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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby pcslim » Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:07 am

Karma Police: All you do online illegally tracked by UK spy agency
It's hard to say whether the UK or the USA are worse when it comes to surveillance, but the amount of money spent on such activities is astronomical. Pass laws against intrusive surveillance and save millions, in not billions, in the process!
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby mrfish » Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:57 pm

pcslim: There's no doubt that the bill for all that surveillance and for all the analysis of the collected data must be huge, but I think that nations are in some kind of a surveillance arms race and are fearful that if they let other countries get ahead of them that it could be trouble. It's hard to say if there's any real value to all that data, but the mere possibility that it might be important is enough to compel paranoid politicians to expand such programs.
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby mrgreen » Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:32 pm

GCHQ's Karma Police: Tracking And Profiling Every Web User, Every Website
The UK might be the country with the most thorough online surveillance, although the USA probably isn't far behind and when you combine the power of corporations and the government in the USA and the way they share data, it probably is the case that the USA still tops the UK as far as surveillance goes.
In 2010, GCHQ noted that what amounted to "25 percent of all Internet traffic" was transiting the U.K. through some 1,600 different cables. The agency said that it could "survey the majority of the 1,600" and "select the most valuable to switch into our processing systems."

The GCHQ seems to have a sense of humor:
MEMORY HOLE, which logs queries entered into search engines and associates each search with an IP address
Props for the ironic 1984 reference, GCHQ.

Or maybe not:
It's not ironic if they consider the book a manual instead of a warning.

LINK: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150927/02130732376/gchqs-karma-police-tracking-profiling-every-web-user-every-website.shtml
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby desertrat » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:43 am

While it's true that you can never have too much intelligence, it is true that you can have too much data. Judicious use of technology can be of value, but just doing something because you can is a huge waste of resources.
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby cactuspete » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:52 am

Inaudible sound waking your devices to track you
This is interesting. This is one of the reasons I wipe out cookies and use private mode whenever possible.
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby desertrat » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:17 am

France is talking about banning TOR and public WIFI in reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris not long ago. Obama gave a crappy little speech Sunday evening in response to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino and hinted at using technology to track terrorists. Something tells me that we're in for an increase in surveillance and a restriction of internet freedoms like we've never seen before.
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby a2z » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:06 pm

Clueless Press Being Played To Suggest Encryption Played A Role In San Bernardino Attacks
The article is awesome, but even better is this satirical comment. This is just the beginning. It gets even better.
Feds Challenged by Private Conversations of San Bernardino Attackers

Across the nation government and police forces are warning the public that they may not be safe, citing a dangerous emerging new trend in criminal activity: Private, in-person communications.

"It makes it extremely difficult to gather useful intel," one anonymous government official explained. "These people, these criminals, have taken to having in-person, private conversations, away from any form of recording device, making it all but impossible for us to gather intelligence as to their actions and plans."

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151213/07391233061/clueless-press-being-played-to-suggest-encryption-played-role-san-bernardino-attacks.shtml
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby dilbert » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:41 am

A2Z: Brilliant satire and it's right on the mark as for the point made. That guy should win some kind of an award for that comment. In fact, if there was an Academy Awards for comments made on the internet, that would be up for nomination and quite likely to win. Pure inspiration.
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby pcslim » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:09 am

Assange: Game for privacy is lost, mass surveillance is here to stay
Basically, Assange is saying that the cost of mass surveillance is dropping so fast, that it's becoming easier and easier for governments to engage in it.
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Re: Surveillance Nation

Postby BoraxBill » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:31 am

Colleges Mandate Sexual Confessions
I like this report, but at the end there's a pitch for Prison Planet TV. It's like some kind of cult.
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