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    Surveillance by Driverless Car / Schneier · Thursday, 12 May - 18:44

San Francisco police are using autonomous vehicles as mobile surveillance cameras.

Privacy advocates say the revelation that police are actively using AV footage is cause for alarm.

“This is very concerning,” Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) senior staff attorney Adam Schwartz told Motherboard. He said cars in general are troves of personal consumer data, but autonomous vehicles will have even more of that data from capturing the details of the world around them. “So when we see any police department identify AVs as a new source of evidence, that’s very concerning.”

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    ICE Is a Domestic Surveillance Agency / Schneier · Wednesday, 11 May - 14:24 · 1 minute

Georgetown has a new report on the highly secretive bulk surveillance activities of ICE in the US:

When you think about government surveillance in the United States, you likely think of the National Security Agency or the FBI. You might even think of a powerful police agency, such as the New York Police Department. But unless you or someone you love has been targeted for deportation, you probably don’t immediately think of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This report argues that you should. Our two-year investigation, including hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests and a comprehensive review of ICE’s contracting and procurement records, reveals that ICE now operates as a domestic surveillance agency. Since its founding in 2003, ICE has not only been building its own capacity to use surveillance to carry out deportations but has also played a key role in the federal government’s larger push to amass as much information as possible about all of our lives. By reaching into the digital records of state and local governments and buying databases with billions of data points from private companies, ICE has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time. In its efforts to arrest and deport, ICE has — without any judicial, legislative or public oversight — reached into datasets containing personal information about the vast majority of people living in the U.S., whose records can end up in the hands of immigration enforcement simply because they apply for driver’s licenses; drive on the roads; or sign up with their local utilities to get access to heat, water and electricity.

ICE has built its dragnet surveillance system by crossing legal and ethical lines, leveraging the trust that people place in state agencies and essential service providers, and exploiting the vulnerability of people who volunteer their information to reunite with their families. Despite the incredible scope and evident civil rights implications of ICE’s surveillance practices, the agency has managed to shroud those practices in near-total secrecy, evading enforcement of even the handful of laws and policies that could be invoked to impose limitations. Federal and state lawmakers, for the most part, have yet to confront this reality.

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    Le flicage des salariés en télétravail, 3e motif de plainte auprès de la Cnil / HuffingtonPost · Wednesday, 11 May - 09:16 · 2 minutes

La surveillance des salariés (notamment en télétravail), 3e motif de plainte auprès de la Cnil La surveillance des salariés (notamment en télétravail), 3e motif de plainte auprès de la Cnil

TRAVAIL - Le développement du télétravail s’accompagne-t-il d’une surveillance accrue des salariés? Dans son dernier rapport annuel, dévoilé par Franceinfo , la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (Cnil), met en garde les employeurs contre certaines dérives au sein des entreprises et à distance.

“Il s’agit pour nous de concilier le droit de l’employeur de contrôler l’activité de son salarié” et le droit à la vie privée de dernier, a indiqué la présidente de la Cnil Marie-Laure Denis, ce mercredi 11 mai sur Franceinfo . Pour cause, la surveillance des salariés -en télétravail et au sein de l’entreprise, via vidéosurveillance notamment- est “le troisième motif de plaintes” après les plaintes contre internet et les télécoms, et celles concernant les pratiques commerciales, sur les “14.000″ reçues chaque année par la Cnil, explique-t-elle.

Selon la Cnil , “83 % des plaintes reçues en 2021 relatives à la surveillance des salariés concernaient des dispositifs de vidéosurveillance au travail”. Marie-Laure Denis fait également état de cas “d’enregistreurs de frappe sur le clavier” pour surveiller l’activité des salariés à distance.

Dans son rapport , l’instance relève qu’une grande partie de ces plaintes “visent des entreprises de taille réduite qui ne disposent ni d’un service juridique ni du soutien d’un délégué à la protection des données”.

Les employeurs risquent des mises en demeure et des sanctions

“On ne peut pas tout faire et avoir une surveillance permanente des salariés”, explicite Marie-Laure Denis, qui rappelle qu’un employeur “ne peut pas [les] obliger à être en visioconférence ou à avoir une caméra allumée toute la journée”.

En parallèle, elle déclare que le salarié ne peut pas refuser d’allumer sa caméra dans certaines circonstances telles qu’“un entretien RH”, “un rendez-vous avec un client” ou encore “l’accueil de nouveaux salariés au sein de l’entreprise”, tout en demandant aux entreprises de donner la possibilité “de flouter” l’arrière-plan.

En février, la CNIL assurait qu’il était “aujourd’hui nécessaire de vérifier sur le terrain la conformité des pratiques des employeurs”. En cas de non-respect de la loi et du règlement général sur la protection des données (RGPD), l’instance indique sur son site que les employeurs risquent des mises en demeure et des sanctions, qui peuvent être financières.

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    COVID cases are again on the rise globally as testing, health measures decline / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 16 March - 23:31 · 1 minute

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (L) and WHO Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove attend a daily press briefing on COVID-19 at the WHO headquarters on March 2, 2020, in Geneva.

Enlarge / World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (L) and WHO Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove attend a daily press briefing on COVID-19 at the WHO headquarters on March 2, 2020, in Geneva. (credit: Getty | Fabrice Coffrini )

After weeks of decline, the global tally of COVID-19 cases is now ticking back up. This uptick is raising concerns that we could see yet another surge amid relaxed health measures and the rise of the omicron subvariant BA.2, the most highly transmissible version of the virus identified to date.

According to the latest COVID-19 situation report by the World Health Organization, the global tally of new weekly cases increased 8 percent for the week ending on March 13, totaling over 11 million cases. Cases are increasing in the Western Pacific, European, and African regions. Korea, Vietnam, Germany, France, and the Netherlands reported the highest numbers of new cases.

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View more stories "These increases are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we are seeing are just the tip of the iceberg," Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing Wednesday.

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    Examen d’anglais à l’université: souriez, vous êtes fliqués! / Mediapart · Tuesday, 15 March - 17:01

De plus en plus d’étudiants sont priés, pour passer leur test d’anglais sur ordinateur, de filmer leur écran et même leur chambre, et de livrer des données personnelles à la société privée qui opère. Un procédé «intrusif» et «discriminant», dénoncent des étudiants.
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    Using Radar to Read Body Language / Schneier · Monday, 7 March - 21:07 · 1 minute

Yet another method of surveillance :

Radar can detect you moving closer to a computer and entering its personal space. This might mean the computer can then choose to perform certain actions, like booting up the screen without requiring you to press a button. This kind of interaction already exists in current Google Nest smart displays , though instead of radar, Google employs ultrasonic sound waves to measure a person’s distance from the device. When a Nest Hub notices you’re moving closer, it highlights current reminders, calendar events, or other important notifications.

Proximity alone isn’t enough. What if you just ended up walking past the machine and looking in a different direction? To solve this, Soli can capture greater subtleties in movements and gestures, such as body orientation, the pathway you might be taking, and the direction your head is facing — ­aided by machine learning algorithms that further refine the data. All this rich radar information helps it better guess if you are indeed about to start an interaction with the device, and what the type of engagement might be.


The ATAP team chose to use radar because it’s one of the more privacy-friendly methods of gathering rich spatial data. (It also has really low latency, works in the dark, and external factors like sound or temperature don’t affect it.) Unlike a camera, radar doesn’t capture and store distinguishable images of your body, your face, or other means of identification. “It’s more like an advanced motion sensor,” Giusti says. Soli has a detectable range of around 9 feet­ — less than most cameras­ — but multiple gadgets in your home with the Soli sensor could effectively blanket your space and create an effective mesh network for tracking your whereabouts in a home.

“Privacy-friendly” is a relative term.

These technologies are coming. They’re going to be an essential part of the Internet of Things.

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