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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

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Homeland Security Department Sued for Allegedly Tracking and Interrogating Journalists

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 and 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit includes accounts by five freelance photojournalists, all of whom are US citizens and were stopped by Customs and Border Protection, an agency within DHS, while traveling to and from Mexico between November 2018 and January […]

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Amazon Ring’s Policies are an Open Door for Privacy and Civil Liberty Violations

US Senator Edward Markey yesterday revealed the results of a months-long investigation into Amazon‘s Ring camera-doorbells and the company’s relationship with law enforcement. The Senator’s press team dubbed the findings “alarming” and called the company’s policies “an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations.” The press release is available at: http://bit.ly/2ObxAnb.

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We Must Stop Smiling Our Way Towards A Surveillance State

If you are not concerned with facial recognition and its related privacy issues because you believe you have nothing to hide, you NEED to read Steve Ranger’s article in ZDNet: https://www.zdnet.com/article/we-must-stop-smiling-our-way-towards-a-surveillance-state/. “For sure, these technologies can have many benefits, from making it quicker to unlock your phone or recognising criminals in the street. But allowing these technologies to become pervasive without rigorous debate about the need for them, the effectiveness […]

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California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies

From an article by Tim Cushing in the TechDirt web site: “Building on San Francisco’s first-of-its-kind ban on government face recognition, California this week enacted a landmark law that blocks police from using body cameras for spying on the public. “The state-wide law keeps thousands of body cameras used by police officers from being transformed into roving surveillance devices that track our faces, voices, and even the unique way we walk. Importantly, […]

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Edward Snowden said: ‘Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy. This is Our New Battleground’

This statement clearly states why encryption is important to everyone, private citizens, public officials, sports figures, celebrities, and everyone else alike: “… in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine […]

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“I’d recognize that face from my extensive database anywhere!”

Governments are using facial-recognition technology in more ways—and prompting more concerns about privacy and fairness. Ellis Rosen created a cartoon that is available cartooncollections.com that summarizes one of the biggest privacy concerns of today. Because of copyright regulations, I cannot publish the cartoon here but I can legally tell you how you can view it. Click here: https://media.wired.com/photos/5d8a883075be39000827d6df/master/w_1600%2Cc_limit/20191008-rosen-total-recall.jpg

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