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Body Cams Give Cops The Power To Google Everything They See

Scary new technology gives those using body cameras power to google things and so much more. When body camera meets artificial intelligence technology, scary things happen.

Last week, Taser, the stun gun company that has recently become an industry leader in body-mounted cameras, announced the creation of its own in-house artificial intelligence division. The new unit will utilize the company’s acquisition of two AI-focused firms: Dextro, a New York-based computer vision startup, and Misfit, another computer vision company previously owned by the watch manufacturer Fossil. Taser says the newly formed division will develop AI-powered tech specifically aimed at law enforcement, using automation and machine learning algorithms to let cops search for people and objects in video footage captured by on-body camera systems. – Vocativ.com

http://www.vocativ.com/402771/ai-body-cams-cops-google/

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Google Yourself – Are you Hard To Find?

For some time now I’ve been pondering how hard it would be for someone to find me by simply doing a Google search. I like to think that as a privacy advocate and one who is guarded about my personal information, I would be difficult to find. Google yourself now and you may be surprised by how much of a “footprint” your digital data leaves for a stranger to follow.island house rock

Recently, I was put to the test, so to speak. As a proud entrepreneur, I’ve been involved in several successful small enterprises in the past. One of those was an online business that I ceased operation after moving my family to a new city. Later, one of my past clients was apparently trying to contact me to access some information that I retained (he had lost his copy). The good news is that initially he had difficulty finding me.

As a side note, we at Privacyliving.com have developed several techniques that allow one to separate from the previous life (such as changing phone numbers, new address, etc., removing an online presence and much more complicated methods). We also wrote the book, so to speak, on disappearing. Read “How To Disappear in 24 Hours.”

However, these days it’s getting harder to remain anonymous and off the radar.

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Ultimately, my client did find me, sort of. Using an online subscription pay service (there are lots of them online), he was able to find a mailbox (not home address) that I occasionally check. This is a little how a “skip-tracer” works, and also how you destroy a sweater: Find the one loose thread and it can be the undoing of the sweater, and you. The good news is that I’m glad to help my client and he’s not a bad guy looking to harm me.

As a privacy advocate, I’m proud to say that it would take some much more sophisticated digging to find me. But it’s a lesson to all of us that your information is being cataloged online by organizations who will sell it to the highest bidder, whether it be your home address, phone number, business information and more.

If you think you might be in danger of being found or you work in an industry (such as law enforcement) where you make lots of enemies, consider reading “How To Disappear in 24 Hours.” You can also contact us for a consultation that is tailored to your situation.

In the 21st Century, your privacy is paramount!

App Protecting Smartphone Users is Under Attack!

Recently, a U.S. technology firm called Disconnect filed a complaint with European anti-trust regulators when it’s app was banned from the Google Play Store. Knowing just that tells us a lot, at least regarding privacy and effectiveness. These days companies like Google are working overtime to gather data from users phones. The idea is that Google has everyone’s information (such as what kind of coffee you drink, what electronics you are searching for, your location, etc.) then they can tailor advertising that is a perfect fit for you. Obviously there is some serious monetary value in this process, especially to hungry advertisers who want to attract a specific slice of consumers.

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According to THE INTERCEPT article (see link below):

When you visit a website, usually unbeknown to you, other websites and services try to connect to your device in the background to collect data about your browsing habits. The Disconnect app allows users to view and block these invisible network connections, which the company says “permit intrusions into the personal privacy of users by facilitating tracking and the collection of personal information” and “expose users to risks associated with malware and other forms of cybercrime.” However, some of these same invisible connections are used to generate advertising revenue, an issue that appears to be at the root of Google’s decision to crack down on Disconnect.

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In a time where individuals continue to give up more and more privacy for technology and convenience, it will be interesting to see how this shakes out and what kind of decision is made in the European regulatory circles. We at Privacy Living recommend you take every precaution possible to maximize your privacy, even if only just based upon principle. We, like you, have nothing to hide; but, it’s no one’s business what we say or do. Hold onto your privacy while you can!

You can find the disconnect app here for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS: https://disconnect.me/

See the full article here: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/23/google-disconnect-antitrust-privacy-app-europe/