Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

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While you’re enjoying this video of a drunk British man, think about the fact that cameras are so ubiquitous in The United Kingdom that this is an every day occurrence. The cameras can easily watch anyone where ever they go.

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And then´╗┐ they passed the Patriot Act, and this became real. Replace this young, white male with anyone of Middle Eastern descent and watch how many people start to agree with what the librarian and the mystery men. You can also replace library with search engine.


Everyone complains about the tax man. We all know it’s all talk. No one is willing to go up against the tax man. Of course, certain comments made anywhere can get you followed today.


Replace these nice Christian folks with any other religion and suddenly, people find it acceptable to discriminate and force these folks to hide their beliefs. Those that don’t risk a backlash like the ground zero mosque.

These ads were meant to inform Americans to cherish their well fought for ideals and instill nationalism. Instead, Americans willingly fell prey to their own irrational fears and have allowed America to become like those depicted in the ads.

Remember, everyone is a terrorist or a government spy now.

We should, instead, return to the truths in the video below, repeal the Patriot Act and get rid of the general fear mongering spell this country seems to be under.

via reddit.

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Japanese researchers are testing new television set in which the TV will be able to watch you and detect future shows and advertisements that you might want to see.

TAN (user technology assisted navigation) TV viewing interface as it is called, has a camera mounted on the TV which photographs the viewer and estimates the viewer’s degrees of interest, concentration, etc from circumstances such as who is watching the TV with how much interest. The information is processed by a tablet PC and recommended information is shown to the viewer, it is possible to show individual interests as well in case there are multiple viewers.

The viewer’s interest is determined by observing his face, facial expression and motion.

Maybe in the near future television will have a front facing camera and actually identify individual viewers by their faces and serve advertisements and give recommendation accordingly.

Maybe in the near future I won’t have a telescreen at all.

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Many people protested that the TSA should force themselves into soft spots. They are unnecessary, but since the US has killed Osama bin Laden, it’s being used as an excuse to scare people. The claim is that since bin Laden is dead, there will be more attacks on the US in smaller targets. It’s ridiculous, but, if the government hammers this message to the people long enough, they’ll start to believe it.

The media need to stop comparing these types of things to how things are done in Israel. The security procedures in Israel do not scale to a country the size of America. Israel is also under a real, constant threat of attacks. These attacks happen every day in Israel. They do not happen in America. In reality, we should be more afraid of what our government is doing to our country rather than any terrorist. You may not see it, but the next step is going to be an unofficial forcing of carrying your identity papers with you to go buy groceries. After all, you don’t want the police to think you’re a terrorist do you?

Shame on CBS for putting this blatant propaganda piece out onto the airwaves. We do not need Israeli-style checkpoints at our malls, grocery stores, or bus and train stations. We will not report on our neighbors. We will not willingly accept a police state. We will, however, continue fighting to keep the few remaining rights that we have left.

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Do Not Track is a difficult message for many to understand. ABC News has done a great bit of research into the matter in this surprisingly accurate coverage of the topic.

When you visit a typical commercial website, that website is far from the only one that knows what you have been doing on that site: third-party companies typically contract with websites for permission to track your behavior across many, many sites. Some websites, such as dictionary.com, contract with hundreds of these data collectors (many of whom are advertising networks or are associated with advertising networks).

The information gleaned from your online wanderings is valuable and can be sold to data aggregators who will update your digital dossier or to companies in the advertising industry that will use it to target ads at you. In other words, what happens on dictionary.com — and most popular websites — does not stay on dictionary.com.

Many responsible individual advertising networks allow consumers to opt out of this third-party data collection. But consumers cannot be reasonably expected to hunt down every ad network out there and tell them, one at a time, “Do not track me!”

Each of the major browser makers — Google, Microsoft and Mozilla — is taking a different approach to Do Not Track technology. But Do Not Track is under attack from some who prefer the current balance of power between consumers and trackers to remain tilted in favor of the trackers.

While this is a good start, it is very important that a standard for Do Not Track be formed that everyone can follow. Once too many people have their own versions, it will be difficult, if not impossible to comply with the different versions.

If you’d like to read the excellent analysis from ABC News, please take the time to read their entire article and familiarize yourself with the situation. It’s important for everyone to know who is tracking them and how much they are being tracked.

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