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Newly Obtained Records Reveal Extensive Monitoring of E-ZPass Tags Throughout New York

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https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/newly-obtained-records-reveal-extensive-monitoring-e-zpass-tags-throughout-new-york

“New documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union reveal that wireless E-ZPass tollbooth transponders are being read routinely throughout New York City to systematically collect location data about drivers.

At the NYCLU, we were surprised when we first heard this might be happening. In late 2013, NYCLU staff went on a car ride with a privacy activist who designed a cow-shaped device that mooed every time it detected signals on the same frequency that E-ZPass readers use. We listened as the cow mooed its way through Midtown and Lower Manhattan — though we weren’t at any toll plazas, something was reading the E-ZPass tag in our car.”

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Windows 10 devices sending encrypted telemetry to Redmond every time they open or close any locally-stored image file

it’s very creepy how much Windows 10 is spying on users. Watch the video here:

From the site blurb:

Published on Aug 22, 2015

Every time you open an image in Windows Ten, it informs Microsoft. Creepy as hell and hard to believe, but the packet capture proves it.

I thought at first this might be happening every time you launch a program, which is perhaps marginally better, so I launched some other programs too and didn’t observe any traffic. It was only after making this video that I came up with another theory: It does make the suspicious encrypted connection upon launching calculator. Why does MS care how often I run calculator? No idea, but I think it might be something to do with both the image preview and calculator being new ‘metro’ interface, store apps. It might be that MS simply wishes to be immediately informed every time you run any application. That’s not much of an improvement on my earlier ‘spy on your images’ theory.”

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Another Massive Privacy Issue on Facebook : Facebook canceled a student’s internship after he highlighted a

Facebook canceled a student’s internship after he highlighted a massive privacy issue

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-aran-khanna-internship-rescinded-marauders-map-messenger-privacy-2015-8#ixzz3j6RxzwIn

Excerpt:

Facebook canceled a Harvard student’s internship after he created a Google Chrome plugin that highlighted serious privacy flaws in the social network’s messaging service, Boston.com reports.

In May, computer science and mathematics student Aran Khanna built Marauder’s Map. It was a browser plugin that made use of the fact that people who use the Facebook Messenger share their location with everyone they message with by default.

Upon installing the plugin, users could use it to precisely track the movements of anyone they were in a conversation thread with. This included users who they were not friends with on Facebook — and it was accurate to within a meter.”

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Thought Crime? “FACEBOOK MONITORS YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES AND PHOTOS FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, REPORTS THEM TO POLICE”

Source link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Facebook_Monitors_Your_Private_Messages_and_Photos_For_Criminal_Activity%2C_Reports_them_to_Police/45587/0/38/38/Y/M.html

From the source:

“Facebook has a new little known software that monitors your profile chat and pictures for criminal activity. The software will proceed to alert an employee at the company who will then decide whether to call authorities or not.

The software will monitor individuals who have a ‘loose’ relationship on social media networks, according to an interview with Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.

Reuters interview with the security officer explains, Facebook’s software focuses on conversations between members who have a loose relationship on the social network. For example, if two users aren’t friends, only recently became friends, have no mutual friends, interact with each other very little, have a significant age difference, and/or are located far from each other, the tool pays particular attention.

The scanning program looks for certain phrases found in previously obtained chat records from criminals, including sexual predators (because of the Reuters story, we know of at least one alleged child predator who is being brought before the courts as a direct result of Facebook’s chat scanning). The relationship analysis and phrase material have to add up before a Facebook employee actually looks at communications and makes the final decision of whether to ping the authorities.

“We’ve never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it’s really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate,” Sullivan toldReuters.

The software has been used to help gather information on potential murder suspects as well. In just one case, 62 pages of information, pictures, chat and posts where gathered and handed over to local authorities by Facebook in a recent subpoena request.

Facebook most likely wants to keep this software secret since most people do not think fondly of someone rummaging around their private messages and photos looking for criminal activities. Also how far is this system willing to go and will they soon pursue minor crimes or even thought crime?”

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Google Wants Internet “Driver License”… WTF

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Google Wants Internet “Driver License” Includes Various Digital Scenarios and Tests to Browse Web
TheRundownLive
July 17, 2015
Articles, News, update, Video
Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

What if you needed a license to log-in and use the Internet? The idea is not to far-fetched and could be right around the corner depending on the outcome of the TPP. Dr Carr-Gregg has collaborated with Google to create an internet “drivers license”, which he believes is a defining example of “technology companies starting to recognize their responsibilities”.

The test for the license puts young people in random digital scenarios and tests their internet surfing skills on what they would believe, what they’d click and how they would behave. This will give you a form of “digital citizenship”.

digital drivers license

The  “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” has been testing a similar program.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation quickly responded pointing out concerns surrounding the NSTIC’s program.

According to the EFF website, “The White House recently released a draft of a troubling plan titled “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” (NSTIC). In previous iterations, the project was known as the “National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions” and emphasized, reasonably, the private sector’s development of technologies to secure sensitive online transactions. But the recent shift to “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” reflects a radical — and concerning — expansion of the project’s scope.

The draft NSTIC now calls for pervasive, authenticated digital IDs and makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online. And while the draft NSTIC “does not advocate for the establishment of a national identification card” (p. 6), it’s far from clear that it won’t take us dangerously far down that road. Because the draft NSTIC is vague about many basic points, the White House must proceed with caution and avoid rushing past the risks that lay ahead. Here are some of our concerns.

Big Brother pay by the mile – Track and tax driving scheme being rolled out now

Big Brother pay by the mile – Track and tax driving scheme being rolled out now ( PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SHARE BEFORE THIS IS REMOVED FROM THE INTERNET )

The U.S. is already taxing citizens to drive in toll lanes, aka “Lexus Lanes”. Citizens in the U.S. are already paying taxes for the roads. These toll lanes are an extra commodity tax, and they are unconstitutional in nature.

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FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops

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FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops
Memo: Cops must tell FBI about all public records requests on fake cell towers.

by Cyrus Farivar – Feb 10, 2015 4:46am PST

Paul Jacobson

Feds’ position on decoy cell-site towers continues anti-privacy theme.
If you’ve ever filed a public records request with your local police department to learn more about how cell-site simulators are used in your community—chances are good that the FBI knows about it. And the FBI will attempt to “prevent disclosure” of such information.

Not only can these devices, commonly known as “stingrays,” be used to determine a phone’s location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. During the act of locating a phone, stingrays also sweep up information about nearby phones. Last fall, Ars reported on how a handful of cities across America are currently upgrading to new hardware that can target 4G LTE phones.

The newest revelation about the FBI comes from a June 2012 letter written by the law enforcement agency to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It was first acquired and published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in December 2014—similar language likely exists between the FBI and other local authorities that use stingrays.

As the letter states:

In the event that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension receives a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC 552) or an equivalent state or local law, the civil or criminal discovery process, or other judicial, legislative, or administrative process, to disclose information concerning the Harris Corporation [REDACTED] the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will immediately notify the FBI of any such request telephonically and in writing in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels.

How a stingray works:

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