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Surveillance

This morning there is more news on the surveillance state:

Facial Scanning is Making Gains in Surveillance.

Although the system is not ready for use, researchers say they are making significant advances. That alarms privacy advocates, who say that now is the time for the government to establish oversight rules and limits on how it will someday be used.

They’re spending over $5.1M on this Facial Recognition Surveillance Program. But just yesterday a commenter on a Facebook post in my news feed trotted out the “if you have nothing to hide, who cares?” line.

Here’s a nifty graphic showing How the NSA Scours Internet Traffic in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration asks the Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches. Is it my imagination, or is ObamaLLC becoming increasingly brazen in its surveillance? They’re not even trying to hide it.

And it’s not just the NSA. Turns out the NRA (yes, the National Rifle Association) has been building a massive database of gun owners, all the while screaming about the possibility of a national gun registry.

The organization’s database includes personal information from people who have attended gun-safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors or gun shows. The NRA also collected gun permit information from state and county offices, as well as the names of gun magazine subscribers.

And as for involvement of the NSA’s internet “partners,” here is a disturbing commentary from the CEO of a company called Private WiFi.

What Google Knows

It doesn’t matter if you use ad-blocking or private browser features, Google still collects this data about you. Google stores all this information about you in giant databases so they can mine it, target ads with it, and run various algorithms with it.

…and share it with the NSA, presumably. Your Google Dashboard offers a simple view into the data associated with your Google Account if you have one, and most of us probably do. Might want to check it out!

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