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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Offline Privacy & Security

Next-Generation Aegis Fortress L3 USB Drive

Need a secure place to keep your digital secrets or to transport them to a different computer, possibly some distance away? An encrypted flash drive is a good solution for up to 256 gigabytes of data. However, what do you do if you have more data then that to be kept secure.? Portable hard drives are available from a number of manufacturers at reasonable prices. Of course, if the information […]

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Our Automobile License Plates have Become Tracking Beacons

“[Automated license plate readers (ALPR)] are a combination of high-speed cameras and optical character recognition technology that can identify license plates and turn them into machine-readable text,” reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). “What makes ALPR so powerful is that drivers are required by law to install license plates on their vehicles. In essence, our license plates have become tracking beacons. After the plate data is collected, the ALPR systems […]

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Privacy International Lodges Complaints Against Seven Firms for Breaching Data Protection

Acxion, Oracle, Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad, Equifax, and Experian are all in Privacy International’s sights, with the organisation filing complaints in the UK, Ireland and France, urging data protection authorities to look into what it alleges is the “mass exploitation” of individuals’ data. Details may be found in an article by Roland Moore-Colyer in The Inquirer at: http://bit.ly/2Dg4kX0.

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Thousands of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin

In Sweden, a country rich with technological advancement, thousands have had microchips inserted into their hands. The chips are designed to speed up users’ daily routines and make their lives more convenient — accessing their homes, offices and gyms is as easy as swiping their hands against digital readers. They also can be used to store emergency contact details, social media profiles or e-tickets for events and rail journeys within […]

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Big Brother is Being Increasingly Outsourced

The federal and local governments have long relied on private companies for defense and law enforcement technologies. However, the governments are now expanding beyond past practices. Corporations are now expanding their paid spying performed for government agencies, both in online and offline spying. From a report: “The … thing that was shocking for me was to understand just how the federal authorizations are allowing Amazon to have such a monopoly […]

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This Artificial Intelligence can Search for People by Height, Gender, and Clothing in Surveillance Videos

This is scary! A team of AI researchers from India developed a tool to search for people in surveillance footage by height, clothing color, and gender. It’s like a search engine that can find people in a video. Basically, you can tell this AI some details about the person you’re looking for and it’ll scour whatever video you give it. For example, a request for “females wearing red shirts who […]

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