US intelligence wants to monitor your behaviour in real-time

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A new initiative from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to analyse video feeds in real-time in order to spot behaviour which could be deemed as suspicious. The project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (DIVA) and it will be a joint effort between academics, the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Everyone hates the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

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First it was privacy activists, then a range of technology companies, and now even the defence industry is laying out reasons why the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is a terrible idea. 

In a submission to a parliamentary scrutiny committee overseeing the draft investigatory powers bill, a coalition formed of players from the British aerospace, defence, security...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Telecoms services take the brunt of Boko Haram

Boko Haram, a terrorist group in allegiance with ISIL, has been giving Nigerian security agencies trouble since it was founded back in 2002. The group's attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, and it's thought Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of 17,000 people since 2009 alone. 

The recently-appointed president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered security agencies operating in the region to eradicate insurgency within three months. As part of this move, telecommunication companies...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Government, Mobile, Operators, Regulation, Surveillance.

NSA and GCHQ have access to your phone, and are making it legal

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Personnel from the US and UK spy agencies, NSA and GCHQ, are able to access devices around the globe after hacking into the benificial internal computer network of the world's largest manufacturer of SIM cards.

In documents released by Edward Snowden, the controversial whistleblower details a hack perpetrated by a joint unit of operatives from both agencies into Gemalto. The firm, based in the Netherlands,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Mobile, Privacy, Surveillance.

Court rules GCHQ's surveillance breached human rights

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled on Friday that GCHQ's use of mass surveillance data intercepted by the National Security Agency in the US breached human rights. Groups who advocate human rights believe that the intelligence-sharing between the two controversial government bodies was illegal for at least seven years.

PRISM, the primary interception program used by the NSA, was...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

Opinion: Reactionary surveillance will boost extremist groups

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After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, much of the world rallied around the magazine's right to free speech; even if they didn't necessarily agree with its content. In such a tragedy, it was a heart-warming response which united people of all background rather than divide. Unfortunately, that unification is now in danger thanks to proposed surveillance efforts.

Radical groups are often formed...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Surveillance.

Opinion: Digital privacy is becoming extinct

Recent high-profile events are being used to bring back discussion about how our data is protected, and how much government bodies should have access to. Some cybersecurity experts even claim that evidence points towards some of the alleged attacks - such as the vandalism of the CENTCOM Twitter account - as being "inside jobs" designed to push surveillance legislation.

The law requires new cars to contain a black box which records all data about movements and faults

In the UK,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Google wants 2015 to be the year of surveillance reform

Surveillance needs a reform, few will argue against that. Even companies which make their bucks from watching users such as Facebook are calling for new measures to protect citizens from mass surveillance programs – such as those leaked by Edward Snowden earlier in the year.

Google is among the most vocal in pushing for government surveillance reform, and has updated their "Take Action" hub to feature a petition which individuals can sign to "help...

By Ryan Daws, 19 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

The IoT-based future of policing

We all know the Internet of Things is going to have a substantial impact on public services and how they are delivered - although not always for the better. The Internet of Things will allow for greater efficiency and reduced expense, but potentially at the cost of jobs, privacy, and security.

Earlier this week, President Obama proposed $263 million to improve law enforcement after all the protests coming out of places like Ferguson regarding police brutality....

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Public Services, Regulation, Surveillance.

Surveillance is not a human rights violation, UK tribunal rules

Just days after we reported the NSA has access to 70% of the world's cellphone networks through monitoring high-value communications and exploiting network weaknesses; the UK has announced the results of a tribunal investigation into whether mass surveillance on citizens is an infringement on human rights.

Rights groups including 'Privacy International' and 'Bytes for All' took their case to...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.