Facial Recognition: Cool or Creepy?

Remember all the technology in movies such as Minority Report? At the time, it seemed so bizarre and futuristic, but some of it is beginning to seep into society. I’m talking about the phenomenon of facial recognition.

New Japanese Facial Recognition Software Is Powerful, Scary

Big brother alert!!! For those of you who don’t like the idea of CCTV monitoring your every move, the details a recent software breakthrough by Hitachi Kokusai Electric will probably make you soil your undergarments, or at least never leave…

NSA Chief Denies Existence Of Domestic Spying Program

The National Security Agency, at least according to it’s Web site, “exists to protect the nation.” A recent Wired article claimed that the agency had taken up a new duty – spying on American citizens. In an article titled, “The…

Online Digital Photos Could Endanger Kids

A study published in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics this month suggests that parents and caregivers could be putting children at risk if they upload digital photos that are automatically “geotagged” by their camera. Joanne Kuzma…

Private Company Amassing Database of License Plate Data

Back in November, Josh Wolford opened quite a discussion about the rising prevalence of license plate readers in law enforcement. These scanning devices read license plates quickly and compile data to help track movements, reveal stolen vehicles, etc. Some have…

Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media

Social media taketh and now social media taketh away. Sorta. While social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have become integral for protesters to organize events, government officials in Malaysia have taken a page out of this playbook and used…

Assange to iPhone, Blackberry, Gmail Users: “You’re All Screwed.”

Yesterday marked the launch of Wikileaks’ newest project, the Spyfiles, following an announcement from Julian Assange while speaking on a panel at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at the City University of London. Addressing the audience, Assange casually dropped the…

Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers

Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss…

A Practical Use For Google+: Home Surveillance

Can Facebook do this? Can it guard your house while you are out? Google+ can, especially if you have two plus accounts. You don’t even need to be that much of a tech/Internet whiz to set it up either. The…