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  •  Tim Berners-Lee: 'Beware Big Brother' (14+ / 0-)

    SMH: 'Dynamite': web inventor warns about dangers of government snooping

    The founder of the world wide web founder has sounded a warning about the dangers posed by governments intent on increasing the level of monitoring and filtering of the online activity of its citizens.

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that while it was important to fight serious organised crime and for a state to defend itself against serious cyber attack, there were enormous negatives associated with excessive government oversight of digital activity.


    Under the data retention proposal, internet service providers and telecommunication operators would be required to capture the online data of all Australians and store it for up to two years.

    "That [stored] information is so dangerous, you have to think of it as dynamite,” he said.

    Instead of nabbing “serious criminals”, such a process would only snare people who have taken out too many library books, he said.


    “I have a worry about a government that is liable to take too much control; maybe to spy, maybe to block,” he said. “So beware of a government that has the ability to control what you see on the web.”

    •  It really is the storing that's the problem (2+ / 0-)
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      Magnifico, maggiejean

      It would be one thing if automated systems looked for people with outstanding warrants etc. and only flagged that information when they come across it. But no, they just keep all the data, sometimes forever. Short path to tyrannical tendencies there.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:41:56 PM PST

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    •  commercial teevee straight out of '1984' (2+ / 0-)
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      "Straight out of 1984, Samsung has unveiled a new series of televisions with integrated cameras and microphones, complete with facial and voice recognition software.

      Best of all, there appears to be no physical indication of the mic and camera's status, so consumers have no way of knowing when they're being monitored, or by whom... and if you don't find the idea of a TV that watches you creepy enough, apparently Samsung's Terms of Service include a clause allowing third-party apps to make use of the monitoring system, and use the data gathered for their own purposes. Nothing Orwellian about that..."

      Privacy concerns

      We began to wonder exactly what data Samsung collects from its new “eyes and ears” and how it and other companies intend use it, which raises the following questions:

      Can Samsung or Samsung-authorized companies watch you watching your Samsung TV?

      Do the televisions send a user ID or the TV’s serial number to the Samsung cloud whenever it has an Internet connection?

      Does Samsung cross reference a user ID or facial scan to your warranty registration information, such as name, address etc.?

      Can a person or company listen to you, at will, via the microphone and Internet connection?

      Does Samsung’s cloud store all this information? How secure is this extremely personal data?

      Can a hacker intercept this data or view you via the built in camera?

      Can a third-party app program do any of the above?
      Exactly what information does the TV send to Samsung or other parties?

      Does Samsung intend to sell data collected by its Smart TV owners, such as who, what and when one is viewing?

      daaaaaa they will sell the data ya betcha they will.....

      Researchers from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center have developed malicious software that can remotely seize control of the camera on an infected smartphone and employ it to spy on the phone's user.

      The malware, dubbed "PlaceRaider," "allows remote hackers to reconstruct rich, three-dimensional models of the smartphone owner's personal indoor spaces through completely opportunistic use of the camera," the researchers said in a study published last week.

      Behind Reagan the Right convinced white middle and working class men their interests lay with rich plutocrats, that the real victims in America were Ayn Rand’s supermen whose economic dynamism needed to be “unchained.” ~ Robert Parry

      by anyname on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:08:41 AM PST

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