Tag: Big Brother

Employee privacy in the US is at stake

Key Points Corporate interest in surveillance seems to be on the rise to boost productivity. A 2018 survey by Gartner found that 22% of organizations worldwide are using employee-movement data, 17% are monitoring work-computer-usage data, and 16% are using Microsoft Outlook- or calendar-usage data. Employees are concerned over this invasion of privacy. The emergence of […]

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent. When detectives in a Phoenix suburb arrested a warehouse worker in a murder investigation last December, they credited a new technique with breaking open the case after other leads […]

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules

The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU directive, which the 28 […]

Real ID-compliant licenses now in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Revenue on Monday began offering Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and non-driver identification, which will be required under federal law to board planes and enter some federally controlled buildings starting next year. Here are details about what that means in Missouri, one of the last states to comply with the law. WHAT […]

Web inventor urges users to seek ‘complete control’ of data

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on Monday slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and appealed for internet users to strive to maintain “complete control” of their data. Berners-Lee, credited with creating the web in 1989, is on a mission to save his invention from a range of problems increasingly dominating online life, including […]

The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports

“This is opening the door to an extraordinarily more intrusive and granular level of government control.” In March 2017, President Trump issued an executive order expediting the deployment of biometric verification of the identities of all travelers crossing US borders. That mandate stipulates facial recognition identification for “100 percent of all international passengers,” including American […]

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

FOR THOSE OF us who worry that Facebook may have serious boundary issues when it comes to the personal information of its users, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments at Harvard should get the heart racing. Zuckerberg dropped by the university last month ostensibly as part of a year of conversations with experts about the role of […]

Why your smartwatch and wearable devices are the next big privacy nightmare

Smartwatches and other wearables will be a must-have for personalised healthcare, but a privacy backlash could put an end to all that. As wearable devices like smartwatches become more popular with consumers, and remote monitoring of patients using these devices becomes a standard part of healthcare in the next few years, we will have to […]

Fight against ‘Big Brother’ surveillance toys gets serious

Privacy organization calls for ‘smart’ regs for ‘smart’ playtime Privacy organizations have been campaigning in the United States for several years for regulations to protect children from internet-connected “smart” toys such as dolls and games that enable the manufacturers to listen to their playtime. Now the effort is going global. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is urging the European […]

#FREEKNOWLES: Twitter Suspends Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles For Election Day Joke

Saturday night, the Daily Wire’s own Michael Knowles revealed on his Instagram that he’d been suspended by Twitter over a joke Tweet instructing Democrats to vote on November 7, the Wednesday after Election Day. Twitter, which has been loathe to remove threatening Tweets, and, according to reports, tolerated the man allegedly behind a nationwide bombing […]