FBI: National Facial Recognition System Now Fully Operational

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 6:54 am

Forget fingerprints, now your face is on file and captured everywhere you go. The FBI has announced that its facial recognition system – launched three years ago – is now “fully operational.” The facial recognition program is part of the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System which is set to replace the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint [...]

John Schindler Out At Naval War College After Sexting Scandal

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 9:23 am

Sorry to say I'm severing my affiliation with Naval War College. I had a great time there but it's time to move on. Thanks for your support. — John Schindler (@20committee) August 11, 2014 John Schindler announced that his relationship with the Naval War College has ended after he was caught in a sexting scandal. Schindler [...]

Facebook Claims Emotional Manipulation Study Part Of ‘Customer Service’

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 7:55 am

The customer never knows what is right. Facebook has cobbled together an interesting justification for treating its users like lab rats, it was for the customers. It was all for you friends. Though Facebook never told its customers it was trying to manipulate their emotions, it was all somehow for their benefit according to Facebook’s [...]

Facebook And BuzzFeed Violating User Privacy

By: Monday June 30, 2014 5:37 am

This is some serious potential evil from Buzzfeed. Collecting lists of rape victims, ppl with eating disorders, etc. http://t.co/fp3pR0BMBU — Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 26, 2014 The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with [...]

FTC Recommends Congress Regulate Data Broker Industry

By: Friday May 30, 2014 5:54 am

The Federal Trade Commission made a formal recommendation to Congress that the data broker industry face tougher regulations to stop current practices that abuse and violate Americans’ privacy. The FTC claimed data brokers “operate with a fundamental lack of transparency” and that Congress should enact legislation that makes the data broker industry’s practices more open [...]

Judge Opens Door For Drone Society

By: Friday March 7, 2014 8:46 am

Can anyone stop the forces of history, of technology and its proliferation? But I do drone on. Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that attempts by the FAA to prevent the use of civilian drones below 400 feet were illegal given there was no administrative rule in place. This ruling opens the door for widespread [...]

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 10:00 am

Thanks to the ever expanding NSA scandal the American people are getting a crash course in how important and revealing even small amounts of personal information can be. Your data matters, has value, and should be protected from those you don’t want to have it or haven’t consented to have it yet. Enter the private [...]

Google’s Privacy Violations Under Fire

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:12 am

Everyone’s favorite tax dodger, Google inc., is trying to put out multiple fires concerning their seeming total disregard for user privacy. In an effort to snatch even more revenue in search – a category they may already be violating anti-trust laws in – Google introduced “shared endorsements.” Shared endorsements monitors what users do on Google [...]

Inspector General Reports NSA Spied On Significant Others

By: Friday September 27, 2013 5:53 am

The LOVEINT disclosures have expanded as the NSA Inspector General, in response to a letter from Senator Grassley asking for details of abuses, let it be known that spouses and lovers were often the chosen victims of NSA abusers. In eight of the twelve cases of “intentional and willful misuse” of agency surveillance a significant [...]

Google Says Gmail Users Should Have No Expectation of Privacy

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 6:02 am

In response to a lawsuit Google has disclosed that, from the company’s perspective, no one should be expecting their emails to remain private. This is likely news to most gmail users who create a password thinking that limits access to their account and probably expect their emails to be private. Plantiffs accuse Google of violating [...]

Chevron Granted Sweeping Subpoena Of Critics’ Internet Data

By: Friday July 12, 2013 7:35 am

A federal judge has granted Chevron a broad and sweeping subpoena for data related to the $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The subpoena is trying to gain information on journalists and activists who may have been critical of Chevron. After more than eight months of silence, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan recently [...]

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