(BostonGlobe) – A privacy advocacy group is suing the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of the controversial full-body scanners employed at airports across the country, including at every major checkpoint at Logan International Airport.
The machines, which use X-rays or radio frequency energy to detect weapons and explosives beneath passengers’ clothing, have been much criticized because of privacy concerns. Continue reading →
(RawStory) – Privacy rights advocates and civil liberties campaigners in Europe are raising the alarm about a new surveillance system that monitors conversations in public.
The surveillance system, dubbed Sigard, has been installed in Dutch city centers, government offices and prisons, and a recent test-run of the technology in Coventry, England, has British civil rights experts worried that the right to privacy will disappear in efforts to fight street crime.
The system’s manufacturer, Sound Intelligence, says it works by detecting aggression in speech patterns.
“Ninety percent of all incidents involving physical aggression are preceded by verbal aggression,” the Sound Intelligence Web site says. “The ability to spot verbal aggression before it turns into a violent outbreak delivers valuable time to security personnel and enables speedy intervention.” Continue reading →
See Also: (LondonTelegraph) – Google’s Eric Schmidt: You can trust us with your data – Read More Here
(Infowars) – Among tech journalists, one name stands out in regards to the question of who the most powerful corporation in the tech industry is. Google has a strong 85.78% market share on Internet search, making them the primary resource for web surfers looking for information about their topics of choice. This means that if your company drops off Google, it takes a serious hit especially if your business is heavily based on customers obtained and managed through your online presence.
Google’s Gmail system has between 113 and 176 million monthly users, depending on source, making them one of the top three email providers in the world.
According to a report from Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, Google is rumored to be set to launch a social network called “Google Me”. This would put Google in direct competition with Facebook, Myspace and other social networks. Google already collects users search patterns, email, travel, and in some cases private network activity. A social network would allow them to have direct access to their users daily thoughts and interactions. Several high-profile technology journalists have taken the stance that given Facebook’s ongoing privacy concerns, Google’s social network would be a welcome addition to the web.
Why is Pennsylvania utilizing Big Brother scare tactics to collect tax money? Are protesters being denied free speech at this summers G-20 summit? Will the federal government soon have access to your bank account? StartPage.com Story- Internet privacy issues must be addressed. Plus, Alex Jones presents facts as to how the U.S. Government is planning military operations against American citizens. The Reality Report Crew take on those questions and deliver the facts and solutions in the 43rd edition. Continue reading →
(April 30) – Alex also talks with Wayne Madsen, a Washington, D.C.-based investigative journalist, author and columnist. A former commissioned Navy ensign, Madsen worked as a government consultant on contracts for the National Security Agency and later joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center as a senior fellow. In late January 2005 Madsen left EPIC and began his career as an investigative journalist. Continue reading →
(ElectronicFrontierFoundation) – Since its incorporation just over five years ago, Facebook has undergone a remarkable transformation. When it started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice. Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your information is public by default. Today, it has become a platform where you have no choice but to make certain information public, and this public informationmay be shared by Facebook with its partner websites and used to target ads.
To help illustrate Facebook’s shift away from privacy, we have highlighted some excerpts from Facebook’s privacy policies over the years. Watch closely as your privacy disappears, one small change at a time! Continue reading →
(TimesOnline) – POLICE chiefs are facing the threat of a High Court privacy action over a nationwide network of cameras that is being used to take up to 14m photographs of motorists every day. Continue reading →
(AP) – The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, too.
U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting. Continue reading →
(PaulWatson) – A new government commercial currently running on one of Britain’s most popular radio stations is selling one thing – fear – by encouraging Londoners to report their neighbors as terrorists if they use cash, enjoy their privacy, or even close their curtains. Continue reading →
Global stocks were mixed Friday, with European shares paring earlier gains after preliminary data showed the euro zone economy’s recovery faltered in the fourth quarter, on top of investors still uncertain as to what will happen to Greece. Read More Here
(Fox) – After Rare Bipartisan Deal, Reid Slashes Jobs Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid abruptly announced Thursday that he had drastically slimmed down the bill from $85 billion to just $15 billion, tossing out key priorities of both Republicans and Democrats. Read More Here
(WaIndep) – Credit Suisse Declares the U.S. a Riskier Investment Than Indonesia
Amid fears that Switzerland might come to an agreement with the United States on banking privacy and tax evasion disclosures, Credit Suisse issued a report identifying those countries it determined to have the highest risks of default on their sovereign debts. Number 16 on the list was the United States, based primarily on its 2009 budget deficits and government debt. Read More Here
(Reuters) – German halt, Italian reverse hit euro zone recovery
Europe’s post-recession recovery hit a roadblock on Friday as German economic growth unexpectedly halted and Italy went into reverse in the final quarter of 2009, knocking total euro zone GDP growth almost flat. Read More Here
(HindustanTimes) – India’s food inflation inching to 18 per cent
Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed last week that the worst was over on rising prices of essential items, India’s annual food inflation based on wholesale prices rose to 17.94 per cent for the week ended Jan 30. Read More Here
(Fox) – Obama Signs Bill Lifting Federal Debt Limit to $14.3 Trillion
President Obama has signed legislation lifting the cap on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion. Read More Here
(Bloomberg) – Beijing Seen Vacant for 50% as Chanos Predicts Crash
Jack Rodman, who has made a career of selling soured property loans from Los Angeles to Tokyo, sees a crash looming in China. He keeps a slide show on his computer of empty office buildings in Beijing, his home since 2002. The tally: 55, with another dozen candidates. Read More Here
Stick a Fork in it, The Dollar is Done
News junkies, currency buffs, and economists of an Austrian tilt have been having quite an entertaining few weeks. Between massive blizzards from Virginia to New England, another baseless Dollar rally, and the hilarious notion that a little Greek debt could unwind the Euro, there certainly has been plenty to talk about. Read More Here
(Aletho) – New Phase, Not Just Another Recession
It is becoming increasingly clear that the financial meltdown of 2008 and the subsequent economic contraction that continues to this day represent more than just another recessionary cycle. More importantly, they represent a structural change, a new phase, the phase of the dominance of “finance capital,” as the late Austro-German political economist Rudolf Hilferding put it. Read More Here
(Portfolio) – Danger Ahead for Small Banks
The small banks that do much of the lending to small business face a crisis in the near future that could force thousands of them to cut back on loans. Read More Here
(StarTribune) – Foreclosure numbers may foretell delinquency surge
The number of U.S. households facing foreclosure in January increased 15 percent from the same month last year, and a surge in cash-strapped homeowners who’ve fallen behind on mortgages could be on the way. Read More Here
(AJC) – Metro Atlanta foreclosures skyrocket this month – Read More Here
(ABC15) – Report: Valley foreclosures not slowing down – Read More Here
(DallasBiz) – Dallas/Fort Worth quarterly foreclosure postings jump 22% – Read More Here
(NYDaily) – Number of New Yorkers at risk of losing their home to foreclosure surges, new statistics show – Read More Here
(PaulWatson) – Radio talk show host Alex Jones is calling for petitions, boycotts and lawsuits en mass in an effort to block the nationwide implementation of full body scanners that represent a total violation of privacy, a health risk, and the next wave of tyranny being metered out against the American people and the people of the world under the phony pretext of fighting terrorism. Continue reading →
European Union governments have given in to the pressure and appear set to make a last-minute agreement with the United States to allow its intelligence agencies to monitor bank accounts and transactions across the bloc. Continue reading →
Often lauded as the ‘CCTV state’ and ‘the most surveilled country in the world’, the UK may soon deliver a killing blow to the Internet as we know it. Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing is reporting some leaked legislation from the UK government that would remove any kind of freedom or privacy that the Internet grants its users. Continue reading →
(ShellyRoche) – Since I’m following various recent assaults on our Internet freedom & privacy pretty closely, I found this… interesting (or maybe I’m just another, er, “crazy blogger”): Continue reading →
The Washington Post reports the Justice Department “recommended that Congress move swiftly with legislation that would protect the government’s ability to collect a variety of business and credit card records and to monitor terrorism suspects with roving wiretaps” set to expire 31 December 09. Continue reading →
(NYPost) – It’s been a hilarious August, watching media supporters of President Obama’s health care package puzzle over the obscure motivations of the noncompliant Americans rallying against it. Continue reading →
(WPost) – The Obama administration is proposing to scale back a long-standing ban on tracking how people use government Internet sites with “cookies” and other technologies, raising alarms among privacy groups. Continue reading →
When the news broke this afternoon of the government’s campaign to have supporters snitch on other American citizens who commit the transgression of opposing his government-run health (s)care plan, I was working on my latest audio clip from the Great One Mark Levin. Here is 13 minutes of commentary (Tues. Aug. 4, Hour 1) by the brilliant and frighteningly prescient radio host. During this clip you will hear the following moving quotes: Continue reading →
The Majority in Congress and the President are promising to change the “status quo” by pushing a government run-medicine plan (HR 3200). The plan would create rationing through government committees, force all Americans to buy over-priced, politically created health insurance, create an economically unsustainable government-run insurance plan and impose economy-crushing taxes. Continue reading →
(NYTimes) – The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said. Continue reading →
(C4L) – The REAL ID Act may be on the verge of receiving its final coffin nails. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is pushing a replacement bill that poses many of the same threats as REAL ID. Continue reading →
Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis, reportedly President Barack Obama’s top candidate for cyber security czar, voted repeatedly to expand the government’s internet wiretapping powers, and helped author the now-troubled national identification law known as REAL ID. Continue reading →
Under the pretext of the war on terror and through initiatives such as the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), as well as other commitments, there has been an ongoing effort to further harmonize North American security priorities. Continue reading →
The Obama administration’s new Cybersecurity system will only make the Internet more vulnerable to attack, while creating the framework for a massively upgraded government surveillance grid that will control and regulate every aspect of our daily lives through the implementation of “smart” technology. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information about Americans and foreigners. Continue reading →
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared “cyber emergency.” Continue reading →
The mobile calls, emails and website visits of every person in Britain will be stored for a year under sweeping new powers which come into force on Monday. Privacy campaigners warned last night that the information would be used by the Government to create a giant “Big Brother” super-database containing a map of everyone’s private life.
Formed in the wake of 9/11 as a way to search out domestic terrorist threats, fusion centers today are being bombarded with criticism on all sides for things like improper surveillance of the supporters of third-party presidential candidates and an ambiguous mission directive that has lead to power overreaching. Continue reading →