The American Civil Liberties Union today told a committee of outside advisors on the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness surveillance system that the program should be shut down and said that recent alterations of the spy program’s public profile, such as changing its name to “Terrorism Information Awareness,” are little more than cosmetic.
The use of facial recognition solutions is rapidly gaining steam in the Defense Department, as evidenced by the recent award of two contracts to further develop the technology. From Federal Computer Week (FCW)
The U.S. government’s most secret class of Internet spying, telephone wiretaps and physical searches would become slightly less secret under legislation proposed this week reflecting lawmakers’ growing unease with the Justice Department’s use of expanded surveillance powers. From Security Focus
Next time you go out for a walk, don’t forget to smile for the camera. In these times of heightened security awareness and rapidly falling technology costs, it’s no longer just banks and grocery stores that are using hidden surveillance cameras — a growing number of Americans are installing them, as well as using secret… Read more »
In the 20 months since Sept. 11, 2001, little-known government and commercial databases that track the movements and backgrounds of everyday Americans have steadily ballooned. From the Wall Street Journal via Cryptome. There is also a good EFF critical review of the TIA’s report to Congress found here
To thwart terrorists, the Pentagon is developing a computer surveillance system that would give U.S. agents fingertip access to government and commercial records from around the world that could fill the Library of Congress more than 50 times. From the Globe and Mail
“If bicycles are being stolen from Elm Street between 1st and 3rd Avenues, E-lerts go out to residents of the affected blocks.” (I guess I won’t be sneaking out for a late-night smoke anymore…) From the Christian Science Monitor