AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.
I find this result rather satisfying...

Politicians Angry After Amazon Facial Recognition AI Falsely Matches 28 Congress Members to Criminals


After a non-profit watchdog ran a test that revealed some potentially biased mismatches, lawmakers and congress members are now submitting letters demanding Amazon's facial recognition tech be put on hold until further review.
Over 100 Amazon employees, including senior software engineers, signed a letter asking Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial-recognition software to police

A letter asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial-recognition has now been signed by over 100 employees, including some senior engineers, sources told Business Insider. The protest by Amazon employees follows similar revolts at Microsoft and Google.
In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You


Surveillance cameras monitored by the police have become a ubiquitous presence in many cities. In Newark, anyone with internet access is allowed to watch.
Can Your Smart Home Appliances Snitch on You?

In the age of Alexa, new questions arise about how your smart devices could be used by police.

No, I have no connection to themarshallproject.org, :-)
Aided by Palantir, the LAPD Uses Predictive Policing to Monitor Specific People and Neighborhoods

A new report details the Los Angeles Police Department's use of algorithms to identify "hot spots" and "chronic offenders" and target them for surveillance.
Chinese surveillance programme mines data from workers’ brains 

Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees on the production line, the military and at the helm of high-speed trains
Big Brother Meets Black Mirror in the Middle Kingdom

Imagine a world where everything you ever do or say is watched and rated by invisible eyes.

That’s why the only good system is an agnostic one, built with checks and balances to crush any group that tries to seize it for their own dark designs. That’s the reason I stand behind decentralized systems, so no one power can force-feed their warped ideology down everyone’s throats. Even if a system is built by the most enlightened men and women who ever walked the face of the Earth eventually someone with very different desires will come to power. And they will find every way to exploit the weaknesses of any poorly designed system for their own advantages.
Palantir Knows Everything About You

Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens.
Thanks for sharing.

How Does Your Web Browser Know Your Location?
by Techquickie on YouTube

How does your web browser know your location down to a few meters, even if you're not using GPS?
Interesting video.
I know that when we moved, if I pulled up maps on my phone, it would come up at our old location because of basing it on our wifi signal.
How you can be tracked even with your GPS turned off


Researchers from Princeton University have discovered a new way to accurately track you— even if you turn your GPS location off.
It is possible to flash your phone with LineageOS and leave off installing the Google stuff.
I just looked at the site. I was unaware that CyanogenMod was going away. It doesn't look like my phone is on their "supported devices" list
Nobody thought of asking another person ?. You can meet new people. You learn languages It does not need batteries...
Tell Congress to end warrantless spying

The USA Liberty Act would extend FISA section 702 which permits the Feds to spy on your electronic communications activities without a warrant. Section 702 is scheduled to sunset at year-end. Instruct your reps to let that happen.

If you are in the USA, use this to send a message to your congresscritters.

Is Silicon Valley Building the Infrastructure for a Police State?
by ReasonTV on YouTube

New AI tools could empower the government to violate our civil liberties.
Interesting interview.

End Warrantless Deep State Spying: Don't Renew 702
by ReasonTV on YouTube

It's time to rein in warrantless domestic surveillance before it's too late.
Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance to Regulate Surveillance Technology


The Seattle City Council today adopted legislation to takes an important first step towards bringing transparency and accountability to the City’s acquisition of surveillance technology.
WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping on encrypted messages

A security vulnerability that can be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.

Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.

Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a “huge threat to freedom of speech” and warned it could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users who believe their messages to be secure.
Freedom on the Net 2016 | Freedom House


Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps.

I'm assuming the UK's score is from before their new law took effect.
What means not assessed ? Spain and Portugal no target not one but Germany have very strict rules and score is 25 when this country send you a judgement notice at any time .
uff That map is more political
Not assessed would mean they didn't evaluate that country's policies.
URGENT: The FBI, CIA, and other law enforcement agencies get expanded powers to hack into your computer and phone on Thursday, December 1. Some senators are pushing legislation to stop them, but they need more senators to join them immediately.
Beginning at midnight on Thursday, December 1, 2016, anyone who uses a VPN, Tor browser, or other privacy protection tools can more easily get hacked by the government.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are scheduled to get expanded powers to remotely access and search computers, phones, and storage devices in cases where people suspected of being “related” to a crime  use technological means to conceal their location.

That is, unless Congress takes action to stop these hacking powers from taking effect.