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Jul 14, 2019

Can I Check Web Sites Visited by my Kids/Staff?

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, policy, privacy, security, software, surveillance

Early this morning, I was asked this question at Quora. It’s a pretty basic request of network administrators, including parents, schools and anyone who administers a public, sensitive or legally exposed WiFi hot spot.

Is there a quick and easy way to view, log, or otherwise monitor the web sites visited by people on your home or office network?

Yes. It’s free and and it is pretty easy to do.

It gets a bit trickier, if the individual on your network is using a VPN service that they have configured on their device.[1] A VPN does not stop you from logging their browsing, but all of their activity will point to the VPN address instead of the site that they are actually visiting. In that case, there is another way to monitor their activity. See note #1, below.

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Jul 13, 2019

These LED smart lights are tracking your moves

Posted by in categories: privacy, security, transportation

While more people and places are switching to energy-saving LED light bulbs, a California company has found a way to turn them into smart networks that can collect and feed data. However, the new technological opportunities are also raising privacy concerns, reports CBS News’ Bill Whitaker.

For example, should you find yourself in terminal “B” at Newark airport, look up. Those aren’t just new lights. They’re smart lights — a sophisticated array of LED fixtures with built-in sensors and cameras connected over a wireless network. They monitor security and the flow of foot traffic.

“Newark’s primarily interested in energy saving,” said Hugh Martin, president of Sensity, the Silicon Valley company that developed the smart lights at Newark and also a parking garage in San Jose.

Jul 1, 2019

Novel sensor enables remote biometric-data acquisition

Posted by in categories: privacy, security

Biometrics is defined as the measurement of life signs. One of the main aims of current security research is to acquire biometric data of sufficient detail and reliability for verification or identification of individuals.


A newly developed electric-field sensing technology with unprecedented sensitivity and noise immunity can passively acquire physiological signals in an electrically noisy environment.

Robert Prance

Jun 23, 2019

The NSA Is Building An Artificial Intelligence System That Can Read Minds

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, privacy

Transistors are now the size of atoms.


Scary but real.

The NSA is working on a computer system that can predict what people are thinking.

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Jun 15, 2019

Biometric Identifiers

Posted by in categories: internet, privacy

Spotlight: FBI Pushes Forward with Massive Biometric Database Despite Privacy Risks.


The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties, privacy, First Amendment issues and works to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet.

Jun 10, 2019

Forensic Database Biology Table

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, privacy

Biology Biometrics Chemistry/Toxicology Environmental Fire & Explosives Firearms & Toolmarks Questioned Documents

Technology/Digital Evidence Trace Evidence Other

Forensic databases — biology name sub

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May 8, 2019

China Stole NSA Cyberweapons and Used Them Against US Allies

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy

An NSA attack on China has blown up in America’s face.

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Apr 8, 2019

The Galaxy S10’s fingerprint reader was thwarted by a 3D printer

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, privacy

It could take someone just 15 minutes to print a viable fake biometric marker.

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Mar 5, 2019

NSA releases agency-designed cybersecurity tool to the public

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy

The move appears to demonstrates a commitment to the public good by the embattled agency.

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Mar 3, 2019

Three instruments as concrete alternatives to social networks taking advantage of our privacy

Posted by in category: privacy

Keeping track of all Facebook’s scandals could easily be seen as a part-time job right now. All joking aside, the development of its worldwide network ramifications participated in decreasing communication distances between individuals with three and a half degrees of separation in average between its members in 2016.

As a reminder, this network and its numerous variations, which certainly don’t need to be quoted anymore, have enabled us
— to reach our friends, family members, business collaborators or partners
— to create and join groups of discussion
— to organize events
— to promote icons and push contents of very different shapes

The actual downside here is that all of it became possible from the very moment that we accepted to join the online club for free. The benefits of being able to access brand new and pretty efficient communication means, have left us with no choice but to keep returning again and again to a highly segmented network (made from both acquaintances and closed ones). Such network, of which more and more of our “friends” form part, manage to convince us to never really read the terms and conditions of use in their full details (who says boring?) even though they clearly involve nonetheless the real-time sale of a stream of our personal profiles and somewhat predictable behaviors as soon as we consciously tick the right (wrong?) boxes in order to just get in at some point.

Taking benefits in using a free service could be very different from being the actual provider of a stream of values (somewhat made available from analytics data and advertising market places) by acting in good faith as we would simply do in real life, by not accepting advertisement as the only existing way how to endorse some of our cultural preferences with regards to this or that innovative trends (when there is little innovation and not only unsustainable waste of our limited resources — time or namely our attention to mention some of them).

Today, the privacy advocates can also be thrilled by the broad variety of initiatives enabling us to restrain ourselves from dissipating our shared moments between our interlocutors AND third parties interfering with our conversations. How to progressively upgrade the software without requiring everybody (who feels like it could be a good idea, of course) to get on board? I guess we’re facing quite a pickle here, perhaps not as hard to take on as gluing back together large blocks of melting ice, but still not that trivial when considered at scale.

Here are two technological means how to get connected with your peers outside of what might have become the most “normative ways” and another one relying upon one of the oldest network there is –emails-, and their respective slogans:
Riot — Liberate your communication — https://about.riot.im/
its underlying protocols are nowadays relied upon by the french state for some of its administration services
Manyverse — A social network off the grid — https://www.manyver.se/
Delta Chat — over email with encryption, like Telegram or Whatsapp but without the tracking or central control — https://delta.chat/en/

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