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Old 2020-03-10, 00:03   #210
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To be fair, he did tell the rozzers to " off".
"The Rozzers?" Huh, obviously a slang term for police. I've heard "Bobby" and "peeler" (both from Sir Robert Peel), but "Rozzers" is a new one on me. I have heard "Bobby" used almost as a term of endearment, but not "peeler." Let's see here. "The nice Rozzer." Nope, doesn't scan. "The Rozzer is your friend." Nope, doesn't scan.

Hmm, a £90 fine for "public swearing." What, they gave him a 10% discount?

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However, I deplore this sort of invasive technology. They won't be happy until they have a probe up your ae.
Also in London, a group called the "Dazzle Club" is using makeup to try to thwart facial recognition equipment: With painted faces, artists fight facial recognition tech
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Opposition to algorithmic surveillance is not limited to Britain. Russia activists were reportedly arrested last month for holding a similar face paint protest over Moscow's facial recognition cameras. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists routinely use face masks in street protests to hide their identities. Rights groups in Serbia and Uganda have opposed government projects to install Chinese-supplied cameras.

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Old 2020-03-10, 00:33   #211
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Also in London, a group called the "Dazzle Club" is using makeup to try to thwart facial recognition equipment: With painted faces, artists fight facial recognition tech
The Guardian has a month old article about The Dazzle Club.

What lengths do we have to go to? Long hair to hide ears or false ears. Painted faces. Faces projected onto your real one. Infra red glasses to dazzle the facial recognizing cameras. Those covid-19 surgical masks must be playing havoc too. But there are more ways to biometrisize the population, such as gait. We are heading toward or have arrived at a dystopia Orwell could not have imagined.

Here is an audio file by The Guardian. Yikes! Yandex sounds like a FSB tool.

Do you really want some paedophile copper scanning your kid?

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Old 2020-03-10, 13:17   #212
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What lengths do we have to go to? Long hair to hide ears or false ears. Painted faces. Faces projected onto your real one. Infra red glasses to dazzle the facial recognizing cameras.
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Trying to hide, eh? Must be guilty of something! Lock 'em up.

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Here is an audio file by The Guardian. Yikes! Yandex sounds like a FSB tool.
Yandex. Russian? Must be fine. I'm sure any of Russia's stooges would be happy to tell us so.

Hmm, I see you can listen to these podcasts with a smart phone app. I'm sure that's fine, too.

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Do you really want some paedophile copper scanning your kid?
"Some paedophile copper?" Hmm. I wonder... <google google>

Sure enough! Ugh. Paedophile who joined police force to abuse children was suspect in rape and grooming cases before being recruited.

The same search turned up a case in Russia in which the offender got exactly what he deserved: 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL FENDS OFF PEDOPHILE POLICEMAN BY BEATING HIM WITH SCOOTER
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After returning to her apartment building, she was approached by a man who dropped his pants and tried to pursue her into the elevator. Luckily, she had a scooter on hand and swung it into the assailant's groin, sending him crumpling to the floor, the newspaper said.
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Old 2020-03-18, 02:43   #213
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Working From Home? Zoom Tells Your Boss If You’re Not Paying Attention }Vice
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans will be forced to work, play, and learn from home for the foreseeable future. Such a massive shift will lean not only on shaky and expensive U.S. broadband networks, but popular teleconferencing programs that often don’t quite work as advertised. Zoom in particular has seen a flood of new users, and the company’s stock has jumped roughly 20 percent since the COVID-19 outbreak began. But as new users flock to the platform for work, they should be aware of a few things: namely, the company’s data collection, its shaky privacy policy, and the fact your boss knows when you’re not giving them your undivided attention. Zoom offers users a feature called ‘attention tracking.’ According to the Zoom website the feature—which can be disabled if the chat administrator allows it—will track if participants have clicked away from the active Zoom window for more than half a minute.
When it comes to ratcheting up all forms of surveillance, never let a crisis go to waste!
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Old 2020-04-05, 18:57   #214
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Hackers are unsurprisingly having a field day with the Covid-19-forced switch to tele-everything. And of course by-now-typical Silicon Valley toxic-social-apps which were designed to share user data with "our advertising partners" aren't helping. A particularly egregious example is the Zoom app featured in my previous post above:

Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning : NPR
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With schools closed and millions of people working from home, Zoom has become wildly popular. The company said 200 million people used the app on a daily basis in March, up from just 10 million in December. But that newfound popularity is bringing new scrutiny.

The FBI is warning schools, in particular, to be careful.

"The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language," the bureau's Boston office said this week.

As concerns have arisen, Zoom has worked to address them. It published a guide last month on how users can protect meetings. It also changed settings for accounts used by schools and universities to make their meetings more private by default.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has sent a letter to Zoom asking about its security and privacy protections.

"Things you just would like to have in a chat and video application — strong encryption, strong privacy controls, strong security — just seem to be completely missing," said Patrick Wardle, a security researcher who previously worked at the National Security Agency.

He and other researchers have turned up flaws in Zoom's software that could let hackers spy through a computer's webcam or microphone. Zoom says it released fixes for these issues on Wednesday.

The website Motherboard found that Zoom was sharing data with Facebook, even data on people who are not Facebook users.

Zoom says that was a mistake and that it stopped sharing that data in March, but it's now facing a class action lawsuit.

Wardle says Zoom may be easy to use, but he is wary of its track record.

"This product was designed to prioritize things other than privacy and security," he said.

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Old 2020-04-08, 05:13   #215
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Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto
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Richard Blumenthal, the US senator sponsoring a bill that critics say will limit the use of encryption, is calling for an investigation of video-conference provider Zoom, in part over its false claim it offered... end-to-end encryption.
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Old 2020-04-11, 18:40   #217
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I saw the local Bay Area evening n00z folks gushing about this praiseworthy initiative last night, and my first thought was, said companies are not going to be able to help themselves and refrain from layering all manner of non-Covid-19-related spyware into said apps, and sharing all those juicy monetizable data with all manner of "interested third parties". Because that's what they do - like I said above, never let a crisis go to waste.

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I saw the local Bay Area evening n00z folks gushing about this praiseworthy initiative last night, and my first thought was, said companies are not going to be able to help themselves and refrain from layering all manner of non-Covid-19-related spyware into said apps, and sharing all those juicy monetizable data with all manner of "interested third parties". Because that's what they do - like I said above, never let a crisis go to waste.
I agree. But it isn't just an app. The article states that soon it will be in the OSes. Baked into the OS where you can't disable or delete or view or control it.

Some countries are already using the mobile phone to monitor your lockdown status. If you go outside your allowed range then you get a message, or something, and placed on a list of violators. People seem to be really dumb. Why take your phone with you? Just leave it at home FFS.

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Old 2020-04-13, 21:57   #219
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And so the lets-expand-the-scope begins.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...nonymise-users
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A draft government memo explaining how the NHS contact-tracing app could stem the spread of the coronavirus said ministers might be given the ability to order “de-anonymisation” to identify people from their smartphones, the Guardian can reveal.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on Sunday that the UK planned to introduce an app that would enable people who developed Covid-19 symptoms to “anonymously” alert other users to whom they had been in close proximity. “All data will be handled according to the highest ethical and security standards, and would only be used for NHS care and research,” he said.

However, the government document seen by the Guardian, headed “official – sensitive” and “draft – not yet approved”, suggests the NHS privately considered using the technology to identify users.
Tell the suckers users it is anonymous, but secretly in the background of course it isn't anonymous.

Leave your phone at home. You don't need it 24/7. It will still be there when you return. Don't be a slave to it.
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And so the lets-expand-the-scope begins.
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Leave your phone at home. You don't need it 24/7. It will still be there when you return. Don't be a slave to it.
Then the solution to that risk of citizens retaining a sliver of privacy is to structure routine activities of daily life so the ID beacon/phone is required, and someone who lands on the wrong side of some aspect of officialdom can no longer obtain transportation, shelter, food, etc. Otherwise people might hack their hardware by (gasp) popping the cover and popping the battery out to defeat the off but not really deception. (Saves battery life compared to a metal enclosure.) Who needs dystopian scifi when we have the news.

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