Sep 292017
 September 29, 2017  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Adam Schwartz writes:

EFF sent California Gov. Jerry Brown a letter urging him to sign S.B. 31. This bill, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, would prevent state and local government in California from assisting the federal government in creating a registry based on religious belief, national origin, or ethnicity.

All too often, governments use databases against people, especially vulnerable minorities. Sometimes that is the point of a database. Other times governments create a database for a benevolent purpose, and later use it for a harmful purpose. For example, the U.S. Census Bureau collaborated with Japanese internment by sharing with military officials its supposedly confidential data about the names and addresses of Japanese Americans. EFF opposes such misuse of government databases.

Read more on EFF.

Sep 292017
 September 29, 2017  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Arjun Kharpal reports:

Apple received its highest ever number of U.S. government national security requests for data in the first half of the year, the company revealed Thursday.

The U.S. technology giant said it received between 13,250 and 13,499 requests affecting between 9,000 and 9,249 accounts, according to its transparency report. Apple is not allowed to disclose the specific numbers of requests received so has to do so in a range.

Read more on CNBC.

Sep 282017
 September 28, 2017  Posted by  Featured News

There are a lot – too many – sites where you can look up individuals’ information.

If you haven’t seen this one already, check out and see if you or your family members have personal information revealed there.

If you find yourself in their records and you want to get your information OUT of there, see:

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for these links.

Sep 282017
 September 28, 2017  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

I used to love just jumping in the car and heading out for an open road. At worst, I’d have to worry about radar traps. Nowadays, it’s smart billboards, license plate readers, and God knows what else.

Joe Cadillic writes:

Imagine driving down a highway and seeing a personalized billboard ad directed at you. Now imagine advertisers using billboards to send messages to your smartphone.

That’s the future of’ ‘advertised spying’ in America. (Yes, I made that term up.)

An article in McClatchy, warns that a new generation of “smart digital billboards will detect the make, model and year of oncoming vehicles and project ads tailored to the motorist.”

The article ominously warns, that smart billboards can guess a motorist’s home address, age, race and income level based on the vehicle they are driving. And also claims, advertisers will be able to send messages to a person’s smartphone as they pass by a smart billboard.

Read more on MassPrivateI.