Big Brother

Ancestry hopes you'll share your DNA for a custom Spotify playlist
DNA
Engadget | What would your music selection sound like if it reflected every last bit of your genealogy? Ancestry can tell you... if you're willing to shed some control. The company has partnered with Spotify to offer custom...
UK is increasingly using Minority Report-type predictive analytics or "child-abuse algorithms" to identify which children to take into care
Minority Report
Guardian | In an age of austerity, and a climate of fear about child abuse, perhaps it is unsurprising that social workers have turned to new technology for help. Local authorities – which face spiralling demand and an £800m...
New road signs can detect mobile phones are being used in vehicles
Signs
BT TV | Road signs that know when a mobile phone is being used in a moving vehicle are being installed in Norfolk, in a bid to tackle usage behind the wheel. The system, which can tell the difference between active phone calls...
First of Its Kind University Study Proves Without a Doubt that Your Phone is Spying On You
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FreeThoughtProject | For years, conspiracy theories about smart phones listening to users without their permission to show them advertisements have abounded. While some researchers have shown this could happen, a first of its kind study...
Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants to Know Why
Smartphone
Vice | On Thursday, the New York Times published a blockbuster piece revealing how US law enforcement have access to a system that can geo-locate nearly any phone in the country without an officer necessarily having a court...
Marine Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests
Marine Le Pen,
TheLocal.fr | Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far right has been left shocked and furious after a court ordered her to be examined by a psychiatrist to determine if she "is capable of understanding remarks and answering...
Chinese Cops Now Spying on American Soil
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DailyBeast | A major human rights crisis is unfolding in northwestern China, according to the United Nations, which said last week that there were credible reports that the Chinese government is holding one million or more ethnic...
Zoos to Install Checkpoints, Search Visitors and Bags
MassPrivateI | The never-ending push to turn every public venue into an extension of the Police State is now moving to zoos. Their justification, public safety of course. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo wants to install checkpoints,...
Department Of Homeland Security Compiles List Of All Bloggers, Journalists, & "Social Media Influencers"
EndoftheAmericanDream | Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother surveillance nonsense, but instead it seems to be getting even worse. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has just...
DHS Expands Police Spying by Adding Surveillance Cameras to Bus Stops
MassPrivateI | Not content with surveillance cameras on buses, the police state has now begun adding them to bus stops. Last month an article in WTVR 6 revealed that the Greater Richmond Transit Center (GRTC) is installing more than...
The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal
Keyboard
TheIntercept | Internet paranoiacs drawn to Bitcoin have long indulged fantasies of American spies subverting the booming, controversial digital currency. Increasingly popular among get-rich-quick speculators, Bitcoin started out as a...
Ex-Spook Clapper Celebrates 5 Years Since Lying to Congress, as Statute of Limitations Expires
Clapper
RT | It’s been five years since former US spy chief James Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA’s giant surveillance program, and the statute of limitations for his crime is coming to end, guaranteeing him a peaceful...
How London’s 7/7 Bombings Led to “Unprecedented” Surveillance Tactics
TheIntercept | It was early-morning rush hour in London on Thursday, July 7, 2005, when a series of explosions shut down the city’s transport network. At first, the authorities suspected an electricity fault was to blame. But it soon...
Superbowl Surveillance: Thousands of Cameras cover city, drones, video app
CCTV
TwinCities | Yes, the Super Bowl public safety team is watching you. And not just with the 2,000 fixed cameras throughout downtown Minneapolis and neighboring areas. About 2,000 of the 3,000 officers working the Super Bowl have an...
China Assigns Every Citizen A ‘Social Credit Score’ To Identify Who Is And Isn’t Trustworthy
CBS-NYC | BEIJING (CBSNewYork) — China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that’s...
UK Thought Police: Detaining Opponents "For The Public Good"
ZeroHedge | Would you want your government to decide who can and cannot enter your country based on how popular their political views? Would you trust any individual to police on your behalf what speakers are “conducive to the...
Snowden rips Trump's CIA pick over torture program
TheHill | ormer National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blasted the Trump administration on Tuesday for the selection of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA over Haspel's former management of a "black site" prison. In a series...
Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries’ Hackers
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TheIntercept | When the mysterious entity known as “Shadow Brokers” released a tranche of stolen NSA hacking tools to the internet a year ago, most experts who studied the material honed in on the most potent tools, so-called “zero-...