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Privacy: US Customs stores contents of innocent travelers’ phones, computers for 15 years

Privacy: US Customs stores contents of innocent travelers’ phones, computers for 15 years

US Customs preserves data from phones, laptops, and tablets seized from international travelers. The data is held for up to 15 years and can be viewed by thousands of CBP employees. Source: US Customs stores duplicates of travelers’ phone and laptop contents — including medical records, photos, and calendar appointments — without much oversight, report says

Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

According to the Department of Justice (unnamed sources), the FB rummaged through everyone’s private messages and determined if they expressed anti-government ideas or questioned the 2020 election results, and if so, turned them over to the FBI. Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice. Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody…

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New York requires applicants to hand over their social media account IDs

New York requires applicants to hand over their social media account IDs

Many of recent mass shooters had posted items of concern on social media but none of them had concealed weapons permits. Thus, this would not have stopped any of the recent mass murders. As missed warning signs pile up in investigations of mass killings, New York state is rolling out a novel strategy to screen applicants for gun permits. People seeking to carry concealed handguns will be required to hand over their social media accounts for a review of their…

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Chinese researchers say they can use AI to measure party loyalty

Chinese researchers say they can use AI to measure party loyalty

Researchers in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui say they have developed a device that can determine loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) using facial scans. Source: Chinese researchers develop device they say can test loyalty of ruling party members — Radio Free Asia Says it uses facial recognition and emotion detection AI, combined with EEG and other metrics to determine one’s political party loyalty.

U.S users’ TikTok data apparently accessed by China-based staff

U.S users’ TikTok data apparently accessed by China-based staff

The danger is that the Chinese government could manipulate “the algorithm” that chooses what videos are seen, to emphasize messaging desired by the government, based on what TikTok thinks it knows about its users. Source: US TikTok User Data Has Been Repeatedly Accessed From China, Leaked Audio Shows