World Russia Mass Surveillance Controversial new anti-terror laws have come into force in Russia, which will force telecoms companies to store all communications made by users for six months. Opponents of the new legislation warn it will give the Kremlin unprecedented scope to spy on its opponents and create an enormous data security risk. The new law came into force on Sunday, The Moscow Times reported, and forces mobile and internet companies to retain the text messages, phone conversations and chat activity of all customers for six months and metadata for three years. Companies will also be required to help the security services decode any encrypted messages. A man is pictured protesting against the intensification of surveillance and restrictions on the internet in Moscow on August 26, 2017. MAXIM ZMEYEV/AFP/Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 76 In Pictures: The 75 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 … [Read more...] about Russia Implements ‘Big Brother Laws’ Forcing Retention of All Calls, Text Messages, Chat Logs
George Orwell was right, at least as far as residents in metropolitan areas of the United Kingdom are concerned: Big Brother is watching.Surveillance cameras are seeking not only to spot terrorists but to see whether dog-walkers are properly picking up after their pets, reports Bloomberg.A London Times article notes that new digital roadside cameras are planned that will make it virtually impossible for speeding drivers to avoid the eagle eye of the law. (At present, wily motorists can exit between a two-camera system and avoid a ticket.)And Big Brother isn’t only watching; just as in Orwell’s famous future-predicting 1949 book, 1984, he’s also unexpectedly telling residents of Great Britain what to do, an earlier ABAJournal.com post notes. When unsuspecting pedestrians near a McDonald’s restaurant Gloucester drop trash, for instance, an authoritative voice may well startle them by booming out “Pick it up!”The country reportedly has the most … [Read more...] about Big Brother’s View Expands in UK
Big Brother isn’t just watching these days in much of Britain. He’s telling people what to do.“Pick it up!” an authoritative voice booms, for instance, when pedestrians near a McDonald’s restaurant in the town of Gloucester drop trash, reports the Los Angeles Times. Britain has the most extensive closed-circuit television monitoring system in the world, with an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras–one for every 15 residents. The average citizen is photographed approximately 300 times daily.Due to a history of terrorist attacks by the Irish Republican Army dating back decades, few question the need for surveillance. (Public acceptance also skyrocketed following a 1993 murder of a toddler by two 10-year-old boys, who were caught on CCTV leading the trusting two-year-old from a shopping center to his death.) “It got to a point where if you were opposing CCTV, you were in favor of child murder,” says Kirstie Ball, a surveillance expert at Open … [Read more...] about Big Brother in Britain: Going Too Far?
Privacy advocates, rev your engines: Microsoft is developing what a British newspaper describes as “Big Brother” software that will allow employers remotely to monitor their workers’ productivity, competence and physical well-being to a degree never before seen.Among other data, wireless sensors will provide employers with workers’ heart rates and stress level, and determine whether they are smiling or frowning, according to the London Times, which bases its article on a patent application filed by Microsoft. More details about how the software likely would function are provided in another London Times article.“Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and NASA astronauts,” the newspaper writes. “This is believed to be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces.”Civil liberties advocates, privacy lawyers and union representatives are … [Read more...] about New ‘Big Brother’ Software Will Monitor Workers’ Facial Expressions
With nearly 850 million Facebook users worldwide, it is safe to say that you and just about everyone you know probably has an account. Yet somehow, we've paradoxically become more private about our personal information. Sure, we're willing to share many of the details of our lives with a wider group of people than ever before, but we're also fiercely protective of who gets this kind of access. It's not only a question of setting ourselves up for identity theft by exposing sensitive information to cybercriminals, it's also a question of not letting just anyone peruse our vacation photos, discover who we're friends with and know what we did last weekend. Social media has gotten most of us in the habit of practicing a kind of private openness with our communication. Our profiles are like a big party, but with a really selective bouncer at the door who we hope is keeping the undesirables at bay.And as with all good parties, the boss is not at the top of the guest list. Nothing against him … [Read more...] about Keeping Big Brother at Bay Should employers be allowed to use your social media profile to influence hiring decisions?