surveillance

    • Amnesty: Google, Facebook business models threat to rights

      Amnesty: Google, Facebook business models threat to rights

      The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday. The NGO argued that offering people free online services and then using information about them to target money-making ads imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression.

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    • China installing surveillance apps on travelers' phones

      China installing surveillance apps on travelers' phones

      Chinese authorities are reportedly installing surveillance apps on tourists’ phones at certain border crossings that collect data and scan for a wide range of files. The finding is a result of a The New York Times, Vice's Motherboard, The Guardian, Suddeutsche Zeitung and the German broadcaster NDR's joint investigation into the methods used by China in its Xinjiang region, where the government has ramped up surveillance targeting its Uighur Muslim minority, forcing thousands into "reeducation" camps.

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    •  China to identify citizens based on their walk

      China to identify citizens based on their walk

      China is home to the world’s largest network of CCTV cameras, but now its surveillance efforts have reached a whole new level with technology that can detect individuals based on their walking style and silhouette. Developed by a Chinese surveillance company, Watrix, the new system for "gait recognition" can identify people up to 165m away based on their walk. This means that if a person is wearing a mask or is at an awkward angle, the software can use existing footage to detect them, by analysing person's step length, stride length, cadence, speed, dynamic base, progression line, foot angle, hip angle, and squat performance.

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