"Once you've lost your privacy, you realize you've
lost an extremely valuable thing." ~ Billy Graham
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Your Next Car Will Have a Rearview Camera, Whether You Want One or Not The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is requiring vehicle manufacturers to include rearview camera systems in many vehicles starting in 2016 and expects full compliance by 2018. ... full story

2014 Best Email Encryption Software Reviews Need to protect your sensitive emails? TTR has reviewed the top email encryption software that protects important data from hackers and other threats. ... full story

Minnesota student was awarded a $70,000 settlement after her school district forced her to turn over passwords At some schools, 'Big Brother' is watching Last summer, the Glendale school district in suburban Los Angeles captured headlines with its decision to pay a tech firm $40,500 to monitor what middle and high school students post publicly on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. ... full story

31 per cent of schools did not consult parents before using the biometric technology Privacy concerns raised as more than one million pupils are fingerprinted in schools Figures show that four out of 10 secondary schools now use biometric technology as a means of identifying pupils - with nearly a third failing in their duty to seek parental consent before introducing the system. ... full story

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NSA tracks mobile phones around the world Almost five billion records a day are being gathered which allow intelligence officials to track individuals and map their relationships in ways previously unimaginable, the classified documents suggest. ... full story

A specter is haunting the modern world, the specter of crypto anarchy. The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto Interactions over networks will be untraceable, via extensive re-routing of encrypted packets and tamper-proof boxes which implement cryptographic protocols with nearly perfect assurance against any tampering. ... full story

phone and internet records of potentially millions of innocent Britons Documents show Blair government let US spy on Britons Both US and UK officials have previously denied the signatories to the 1946 agreement spy on each other's citizens. But earlier Snowden revelations showed how, by targeting each other's citizens, Britain and the USA could get around legal strictures on targeting their own. ... full story

Exclusive: Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable. ... full story

firms selling spy surveillance systems around world, documents show Private companies are selling devices which tap information from fibre-optic cables carrying internet traffic. Private firms are selling spying tools and mass surveillance technologies to developing countries with promises that "off the shelf" equipment will allow them to snoop on millions of emails, text messages and phone calls, according to a cache of documents published on Monday. ... full story

Privacy experts worry the meetings could put Canadians' privacy at risk.
Canada's Spies, Police, and Border Agents Are Quietly Coordinating on Biometrics
For over a year, Canadian military, intelligence, police, and border agencies have been meeting to develop and coordinate their biometric capabilities, which use biological markers like facial recognition and iris scanning to identify individuals. ... full story

government pushes and prosecutes America's top reporters, journalists
How Journalists Are Arming Themselves to Safely Report Post-Snowden
With the help of the National Press Club, Oswald recently organized a tutorial for journalists on ways to keep communication private, and she was one of the many professional journalists who gathered Friday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to learn more about safe computing from some of the legends of national security reporting. ... full story

(Video) Company's new privacy policy causes consternation
Samsung 'Smart TV' Records Personal Conversations & Sends to Third Parties
Samsung's new global privacy policy for its line of Smart TVs states that a user's personal conversations will be recorded by the device's microphone and transmitted to third parties. ... full story

Get ready for that smartphone to know your true feelings.
What happens when your friend's smartphone can tell that you're lying?
If you can simply run a person's image and voice through an app to determine their emotions and veracity, we will have to adjust as a society. Many of our daily interactions are built on small lies. ... full story

The head of the FBI is upset.
Three Reasons Apple's New Encryption Technology is a Good Idea (Even if the FBI Hates It)
In James B. Comey's ideal world, FBI agents would be able to access everything on a person's smartphone as long as a judge had issued a lawful warrant. But technology companies are now selling devices that encrypt the user's data. There is no "backdoor" access. Only the user can decode its contents. ... full story

company says forcing it to remove such data is censorship
Europe's top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet
People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from it's Internet search results, Europe's top court said on Tuesday. ... full story

Robocop will Start Patrolling Streets this Year
Surveillance States of America:
It sounds like a bad sci-fi movie or an Orwellian Novel about a government gone mad with power; unfortunately, it could be our very near future: Robocops and drones keeping tabs on everyone. ... full story

payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested
What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification?
Biometric security systems are being promoted as "cool" and "cutting edge", but there is also potentially a very dark side to them that should not be ignored. ... full story

Are you ready to pay with your veins?
The Future of money
Schlegel says that a new payment system is already undergoing a test in Sweden. It's called Quixter. It allows a user to place their hand over a reader that identifies the patron via their unique vein patterns. ... full story

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