KRISTI KIRK (PatriotsandPaulies.wordpress.com) – Do the TrapWire and Facebook facial recognition scandals leave you feeling uneasy? Want to KEEP YOUR FACE from being DATABASED? Simply wearing a hat, sunglasses or even a mask does little to prevent facial recognition by today’s sophisticated video surveillance systems and security cameras utilizing facial recognition software. Fortunately however, for those who value privacy, there are still a few tricks that may keep your face from ending up in a government, marketing or law enforcement database. Watch this video release from ANONYMOUS. The secrets it reveals about fooling facial recognition cameras and video surveillance systems are so good, we had to share it!
Facebook terminates face recognition tool in Europe, while depleting privacy in the US (RT.com) – US social media giant Facebook is deleting facial recognition data collected from European users and plans to terminate the feature there soon. Meanwhile, the software is gaining traction in the US, attracting apps that now recognize faces in public.
When users “tag” a friend in a photo uploaded to Facebook, the service stores and remembers facial features that identify that unique individual. Facebook is then able to suggest “tags” on newly uploaded photos to match pictures with names. Since 2011, the Ireland-based Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has led an investigation into Facebook to see if the social media giant complied with European privacy laws. Continue reading
How privacy-conscious consumers are fooling, hacking smart meters
The recent roll out of smart meters has brought about mixed reactions from consumers.
On one hand, there are activist groups broadcasting the health and privacy concerns that smart meters may potentially have. On the other, the utility companies are championing the advantages of smart meters in the face of a $3.4 billion fund stimulus given by the government for smart grid technologies. (It sure is nice of them to be advocating energy savings while they line their pockets with all that money from the government.)
Def Con: NSA Boss Asks Hackers to Join the Dark Side
Damon Poeter (PCMAG.COM) – Help me help you or help me hurt you? National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander’s first-ever direct appeal to hackers to assist with national security was greeted with polite applause at the DefCon conference in Las Vegas on Friday but afterwards, it was a different story.
“The people who would say we are doing that should know better. That is absolute nonsense,” Alexander said, referring to former NSA employees who have told the media that the agency does just that.