Étiquette : surveillance (Page 1 of 15)

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“The Secret Service paid for a product that gives the agency access to location data generated by ordinary apps installed on peoples’ smartphones, an internal Secret Service document confirms. The sale highlights the issue of law enforcement agencies buying information, and in particular location data, that they would ordinarily need a warrant or court order to obtain. This contract relates to the sale of Locate X, a product from a company called Babel Street.”

Source : Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

Vaguely menacing camera atop an outdoor metal post.

“Privacy advocates in the UK are claiming victory as an appeals court ruled today that police use of facial recognition technology in that country has « fundamental deficiencies » and violates several laws.South Wales Police began using automated facial recognition technology on a trial basis in 2017, deploying a system called AFR Locate overtly at several dozen major events such as soccer matches. Police matched the scans against watchlists of known individuals to identify persons who were wanted by the police, had open warrants against them, or were in some other way persons of interest.”

Source : Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules | Ars Technica

Atlas of Surveillance

“Law enforcement surveillance isn’t always secret. These technologies can be discovered in news articles and government meeting agendas, in company press releases and social media posts. It just hasn’t been aggregated before.That’s the starting point for the Atlas of Surveillance, a collaborative effort between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism. Through a combination of crowdsourcing and data journalism, we are creating the largest-ever repository of information on which law enforcement agencies are using what surveillance technologies. The aim is to generate a resource for journalists, academics, and, most importantly, members of the public to check what’s been purchased locally and how technologies are spreading across the country.”

Source : Atlas of Surveillance

“En 1997, Henri M. a été nommé représentant officiel de la DGSE à Pékin, où il a occupé le poste de deuxième secrétaire à l’ambassade. Mais il a été rappelé en France dès le début de l’année 1998, après avoir entamé une liaison avec l’interprète chinoise de l’ambassadeur. Il a pris sa retraite quelques années plus tard et est retourné en Chine en 2003, où il a épousé l’ex-interprète, avec laquelle il s’est installé sur l’île de Hainan, dans le sud de la Chine. Pourquoi ont-ils été interpellés si tard ? Il y aurait eu, selon un bon connaisseur du dossier, une faille au sein de la DGSE et Henri M. n’aurait pas été surveillé pendant des années après son départ à la retraite.”

Source : Soupçonnés de trahison au profit de la Chine, deux ex-agents de la DGSE face à la justice

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“Les mesures de surveillance, via nos usages des technologies, que suggèrent nos gouvernants relèvent en réalité d’une stratégie pour détourner notre attention de la cause réelle du problème que constitue l’abandon de l’hôpital public. Ils tablent sur la culpabilisation des citoyens désireux d’agir pour faire adopter des outils toujours plus intrusifs et évitent soigneusement de mettre en lumière les multiples réseaux de solidarité qui se forment, les besoins criants des associations pour aider les plus précaires, les multiples critiques de notre mode de vie qui émergent même des plus libéraux. Plutôt que d’assumer les conséquences désastreuses d’une politique de santé défaillante, leur diversion consiste à inverser les rôles, à nous faire passer, nous, pour ceux qui refuseront d’aider les autres. Comme si nous devions être coupable de vouloir protéger notre vie privée, d’exprimer notre colère, ou simplement de suggérer des alternatives. ”

Source : Urgence partout, État nul part – La Quadrature du Net

“Asking people to choose between privacy and health is, in fact, the very root of the problem. Because this is a false choice. We can and should enjoy both privacy and health. We can choose to protect our health and stop the coronavirus epidemic not by instituting totalitarian surveillance regimes, but rather by empowering citizens. In recent weeks, some of the most successful efforts to contain the coronavirus epidemic were orchestrated by South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. While these countries have made some use of tracking applications, they have relied far more on extensive testing, on honest reporting, and on the willing co-operation of a well-informed public.”

Source : Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus | Financial Times

“The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican.But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages.”

Source : How the CIA used Crypto AG encryption devices to spy on countries for decades – Washington Post

“Hackers are tapping in to cameras intended for home security, talking to children through the devices and even dropping racist remarks, according to multiple news reports. The intended purpose of a two-way talk function on the devices is to allow parents to check in on their children. But hackers are using them to wake people up in the middle of the night, and watch unsuspecting children.”

Source : Ring hackers are reportedly watching and talking to strangers via in-home cameras | Technology | The Guardian

“All mobile phone users in China registering new SIM cards must submit to facial recognition scans, according to a new rule that went into effect across the country on Sunday […].

China’s education ministry said in September it would “curb and regulate” the use of facial recognition after parents grew angry when facial recognition software was installed without their knowledge at a university in Nanjing to monitor students’ attendance and focus during class.”

Source : China brings in mandatory facial recognition for mobile phone users | World news | The Guardian

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