Posts tagged “Surveillance”

Motorists face travel tax and 'Big Brother' microchip law enforcement

Police and transport officials in New Zealand are looking at “spy-chips”, which automatically report speeding, illegal parking, and vehicles that are unregistered or without a warrant of fitness certificate. Officials are watching the development of an electronic vehicle identification (EVI) programme in Europe before deciding if it can be applied in New Zealand. The scheme… Read more »

RFID Gussied Up With Biosensors

Still stinging from failed attempts to introduce radio tags to consumers, retailers and their suppliers are now adding features to the technology to make it appear essential to the safety of the nation’s food supply. From Wired

Surveillance law under attack

The federal government’s plan to usher Canada’s surveillance law into the computer age is getting a thumbs down from everybody but the police. Privacy advocates, business groups and private citizens all say the federal government must do a better job explaining its plans to review the country’s lawful access law. From Globe and Mail

U.S. Backs Florida's New Counterterrorism Database

While the Bush administration’s efforts at implementing TIA have been stymied in Congress, it seems that brother Jeb Bush is going ahead with a similar program in Florida. Police in Florida are creating a counterterrorism database designed to give law enforcement agencies around the country a powerful new tool to analyze billions of records about… Read more »

Senate disconnects computer dragnet funds

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to cut off funding for a widely criticized computer-surveillance program that would comb travel records, credit-card bills and other private records to sniff out suspected terrorists. The Bush administration urged the Senate to preserve funding for the program in a statement released Monday. From ZD Net

Implantable human tracking chip launched

Borrowing from technology for tracking pets, a U.S. company on Thursday launched Mexican sales of microchips that can be implanted under a person’s skin and used to confirm health history and identity. The microchips, already available in the United States, could tap into a growing industry surrounding Mexico’s criminal concerns. From CNN

Beyond the Wall

Wired takes a look at the panoply of high-tech devices deployed by the US Border Patrol along the US-Mexican border in order to enforce the brutal measures of Operation Gatekeeper (which has claimed the lives of over 2,000 migrants since it was initiated in 1994). From Wired

Pentagon Alters LifeLog Project

Monday is the deadline for researchers to submit bids to build the Pentagon’s so-called LifeLog project, an experiment to create an all-encompassing über-diary. Lifelog is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s effort to gather every conceivable element of a person’s life, dump it all into a database, and spin the information into narrative threads that… Read more »

New Kind of Snooping Arrives at the Office

Employers have stepped up their surveillance of employees, often using stealth techniques to peer deep into their computer use. As of 2001, more than a third of all American workers with access to computers, or 14 million in all, were being monitored in one way or another, according to the Privacy Foundation, a Denver research… Read more »