Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

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ACLU:

 

Did you know that 28 members of Congress were matched with photos from a mugshot database? But it’s not because those mugshots are actually theirs. It’s because facial recognition is flawed and dangerous – and that could have dire consequences for everyone, no matter who you are or where you live.

The members of Congress falsely matched to mugshots include Republicans and Democrats, men and women, and legislators of all ages. But they are disproportionately members of color. Amazon’s “Rekognition” tool, in the hands of law enforcement, will be dangerous to people of color, immigrants, and political protesters. But instead of taking these concerns seriously, Amazon is burying its head in the sand.

Uncover more details that Amazon doesn’t want you to know about its “Rekognition” technology. Our test lays out what a world with this kind of mass surveillance would look like. It’s not pretty.

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If face surveillance is deployed in our communities, it’s not hard to imagine a police officer getting a “match” indicating that a person has a previous concealed-weapon arrest, biasing the officer before an encounter even begins. Or your home could be searched based on a false identification that brought law enforcement knocking on your door.

This isn’t hypothetical, Joseph. Amazon is aggressively marketing this technology to the police, boasting that it can identify up to 100 faces in a single image, track people in real time through surveillance cameras, and scan footage from body cameras. And a sheriff’s department in Oregon is already using face surveillance to scan for people’s faces in a mugshot database. It’s clear Amazon doesn’t take civil rights seriously.

Get the full rundown of how face surveillance is dangerous and biased.

The good news is that many of us are already speaking up. The ACLU is urging a federal moratorium on use of this technology for law enforcement and immigration enforcement purposes – until we can have a debate on what (if any) uses of this technology should be allowed.

Amazon – and the government – is counting on us letting face surveillance slip past us, but we won’t allow that. That’s why we need to keep up the fight by staying informed.

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Gestapo is putting us on lists now.

Department Of Homeland Security Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists And “Social Media Influencers”

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These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database

over the last five years a secretive surveillance company founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer has been quietly building a massive facial recognition database consisting of faces acquired from the giant social network, YouTube and countless other websites. Privacy activists are suitably alarmed.

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 not a single English-language newspaper wants to cover or even acknowledge the story

The Collapse of Media and What You Can Do About It

The report revealed that during his development of the core code behind the Google search engine as a Stanford University postgraduate student, Sergey Brin received seed-funding from a CIA and NSA-run research program, the Massive Digital Data Systems (MDDS). The confirmation came from a former manager of the MDDS, Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, who is now the Louis A. Beecherl distinguished professor and executive director of the Cyber Security Research Institute at the University of Texas, Dallas.

This was not necessarily unusual — the intelligence community has long been involved in Silicon Valley for all sorts of obvious reasons. What’s interesting is that you probably never knew about how this worked in relation to Google. And that says a great deal about the way the global media industrial complex operates.

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Microsoft has been accused of collecting consumer data from personal computers, using its Windows 10 operating system to target users with personalized ads based on their web-surfing habits.

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DHS planning to collect social media info on all immigrants