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Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop? Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop?

Getting into the FBI is not easy, as the agency’s new “Do you have what it takes?” fitness app will happily tell you. The app, which was released in August 2018, walks users through the five legs of the fitness requirements former director James Comey re-implemented in 2015—daring them to achieve high scores on…

Report: National Guard Wants to Fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones at the U.S.-Mexico Border Report: National Guard Wants to Fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The U.S. government wants to deploy MQ-9 Reaper drones to the border with Mexico as part of the Donald Trump administration’s ongoing and completely unnecessary militarization of the region, TYT Network reported on Wednesday.

'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation 'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation

Researchers looking into bizarre reports of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and later China hearing troubling noises before developing symptoms very similar to brain trauma have pinned the most likely cause—and it’s not some form of mysterious sonic device, as previously speculated.

Texas Home CCTV Video Shows Woman in Broken Arm Restraints Ringing Doorbell in Dead of Night  Texas Home CCTV Video Shows Woman in Broken Arm Restraints Ringing Doorbell in Dead of Night 

Montgomery County, Texas police are investigating an eerie incident captured on a home surveillance system in which an unknown, partially dressed woman in what appeared to be severed hand restraints rang local residential doorbells late at night.

California Officials Admit to Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Welfare Recipients California Officials Admit to Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Welfare Recipients

Since 2016, Sacramento County officials have been accessing license plate reader data to track welfare recipients suspected of fraud, the Sacramento Bee reported over the weekend.

The TSA's Shady 'Quiet Skies' Program Has Tracked Thousands of Passengers, Yet Produced No Leads The TSA's Shady 'Quiet Skies' Program Has Tracked Thousands of Passengers, Yet Produced No Leads

The TSA admitted to surveilling about 5,000 citizens this year as part of its secretive “Quiet Skies” program, which places travelers on TSA watch lists even if they aren’t suspected of a crime, the Boston Globe reports. In a meeting with members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee last week…

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech

Less than a week after a damaging report exposed substantial flaws in facial recognition technology marketed to law enforcement by Amazon, five Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the commercial and government use, and potential abuse, of the technology.

Get Ready for Indoor Surveillance Drones Get Ready for Indoor Surveillance Drones

Surveillance drones are headed indoors.

Amazon Accidentally Makes Rock-Solid Case for Not Giving Its Face Recognition Tech to Police Amazon Accidentally Makes Rock-Solid Case for Not Giving Its Face Recognition Tech to Police

Days after the ACLU released a damning report on Amazon’s face recognition product Rekognition, Amazon’s general manager of AI, Dr. Matt Wood, countered its findings in a blog post. The ACLU used Rekognition to scan the faces of all 535 members of Congress, finding the software mistook 28 of them for suspected…

Microsoft Asks Congress to Regulate Face Recognition Microsoft Asks Congress to Regulate Face Recognition

Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, called for federal regulation of face recognition in a new blog post on Friday. Half of all adults already have their face in a federal database, and vendors are supplying face recognition technology to schools, airports, and baseball stadiums. Federal…

Face Recognition 'Tickets' Are Coming to Baseball Games Face Recognition 'Tickets' Are Coming to Baseball Games

MLB and Clear announced a partnership on Thursday that will soon let baseball fans enter stadiums using fingerprints, and eventually, just their face, instead of tickets.

Who Will Police Police Drones? Who Will Police Police Drones?

The Police Foundation doesn’t want the police to call drones “drones.” Because of the public’s association with “military-style weapons like the Predator,” the organization’s 311 page report reads, the term “drone” is “a major obstacle to law enforcement’s ability to convince the public” that police drone programs…

Amazon and Orlando Cops’ Controversial Face Recognition Pilot Isn’t Over Amazon and Orlando Cops’ Controversial Face Recognition Pilot Isn’t Over

Contrary to earlier reports, Orlando police confirmed Monday they will renew a contract with Amazon to pilot its controversial face recognition software, Rekognition—a move that is sure to reignite concerns of privacy and civil liberties advocates who have pushed back against law enforcement’s use of the technology.

UK Reveals Plan for a Centralized Biometric Database That Sounds Like an Absolute Nightmare UK Reveals Plan for a Centralized Biometric Database That Sounds Like an Absolute Nightmare

The UK government’s Home Office released a report this week announcing plans for a forthcoming centralized biometric database of its citizens, compiling DNA, fingerprint, face, and possibly even voice data for law enforcement to access and share, according to the Telegraph. In addition to helping local police solve…

NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete

In 2017, the NSA had a banner year of spying on Americans, managing to collect three times the number of call records than it did in the previous year. Now, it says there were some “technical irregularities” that resulted in it sucking up data the agency is not allowed to have. Its troubling solution is just to delete…

Face Recognition CEO Says Use of This Tech by Police Is 'Irresponsible and Dangerous' Face Recognition CEO Says Use of This Tech by Police Is 'Irresponsible and Dangerous'

Face recognition will be used to harm citizens if given to governments or police, writes Brian Brackeen, CEO of the face recognition and AI startup Kairos, in an op-ed published by TechCrunch today. Last week, news broke that bodycam maker Axon requested a partnership with Kairos to explore face recognition. Brackeen…

Bodycam Maker Axon Reportedly Tried to Buy Face Recognition Tech Bodycam Maker Axon Reportedly Tried to Buy Face Recognition Tech

Body camera manufacturer Axon requested a contract for face recognition software from an artificial intelligence startup, the Wall Street Journal reports, which stands to further fears from privacy advocates about the state of surveillance in America.

The Dangers of Tech's Privacy Promises The Dangers of Tech's Privacy Promises

Where do you go to tell a secret? Probably depends on the secret. What you’d feel comfortable murmuring to a friend in a private meeting is likely not what you’d say loudly to a coworker while your boss is in earshot. Online, we not only communicate, we calculate—based on who we’re speaking to, or what platform we’re…

Welcome to the Beesistance Welcome to the Beesistance

Apoidea, welcome to the resistance.

Researchers Develop Tech That Lets Surveillance Cameras Text to Say Hello  Researchers Develop Tech That Lets Surveillance Cameras Text to Say Hello 

Researchers at Purdue University have found a new way to get surveillance cameras to “talk” to the people they see. The system is called PHADE, which stands for “private human addressing,” and it enables cameras to send messages to people’s devices when they’ve entered a specific area without collecting their personal…

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