” Technology now in use by the New York Police Department may be picking up stray conversations.
Three hundred ShotSpotter microphones are being placed in high crime areas of the Bronx and Brooklyn, with the aim of alerting police immediately when they overhear the sound of gunshots.
However, the devices pick up more that just the bang of shots being fired in potential crimes, and evidence from conversations they’ve listened in on has been used in court.”
We find the raven emblematic of the death of our privacy
” Audio recordings from ShotSpotter have been used to corroborate testimony that led to convictions in a 2011 Massachusetts murder where a voice was heard shouting ‘No Jason, no Jason!’ before shots were fired.
NYPD officials and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a pilot program for the microphones earlier this week.
Sensors in seven districts of the Bronx have already begun working, and the devices will be turned on in ten districts of Brooklyn on Monday, according to the New York Times. “
ShotSpotter amounts to “Big Brother” listening posts throughout the public streets , and despite assurances to the contrary raise legitimate privacy concerns:
” The restrictions on triggering events have not stopped some privacy advocates from saying that evidence procured by the ShotSpotters may violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
‘ If [ShotSpotter] is recording voices out in public, it needs to be shut down,’ the ACLU’s Jay Stanley told Take Part.
He said his organization is ‘always concerned about secondary uses of technology that is sold to us for some unobjectionable purpose and is then used for other purposes.’ “
One thing that has become readily apparent in recent years is that if there is a way to abuse and/or misuse technological advances , the State will find a way … Read more on the huge potential for civil rights abuses represented by State ears recording on public streets here .
If public eavesdropping becomes socially acceptable , in the name of “public safety” of course , then it follows that the next step , also for “the public good” , will be something along the lines of what the head of Scotland Yard recently proposed … surveillance cameras in our homes .
” Homeowners should consider fitting CCTV to trap burglars, the country’s most senior police officer declared yesterday.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said police forces needed more crime scene footage to match against their 12million images of suspects and offenders.
And he called on families and businesses to install cameras at eye level – to exploit advances in facial recognition technology.
But privacy campaigners condemned the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s suggestion.
‘ The proposals on increasing the amount of privately owned CCTV cameras are quite frankly Orwellian and risk turning members of the public into an extension of the police,’ said Renate Samson of Big Brother Watch.
‘ Private CCTV is completely unregulated. Recommending greater use of CCTV to gather more images of people’s faces – often innocent people’s faces – undermines the security of each and every one of us.’
She pointed out that a House of Commons committee had on Saturday released a report on the problems with facial recognition.”
Thus Britain nears the endgame of civilian disarmament and total dependence on the State … Read the rest .
Privacy And Our Millionth View
Greetings readers , it is with some measure of both pride and pleasure that we here at YouViewed announce that sometime within the next two weeks or so , assuming viewership rates remain somewhat stable , we will be receiving our one millionth view .
That being said , we have a question for our fellow WordPress bloggers . Do any of you know how we could identify who provides us with that notable milestone ? As time draws nearer the editors will be able to narrow the time of the event down to the individual day but is there a way to track individual readers and the timing of their visits ?
As I write this it dawns on me that the whole concept of tracking individual readers , visiting times and their views is completely antithetical to what we here at YouViewed stand for and gives me pause . Forgive us for considering the notion of tracking our readers . It was an ill-conceived notion .
In light of the privacy conundrums that have only now become self-evident to us we would still very much like to be able to share our celebration of our millionth view with the reader responsible for that view , whether publicly or privately . If any readers have any ideas on how or if it is possible to identify the millionth viewer we would greatly appreciate the tip . Thank you , editor
Update: We reached our millionth view on Wednesday night without a hint of who that viewer was so the privacy issue is moot . What isn’t moot though is this blogger’s desire to find a job so if any of you know of some work available for a blogger with some editing and social media skills please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks
” Towing companies are a necessary evil when it comes to parking enforcement and property repossession. But in the Google Earth we now inhabit, tow trucks do more than just yank cars out of loading zones. They use license-plate readers (LPRs) to assemble a detailed profile of where your car will be and when. That’s an unnecessary evil.
Plate readers have long been a tool of law enforcement, and police officers swear by them for tracking stolen cars and apprehending dangerous criminals. But private companies, such as repo crews, also photograph millions of plates a day, with scanners mounted on tow trucks and even on purpose-built camera cars whose sole mission is to drive around and collect plate scans. Each scan is GPS-tagged and stamped with the date and time, feeding a massive data trove to any law-enforcement agency—or government-approved private industry—willing to pay for it.
You’ve probably been tagged at the office, at a mall, or even in your own driveway. And the companies that sell specialized monitoring software that assembles all these sightings into a reliable profile stand to profit hugely. Brian Hauss, a legal fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says: “The whole point is so you can figure out somebody’s long-term location. Unless there are limits on how those transactions can be processed, I think it’s just a matter of time until there are significant privacy violations, if they haven’t already occurred.”
(How Is This Even Legal? License-plate-reader companies don’t have access to DMV registrations, so while they can track your car, they don’t know it’s yours. That information is guarded by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994, which keeps your name, address, and driving history from public view. Mostly. There are plenty of exceptions, including for insurance companies and private investigators. LPR companies say only two groups can use its software to find the person behind the plate: law-enforcement agencies and repossession companies. In addition, the encrypted databases keep a log of each plate search and allow the ability to restrict access.)
The companies that push plate readers enjoy unregulated autonomy in most states. Vigilant Solutions of California and its partner, Texas-based Digital Recognition Network, boast at least 2 billion license-plate scans since starting the country’s largest private license-plate database, the National Vehicle Location Service, in 2009.
In total, there are at least 3 billion license-plate photos in private databases. Since many are duplicates and never deleted, analytics can paint a vivid picture of any motorist. Predicting where and when someone will drive is relatively easy; software can sort how many times a car is spotted in a certain area and, when fed enough data, can generate a person’s driving history over time.”
Read the rest at Popular Mechanics
” Reports about agents using a Stingray on protesters to unconstitutionally monitor their phones are circulating widely, and now protesters have a way to fight back.
Earlier this week an anonymous leaked recording exposed the agents monitoring the protesters’ movements by tracking their phones. A Stingray mimics a cellular tower, letting agents pry into citizens’ cell phones and gather their data/location without a warrant.
Stingrays were supposed to be used for “terrorists,” but now they’re being used against us locally — which is unconstitutional.
And that’s where a new product called Tunnel enters the scene .
We’ve known that the NSA spies on us ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on them.
But have you ever wondered if it’s possible for somebody to spy back on them?
The NSA has a special way of protecting itself against such a possibility. And you’ve probably never heard of it.
To hide its own privacy, the NSA installs copper – yes, you read that correctly: copper – around the equipment in its buildings.
It turns out that copper has a unique conductive property that allows it to block surveillance, letting those who use it hide their activities from would-be spies.
The main NSA headquarters is described as ”a building covered with one-way dark glass, which is lined with copper shielding in order to prevent espionage by trapping in signals and sounds.”
The question becomes: if they can protect their own privacy with copper, why can’t we use this same technique to protect our privacy from them?
Well now we finally can.
Tunnel is a portable Faraday enclosure that uses a 100% authentic copper shielding system to surround your phone. When your phone is inside, it forms a topologically near-complete surface to prevent non-ionizing radiation from penetrating its boundaries, letting you avoid surveillance.
Thankfully, it’s not going to cost thousands of dollars, which has come as great news for protesters and other privacy advocates. “
Be sure to read the rest at Filming Cops and while you are there grab their coupon code that will give the first 100 purchasers 35% off of the already discounted holiday price . Order yours today , we did and got it for a mere $43 with shipping thanks to the Filming Cops coupon .