Why Some Nebraska Students Now Have to Give Their Fingerprints in the Lunch Line
Students at two schools in Nebraska no longer have to worry about losing their school lunch identification cards. All they need to pay for their lunch are their fingers.
Westside High School and Middle School introduced the new $55,000 biometric technology for the school lunch program Tuesday. Before that, students were issued ID cards that allowed them to pay for lunch but it sometimes took students a lot of time to get them out of their pockets while holding their lunch trays at the same time. In addition, they were often lost or left at home, Diane Zipay of Westside Nutrition Services said.
Phone Call Metadata Betrays Sensitive Info – Study
Identities of cannabis grower, woman seeking an abortion and MS sufferer inferred in study that confirms danger of widespread access to metadata
from: The Guardian
Warnings that phone call “metadata” can betray detailed information about your life has been confirmed by research at Stanford University. Researchers there successfully identified a cannabis cultivator, multiple sclerosis sufferer and a visitor to an abortion clinic using nothing more than the timing and destination of their phone calls.
Jonathan Mayer and Patrick Mutchler, the researchers behind the finding, used data gleaned from 546 volunteers to assess the extent to which information about who they had called and when revealed personally sensitive information.
Big Brother doesn’t need to know what was said, only who you’re talking to – Editor
Billed by organizers as “the largest rally yet to protest mass surveillance”, Stop Watching Us was sponsored by an unusually broad coalition of left- and right-wing groups, including everything from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Green Party, Color of Change and Daily Kos to the Libertarian Party, FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty. . . . Read Complete Report
Protesters rally in Washington against NSA surveillance
Published on Oct 26, 2013
Protesters critical of the US National Security Agency’s surveillance activity demonstrate in Washington DC on Saturday to demand a stop to government spying. The demonstration, which is expected to culminate with a march on the Capital, was organised by a diverse coalition called Stop Watching US. The NSA spying controversy has been growing amid revelations that the US monitored the phones of several world leaders, including German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Big Brother is watching. No kidding. And the warning is coming from none other than Google, which says government spies may be spying on you. Some believe the Google announcement may be related to the recent discovery of the data-mining virus named “Flame.” In a June 3 New York Times article, Andrew Kramer and Nicole Perlroth write.
“When Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Europe’s largest antivirus company, discovered the Flame virus that is afflicting computers in Iran and the Middle East, he recognized it as a technologically sophisticated virus that only a government could create. . . . Read Complete Report
Japanese researchers have created a hand-held gun (pictured above) that can jam the words of speakers who are more than 30 meters (100ft) away. The gun has two purposes, according to the researchers: At its most basic, this gun could be used in libraries and other quiet spaces to stop people from speaking — but its second application is a lot more chilling.
The researchers were looking for a way to stop “louder, stronger” voices from saying more than their fair share in conversation. The paper reads: “We have to establish and obey rules for proper turn-taking when speaking. However, some people tend to lengthen their turns or deliberately interrupt other people when it is their turn in order to establish their presence rather than achieve more fruitful discussions. Furthermore, some people tend to jeer at speakers to invalidate their speech.” In other words, this speech-jamming gun was built to enforce “proper” conversations. . . . read complete report
Location tracking has become a hot privacy issue. Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT) have all stepped into massive PR messes over the question. Now there’s a new entry: Amazon (AMZN).
A patent, made public last week, covers a system to not only track, through mobile devices (Kindle, anyone?), where individuals or aggregated users have been, but determine where they’re likely to go next to better target ads, coupons, or other messages that could appear on a mobile phone or on displays that individuals are likely to see on their routes. The system could also use someone’s identity to further tailor the marketing according to demographic information. . . . continue
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