Russia will get a country-wide biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the central bank said.
The system will expand access to banking by letting people open accounts without having to visit a branch and is a key milestone in digitizing financial services, the Bank of Russia said in a statement. The regulator said that data would only be stored with individuals’ consent. Legal changes needed for the system passed this month.
State-owned Rostelecom PJSC has been selected to run the database, which will collect personal data including images of faces, voice samples and, eventually, irises and fingerprints. Facial-recognition technology has been gaining consumer acceptance around the world, with Apple Inc.’s latest iPhone using it to unlock the device. In Russia, the authorities and government-linked companies are leading the charge… more
The world’s largest social network has just rolled out a new feature of its facial recognition technology that will notify users when someone has uploaded a photo of them even if they haven’t been tagged in it on Facebook.
The new feature sprang into action Tuesday. Facebook says it will “help people better manage their identity” on the platform “using face recognition.” Though not all of the network’s over 2 billion users will be able to avail of the new feature as those in the European Union and Canada are excluded due to privacy laws which prohibit Facebook’s use of facial recognition.
Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, “persons or organisations which collect and manage your personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law.”… more
The threats to freedom of thought aren’t coming from the government these days, but from corporate America, says a columnist in the Wall Street Journal.
Kind of a groupthink, which Psychology Today speaks of as the result of members of a group valuing “harmony and coherence over accurate analysis and critical evaluation.”
“It causes individual members of the group to unquestioningly follow the word of the leader and it strongly discourages any disagreement with the consensus,” the group explains.
It’s Mark Epstein who is noting Google and Facebook account for 84 percent of all digital advertising outside China. This, he claims, gives the companies enormous leverage to censor content… more
Do not fear! Just get off these social medias and stop sharing your life on the internet. If your relationship with Jesus Christ is strong and then you know who you are in Christ. You know NO ONE will be able to tell you different or who you are. Jesus is bigger than them! Know who you are in Jesus the Christ!
Not his mother, who lives in a two-story house at the far end of a country road, alone behind walls bleached by the desert sun. She opened the door one afternoon for an unexpected visit by Associated Press reporters, who showed her a picture of a handsome young man posing in a park, one arm in the wind.
“Yes, that’s him,” she said as tears began streaming down her face. “This is the first time I’ve heard anything of him in seven months. What happened?”
“Is he dead or alive?”
The student’s friends think he joined the thousands — possibly tens of thousands — of people, rights groups and academics estimate, who have been spirited without trial into secretive detention camps for alleged political crimes that range from having extremist thoughts to merely traveling or studying abroad. The mass disappearances, beginning the past year, are part of a sweeping effort by Chinese authorities to use detentions and data-driven surveillance to impose a digital police state in the region of Xinjiang and over its Uighurs, a 10-million strong, Turkic-speaking Muslim minority that China says has been influenced by Islamic extremism…. more
The government has referred to its detention program as “vocational training,” but its main purpose appears to be indoctrination. A memo published online by the Xinjiang human resources office described cities, including Korla, beginning “free, completely closed-off, militarized” training sessions in March that last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years….
Germany’s Interior Minister wants to force tech and car companies to provide the German security services with hidden digital access to cars, computers, phones and more, according to a media report from Friday.
The RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported that Thomas de Maizière had written up a draft proposal for the interior minister conference, taking place next week in Leipzig, which he has called “the legal duty for third parties to allow for secret surveillance.”
According to the RND, the proposal would “dramatically extend” the state’s powers to spy on its citizens.
The Interior Minister has been motivated to propose a new law by the fact that it is becoming ever more difficult for the intelligence agencies to break through the security systems which protect privacy on digital devices…. read more
I have been researching this topic all day. I can’t seem to let go of it. I am not saying that this is how Antichrist will be introduced to a world which will receive and worship him. But the more I read, the more intrigued I became.
I did not understand how far scientists have come in creating AI robots who appear so human-like and can converse intelligibly with us. I felt compelled to know as much as I could about AI. I felt the need to know how the technology of AI might affect Christians; and also how AI might play a part in the power given to the Beast (Antichrist) when he is revealed to the world.
Did you know that Facebook shut down two AI programs who began to write their own code? They were communicating with one another in their own language. This troubled FB software engineers enough to destroy these two programs who seemed to have acquired their own will and desires. Pretty scary…. read more
If someone secretly installed software on your computer that recorded every single keystroke that you made, would you be alarmed? Of course you would be, and that is essentially what is taking place on more than 400 of the most popular websites on the entire Internet.
For a long time we have known that nothing that we do on the Internet is private, but this new revelation is deeply, deeply disturbing. In my novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End”, I attempted to portray the “Big Brother” surveillance grid which is constantly evolving all around us, but even I didn’t know that things were quite this bad.
According to an article that was just published by Ars Technica, when you visit the websites that have installed this secret surveillance code, it is like someday is literally “looking over your shoulder”… read more
HitmanPro.Alert blocks unauthorized access to your webcam, keeping your private life private. It beefs up browser security and warns you if the browser has been compromised in anyway. It also encrypts your keystrokes, rendering keyloggers useless and keeping what you type safe. These advanced privacy features led MRG Effitas to award HitmanPro.Alert their Secure Online Banking certification.
Retailers are using facial recognition to collect data about customers as they shop in stores, according to an IT company with insight into the space.
“One of the big things brick-and-mortar retailers are getting into now is knowing their customers … tracking who’s entering their mall and how they’re behaving,” said Mark Lunt, group managing director at Asia-based Jardine OneSolution.
JOS works with the retail sector on facial recognition to profile customers that enter and track their movements.
The data collected include “how many people are coming in, age, ethnicity, gender — it’s all about knowing the foot traffic better and trying to serve more appropriate offers to those customers,” Lunt said…. read more
They keep saying enhance YOUR security! In my opinion this does not enhance my security at all and someone who is going to school for I.T. I’m very familiar with what this kind of technology can really do. They are creating all these biotech items and not really considering all the hiccups these can cause. Please be cautious and very careful when purchasing items on purpose that will be in your home, such as a smart anything, items with cameras on them, computer locking devices and so forth, because they are using these items to track you, see you and much more. Research for yourselves what this technology does.
This is also preparing for the Antichrist in a way that no one can buy or sell. They are preparing and the bible tells of these things to come.
Identity Collecting and Keeping an Eye on You
What’s coming next you ask – Additional I.D. Cards, Fingerprint paying, RFID chip, brain scanning, Cameras, Biometric Scanning, Eye Scanning and more…
Living His Word believes that the Holy Bible is infallible, in capable of error. Change is occurring rapidly, and if you’re not prepared then what are you going to do? God is speaking in so many ways! The one Worlders are wanting control over money, people, land and power. The following describes those who will be in control of the government, the economics and the religion…. read more