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In China, your car could be talking to the government

China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens.

Full article: In China, your car could be talking to the government

Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy

Over the past two decades automated wildlife cameras—known as camera traps—have proven invaluable in ecological research and conservation management. Their sensitive motion detectors have enabled scientific surveys of rare or shy animals in dense forest and as a consequence have seen broader use around the world.

But camera traps frequently take pictures of people as well as wildlife. This has important implications for privacy and human rights and may ultimately undermine conservation goals.

Source: Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy | Ars Technica

Google facing mounting pressure over tracking tactics

Google’s data privacy practices are attracting the regulator attention, due to the search engine’s tracking of user locations, the BBC news website reports. Seven organisations have come together to file complaints with a number of regional watchdogs over Google’s tracking behaviours, with issues based on research which suggests users have no choice but to engage with the tracking system.

Full article: Google facing mounting pressure over tracking tactics

Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

Crypto is in the news for the recent hacks and breaches, becoming the favorite currency of cybercriminals. This article examines what is actually going on, the fundamentals of security and what the crypto-community is actually doing to prevent hacks and surveillance.

Full article: Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

What Constant Surveillance Does to Your Brain

As technology and machine learning continue to advance, we’re integrating surveillance into our daily lives at an increasing rate, and the level of surveillance is becoming more sophisticated. As turns out, constant surveillance and tracking can be just as mentally taxing as mental disorders like depression, and can even cause symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Full article: What Constant Surveillance Does to Your Brain – Motherboard

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.

Full article: It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price – Motherboard

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Source: Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips | Technology | The Guardian

Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms

Civil rights groups have warned a vast, powerful system allowing the near real-time matching of citizens’ facial images risks a “profound chilling effect” on protest and dissent. The technology collects and pools facial imagery from various state and federal government sources, including driver’s licences, passports and visas. The biometric information can then rapidly – almost in real time – be compared with other sources, such as CCTV footage, to match identities.

Full article: Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms, rights groups say | World news | The Guardian

China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk

Chinese authorities have started using “gait recognition” software – artificial intelligence that identifies people by their body shape and the way they walk – for mass surveillance on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. The tech can reportedly recognize people from up to 50 meters away, even if their face is hidden or their back is facing the camera.

Full article: China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk, report says – CNET

CNIL Details Rules On Audience and Traffic Measuring In Publicly Accessible Areas

On October 17, 2018, the French data protection authority (the “CNIL”) published a press release detailing the rules applicable to devices that compile aggregated and anonymous statistics from personal data—for example, mobile phone identifiers ( i.e. , media access control or “MAC” address) —for purposes such as measuring advertising audience in a given space and analyzing flow in shopping malls and other public areas.

Full article: CNIL Details Rules On Audience and Traffic Measuring In Publicly Accessible Areas

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