Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic is understandably not adverse to reminding us all that he’s been warning us for years about some things.  And one of the things he has been most vocal about is the use of surveillance systems on public transportation.

Today, Joe reviews recent news headlines and then writes:

I am calling 2018: “The Rise of Spying Transit Police” because the facts are undeniable.

I have posted nine disturbing examples that will hopefully motivate commuters to take action before it’s too late.

  1. ) The Greater Richmond Transit Center begins installing bus stop surveillance cameras that spy on passengers 24/7.
  2. ) Public Transit Becomes Another Tool for Total Government Surveillance.
  3. ) Public Transit Agencies want to make safety records a state secret
  4. ) The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police uses full-body biometric scanners to watchlist commuters.
  5. ) BART secretly spied on commuters license plates and sent the information to ICE.
  6. ) Despite public opposition, BART moves forward on $20 million surveillance upgrades.
  7. ) The Chicago Transit Authority one of the most comprehensive transit surveillance camera networks in the U.S.”recently upgraded 32,000 surveillance cameras.
  8. ) MBTA Transit Police surveillance towers
  9. ) New Jersey wants to increase Transit Police funding to $242 million.

Americans used public transportation 10.1 billion times last year. Which means that the Border PatrolAmtrak, and Transit Police spied on billions of commuters.

The rise of spying transit police should serve as a wake-up call to everyone. Don’t let DHS turn public transit into TSA style pat-downs and searches.


Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Jadzia Pierce writes:

In August 2018, the Government of Australia unveiled a new proposed bill that would grant the county’s national security and law enforcement agencies additional powers when confronting encrypted communications and devices. The text of the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (the “Assistance and Access Bill” or the “Bill”) states that the purpose is “to secure critical assistance from the communications industry and enable law enforcement to effectively investigate serious crimes in the digital era.”

The Assistance and Access Bill, if enacted, could affect a wide range of service providers both in and outside of Australia.

Read more on Covington & Burling Inside Privacy.

Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Stilgherrian reports:

If only three percent of Australians are opting out of My Health Record, it would seem that privacy advocates have made little difference. Despite all the noise, so far the opt-out rate appears to be the same as in the UK and Austria.

Privacy advocates have, broadly speaking, failed to get their messages into the mainstream media, or their messages have failed to resonate with “ordinary Australians”, or if Australians have understood those messages they’ve failed to be persuasive. Or, obviously, a little from each column.

Read more on ZDNet.

Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Laws, U.S.

Cristiano M. Lima reports:

As the Senate Commerce panel prepares to bring in tech and telecom officials for a hearing next week on consumer privacy, Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) has suggested Congress should legislate. That would be welcome to many tech and telecom heavyweights wary of a patchwork of state privacy rules (like those recently passed in California) that could be more onerous to deal with than a single federal framework. Thune told Ashley this week, “We’re trying to take some of the best ideas out there” and “incorporate them into a legislative package.”

Read more on Politico.