Since September, ProPublica has been encouraging Facebook users to share the categories of interest that the site has assigned to them. Users showed us everything from “Pretending to Text in Awkward Situations” to “Breastfeeding in Public.” In total, we collected more than 52,000 unique attributes that Facebook has used to classify users. […] To find out exactly what type of data Facebook buys from brokers, we downloaded a list of 29,000 categories that the site provides to ad buyers. Nearly 600 of the categories were described as being provided by third-party data brokers. (Most categories were described as being generated by...
[UK] Undercover surveillance officers trailed Yew and waited for him to unlock his phone to make a call – thereby disabling the encryption. One officer then rushed in to seize the phone from Yew’s hand – just as would happen in a criminal mugging. As his colleagues restrained the suspect, the officer continually “swiped” through the phone’s screens to prevent it from locking before they had downloaded its data. UK Police Circumventing Cellphone Encryption By ‘Mugging’ Suspects While Their Phones Are Unlocked | Techdirt (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
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Der unter dem Kürzel W. K. firmierende kommissarische Leiter der Abteilung Technische Aufklärung (TA) beim Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) hat am Donnerstag im NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss eingestanden, dass es in der Behörde “organisatorische Defizite gab”. Eigene Suchmerkmale seien nur indirekt geprüft, Probleme in den Außenstellen wie Bad Aibling nicht nach oben kommuniziert worden, konstatierte der 51-Jährige. Dass an dem Horchposten 12 bis 13 Millionen Ziele der NSA in die Erfassungssysteme eingespielt wurden, habe er überhaupt nicht mitbekommen. BND-Abteilungsleiter: Freunde wegen “Sensibilitätsfehler” ausgespäht | heise online (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
CBP assists the FBI in its efforts to target travelers entering the country as potential informants, feeding the bureau passenger lists and pulling people aside for lengthy interrogations in order to gather intelligence from them on the FBI’s behalf, the documents show. In one briefing, CBP bills itself as the “GO TO agency in the Law Enforcement world when it comes to identifying individuals of either source or lead potential.” The Intercept: The FBI’s Secret Methods for Recruiting Informants at the Border (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
The AP, through records requests to state agencies and big-city police departments, found law enforcement officers and employees who misused databases were fired, suspended or resigned more than 325 times between 2013 and 2015. They received reprimands, counseling or lesser discipline in more than 250 instances, the review found. AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)
“Other players that possess the potential ability to limit piracy are the companies that own the major operating systems which control computers and mobile devices such as Apple, Google and Microsoft,” one of the main conclusions reads. “The producers of operating systems should be encouraged, or regulated, for example, to block downloads of copyright infringing material,” the report adds. Ernesto Van Der Sar on a report from the Black Market Watch and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)