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We ARE watched – facial recognition, drones, web

Editor’s note:
With the Seattle FBI Field Office reportedly using a false AP news story as “click bait,” we have to be even more aware of the intrusions on our lives, beyond NSA monitoring Facebook data, tapping e-mails, etc.:

– “FBI lured suspect with fake Web page, but may have leveraged media credibility”
“News outlets and privacy advocates reacted sharply Tuesday to the revelation that the FBI in 2007 tricked a school-bombing suspect into revealing his whereabouts by getting him to click on a link to a fake Associated Press article infected with tracking software.”

“In the latest incident, the FBI Seattle field office created a false AP news story with headlines that served as click bait: ‘Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department’ and ‘Technology savvy student holds Timberline High School hostage.’

Deception has long been used in law enforcement, but the DEA and FBI cases raise the question of what are the limits of undercover operations in cyberspace.

The FBI field office in Seattle in a statement defended the practice as one used infrequently and to prevent tragedy.”
Read more contributed by Adam Goodman in he Washington Post, on MSN.

– “The FBIs Facial Recognition System Is A Privacy Nightmare That Collects Your Data Even If Youve Never Broken The Law”
“FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year

“EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)the FBIs massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans,” by Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation, in Liberty Crier.
Read more

– “Spy Drone Can See What You are Wearing From 17,500 Feet”
“A new camera developed by the Pentagon’s research arm was highlighted in a recent special on PBS’ “Nova” in an episode called “Rise of the Drones.” It’s a camera system so detailed it can discern specific movements and even what a subject is wearing.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS) has 1.8 billion pixels (1.8 gigapixels), making it the world’ highest resolution camera,” quoting PBS.
Click here for the video.

– ABC’s Boston Legal thought provoking speech about intrusions.
Click here

Posted by Steve on November 9, 2014 at 6:24 am | Permalink

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