFF In Our Challenge to Ring Spokesperson Shaq Over Privacy Concerns

View on YouTube Share EFF’s “highlight videos” about how Ring’s law enforcement partnerships are endangering communities! You can help EFF dunk on surveillance by telling @Shaq to sit down with EFF’s privacy experts and learn more about how these Ring partnerships are #NothingButDragnet. Click below to tweet! Read the full article at The Electronic Fronteir Foundation.

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Police can keep Ring camera video forever and share with whomever they'd like

Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners’ Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever they’d like without providing evidence of a crime, the Amazon-owned firm told a lawmaker this month. More than 600 police forces across the country have entered into partnerships with the camera giant, allowing them to quickly request and download video recorded by Ring’s motion-detecting, Internet-connected cameras inside and around Americans’ homes.

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The Growing Transportation Surveillance Control Grid

A bill introduced in the U.S. House would create a real-time national driver surveillance program that would allow law enforcement to know anything and everything about a driver at the click of a button. But even if the bill never goes anywhere, the transportation surveillance system is already built – and growing. View on YouTube

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Google Rolls Out "Orwellian Nightmare" Technology To Spy On You In Your Home

Google’s new Nest Hub Max is a smart display unit that comes equipped with a 6.5-megapixel facial recognition camera that identifies you and monitors all your actions – inside your own home. And the Orwellian icing on the cake is that it is not equipped with a physical shutter to forcibly prevent it from monitoring what’s happening in your home. Read the full article at ZeroHedge.

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Austrailia: World-first Big Brother Sydney traffic cameras capturing drivers' private information spark privacy concerns

The NSW Government’s mobile phone detection cameras, heralded as “world-first” road safety technology, work by capturing wide-angled images of all passing drivers and front passengers through the windscreens of cars to check if they’re using a phone while behind the wheel. But more than 1100 pages of emails and documents - obtained by 9News under Freedom of Information laws - reveal numerous red flags over the Big Brother technology have been raised by the NSW Information and Privacy Commission (IPC).

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In the Dystopian Future, Fast-Food Chains Will Track Your License Plate Number

Lots of Americans think that the government is spying on them, but in the dystopian future, it’s probably just as likely to be a McDonald’s that’s keeping track of your every move. Multiple fast food chains are reportedly trialling license plate recognition systems for their drive-thrus. It looks like the main aim is to either speed up service, or juice more money out of customers: If a camera at, say, a Starbucks recognizes a repeat customer, it might show a custom menu centering around that person’s tastes, or it might be able to store that person’s payment details.

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