CCTV Cameras

GCHQ, NSA Collected Webcam Images from 1.8 Million Yahoo Users

Under a program code-named “Optic Nerve,” the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), working in coordination with the American National Security Agency (NSA), has been collecting webcam images in bulk and saving them to agency databases. According to documents obtained by the Guardian (“Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ”), GCHQ targeted 1.8 million webcam… [Continue Reading]

Tesco’s plan to tailor adverts via facial recognition stokes privacy fears

Tesco is set to install hi-tech screens that scan customers’ faces in petrol stations so that advertisements can be tailored to suit them, it has been reported. The retailer will introduce the OptimEyes screen, developed by Lord Sugar’s Amscreen, to all 450 of its UK petrol stations, in a five-year deal, according to The Grocer…. [Continue Reading]

Nigel Farage Does Not Use Oyster Travel Card So Authorities Cannot Track His Movements

For a man who spends much of his life willingly being followed by cameras, Nigel Farage has a rather irrational fear – people tracking where he is going. The Ukip leader has revealed he refuses to buy an Oyster card and purchases a regular day ticket instead, for fear of his movements being tracked. Privacy… [Continue Reading]

UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

The UK’s electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world’s biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America’s top spy agency, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The documents show that GCHQ, based in Cheltenham, has had access to the system since at least June… [Continue Reading]

CCTV creating ‘Orwellian’ society

Another senior police officer joined the growing clamour against the proliferation of CCTV cameras around the country. Ian Redhead, the deputy chief constable of Hampshire, said Britain risked moving toward an “Orwellian” society. While also calling for a review of speed cameras and the policy to retain DNA, he questioned the need on BBC1’s The… [Continue Reading]

The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology

A software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself and his girlfriend to buy – with his credit card information already linked to it. He noted that he had never entered his name… [Continue Reading]