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Western Digital unveil storage for Public Safety, AI and Smart City Deployments

With a rise in smart camera devices featuring higher resolutions driving the requirement for high speed, high capacity on-device storage in smart city environments, manufacturers are looking for solutions to optimise storage for video and AI analytics. Western Digital has addressed this by offering new WD Purple storage drives. According …

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22,000 police bodycam roll out finally gets started

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The roll out of body cameras for the Metropolitan Police force is finally getting under way, despite original plans to begin it in March this year. In total 22,000 of the cameras will be attached to officers, especially those also equipped with firearms, with the adoption expected to be complete by …

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No wiretaps were rejected by U.S. courts in 2015

One of the big provisions that many politicians and intelligence agencies have claimed when pushing surveillance laws forward, is that intrusive search would require a warrant. While that should provide some measure of oversight for certain snooping activities, it turns out that in 2015 not a single wiretap was rejected …

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Vice met with Edward Snowden to discuss surveillance states

Vice might get a bit of flak for its hipster approach to journalism at times, but it’s also produced some pretty hard hitting documentaries and provided real insight into some of the stranger parts of the world. Its latest target in an upcoming episode is government surveillance, so company founder …

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Manchester police to be fitted with 3,000 bodycams

As surveillance increases across the world for civilians, perhaps it’s a good thing that those enforcing the laws are also being scrutinised. 3,000 Police in Manchester are set to be fitted with body cameras, though much of when and how they are used, will be left up to the officers …

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GCHQ shot down encryption standard because it was too good

Amid all the arguments about encryption ongoing in the press and government right now, it’s easy to forget that it’s something that GCHQ and other intelligence agencies have been railing against for some time. I turns out that in 2010, it helped to reject a smartphone encryption standard that would …

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CISA surveillance bill bundled in with NASA’s budget

Following the years of failed-attempts by politicians and copyright lobby groups to have the world accept distasteful bills like PIPA and SOPA, it’s no surprise that the tactics to push them through have changed. Nowadays they’re hidden within legislation like trade bills in the case of the TTIP and TPP, …

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You probably wouldn’t want to work at Konami

Konami has been making headlines a lot this year. First the publisher had a pretty vague but very public falling out with Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima, then we learned that the Silent Hills reboot was cancelled and now, it turns out that Konami in general is just a …

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More than a quarter self-censor online after Snowden leaks

A survey recently appeared online from CIGI-Ipsos, that looked at how people felt about different aspects of online life. Part of it quizzed them on the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, with over 60 per cent saying they were aware of him and almost 40 per cent saying they had taken …

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Snowden on those that say ‘I have nothing to hide’

Over the past year, the world has become much more aware of the way government’s sniff out data on potential criminals: in short, everything is recorded. Edward Snowden’s revelations about this have helped create a growing tide of disquiet with regards to overly intrusive surveillance and especially when it comes …

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Snowden discussions much more common offline than on

If you’ve ever lamented the fact that your friends on Facebook or some other social platform don’t seem particularly interested in discussing Edward Snowden and the revelations he made last year that opened everyone’s eyes to the reach of government intelligence agencies, it might just be that they prefer to …

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Kim Dotcom pledges Internet Party will stop mass snooping

Surveillance, snooping, the mass collection of data and the oppressive oversight of governments around the world has been a big topic over the past year. Kim Dotcom is someone that knows about it all too well, considering he himself was spied upon illegally before being arrested with an invalid warrant …

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Snowden calls for surveillance blocking technologies

Whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke at a New York based hacking conference, Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) this weekend. Broadcasting himseelf via a video feed from Moscow where he currently resides under threat of extradition to the US, he called on those assembled and other hackers and technology leaders around the …

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UK Home Secretary calls for more government surveilance

Despite last year’s Edward Snowden revelations kicking off big debates about government intrusion in the day to day lives of internet and telephone users the world over, the British government doesn’t feel like it has enough eyes on its citizens. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, recently made a speech about …

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Synology announces two new NAS devices

Synology, a company dedicated to creating high performance, reliable and cost effective NAS solutions has announced two new devices- the DS414j and EDS14. The former is a 4 bay NAS device aimed at home users who require up to 20TB of storage, while the latter is an all new device aimed …

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Mega CEO talks about being spied upon at TedX

There’s very few people that are ok with the idea of being spied on by government agencies and even less that like it. However when it’s going on, there isn’t a lot we can do, even if you’re a millionaire head of an encrypted cloud network. That’s the situation Vikram …

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UK legal advice claims GCHQ spying ‘illegal’

Legal advisers to the British government have told MPs that much of the surveillance that GCHQ has been taking part in over the past few years could be considered illegal and in breach of human rights, and was only possible due to vagaries in current legislation that have been obtusely interpreted …

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Angry Birds data used by GCHQ and NSA

In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks from early 2013, the western world and specifically US and British citizens, have come to accept that the NSA and GCHQ have no doubt snooped in our conversations, metadata, Facebook posts and more, with the excuse that they’re protecting us from terrorism. …

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Think tank suggests NSA mass surveillance doesn’t stop terrorism

The New American Foundation think tank has just released a new report which suggests that the NSA’s mass surveillance programs have almost no impact on the prevention of Terrorism and that more traditional methods like local law enforcement, community tip-offs and informants are much more effective. To determine how effective …

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Academics rally against fading personal privacy

Hundreds of university researchers, lecturers, professors have come together to sign the Academics Against Surveillance charter, which demands that governments around the world provide better online protection for their citizens’ right to privacy, which they say has been eroded by the actions of organisations like the NSA, GCHQ and GCSB. …

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Kim Dotcom alludes to US phone tapping

The overreaching of the US government’s domestic and international spy programs continues to be theorised in the latest revelations from Kim Dotcom’s extradition trial, with the Megaupload founder and expert witnesses suggesting that the FBI may have used a fake mobile phone tower to record his phone calls, as late …

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