China’s new ‘super camera’ can instantly pinpoint specific targets among tens of thousands of people – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Scientists have unveiled a 500 megapixel cloud camera system in China that they say is capable of capturing the facial details of each individual in a crowd of tens of thousands of people, raising fears facial recognition monitoring could soon reach a new level.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-26/chinas-new-500-megapixel-super-camera/11539176

GOP Reps: Armed Citizens Have Right to Repel a Tyrannical Government

“He observed that Second Amendment rights include his constituents’ right to “protect themselves against any intruder or people who don’t follow the law, that might risk them and their family’s [lives], but also against tyranny; against the size and scope of a government that wants to look at you and tell you, like a certain Democrat candidate, that they are going to come take your God-given right to bears arms and defend yourself.”

Biggs described private gun ownership as “the last bulwark against tyranny in the world.””

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/18/republican-reps-armed-citizens-have-right-repel-tyrannical-government/

Baltimore officials pitched on putting three surveillance planes in the sky at once, covering most of city – Baltimore Sun

“With these three coverage areas, we would be able to cover areas that include 80 to 90 percent of the murders and shootings in Baltimore,” McNutt wrote in an email last month to Sheryl Goldstein, Young’s deputy chief of staff.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-surveillance-pitch-20190919-dkurugpjdretrjzcevzlc7eabu-story.html

Smart TVs sending private data to Netflix and Facebook | Financial Times

Well…. duh….

Researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that a number of smart TVs, including those made by Samsung and LG, and the streaming dongles Roku and Amazon’s FireTV were sending out data such as location and IP address to Netflix and third-party advertisers.

Source: Smart TVs sending private data to Netflix and Facebook | Financial Times

FTC Imposes $5 Billion Penalty and Sweeping New Privacy Restrictions on Facebook | Federal Trade Commission

Facebook will be required to designate compliance officers who will be responsible for Facebook’s privacy program. These compliance officers will be subject to the approval of the new board privacy committee and can be removed only by that committee—not by Facebook’s CEO or Facebook employees. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and designated compliance officers must independently submit to the FTC quarterly certifications that the company is in compliance with the privacy program mandated by the order, as well as an annual certification that the company is in overall compliance with the order. Any false certification will subject them to individual civil and criminal penalties.

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/07/ftc-imposes-5-billion-penalty-sweeping-new-privacy-restrictions

AT&T sold customers’ location data, lawsuit alleges | Fox Business

“AT&T has real-time location data on its wireless customers that can be used to help 911 operators find callers in an emergency. The lawsuit alleges AT&T worked for years with location data aggregators like LocationSmart and Zumigo, which sell location data to others. That led to the data being used by bounty hunters, car dealers, landlords, stalkers and others in non-emergency situations without authorization from the people whose data were being tracked, the EFF said.

“AT&T and data aggregators have systematically violated the location privacy rights of tens of millions of AT&T customers,” EFF attorney Aaron Mackey said. “Consumers must stand up to protect their privacy and shut down this illegal market.””

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/att-customers-location-data-lawsuit

AT&T Is Now Blocking Robocalls by Default, a First for Cell Phone Providers

AT&T just announced an expansion of its Call Protect service that will automatically block robocalls suspected to be fraudulent free of charge. Users are also free to manually block individual numbers of known spam callers. But if a consumer wants to automatically block all robocalls, even those from legitimate businesses, it will cost an additional $4 a month.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/588365/att-now-blocking-robocalls-default