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Old 07-27-2019, 08:16 PM   #1
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Merchants of Surveillance

Last Sunday's New York Times (it takes me all week to get through it) had a long article about the thriving private industry of merchandising surveillance software, not just on the Dark Web to bad actors, but to oppressive governments who use it to facilitate oppression.

It's too long to summarize, but here's an excerpt:

In the past year, there have been at least two high-profile reports that authoritarian states have used Western surveillance technology intended to track down criminals and terrorists to spy on journalists or political activists: The United Arab Emirates company DarkMatter allegedly spied on journalists (a claim the company denies); the Saudi government has been accused of using spyware made by the Israeli firm NSO Group to hack into the phone of a close associate of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi writer killed in his country’s consulate in Istanbul last October. And in the United States, security researchers are raising the alarm that cheaper versions of this technology are being used and abused by private consumers.
I commend it to your attention:
Old 07-28-2019, 02:35 AM   #2
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These topics are discussed since I have an Internet connection, so probably since long before that, i.e. [prior 1992] (Edit: maybe, but here I was referring to a job that caused me to have an Internet connection, later. Put in something like 1996, rather).

German low-enforcement- and security agencies acted unlawfully, then legally, when they used surveillance systems, provided by private enterprises that they were closely associated with; “close” like in cooperation but also physically. These systems were and are in wide use since, and had (always) been sold to countries that you frequently put into diversely labelled drawers (then take them out again, when shale-gas and oil sands are getting scarce).

What's new?

Or is it the summer slump...

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Old 07-28-2019, 06:34 AM   #3
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Nothing new. In this country, the tracking employed in shopping centres is almost as bad. Facial recognition on (so-called) "security" cameras, MAC address tracking for bluetooth, cell location for SIMs. You pause at a shop, you'll get a targetted SMS ad as you move on.

Every police car tracks every number plate it passes, not to mention red-light (intersection) cameras.
God forbid you have a social media account ... :shrug:


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