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The Apple-Google contact tracing system won't work. It still deserves praise.
slate.com
by Jennifer Daskal, Matt Perault
May 22, 2020

This article is part of Privacy in the Pandemic, a Future Tense series. -- Big Tech's contact tracing initiative complicates the narrative of European governments protecting citizens against Silicon Valley's privacy intrusions.

In debates over digital privacy, American tech companies are often branded as the villains, with European policymakers cast in the role of savior. Big Tech is out to steal your privacy, but European governments are stepping in to protect it. Or so the narrative goes. But the new exposure notification system released by Google and Apple on Wednesday has turned these roles on their head, albeit in ways that at least some public health authorities say will make their job more difficult. It stands as a clear warning against type casting in this debate.

Android And iPhone Users Beware The Hidden Dangers With New Contact Tracing Apps
forbes.com
by Zak Doffman - Cybersecurity I write about security and surveillance.
May 22, 2020

So, the big news this week is that Apple and Google have launched their watered down "contact-tracing" platforms into the world. Only "contact-tracing" has now become "exposure notification..."

...and judging by all the evidence to-date, they're not going to be effective enough to make a difference. Worse, they introduce a set of dangerous security risks that have not been addressed. False hopes, false starts. Let's clear something up from the start. Contact-tracing is not an opt-in Bluetooth app that might register your proximity to an infected person, under a very limited set of circumstances, including that you're both fully running the app. No, contact tracing is a manually-intensive, surveillance-heavy, privacy-intrusive process where a combination of brute-force measures and meticulous attention to detail, under the purview of well-trained operatives, roots out the spread of infection.

Americans Clueless About Border Invasion, Illegals Dumped Into the Heartland
thenewamerican.com
by R. Cort Kirkwood
May 16, 2019

Just 13 percent of Americans are aware of the human tsunami at the border, Breitbart.com reported, citing a Harvard-Harris poll.

Americans likely don't know the government is dumping thousands of impoverished, and sometimes diseased, "migrants" into their communities, or that local officials are diverting local tax dollars to help pay for it, as the governor of New Mexico did on Sunday. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Denver Post reported, spent $4,000 of public money to ship 55 Central American illegals to Denver. Why ship them north?

Green New Deal Reveals the Naked Truth of Agenda 21
americanpolicy.org
by Tom Deweese
April 28, 2019

For twenty years I have been labeled a conspiracy theorist, scaremonger, extremist, dangerous, nut case. I've been denied access to stages, major news programs, and awarded tin foil hats.

Section I details "Social and Economic Dimensions" of the plan, including redistribution of wealth to eradicate poverty, maintain health through vaccinations and modern medicine, and population control. To introduce the plan, the Earth Summit Chairman, Maurice Strong boldly proclaimed, "Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class - involving meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing - are not sustainable." Of course, according to the plan, if it's not "sustainable" it must be stopped. In support of the plan, David Brower of the Sierra Club (one of the NGO authors of the agenda) said, "Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license." Leading environmental groups advocated that the Earth could only support a maximum of one billion people, leading famed Dr. Jacques Cousteau to declare, "In order to stabilize world populations, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day."

Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal!
dissidentvoice.org
by Geraldine Perry
April 4, 2019

Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty - and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious ties to...

Those who claim that Agenda 21 amounts to little more than a right-wing rant or is somehow anti-Semitic are at best seriously misinformed. Those who buy into the carefully crafted jargon of Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Redevelopment and the Green New Deal are similarly misinformed and need to know that the environmental movement has in fact been highjacked by the Agenda 21 plan.

Elizabeth Warren unveils bill that could hold tech execs responsible for data breaches
theverge.com
by Makena Kelly
April 3, 2019

The Corporate Executive Accountability Act is yet another push from Sen. Elizabeth Warren who has focused much of her presidential campaign on holding corporations and their leaders accountable for both their power and perceived corruption.

"When a criminal on the street steals money from your wallet, they go to jail. When small-business owners cheat their customers, they go to jail," Warren wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published on Wednesday morning. "But when corporate executives at big companies oversee huge frauds that hurt tens of thousands of people, they often get to walk away with multimillion-dollar payouts."

Elizabeth Warren unveils bill that could hold tech execs responsible for data breaches
theverge.com
by Makena Kelly
April 3, 2019

On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a new piece of legislation that would make it easier to criminally charge company executives when Americans' personal data is breached.

The Corporate Executive Accountability Act is yet another push from Warren who has focused much of her presidential campaign on holding corporations and their leaders responsible for both their market dominance and perceived corruption. The bill, if approved, would widen criminal liability of "negligent" executives of corporations (that make more than $1 billion) when they commit crimes, repeatedly break federal laws, or harm a large number of Americans by way of civil rights violations, including their data privacy.

Google begins shutting down its failed Google+ social network
theverge.com
by Chris Welch
April 3, 2019

Google has officially started the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts on its Google+ social network platform, bringing an end to the company's attempt to directly compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Google+ is being phased out due to "low usage" and because it turned into something of a security liability for Google; the company has disclosed two significant data leaks that could have exposed information for tens of millions of Google+ users to outside developers. The first vulnerability, which was kept secret for months, prompted Google to decide it was time to close Google+ for good, and the second led to the company accelerating those shutdown plans by four months, meaning the service will meet its end in April instead of August.

Google isn't a search company anymore (study)
minds.com
by @gocat
April 3, 2019

Google isn't a search company anymore, they're a tracking company. Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites.

Investigation by the Associated Press revealed that Google continues to track location data even after a consumer has turned off the setting. In "Google Data Collection," Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, catalogs how much data Google is collecting about consumers.

Norway Private tycoon goes public with wife's disappearance
myMotherLode.com
January 26, 2019

Tom Hagen and his wife expected to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019. Today, one of Norway's wealthiest men just wants to know that Anne-Elizabeth Falkevik Hagen, the childhood sweetheart he married at age 19, is alive.

Her disappearance and suspected abduction from the couple's home on Halloween has gripped a small, wealthy Scandinavian country with the fourth-lowest homicide rate of 36 European countries. Some argue that violent crime happens infrequently enough among the 5.3 million Norwegians that police are unprepared when it does occur.

     

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