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New Report: FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos

Jennifer Lynch Electronic Frontier Foundation Today the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) finally published its exhaustive report on the FBI’s face recognition capabilities. The takeaway: FBI has access to hundreds of millions more photos than we ever thought. And the Bureau has been hiding this fact from the public—in flagrant violation of federal law and … Continue reading

Federal Judge Allows FBI To Hide Documents Related to Seattle Surveillance Cameras

Derrick Broze Activist Post A federal court has ruled that the city of Seattle cannot release information related to hidden surveillance cameras operated by the FBI. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard issued a temporary restraining order preventing Seattle from releasing any further information about the purpose and location of surveillance cameras hidden throughout the … Continue reading

Omar Mateen is an actor with an IMDb profile

Omar Mateen, the suspected gunman behind the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre, appears to have an entry in the Internet Movie Database. The entry gives him credit for appearances in two movies. In 2012 he appeared as himself in The Big Fix, a documentary that examines the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico … Continue reading

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt picked to run the Pentagon’s surveillance programs

The rising technocratic elite is getting cozy with beltway bureaucratic power. This is in spite of high profile showdowns between the government and technology companies over encryption. Silicon Valley, much like Wall Street, will become an important part of maintaining the system’s control over us all. For further reading on Google’s relationship with the government, … Continue reading

FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone

Reuters estimates that the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid about $1.3 million to an unidentified third party to unlock the iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to … Continue reading

Snowden: Surveillance is about “social control,” not terrorism

NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden spoke to an audience of more than 3,000 at President Petter’s Dream Colloquium on Big Data. The Peak reports: Snowden argued that terrorism is used as a justification to the public for the existence of these programs. What are the true motivations of programs such as PRISM? According to Snowden … Continue reading

The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Alternet.org Sarah Lazare Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high schools across the country to report students who criticize government policies and “western corruption” as potential future terrorists, warning that “anarchist extremists” are in the same category as ISIS and young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to “suspicious” countries are more likely … Continue reading

Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs

The Week Samsung has confirmed that its “smart TV” sets are listening to customers’ every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets. The company revealed that the voice activation feature on its smart TVs will capture all nearby conversations. The TV sets can share … Continue reading

VICE News Investigation Finds Signs of Secret Phone Surveillance Across London

Vice News A VICE News investigation has found evidence that sophisticated surveillance equipment that spies on people’s phones is being used across London, and uncovered a growing black market for the technology worldwide. Signs of IMSI catchers — also known as stingrays or cell-site simulators — were found at several locations in the British capital, … Continue reading

Secrecy Shuts Down a National-Security Debate

The Atlantic Although Tuesday night’s Republican debate had a heavy focus on national security, candidates devolved frequently into posturing and bravado. But when, finally, a real debate over national-security policy began to peek through the fog, it was quickly shut down. It began with a question about government surveillance directed at two of the three … Continue reading