Tax prep software like H&R Block has been sending personal information, in many cases, including your income and refund amounts – directly to Facebook and Google. Unbelievable.
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…
They do not seem to have intended to have revealed that but they just did.
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.
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
Experts say some hospitals’ use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information Source: Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites – The Markup
Government has used third-party services to track the locations of all smart phones in a given area. This is made possible by apps that collect location data (but may not make this clear to users) and sell it to data brokers. Data brokers, in turn, have then provided this information to the police and other government agencies, and the example here, gave it to public health authorities. Your smart phone is a literal 24×7 surveillance device to track you in real time.
I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…
Australian law gives government the authority to not only intercept but also to “add, copy or delete data” when investigating crimes. Thereby tampering with evidence, as well as scooping up (and potentially altering) data of third parties that are not the direct target.
According to the NY Times “Unfettered conversations” are taking place on a new cloud-based app. Is the NY Times suggesting all conversations should be monitored by the secret police or their proxies, the tech companies? This seems bizarre.