BEIJING—China is establishing a nationwide program to track cars using an electronic identification system, according to records and people briefed on the matter, adding to a growing array of its surveillance tools used to monitor its citizens.
Under the plan being rolled out July 1, a radio-frequency identification chip for vehicle tracking will be installed on cars when they are registered. Compliance will initially be voluntary but will be made mandatory for new vehicles in January 2019, the people said.
Authorities have described the plan as a means to improve public security and to help ease worsening traffic congestion, documents show, a major concern in many Chinese cities partly because it contributes to air pollution. But such a system, implemented in the world’s biggest automotive market, with sales of nearly 30 million vehicle a year … more
If you were to have suggested 10 years ago that data-mining operations like Facebook and Google were actively “listening” to everything people do online, including what we all say around our smartphones, many “normies” would have called you a crazy conspiracy theorist. But in 2018, even the left-wing mainstream media now openly admits that online spying is taking place constantly.
VICE writer Sam Nichols recently conducted an experiment showing this to be true. After casually noticing that some of the things he’d talked about with friends over his smartphone were suddenly showing up as advertising in his Facebook and Instagram apps, he decided to calculatedly speak certain phrases over and over again to see if those things showed up, too. And the scary thing is that they did.
Twice a day for five days, Nichols made sure to talk about things like going back to university and needing to purchase affordable shirts for work. And sure enough, he began to notice advertising changes in his social media accounts almost immediately, suggesting that the Silicon Valley mafia is actively invading people’s privacy and spying on what they say and do in order to sell more advertising space… more
Facebook is once again at the helm of controversy and has been accused of spying on app users. A court case in California alleges that the social media giant used its apps to gather information about patrons and their friends — including reading their messages, tracking their location and even accessing photos on their phones. Former startup Six4three has been engaged in a veritable Pandora’s box of a case against Facebook for roughly two years.
And the latest revelations from Six4three’s lawsuit allege that Facebook has been engaging in mass surveillance of users for some time now. One court document reportedly states, “Facebook continued to explore and implement ways to track users’ location, to track and read their texts, to access and record their microphones on their phones, to track and monitor their usage of competitive apps on their phones, and to track and monitor their calls.”… more
A family in Portland, Ore., received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago.
“Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” a voice on the other line said. “You’re being hacked.”
Apparently, one of Amazon.com’s Alexa-powered Echo devices in their house had silently sent recordings to the caller without the family’s permission, according to KIRO 7, a news station covering Seattle and western Washington state that first reported the story. The person, an employee of the husband, was in the family’s contact list…. more
Good managers stay on top of their workers, ensuring they are productive but also connecting with them as people to foster employee satisfaction. However, in China, these sentiments go way too far as some companies are now using “emotional surveillance” systems to track workers’ emotions.
According to the South China Morning Post, a government-backed project uses hats that can scan the brainwaves of employees to look for signs of emotional distress. It entails embedding lightweight sensors into their helmets or hats and then wirelessly transmitting their brainwave data to computers. Artificial intelligence algorithms are then used to scan the data and single out any outliers that point to a worker feeling rage or anxiety – and it wouldn’t be surprising if they’re finding plenty of the latter… more
The Chinese police in Nanchang made news in mid April when the press reported the arrest at a concert of a man wanted for fraud. The story was significant because automatic facial recognition systems, linked through now 176 million cameras across the country (rising to 600 million by 2020), had picked the man out of a crowd of 60,000 concertgoers and allowed the police to pinpoint his location in real time.
The episode was promoted by the Chinese government as proof positive of the benefits of the Chinese surveillance state, but the notion that an authoritarian government uses automatic facial recognition to track its citizens everywhere has sent shivers down the spine of anyone concerned about privacy and who may not have full faith in the benevolence of the Chinese government.
Facial recognition holds the promise of an incredible leap forward in law enforcement but backwards in individual rights. No longer will oppressive governments need to employ human watchers to monitor video footage… more
This is preparing for the one world order and every country will be this way. Right now America has the ability to do exactly what China is doing. Keep that in mind as you allow this technology into your home and life. There is a purpose behind it and they are selling it as a high class need but actually this is a want not a need. They have a purpose and the ones who are buying it have a purpose as well. This is not something we need or want!!
NEW DELHI — Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.
Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell’s Big Brother brought to life. To the government, it’s more like “big brother,” a term of endearment used by many Indians to address a stranger when asking for help.
For other countries, the technology could provide a model for how to track their residents. And for India’s top court, the ID system presents unique legal issues that will define what the constitutional right to privacy means in the digital age…. more